Sunday, December 20, 2020

Life with Daddy... and his Boyfriend

 

Life with Daddy... and his Boyfriend 
by Noreen Spagnol 
illus. by Hannah Spagnol and Tayleigh Spagnol
Language: English 
Friesen Press, 2019. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1525545051 ; 9781525545054 
Summary: This is the second book in the series of "Life with..." Kids' Books. Once again, the book was illustrated by two young girls and is an interactive story representing a child's viewpoint of what life must look like when daddy is dating a man. This book is intended to help teachers share details about diversity in families, as well as fathers assisting their children to understand and appreciate the relationship between their father and his new boyfriend. 

Two Dads Under the Christmas Tree: A funny and touching adoption story

 

Two Dads Under the Christmas Tree: A funny and touching adoption story 
by Tobias Mile 
illus. by Milan Samadder 
Language: English 
True Colors Lab, 2020. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1735410845 ; 9781735410845 
Summary: Two Dads Under the Christmas Tree is not just a children's book. It's a book for all about Adoption. In this first story of the series, Jayden will try to tell everyone what Adoption is and how beautiful the change in a child’s life can be, thanks to this form of authentic Love. Inside, you will find fun, touching moments, and a deep sense of humanity that makes the book a tool for parents and teachers to encourage children to value diversity. Often, children only see families that look like theirs. As a window into the life of a non-traditional family, Jayden’s story can be a first step to instill in children a sense of inclusivity and respect for others. In the summer of 2018, during a business trip to Venice, Italy, Tobias Mile was looking for a new idea for his next book. Destiny - as he told us - introduced him to this uncommon Italian family. Upon learning their incredible story, he was inspired to create something special featuring their adorable adopted son, Jayden. After this trip, Tobias approached our publishing company with the idea of a series of funny stories about adoption, human rights, solidarity, and respect for diversity, told by this smart child in unusual language. We immediately knew this was a story that needed to be shared to raise awareness about adoption and reach countries where same-sex couples who wish to adopt are discouraged or even denied.This is a perfect Christmas gift for all open-minded people who want to share with others and teach their children that Love has no sex, color, nor limits. 

Our Practically Perfect Baby: How Adoption Changed Our Lives

 

Our Practically Perfect Baby: How Adoption Changed Our Lives 
by Stephen S. Campbell 
illus. by BNP Design Studios 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
27 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798650595069 
Summary: Adoption is one of many topics that for some can be an uncomfortable conversation to have with anyone, especially their own child. Adoption should not be a forbidden, scary, or difficult word for anyone to use. Adoption should be an ordinary topic used in conversation, and not whispered in secret. The earlier children understand what adoption is, the less emotionally complex the comprehension of adoption becomes. When the question does originate, the easier it will be to process. Not to mention having one more reason to tell your child how practically perfect they are. In hopes of making those awkward conversations a little more comfortable for everyone, I have written a series of children’s books, "How Adoption has Changed Our Lives - The Stories of MyDosDads.” The first book in the MyDosDads series titled, "Our Practically Perfect Baby" told from the point-of-view of two new dads who adopt a little girl. They tell you why she is practically perfect, how adoption changed their lives and why adoption matters. During this joyous journey of raising our little girl, we learn more everyday how lucky and honored we are to have Bella in our "modern family." We are a biracial, bilingual, and a two-dad household. Bella’s best friend and idol is our nephew. He is six and on the Autism spectrum. Bella imitates everything he does as if she is his shadow and he protects her while he reenacts his favorite animals and TV characters. Join Bella as she tells you her stories about about her journeys and adventures from her point of view, as she experiences life and learns more from her 'dos' dads. Having two dads, potty training, understanding autism, bath time, why her favorite color is rainbow, why she loves the zoo, and so much more. Color. Race. Ethnicity. Straight. Gay. Wealth. These words should never cause someone not to have the honor of providing a child a life of love and hope. Every boy and girl in the world should have a home in which they feel safe, and a family who loves them unconditionally. Adoption requires LOVE, not DNA. 

