Books We Love!
Here you'll find a great list of relevant books for you & your family! We will do our best to include live links to where you can purchase any and all of these books online or find them in stores. If you would like to recommend or add a book to this list please fill out the form at the bottom of this page! Click on the image of the book for more information and purchasing options. Please let us know if any links do not work!
by Christy Tyner, Illustrations by Ciaee
Zak’s Safari is a book about donor-conceived kids of two-mom families. When the rain foils Zak’s plan for a safari adventure, he invites the reader on a very special tour of his family instead. Zak shows us how his parents met, fell in love, and wanted more than anything to have a baby—so they decided to make one. In the first half of the book, Zak teaches us about his biological origins. Using simple but accurate language, we learn about sperm and egg cells, known-donors, donors from sperm banks, and instructions called genes that make up who we are. Zak's enthusiasm, combined with his scientific curiosity and gratitude for his inherited "awesome genes" make him the perfect tour guide for this contemporary conception story.
Mommy, Mama, and Me
by Lesléa Newman, Illustrations by Carol Thompson
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.
Hugs of Three: My Mommies & Me
by Dr. Stacey Bromberg and Dr. Joe Taravella, Illustrations by Jessica Warrick
In this sturdy Board Book, the authors guide their readers toward a respect for all families, with an emphasis on infant and toddler development and the important joys and comforts of everyday routines for our young. From the first lines of the book, “My family is so special”, to the conclusion, this story acknowledges in a simple yet powerful way the importance of a loving connection between children and parents. The existence of the books themselves highlight the power in a sense of belonging, as children of same-sex parents and parents themselves can identify with this story.
A Tale of Two Mommies
by Vanita Oelschlager, Illustrations by Mike Blanc
A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.
True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”
A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.
This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.
The Family Book
by Todd Parr
The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.
Parr's message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships
Oh The Things Mommies Do! What Could Be Better Than Having Two?
by Crystal Tompkins, Illustrations by Lindsey Evans
A playful celebration of Lesbian Mothers and their children! "Oh The Things Mommies Do!" is a bouncy, and playful look at the joys of a two Mom family. With its catchy rhymes and vibrant illustrations, it is a pleasure for children and parents alike!
This Is a Book For Parents of Gay Kids
by Kristin Russo & Dannielle Owens-Reid, Foreward by Linda Stone Fish
Written in an accessible Q&A format, here, finally, is the go-to resource for parents hoping to understand and communicate with their gay child. Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents' many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read.
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag
by A.K. Summers
First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of uber-femininity. Teek wonders, “Can butches even get pregnant?”
Of course, as she and her pragmatic femme girlfriend Vee discover, they can. But what happens when they do? Written and illustrated by A.K. Summers, and based on her own pregnancy, Pregnant Butch strives to depict this increasingly common, but still underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy with humor and complexity—from the question of whether suspenders count as legitimate maternity wear to the strains created by different views of pregnancy within a couple and finally to a culturally critical and compassionate interrogation of gender in pregnancy.
Offering smart, ambitious art, this graphic memoir is a must-read for would-be pregnant butches and anyone interested in the intersection of birth and gender, as well as a perfect queer baby shower gift and conversation starter for those who always assumed they “got” being pregnant.
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
by Nicole J. Georges
When Nicole Georges was two years old, her family told her that her father was dead. When she was twenty-three, a psychic told her he was alive. Her sister, saddled with guilt, admits that the psychic is right and that the whole family has conspired to keep him a secret. Sent into a tailspin about her identity, Nicole turns to radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice.
Packed cover-to-cover with heartfelt and disarming black-and-white illustrations, Calling Dr. Laura tells the story of what happens to you when you are raised in a family of secrets, and what happens to your brain (and heart) when you learn the truth from an unlikely source. Part coming-of-age and part coming-out story, Calling Dr. Laura marks the arrival of an exciting and winning new voice in graphic literature.
Blue Is The Warmest Color
by Julie Maroh
In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.
First published in France by Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.
The live-action, French-language film version of the book, entitled Blue Is the Warmest Color, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by director Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated both wide praise and controversy. It will be released in the US through Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
Emlyn and The Gremlin
by Steff F. Kneff, Illustrations by Luke Spooner
(For individual links to each book, click on their title below before the synopsis).
Emlyn and The Gremlin: Emlyn is sure a Gremlin sneaks into the house at night. In the morning, she finds her room a mess, with gadgets and glitter strewn everywhere. Moose, her Great Dane, should be guarding the house, but he's so afraid he hides in his fort! ~ Emlyn's mums insist Gremlins aren't real, but one day, Emlyn overhears the truth... and then she meets Gremlin for herself.
Emlyn and The Mean Old Cat: Emlyn has struck up a friendship with the Gremlin that sneaks into the house at night, but she's getting worried. Where can Gremlin be? And why hasn't she returned to play with Emlyn's shiny toys and jewellery - her favourite things? Could the horrible mean cat next door be blocking her from throwing her grappling hook over the window ledge? Join Emlyn, Gremlin and Moose as they outsmart that mean old cat Charlie, once and for all!
Emlyn and The Barbeque Disaster: Gremlin arrives on the same day Emlyn is expecting her family for a barbeque, but promises to stay upstairs while Emlyn's Mummy and Mama prepare for lunch. ~ All the young cousins are supposed to take family photographs in matching pyjamas-but Gremlin's curiosity might ruin the picture, and get both her-and Emlyn-in big trouble!