It’s International Families’ Day!

Here at The Reading Mountain we wish to acknowledge ALL the different types of families in the world. We see all sorts of families in our own life experiences. Is it fair to assume that a ‘family’ has two parents, two parents of different genders, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, people who resemble each other because they share DNA? Does a family need to have children or parents? Do pets belong to the notion of ‘family’? Can a group of people who look out for each other and trust each other be considered a ‘family’? So, what is a family? The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) officially defined ‘family’ as:  two or more persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering, and who are usually resident in the same household. … Some households contain more than one family. A definition applies to everyone’s context, but it would be fair to say that the definition of ‘family’ is personal to every one of us. In essence, because The Reading Mountain works at being productive advocates for the welfare, education and happiness of children, different family units are represented in all chapter books.

Families in our chapter books…

‘Tim and his sisters’ look alike but might not have parents at all.

It is left up to the reader to consider possibile family scenarios.

 In ‘Anna the Panda’, Anna lives with Nan and Dad.

In ‘Clever Meg’, Meg makes a mess in the kitchen and someone yells ‘Oh no, Meg!’ from another room. Who could that person be? Again, it’s up to the reader.

In ‘Duck in a Cup’ there is Mum, Granny and many siblings but no Dad.

Oscar is Tommy’s beloved dog. There are no other characters in this chapter book. The family scenario idea is open-ended.

Families come in all shapes and sizes and they do different things together. Julia Hammond from Mydeal recently wrote a useful . Julia shares a some very engaging ideas and featured our titles as part of her ‘An Afternoon of Reading’ suggestion. Think back to when you were a kid. Were the good times, when you felt you belonged, had fun and felt safe? When families plan and do things together as a cohesive group, childhood memories can be forged, which can last into adulthood. Reading and enjoyable story together can be the perfect bonding activity.

To celebrate International Families’ Day, we are offering a complimentary eBook of our first title, ‘Duck in a Cup’ to each household.

To claim this offer, just email:

Offer valid until: 31/05/2018


Have fun reading The Reading Mountain’s  interactive chapter book version of “Duck in a Cup’ with your family!


Susan Spelic

Literacy Specialist | Reading Advocate | Author | Director

Thank you to our friends at MyDeal for their blog.

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