12/20/2012 08:47 am ET Updated Dec 20, 2012

Welcome To Family Day On HuffPost Books

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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