Written by: Lesléa Newman
Illustrated by: Carol Thompson
For Ages: infant and up
Topics Covered: LGBT parenting, family, love, community.
Summary: This book is a companion to Mommy, Mama, and Me. This board book follows a young child doing all sorts of activities with their two daddies. A wide range of fun games, activities, and projects are illustrated-paper airplanes, sewing, guitar playing, and so much more! A quick book to normalize LGBT parents, and a fantastic book that does not reinforce gender stereotypes!
- What do you do with your caregivers that the character in the book does with their dads?
- What’s your favorite thing to do as a family together?
Continuing the Conversation:
- Think about some of the different families in your community. What are some things you could all do together? Have a community potluck dinner and choose a central theme for the event. A book-swap, musical instrument jam-session, or dance party!
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Lesléa (pronounced “Lez-LEE-uh”) Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages, including A Letter to Harvey Milk; October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; I Carry My Mother; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed; and Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received many literary awards, including creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, two American Library Association Stonewall Honors, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fiction Writing grant, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, the Cat Writer’s Association Muse Medallion, and the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists. Ms. Newman wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and has followed up this pioneering work with several more children’s books on lesbian and gay families: Felicia’s Favorite Story, Too Far Away to Touch, Saturday Is Pattyday, Mommy, Mama, and Me, and Daddy, Papa, and Me.
Carol Thompson is an English author/illustrator living in a small town in the middle of England. Her childhood was spent in the East Anglian Fens, a wild landscape of flatland, water and huge skies. As a child she cycled everywhere – and still does! She graduated with a BA in textile design, and worked as an illustrator in a small studio, eventually finding her place in the wonderful world of children’s picture books. Carol is now the illustrator and in some cases the author/illustrator of more than sixty books. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages, including Lebanese and two indigenous Sioux languages, Dakota and Ojibwe. Somewhere in between she also raised three sons.