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Books by Sara O'Leary

Book Cover: A Family is a Family is a Family

A Family is a Family is a Family

Author: Sara O'Leary
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Publisher and Year: 2016

Synopsis: "When a teacher asks her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different, but the same in one important way ...

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family.

As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng."

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Book Cover: A Kid is a Kid is a Kid

A Kid is a Kid is a Kid

Author: Sara O'Leary 
Illustrator: Qin Leng 
Publisher and Year: 2021 

Synopsis: "In this companion to the enormously popular A Family Is a Family Is a Family, a group of kids share the silly questions they always hear, as well as the questions they would rather be asked about themselves.

Being the new kid is hard, a child in the school playground tells us. I can think of better things to ask than if I’m a boy or a girl. Another child comes along and says she gets asked why she always has her nose in a book. Someone else gets asked where they come from.

One after another, children share the questions they’re tired of being asked again and again — as opposed to what they believe are the most important or interesting things about themselves. As they move around the playground, picking up new friends along the way, there is a feeling of understanding and acceptance among them. And in the end, the new kid comes up with the question they would definitely all like to hear: “Hey kid, want to play?”

Sara O’Leary’s thoughtful text and Qin Leng’s expressive illustrations tell a story about children who are all different, all themselves, all just kids."

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About Sara O'Leary

Sara O’Leary grew up in Saskatoon and now divides her time between Montreal and the Bay of Fundy. She is the author of several books for adults as well as picture books such This is Sadie. Maud and Grand-Maud, and When You Were Small.

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