In the build up to the holidays, we've decided to make today Family Day on HuffPost Books.
Whatever our relationship with our parents today, we all came from somewhere, and literature in every language focuses on that relationship, from Beowolf's Grendel forwards.
Stories are also a key part of family relationships, whether they're mom's three-hundredth rendition of what happened the day we were born, Grandpa's suspiciously overblown tales of what things were like in his day, or, as we explore in this community-focused slideshow, stories containing models of families we wish were ours.
Beyond that, as HuffPost Books Associate Editor Zoë Triska explains, reading to children can potentially help their development. And what better tales to read with kids than the Babar books, those classic tales about a little elephant? Laurent de Brunhoff, son of the creator of Babar, reveals to us how the story was born back in 1931.
So, at this time when we prepare to jump onto buses and planes to visit our families (just like people imagined doing with their families when they visited portrait photographers a hundred years ago), and perhaps give and receive books/e-books as presents before posing for awkward photos of our own, we declare HuffPost Books to be a Family Friendly Zone for the day.
What's your favorite thing about your family? Let us know in the comments.
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The Original, 1988
The original Kinsella family photo was shot in 1989. The four adult siblings take one every time they get together -- always in the same pose, assuming they remember it correctly (a few times, they didn't). From left, they are: Mike, Eileen, Sharyn and Tim.
Posing in "the pose" in 1992. The photo was taken outside Sharyn's house.
Taken at sister Eileen's house in Houston.
The family gathered on the occasion of Tim's new truck.
Just another family get-together, this time at Mike's place.
Taken at a family gathering. "We get together a lot," says Mike Kinsella. "People always ask: 'You really like your family that much?' Yeah, I do, I tell them."
The four siblings posed on the beach on the day their mother died in Galveston.
At Tim's new housewarming.
The Kinsellas attended the very last game at the Houston Astrodome.
Striking "the pose" outside sister Sharyn's new veterinary practice -- cats only. Brothers Tim and Mike are involved in dog rescuing. And sister Eileen? She doesn't much like either.
The Kinsellas, all baseball fanatics, attended a game at the Minute Maid Park -- aka Enron Stadium.
At the Sugar Land Cornfield in Texas, a warm up trip for the one the family made to the Field of Dreams. Baseball fanatics, all.
Taken at Mike's Houston house. The black dog in foreground was named Banner, after the "Star Spangled Banner." Mike adopted the rescue dog on Sept. 12, 2001 -- the day after 9/11. Mike and Tim are involved in dog rescues. Sharyn is a veterinarian.
The family trip to the famous Field of Dreams was, well, a dream come true.
Visting the Dixie Chicken in College Station, Texas, after Mike's niece got her college ring.
At Mike's 50th birthday party
Sharyn and Jerry's wedding
Taken at the birthday party for Jim, Eileen's husband. Jim and Tim look alike and as a gag, Jim has played a cameo role in some Kinsella family photos -- but not this one, they tell us.
The Kinsellas grew up on Crescent Drive in Brick Township, N.J. It was a street with a ton of kids, who came back to join them in this Crescent Drive Reunion.
The Kinsellas made Mike's new floors a family project. Here they are after they stripped the carpets and before they stained the wood floors.
The siblings at Joe's Crab Shack in Houston, a favorite restaurant for get-togethers.
Sharyn's daughter Abby's wedding was the occasion of this Kinsella family photo.
Making it official: The foursome got identical tattoos of the pose.
Sister Sharyn had Kinsella University tee-shirts made up. But wait! Why aren't they in "the pose?"