Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

Welcome to the Family

Written by Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by Ros Asquith

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A warm-hearted introduction to the many different kinds of families that exist all of which are reflected in Ros Asquith’s witty and unfailingly sympathetic illustrations. The open-minded discussion of what makes a family will reassure all children about their own situation as well as promoting tolerance of differences and how they may have come about.


Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families - the arrival of new members into a family - and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family. The approach will follow the Great Big Book series, with twelve double spreads each exploring one theme, and including lots of humour, jokes and fun along the way.

This is a unique information book, with an important and positive message - every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no matter how or when the children arrive.


Selected by Fiona Noble as a highlight of the season in The Bookseller Children’s Buyer’s Guide: ‘… a really important, accessible book tackling a complex subject with humour and sensitivity.’

About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written around 90 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, has sold over 1.5 million copies. Its sequel, Grace & Family, was among Junior Education 's Best Books of 1995 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Libraries Book Award 1996. Mary lives in Oxfordshire.

You can read her contributions to The History Girls blog by clicking here.

Mary Hoffman's Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me:

I didn't change my surname when I got married.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a garage mechanic.

My husband is half-Indian. His mother was a Parsee, born in Bangalore.

I am learning Italian and would love to have a house in Italy.

I never wear or own anything blue.

Photo by Jess Barber (©Jess Barber)

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014




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