American Family Day

By Alicia Ballard

American Family Day is the first Sunday in August. The holiday was established to discourage gifts and to encourage spending family time together. Here are a few books centered around families to check out to celebrate the holiday!

In this series, George R R Martin showcases the good, the bad, and the ugly -most times very ugly- of family dynamics.

Game of ThronesLong ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Sometimes, family is less about blood relations, and more about the people you form strong connections with. The Dark Tower series features a band of misfits called Ka-tet, meaning “one from many”.

The Dark TowerElaborating at great length on Robert Browning’s cryptic narrative poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” the second volume of King’s post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world’s last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, “the linchpin that holds all of existence together.” Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City.

This series of books is a heartwarming tale of a family of bears. Learning life lessons, facing hardships, but always sticking together through thick and thin.

Berenstain BearsPapa Bear makes it clear to his family that he does not believe in celebrating Fathers’ Day, then changes his opinion but fears it may be too late for any special treatment.



This book shows that, even through hardship, families must support each other.

To Kill a MockingbirdThe conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice.



This book shows that, even if we find our parents boring or annoying, we must hold on to them and love them.

CoralineLooking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.



Every family is different, those differences should be celebrated! This series of children’s books features several different types of families!

My Two MomsLenny, the class reporter, follows Elsie for a school project and learns about her life with her two moms.



my mom and dadLenny follows Kan for a school project and learns what it’s like to have a multicultural family.
my two homesLenny follows Skye for a school project and learns about her life with two homes.



Siblings don’t always get along, they fight and pick on each other. Yet, it’s the sweet moments that bond siblings and strengthen their relationship as they grow up together. This series of books showcases these elements and are perfect for warring siblings- especially brothers and sisters.

Clarice BeanClarice Bean has a list of things to worry about. How does she handle them?





Family doesn’t have to be your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins. Sometimes family are the friends you make through the hard times. This series shows how an orphan boy lets go of toxic blood-relations to embrace healthy bonds.

Harry PotterRescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.



To check out these, and other family orientated books, visit the El Reno Carnegie Library today! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Try Libby or Overdrive, just log in with your card number to check out eBooks and audio books!