Love is Love: The Journey Continues

 

Love is Love: The Journey Continues 
by Fleur Pierets 
illus. by Fatinha Ramos 
Language: English 
Six Foot Press, 2020. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1644420260 ; 9781644420263 
Summary: Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom are two women in love. They live together, eat together, sleep together, and work together. When Fleur asks Julian to marry her, Julian says “Yes!” But in most countries, a man cannot marry a man and a woman cannot marry a woman. There are 195 countries in the world, but they can only get married in 28 of them. They think this is unfair! So they decide to get married in all 28 countries that allow same-sex marriage. Inspired by a true story, Love Around the World, was the first in this two-volume children’s book series about Julian and Fleur’s adventures. In Love Is Love: The Journey Continues, they pick up where they left off, exploring the marriage traditions of fourteen countries: Argentina, Austria, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Princess Without a Crown

 

The Princess Without a Crown 
by Claire Walsh 
illus. by Jayne Farrer 
Language: English 
Purple Parrot Publishing, 2020. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1912677903 ; 9781912677900 
Summary: Princess Lottie is a princess - a real princess. She might not be your average princess but she knows her own mind and stays true to herself. With wonderfully detailed illustrations and a lovely rhyming story, this fabulous book shows that being yourself is the thing to do, especially if you are a princess who doesn't need a crown (or a prince)! 

Mommy 2

 

Mommy 2 
by Merline Tanise 
illus. by Sammy Pyo 
Language: English 
295696, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 057824067X ; 9780578240671
Summary: This is a children's book for unique and beautiful families. LGBTQ+ parents, friends and family will be able to read this book to their children as it reflects their own lives and show different family dynamics promoting both understanding and inclusion, because no matter what Family is love. 

Katy Has Two Grampas

 

Katy Has Two Grampas 
by Julie Schanke Lyford and Robert A. Schanke 
illus. by Mariia Luzina 
Language: English 
Wise Ink Creative Publishing, 2021. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1634893921 ; 9781634893923 
Summary: Katy's school is celebrating Grandparents Day, and Katy is nervous. She doesn't want to introduce her grandpas in front of the class because she's worried that nobody will understand her lisp. To make matters worse, when Katy tells her teacher that she's inviting her married ''grampas,'' her teacher thinks she means to say grandma and grandpa instead of grandpa and grandpa. Will Katy build the confidence to speak in front of the class and challenge stereotypes? 

Adventures with My Daddies

 

Adventures with My Daddies 
by Gareth Peter 
illus. by Garry Parsons 
Language: English 
Peachtree Publishing Company, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1682632814 ; 9781682632819 
Summary: Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an endearing family as the bedtime stories they read burst into colorful life. Together, the daddies and their little one battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon, and explore the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down in a wonderfully cozy ending. 

My Shadow Is Pink

 

My Shadow Is Pink 
written and illustrated by Scott Stuart 
Language: English 
Larrikin House, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0648728757 ; 9780648728757 
Summary: My Shadow Is Pink is a beautifully written rhyming story that touches on the subjects of gender identity, self-acceptance, equality, and diversity. Inspired by the author’s own little boy, the main character likes princesses, fairies, and things "not for boys." He soon learns (through the support of his dad) that everyone has a shadow that they sometimes feel they need to hide. This is an important book for a new generation of children (and adults alike) which exemplifies the concepts of unconditional love, respect, and positive parenting. 

Families Can

 

Families Can 
by Dan Saks 
illus. by Brooke Smart 
Language: English 
Rise x Penguin Workshop, 2021. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0593223659 ; 9780593223659 
Summary: This charmingly heartfelt board book is for families: families who cook together and families who sing together, families with lots of members and families with a special few, families who live together and families who live separately--for all families. Celebrate the differences that make each family unique and the similarities and love that connect us all together. 

