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LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDS by Chelsea Johnson


An IntersectionAllies Book About Families

by Chelsea Johnson , LaToya Council & Carolyn Choi ; illustrated by Ashley Seil Smith

Pub Date: Jan. 24th, 2023
ISBN: 978-1-948340-51-9
Publisher: Dottir Press

The creators of IntersectionAllies (2019) return for a look at family.

At the heart of this picture book are nontraditional families: LGBTQ+ families, adoptive families, transnational families, families impacted by incarceration, families with divorced parents, and chosen families, among others. Each family is described by the children who are part of them—for example, a biracial kid honors their “two legacies,” sharing how their family celebrates both Passover and Juneteenth. The colorful, digital illustrations, which resemble cut paper–style art, depict the tan-skinned child sitting down to a seder with their parents (one of whom is Black, the other of whom is light-skinned and wearing a yarmulke); on the next page, the youth jumps rope with their parents during a backyard barbecue where the African American flag flies high. Though the singsong text often prioritizes rhyming above content, the book’s thoughtful letter to readers, discussion guide, and bibliography provide ample opportunity for young readers to deepen their exploration of family diversity. This title is a worthy addition to classrooms, public libraries, and personal collections. The characters throughout are diverse in skin tone, ability, and cultural background. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

The many configurations of families are on brilliant display here in all their joyful variation.

(Picture book. 5-10)