Illustrations by Blanca Gomez
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Release Date: May 26, 2015
How many is one? One box of crayons. One batch of cookies. One world. One family.
In this phenomenal picture book, George Shannon and Blanca Gomez treat their readers to a beautiful medley of one, with examples of all kinds of families. There is a ton of diversity throughout, along with depictions of things like single-parent and multi-generational homes. There is also some ambiguity with some of the families that could or could not be same-sex, but this only means that a teacher could read this book to their classroom without fear of being fired. (Personal opinion: People should never be fired or forced to resign over the reading of a children's book to children. Ever.) I also love the simple concept of the number one and how it has many different meanings, which is far more complex than it seems to a four-year-old.