Prince & Knight: Tale of the Shadow King

 

Prince & Knight: Tale of the Shadow King 
by Daniel Haack 
illus. by Stevie Lewis 
Language: English 
little bee books, 2021. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1499811217 ; 9781499811216 
Summary: Our brave and dashing heroes, the prince and the knight, are happily married and their kingdom is prospering, but soon, a fog of darkness that blocks the sun spreads across their land. They get word that the cause of this is a dark and mysterious Shadow King, and they rush off to find and stop him, but encounter many obstacles along the way. Will they be able to restore the light to their kingdom? 

Sparky's Big News

 

Sparky's Big News 
by Nancy Lapointe 
illus. by Len Hernandez 
Language: English 
Mouse Tower Publications, 2020. 
42 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1735619612 ; 9781735619613 
Summary: Set on the South Texas coast, this coming-of-age story follows Sparky as he discovers his core identity. Sparky’s mom and sister support his journey from toddler through college age. Brilliant illustrations by Len Hernandez highlight the differences between cisgender heterosexual child’s play and LGBTQ+ child’s play. Growing up gay is nurtured and celebrated in Sparky’s family, paralleling the author’s experience raising a gay son. Enjoy a fun, colorful romp through the kind of diverse family that defines our best America.

Eugene The Unicorn: And the road to self-acceptance

 

Eugene The Unicorn: And the road to self-acceptance 
written and illustrated by T. Wheeler
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
33 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798580667522 
Summary: A book about the unique friendship between a lonely unicorn and an out of place donkey who explore diversity and decide to share their new found confidence with everyone around them. Sharing is caring, and they hope to help anyone else who feels out of place with their new found knowledge of the beauty of diversity. The intent behind this book, although subtle, is to allow questions and conversations about the LGBT+ community to be raised naturally. It’s often difficult finding the right words to start a conversation about LGBT+ issues and identities, especially when there is little experience to be had with this dialogue on a personal level. Where to begin? When to begin? Hopefully, this will inspire further research into the details and intricacies of the LGBT+ community for anyone that is responsible for guiding youth. Most importantly, this is a tool to help strengthen ideas about self-acceptance and embracing the differences, that when unspoken, may be perceived as disadvantages. Wouldn’t it be better to embrace one’s identity rather than maintain a secret through childhood and into adulthood? 

Toby Wears a Tutu

 

Toby Wears a Tutu 
by Lori Starling 
illus. by Anita Dufalla
Language: English 
Brandylane Publishers, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1951565398 ; 9781951565398 
Summary: It's the first day of school, and Toby is dressed in their best and ready to make new friends! But first, Toby's new classmates want to know: Is Toby a boy or a girl? Toby isn't sure how to answer. Toby likes to wear basketball shorts and tutus. Toby plays ninjas and dances ballet. Finally, after a little thought and some encouragement from Mom, Toby has a declaration to make: they can eat, wear, do, or be anything they want! Toby isn't a boy or a girl--Toby is just Toby! 

My Friend J.T.

 

My Friend J.T. 
by Savannah Riestenberg 
illus. by Taryn Pepping 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798664998528 
Summary: J.T. loves school and his friends, but sometimes people are mean to him because of who he is. Some people think he’s “different”, but to me he’s just J.T.! Luckily, J.T. has awesome friends (like me!) who stand up for him and make him feel better. 

The Queen's Promise

 

The Queen's Promise 
by Anne Bruinn 
illus. by Arsalan Fiverr 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
39 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798576982585 
Summary: This is the journey of a father coming to terms with his children's transgenderism. The Mother puts her children first and supports them fully, but the father has a harder time. Over time he learns to accept and appreciate the children for who they are. 

