The structure of the American family has changed over the years. Although the traditional father, mother, child structure still dominates, other family patterns are emerging. In this article the authors present 1) current statistics relating to diverse family structures, 2) reasons for using diverse family structure literature with children, 3) recommendations of books to read depicting the various family structures such as: children of divorced parents, children in stepfamilies/blended families, children of adoption, children of international adoption, children of gay and lesbian parents and children in all kinds of families. The authors also include a list of suggested reading for the various family structures including the appropriate age level for each book.
Gilmore, D. P., & Bell, K. (2006). We Are Family: Using Diverse Family Structure with Children. Reading Horizons, 46 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol46/iss4/4