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I think as adults/parents, we read into the parent characters so much more than the kids.
In the majority of children's literature, and as an elementary teacher I have read TONS, the parents/family are so often just secondary characters. More often than not, they are just briefly mentioned with a quick sentence or two. So often I hear parents exclaim, "Do any of these characters even have parents?" or "Where are their parents?"
Younger kids often want to read about other kids and their amazing adventures. They just want to escape into another child's imaginary, fantastical life.
Once you hit the pre-teen/teen age level, you will find more books that have more diverse family/friend dynamics.
That is also why it is so important to have specific books, as I listed above, that opens a conversation about family diversity with younger kids. They are books to be read together and discussed.