Over the Shop

 

Over the Shop 
by JonArno Lawson 
illus. by Qin Leng 
Language: English 
Candlewick, 2021. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1536201472 ; 9781536201475 
Summary: A lonely little girl and her grandparent need to fill the run-down apartment in their building. But taking over the quarters above their store will mean major renovations for the new occupants, and none of the potential renters can envision the possibilities of the space—until one special couple shows up. With their ingenuity, the little girl’s big heart, and heaps of hard work, the desperate fixer-upper begins to change in lovely and surprising ways. In this bustling wordless picture book, JonArno Lawson’s touching story and Qin Leng’s gentle illustrations capture all angles of the building’s transformation, as well as the evolving perspectives of the girl and her grandparent. A warm and subtly nuanced tale, Over the Shop throws open the doors to what it means to accept people for who they are and to fill your home with love and joy. 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

My Daddy

 

My Daddy 
by Jean River Sky 
illus. by Mykyta Harets 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798669247126 
Summary: A little girl explores her feelings about her daddy's big secret, learns that being happy is beautiful, and that love is the most important part of a relationship.When a family member transitions, it can be a confusing time for everyone. With open and inclusive language, this book communicates the important points of a transitioning parent, and can provide tools for parents and children as they adjust. With a change as significant as a parent transitioning genders, children can sometimes feel unsure about their relationships; this book reminds us that a parent’s love is unconditional, and that being true to oneself and modeling self-love is another important part of being a good parent. 

Only 2, Which R you?

 

Only 2, Which R you? 
by Kimm Reid 
illus. by wild_creations 
Language: English 
Ahelia Publishing LLC, 2020. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781988001395 ; 1988001390 
Summary: This 45-page, brightly colored children's book is perfect to teach children about genders. Tactfully and truthfully written, this story follows the twins, Jed and Julie, from birth to sixth grade as they become more confused about gender. Each year, they are told another confusing mistruth from teachers, classmates, YouTube, and Television. But, with the expert guidance of their parents, Jed and Julie learn the truth of how God chose their genders before they were born. While God makes little boys and little girls, He does not make mistakes-the parts they were born with determines the gender which defines them. 

Born Bad

 

Born Bad 
by CK Smouha 
illus. by Stephen Smith 
Language: English 
Cicada Books, 2020. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1908714751 ; 9781908714756 
Summary: Wolf wasn’t happy being Wolf. When he looked in the mirror he looked BAD. And when he looked bad, he felt bad, and when he felt bad, he acted bad.” Wolf wants to change but he’s not sure how. He goes on a journey, meeting members of the animal kingdom that experience change; a caterpillar, chameleon, salamander and seal, to name a few. With their help he undergoes a magnificent transition. 

I Am A Boy!!: A transgender boy (and his family's) journey to manhood

 

I Am A Boy!!: A transgender boy (and his family's) journey to manhood 
by Nick Lawrence, MA 
Language: English 
BookBaby, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1098319591 ; 9781098319595 
Summary: This story, told in poetic verse, follows a transgender child who is born female bodied. He knows he is a boy and says so from the very first moment of his life. His parents don't understand at first and assume he is just confused. But when he expresses himself clearly they learn to accept him for who he is and love him all the same. 

Don't Mess With Edgar's Tutu

 

Don't Mess With Edgar's Tutu 
by Tania Newell 
Language: English 
Tania Newell, 2020. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1777338204 ; 9781777338206 
Summary: Edgar is a trailblazer in his own right. Through this playful rhyming text and lively illustrations, this inspiring picture book shows a little boy embracing and supporting his choice to be himself unapologetically. Parents and caregivers of young children should pay attention to the critical role that Edgar's teacher/adult played in this fun yet thought-provoking story about confidence and self-expression. 

Diversity Makes A Difference

 

Diversity Makes A Difference 
by Jada Johnson 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
25 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798562652478 
Summary: Greg has been given the job to hire three new employees for the company. Greg is looking to hire a diverse group of people because Greg is non-binary and of mixed race. Greg plans to work hard and fight for people like themself to make them feel more included in the world by starting in their workplace. 

Casey and Penguin: A Day in the Life

 

Casey and Penguin: A Day in the Life 
by William T. Horton 
illus. by Meaghan Beaton 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
37 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798654314635 
Summary: Casey and Penguin, A Day in the Life, is a story about two buddies who navigate their daily adventures together. Penguin loves to be silly! So keep an eye open to see what he is getting up to! 

