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Subject: Childrens Book?
Date Posted: 5/20/2008 11:11 PM ET
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Do any of you know a good childrens book about LGBTQ families? My friends' daughter is starting to ask questions why no one else has two daddies like her. A biracial one would be even better, since she's half black and half Mexican, and one of her daddies is half black and half Asian.


Date Posted: 5/20/2008 11:29 PM ET
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I love the books by Todd Parr.  They are really great and talk about all kinds of families.  He has several.  I like The Family Book http://www.amazon.com/Family-Book-Todd-Parr/dp/0316738964

and the In terms of color/bi-racial.  I love the book The Colors of us.  My son is adopted and is African American.  I've used this books with him lots.

There's also one dad, two dad, brown dad blue dad http://www.amazon.com/One-Dad-Dads-Brown-Blue/dp/1555838480/ref=pd_sim_b_title_1, And Tango makes three,

I'm a single mom and when I started foster care and adoption, I searched for lots of "non-traditional" children's books.  I've got tons more recs, just let me know.


Date Posted: 5/20/2008 11:42 PM ET
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Thanks so much Sherrie! I might be PMing you in a couple of days!

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Todd Parr definitely!  He's fantastic

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Date Posted: 5/25/2008 4:39 AM ET
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For biracial kids: Black is Brown is Tan - it's a gorgeous book.  I also like Brown Like Me.

I'm always looking for books with white Mommas and brown babies. :) 

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:54 AM ET
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I *heart* Todd Parr, and am so glad to see he's getting more widespread (used to only be able to buy his books at the art museum!) -- a much older book that's not specifically LGBTQ, but explores other differences in a pretty gentle way is called Why Am I Different? by Norma Simon -- it lightly touches upon things from toy preferences to living situations to food allergies.  Also, I second The Colors of Us and Black is Tan (such a beautiful photo essay!), and really like Sandra Cisneros' poem in picture book form, Hairs. Oh, oh! How could I forget "Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox? also, "And Here's To You" by David Elliott -- again, not specifically LGBTQ, but really affirming... eco-affirming, too.

[*blushes*... can you tell you've hit on a favorite topic of mine?]

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Date Posted: 6/15/2008 3:21 PM ET
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Shana thank you so much for the recs!

I will look into all of these. Keep 'em coming! =)

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 6:32 PM ET
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I posted this in the other Children's Book thread, but I'm reposting here, just in case:

While browsing my local library this weekend, I found a great pamphlet on LGBT children's books. I was just about to type it all up for you when I checked their website. Here's the link to the online list: LGBT Children's books

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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 10:37 AM ET
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Leslea Newman....who, back in the day, held group writing forums in her home that I LOVED being a part of.

She's written lots of GLBT books with great success; several of those for children, and I believe her most noted one is 'Heather has Two Mommies'         She got lots of press for that one, including spots on Good Morning America and The Today Show, etc. I couldn't say if that was because the genre was new or because it was so well done, but it's def. worth checking out!