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5 Heartwarming Kids’ Books About Blended Families

5 Heartwarming Kids’ Books About Blended Families

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Blended families are a beautiful thing! They are proof that families can rebuild with love, even after loss and trauma. There’s no denying that when a couple and their children from this and all previous relationships come together, there can be growing pains. Navigating the needs of a family can be filled with both wonders as well as worries. The following five heartwarming kids’ books are fantastic choices for blended families—or any tween looking for a great read—who are in want of a new or even similar perspective on the ups and downs of the step-family life.

The Sea in Winter by Christine Day Book

The Sea in Winter

Written by Christine Day

Ages 8-12 | 272 Pages

Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780063078222

As this moving tale of loss, tragedy, resistance, resilience, triumph, and joy unfolds, Maisie discovers things about her Native American history and her blended family that highlight the importance of being able to identify one’s own pain and recognize it in others—both essential in learning self-love and empathy. Author Christine Day does an incredible job of weaving the past with the present, highlighting these deep connections and the importance of family and history. Children who have experienced a loss, heartbreak, or any kind of trauma will certainly feel seen and will hopefully come away with the understanding that pain is temporary. “Dreams change. Realities change. People change. We all go through it in different ways.” The Sea in Winter is medicine for the heart. Highly Recommended!

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Two Naomis Book Cover

Two Naomis

Written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

Ages 8-12 | 208 Pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray | ISBN-13: 978-0062414250

Two girls, both named Naomi, have nothing in common besides the fact that their divorced parents have started dating (or so it seems). Naomi Marie is African-American. Naomi Edith is white. When their parents’ dating becomes serious, Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi Edith’s dad have them take a class together. Both girls are reluctant to leave behind the lives they know, but when push comes to shove, they may find that they come together to create a new kind of family. With plenty of common age-appropriate problems, the girls are more alike than they realize. Told in alternating authentic viewpoints, this is a delightful and enjoyable coming of age story focused on friendship and family.

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Five Things About Ava Andrews

Written by Margaret Dilloway

Ages 8-12 | 320 Pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray | ISBN-13: 978-0062803498

Ava Andrews is a shy eleven-year-old who lives with her blended family. She has a rare heart condition and suffers from anxiety—most people think she doesn’t even talk. She’s looking forward to middle school until her best friend moves across the country and they begin to struggle with their friendship. Next, her Aunt Linda starts pushing her to speak up about social issues—to save their neighborhood from gentrification. She begins to withdraw further, but when some classmates encourage her to join their comedy improv group, Ava discovers her voice and how to use it in a way that matters. Five Things About Ava is a highly relatable story for fans of realistic fiction!

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Wedgie & Gizmo

Written by Suzanne Selfors

Illustrated by Barbara Fisinger

Ages 8-12 | 176 Pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | ISBN-13: 978-0062447630

Sometimes it’s great to get a fresh perspective from characters who are far from intimidating—even humorous. Blended families can have some growing pains. As we discover in the illustrated chapter book Wedgie & Gizmo, even the pets can have their troubles. Gizmo, the guinea pig (an evil genius), will stop at nothing to destroy the excitable pup Wedgie. Readers will laugh all the way through!

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Book The List Of Things That Will Not Change

The List of Things That Will Not Change

Written by Rebecca Stead

Ages 8-12 | 112 Pages

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books | ISBN-13: 978-1101938096

In her attempt to remember the things that will stay the same even after her parents’ divorce, Bea makes lists in her green notebook. The most important note is that her mom and dad will always love her no matter what. When Bea’s dad shares with her that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, will be getting married, she revels in the fact that she will get the sister she’s always wanted. But a new family brings new beginnings and also some surprises. The List of Things That Will Not Change is a tender, timely tale for tweens who will surely appreciate the inner-workings of Bea’s expanding world!

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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