The Dancing Hippo

 

The Dancing Hippo 
by Bright Hawk 
illus. by Amanda J. Moore 
Language: English 
Bright Hawk Productions, 2020. 
56 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0999598724 ; 9780999598726 
Summary: A Bright Hawk original story based in Africa about a hippo that dances despite the naysayers among their tribe. This beautifully illustrated story resonates with timeless messages about being yourself, choosing how to respond, and how "only you can shine your light". This story has an inclusive language in order to include all identities. 

A Day of Pride: A children's book that Celebrates Diversity, Equality and Tolerance!

 

A Day of Pride: A children's book that Celebrates Diversity, Equality and Tolerance! 
by Roy Youldous-Raiss 
illus. by Yossi Madar 
Language: English 
Roy Youldous Raiss Books, 2020. 
32. p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9659286910 ; 9789659286911
Summary: A Day of Pride is a rhymed book celebrating love and pride, and teaching the importance of acceptance and tolerance. It encourages children of all kinds to be proud of themselves and accepting of others—exactly as they are. Invite your kid to an empowering and exciting journey on a magical day where everyone has a place. 

An ABC of Families

 

An ABC of Families 
by Abbey Williams 
illus. by Paulina Morgan 
Language: English 
Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0711256535 ; 9780711256538 
Summary: Whether you have two dads, an adopted brother, three stepsisters, or divorced parents, every family is the perfect family. With clear and simple explanations and bright and engaging artwork, this important book helps the youngest children explore complicated concepts in an accessible, fun and memorable way. 

Roger and Matthew

 

Roger and Matthew 
by Michel Theriault 
illus. by Magali Ben 
Language: English 
Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1554554845 ; 9781554554843 
Summary: Same-sex couples haven't always been accepted in society, but it is possible for love and beauty to triumph. Two boys are friends and age gracefully together as a same-sex couple. 

Riley Can't Stop Crying

 

Riley Can't Stop Crying 
by Stéphanie Boulay 
illus. by Agathe Bray-Bourret 
Language: English 
Orca Books, 2021. 
80 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781459826380 ; 1459826388 
Summary: Riley is inconsolable. He can’t stop crying and nothing is making him feel better. His sister, Regina, tries her best to help him figure out what’s wrong, but four-year-old Riley isn't sure. It’s not his tummy, or his head, or the monsters under the bed. Regina and their dad try everything they can to make Riley smile, but nothing works until one day Regina has an idea. Maybe it’s Riley that is making Riley upset. Regina knows what it feels like to be uncomfortable in her body, but she also knows that she’s pretty amazing and really good at a lot of things. So how can she help Riley see that he’s pretty amazing and really good at a lot of things? A charming story about a child’s search for his true self under the compassionate eye of his older sister. 

Tyrone O’Saurus Dreams

 

Tyrone O’Saurus Dreams 
by James Howe 
illus. by Randy Cecil 
Language: English 
Candlewick, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1536210870 ; 9781536210873 
Summary: Tyrone has a dream. But it seems like everyone else has their own dream for Tyrone. Should he be a dentist? A lawyer? A football player like his brother Johnny? None of these things make Tyrone happy. But then he meets the strongest dinosaur he’s ever seen, who inspires him to follow his own heart and become a dancer—like her. The creators of Brontorina reunite for a captivating companion story about a young dinosaur who, with a little love and encouragement, finds the courage to dance his way into his dreams. 

A Fox Called Herbert

 

A Fox Called Herbert 
written and illustrated by Margaret Sturton 
Language: English 
Andersen Press USA, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1728424119 ; 9781728424118 
Summary: Meet Herbert, the rabbit who knows he was born to be a fox. When his mommy isn't looking, he puts on pointy fox ears, makes himself a bushy tail, and asks his sister to paint him orange, just like a fox. But Mommy doesn't understand; why can't he just be a good rabbit? This delightful picture book is a true celebration of being ourselves and supporting our loved ones. Let this joyful tale inspire you to be who you are and follow your dreams. 

