For all that I complain about YA books where the parents are too present in the kid’s adventures, I do enjoy the occasional book with a happy family in it. Not a PERFECT family, because that’d be insane (and impossible). But a happy one, where they all love each other and the fighting at holidays is minimal.
“Family,” in this instance, is defined as a group (or pair) of people who love each other and don’t mind when one family member is sick and pukes on another.
Here’s 10 books featuring happy families. Can you think of any more?
- Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede (2009).
- The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973).
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986).
- Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (1977).
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (1997-2007).
- The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (1983-present).
- The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932-1971).
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868).
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962).
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008).
Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!