National Families Week is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight all the characters and vitality of family members everywhere. For children, understanding and comprehending family dynamics, personalities, networks and histories are important to development and wellbeing, as well as poking fun at dad jokes, sibling conflict, mysterious grandmas and more. Explore selected titles below, or find more stories about Family Life, Mothers, Fathers & Carers, and Grandparents on Story Box Library.

Family Forest

Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? What sort of family do you have?

Storyteller Ali McGregor shares with us Kim Kane's delightful story which features a young boy describing his family in all its richness.

My Nanna is a Ninja

Some nannas dress in blue while they bake sweet apple pies.

Some nannas dress in red as they fly about the skies.

Some nannas dress in pink when they jog around the track.

But my nanna is a ninja... so she dresses up in black.

My Nanna is a Ninja is a fun, poetic picture book that portrays the many different guises, faces, and personalities grandmas can have.

My Dad Thinks He’s Funny

My dad doesn't eat seafood. He says there's something fishy about it. My dad doesn't lie in bed. He says you should always tell the truth. 

Dad jokes - something that many of us know well! Comedian Chris Taylor reads Katrina Germein and Tom Jellet's very silly My Dad Thinks He's Funny.

Who’s Your Real Mum?

Also available in Auslan.

"Elvi, which one is your mum?"

"They're both my mum."

"But which one's your real mum?"

When Nicholas wants to know which of Elvi's two mums is her real mum, she gives him lots of clues. Her real mum is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even teaches spiders the art of the web. A beautiful story that celebrates families and captures exactly what lies at the heart of family life — love.

The Brothers Quibble

Spalding is not happy. Spalding is mad. Spalding is out of control! Will Bunny be able to put a stop to his big brother's terrorising reign?

Aaron Blabey's tale of love and war will have many parents nodding away in recognition. There is nothing quite like sibling rivalry to shake the foundations of family life. 

Look See, Look at Me!

Look see, look at me.

I'm so much bigger now I'm three.

I can run, I can jump, I can skip, I can bump.

A delightful celebration of outback family life in an Aboriginal community from acclaimed author and illustrator team, Leonie Norrington and Dee Huxley.