Tuesday Is Daddy's Day

 

Tuesday Is Daddy's Day 
by Elliot Kreloff 
Language: English 
Holiday House, 2021. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0823448916 ; 9780823448913 
Summary: The girl in this story has two rooms: one at Mommy's house and one at Daddy's apartment, which he shares with his partner Henry. All that's lacking is a puppy! Daddy picks her up after school on Tuesdays. But mommy is here instead! What's going on? Becky likes everything to be the same. But sometimes change can lead to a happy surprise! Tuesday Is Daddy's Day is a reminder that family comes in many forms, but always comes with love. In this book, best-selling author-illustrator Elliot Kreloff writes from the heart, as the story is based upon his own family. 

Pride Puppy!

 

Pride Puppy! 
by Robin Stevenson 
illus. by Julie McLaughlin 
Language: English 
Orca Books, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1459824849 ; 9781459824843 
Summary: A young child and their family are having a wonderful time together celebrating Pride Day―meeting up with Grandma, making new friends and eating ice cream. But then something terrible happens: their dog gets lost in the parade! Luckily, there are lots of people around to help reunite the pup with his family. This rhyming alphabet book tells a lively story, with rich, colorful illustrations that will have readers poring over every detail as they spot items starting with each of the letters of the alphabet. An affirming and inclusive book that offers a joyful glimpse of a Pride parade and the vibrant community that celebrates this day each year. 

What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns

 

What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns 
by Katherine Locke 
illus. by Anne Passchier 
Language: English 
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2021. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0316542067 ; 9780316542067 
Summary: Whenever Ari's Uncle Lior comes to visit, they ask Ari one question: "What are your words?" Some days Ari uses she/her. Other days Ari uses he/him. But on the day of the neighborhood's big summer bash, Ari doesn't know what words to use. On the way to the party, Ari and Lior meet lots of neighbors and learn the words each of them use to describe themselves, including pronouns like she/her, he/him, they/them, ey/em, and ze/zir. As Ari tries on different pronouns, they discover that it's okay to not know your words right away--sometimes you have to wait for your words to find you. 

Jacob's School Play: Starring She, He, and They

 

Jacob's School Play: Starring She, He, and They 
by Ian Hoffman and Sarah Hoffman 
illus. by Chris Case 
Language: English 
Magination Press, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1433836777 ; 9781433836770 
Summary: Jacob—star of one of the most banned books of the decade according to the American Library Association—is back in his third book and ready to put on a school play! While learning their lines and making their costumes, Jacob’s class finds itself unexpectedly struggling with identity, and what it means to be “he,” “she,” or “they.” Jacob’s School Play is an engaging way to introduce young readers to non-binary people and the pronoun options available to us all. Learning that individuals are more nuanced than how others see them is a developmentally important milestone and helps foster respect of one’s self and one’s peers. 

Being You: A First Conversation About Gender

 

Being You: A First Conversation About Gender 
by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli 
illus. by Anne/Andy Passchier 
Language: English 
Rise x Penguin Workshop, 2021. 
36 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0593382641 ; 9780593382646 
Summary: Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way. Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood and activism against injustice, this topic-driven board book offers clear, concrete language and beautiful imagery that young children can grasp and adults can leverage for further discussion. While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it's hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice. 

The Moose Fairy

 

The Moose Fairy 
written and illustrated by Steve Smallman 
Language: English 
words & pictures, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 071125883X ; 9780711258839 
Summary: A funny and touching picture book, with a positive message about being kind and accepting those who are different from ourselves. Includes discussion points for parents and teachers to build understanding and enjoyment of the story and the morals behind it. 

ABC of Gender Identity

 

ABC of Gender Identity 
written and illustrated by Devika Dalal 
Language: English 
Jessica Kingsley, 2021. 
64 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1787758087 ; 9781787758087 
Summary: This bright and playful A - Z introduces young readers to 26 gender identities to help raise awareness and acceptance of different genders. Gender identity is an important part of who we are, and how we express ourselves in the world, and this book aims to help children better understand themselves and those around them. 

