Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful Freebie: Fictional Families I’m Thankful to Know


Thanksgiving is a time of families, food, and football. My own family is very small, so for this week’s freebie, I thought I’d “invite” some of my favorite fictional families to join us!

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I’ve been participating in Top Ten Tuesday for so many years I’m always afraid I’m repeating the same books over and over, but this time I do not mind because new children are born every day and new parents and new grandparents love to share books!


  1. The Penderwicks: What’s not to love about a widowed dad, his 4 cool daughters, their wonderful dog, the boy they all love, and eventually, a happy re-marriage and a loved step-mom, new half-brother and a new Penderwick?


2. The Cassons: High society artist Bill lives a tony life in London, while wife Eve pays the bills painting pet portraits. The children take all of this as normal. I love this family so much that I asked author Hilary McKay to write a grow-up novel of the parents’ marriage! The Casson family books.


3. The Melendy family: New York in the years before World War II and then during it, provides a wonderful backdrop for this family. Another widowed father, a kindly housekeeper, a career for one child as a radio actress and more! Love and fun. The Melendy Quartet.



4. The Weasleys: Molly Weasley is such a great Mum! Her kids, her husband–all drive her mad, but she’s always there for orphaned Harry. Love her. [Hate the new book coveres]. Harry Potter series.


Charles Addams/New Yorker

5. The Addams Family: I don’t think there has been a version of this family I didn’t like! I haven’t seen the newest offering, but I imagine I’d enjoy it, too. The World of Charles Addams book.



5. The Peanuts Gang, Snoopy, Woodstock, and everyone. It wouldn’t be a holiday in America without this “family,” now would it? A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving book.


Happy Thanksgiving!



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