My Family Tree Book by Catherine Bruzzone / Caroline Jayne Church

Age Range: 5 to 10

I have bought My Family Tree Book for several children as presents and my daughter has just received a copy from her grandparents. It is a beautifully illustrated activity book for children to record information about parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins and draw their own family tree.

My Family Tree Book is beautifully laid out with plenty of space to record information. At the beginning is a double page spread for the child and each parent to fill in and includes sections about birthdate and place, hair and eye colour and favourite food. There are two spaces for photos and a frame where the child can draw their own picture. My daughter has really enjoyed filling out the book and finding out more about me and her dad, e.g. where we went to school and what jobs we have had.

The grandparents’ pages also include interesting information, how old was grandma when the child’s father or mother was born, jobs that grandparents have had and the chance for them to share a memory from the past with the child. Where possible it is a lovely activity for a child to do with a grandparent and my daughter is looking forward to asking Grandma and Grandpa questions when we next visit.

At the end of the book there is also a list of suggestions to stimulate extension activities. These include looking at maps to find out where relatives live or were born, finding out more about the year that the child was born and reading family diaries and old school reports.

I would love to see alternative versions of The My Family Tree Book to incorporate different family structures, e.g patchwork families, stepfamilies and families with single sex parents. Children can add step sisters or step brothers to the siblings page but it would also be useful to include a page for step parents.

Researching a family tree is such a fascinating subject and this is a lovely book for a child to be able to complete their own record.

Author: Catherine Bruzzone / Illustrator: Caroline Jayne Church

My Family Tree Book (First Record Book) by Bruzzone, Catherine, Morton, Lone (2006) Paperback

by - [b small publishing limited]
£11.86 ·  EUR 28,58 ·  - ·  - ·  $15.90

Ma Famille (First Record Book)

by Catherine Bruzzone [b small publishing]
£4.99 ·  EUR 5,49 ·  EUR 6,03 ·  EUR 5,34 ·  $7.98

We looked through our bookshelf to find some of our favourite book families.

We were thrilled when author Lorraine Francis recommended Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers as my daughter loves the stories about family life on a remote Scottish island.

Katie Morag's Island Stories

by Mairi Hedderwick [Red Fox]
£6.98 ·  EUR 11,99 ·  EUR 11,43 ·  EUR 11,69 ·  $18.91

My daughter finds the stories about life with the Large family very amusing, there’s always something going on with four young elephants in the house!

Five Minutes' Peace (Large Family)

by Jill Murphy [Walker & Company]
£6.99 ·  EUR 7,99 ·  EUR 8,46 ·  EUR 8,25 ·  $6.83

I loved Tove Jansson’s stories about the Moomin family when I was a child. It’s great that there are now picture book versions of the stories too.

Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomin's Fiction)

by Tove Jansson [Puffin]
£5.13 ·  EUR 8,49 ·  EUR 7,27 ·  EUR 8,18 ·  $7.88

The Family from One End Street is a favourite from my childhood and I can’t wait to share the stories with my daughter when she is older.

The Family from One End Street (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Eve Garnett [Puffin Classics]
£6.99 ·  EUR 8,51 ·  EUR 165,31 ·  EUR 8,27 ·  $98.00

Do you have a favourite book family? Can you suggest books that show alternative family structures?

12 thoughts on “My Family Tree Book by Catherine Bruzzone / Caroline Jayne Church

  1. I love this idea! I agree with you on the step-parents thing too, since I have a step-dad, though he’s been around for the large part of my life. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    • There are so many different family structures these days that it would be difficult to include them all in one book. The idea of keeping a family record is a lovely keepsake.

  2. Definitely agree with you on the step father idea. I have a step father and he is in my life more than my biological father and Cameron calls him grampy.

    I will be purchasing this book for Cameron. He has always been fascinated with who is who in our family.

    Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

  3. What a fantastic idea. You know, we just said farewell to my 101 year old grandmother this week, and one thing that saddens me now is the loss of her knowledge of our family tree. She did take great pains to record it but there is nothing like hearing the stories. I think I will get this book for little G to start recording now that she is almost 3 and starting to understand families. Thanks so much for a great recommendation and for joining us on the Kid Lit blog hop

    • Julie, I am so sorry to hear abut your loss – 101 is a pretty impressive age. Years ago I spent a fascinating afternoon with my grandmother who told me so many interesting stories about our family that I wish that I had written them down. Sadly it is too late now.

  4. What a great idea and so wonderful for kids to take part in recording their history. As an only, I know this is so important for dino.

  5. Oh, I’m very interested in this book and I see there is a french version as well. I may have to get this one. My sister has done our entire family tree back 100’s of years. Turns out we are cousins (ok, 8 times removed) with Ellen Degeneres. Who knew?? Thanks for sharing this great recommendation in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    • Wow – your sister must have gone back a long way to find cousins eight times removed! My mother has done a lot of research into our family tree, it’s fascinating to hear some of the stories 🙂

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