Families can look like many things. When I was a child, children’s books either depicted homogenous,

Families can look like many things. When I was a child, children’s books either depicted homogenous, white families with two to three children doing family things, or a family of animals with two to three children doing family things. Rarely were children’s books published that showed the wide variety and realities of family life. That’s changed, thankfully. Now, numerous children’s books show and celebrate families of many kinds doing their normal family things, which can also vary greatly! I love it, and I love reading all of them to my daughter. Here are 20 such children’s books that depict the diversity of family life, and also show what really makes a family—love and care. Every kind and type of family can be found in this board book. It’s a joyful and bright celebration of the many ways families take care of and love one another, from waking up bright and early in the morning to the sound of drumming, to splashing in the biggest puddles. It’s such a sweet message. The vibrant art and colors pop, and there are many things toddlers can point to and name. A mother and father call their little girl all kinds of silly names to show her how much they love her in this poetic boar...

14-year-old Denver boy was shot and killed over a pair of shoes, family says

DENVER — Treaujalaune Lornes was like many 14-year-old boys. He loved basketball, his family and his friends. Family members say one of those friends is accused of killing him, apparently over a pair of shoes. Lornes’ sister, Tyquajanna, told Denver7 that neither she, her son, nor anyone else in the family got to say goodbye to her little brother. “He wanted to have so much money (that) he could take care of everybody, his mom, all his brothers and me, and his little sister,” she said. That dream was cut short when the 14-year-old was gunned down in a house on South Monaco Parkway, near Cook Park, Wednesday evening. “My brother got shot on the stairs in the house, and now they’re saying that it’s not over a gun, it was over a pair of shoes! It was over a pair of shoes!” she cried. Lornes said her brother and some friends were at a car wash near Washington High School, when they began arguing over a pair of Jordans. Tyquajana said the juvenile suspect, who police arrested Friday morning, originally said it was someone else who fired the shot. “The boy that sat there with him and watched him die, and watched him go, when he sh...