This spring, a must-have family story was published: Monday is One Day, written by Arthur A. Levine and illustrated by Julian Hector (one of my favorite illustrators).
Written for children whose parents go off to work, Monday is One Day does not focus on defining the term 'family', but instead, the book explores different types of families throughout the days of the week.
With basic colors and effectively simple text, Monday is One Day is pleasing picture book to read. The best of the book is its messages. First and foremost, the book is about family and spending time together "with a special thing to do."
Secondly, the picture book introduces us to several families that fall at different spots along the tradition-nontraditional spectrum, one of which is a two-dad family. The two-page spread is one of the most touching illustrations I have ever set my eyes on (and that's one of the reasons I love Julian Hector's work).
Of course, Arthur A. Levine has been a well-known name in the kidlit world for quite some time (U.S. Harry Potter) and Monday is One Day adds another wonderful story to his well-rounded repertoire.
When I finished Monday is One Day, I told Heather that she needed to go out and buy the book and giveaway copies on the street. If your library does not have this book, make sure they order it. Monday is One Day should be in every child's hands at some point in their childhood, just like Goodnight Moon was in mine.