Our dream came true

 

Our dream came true 
by Holly Jade Gill 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798551688952 
Summary: This is an LGBT surrogacy story between a married couple and their best friend. This picture book goes through all the stages of this important family decision. 

The Wish

 

The Wish 
by Nille Horgen 
Language: English 
Blurb, 2020. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781715198633 ; 1715198638 
Summary: "The wish" a LGBTQI+ Childrensbook. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Nurturing a Seed: A Story of Surrogacy

Nurturing a Seed: A Story of Surrogacy 
by Mardi Palan 
illus. by Amy Suha Kuttab 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1719582661; 9781719582667 
Summary: Join two children as they discover how a surrogacy is similar to nurturing a seed. This is a story of completing a surrogacy for a family that did not have all the necessary materials to grow their special plant. With the support of the community, it is made possible. This metaphor is also great for preparing future surrogates on their journey. Authored by Mardi Palan who surrogated twins for an Israeli couple, this true story can be found on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and National Public Radio (NPR). This book is also translated into Hebrew, which is read from the back cover to the middle. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1719582661

אַבָּא וְאַבָּא יָצְאוּ לַדֶּרֶךְ

אַבָּא וְאַבָּא יָצְאוּ לַדֶּרֶךְ 
by Dvir Dahan 
illus. by Roi Rahamim 
Language: Hebrew 
[Israel]: 2019. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
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אני רק רוצה להיות אני

אני רק רוצה להיות אני 
by Galit Tzuk 
Language: Hebrew 
[Israel]: 2016 
40 p : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: אֲנִי רַק רוצה לִהְיוֹת אֲני הוא ספר הילדים הטרנסי הראשון בישראל. בספר שלושה סיפורים מחורזים. שניים מובאים מנקודת מבטם של ילדים טרנסג'נדרים, והשלישי מנקודת מבטה של ילדה לאישה טרנסג'נדרית המתמודדת עם אביה שיצאה מהארון כאישה טרנסג'נדרית. 
Available: https://www.e-vrit.co.il/Product/7410/%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99_%D7%A8%D7%A7_%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A6%D7%94_%D7%9C%D7%94%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA_%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99

Friday, July 24, 2020

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope 
by Jodie Patterson and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow 
Language: English 
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2021. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0593123638 ; 9780593123638 
Summary: Penelope knows that he's a boy. (And a ninja.) The problem is getting everyone else to realize it. In this exuberant companion to Jodie Patterson's adult memoir, The Bold World, Patterson shares her son Penelope's frustrations and triumphs on his journey to share himself with the world. Penelope's experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.
Available: https://www.amazon.de/Born-Ready-Story-Named-Penelope/dp/0593123638

Duncan's Journey

Duncan's Journey 
by Richard James Tomack
Language: English 
XLIBRIS, 2013. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1493103113 ; 9781493103119 
Summary: Duncan's Journey is a book that teaches a valuable lesson. "Everyone should be treated the same no matter what you are or who you love" You will be reading about how a young Elf named Duncan goes through his own journey and learns this lesson. Duncan does not think he will be accepted because he is gay, but he learns that God, Santa, his family, and his friends accept and love him unconditionally. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Duncans-Journey-Richard-James-Tomack/dp/1493103113/

Lance & Lot zoeken zich rot: naar het verhaal van Tim en Steven

Lance & Lot zoeken zich rot: naar het verhaal van Tim en Steven 
by Linda De Haan 
Language: Dutch 
Ploegsma, 2016. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9021676591 ; 9789021676593 
Summary: Ridder Lance en ridder Lot zijn heel gelukkig samen. Toch ontbreekt er iets in hun veel te grote kasteel. Maar wat of wie ...? Ze zoeken in de moestuin, ze zoeken op alle markten van het land, ze plakken posters en ze vliegen naar het land van de kangoeroes.
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lance-Lot-zoeken-zich-rot/dp/9021676591

Kensie's Queen

Kensie's Queen 
by Jennifer Leider 
illus. by Carrie King 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2018. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1721775153 ; 9781721775156 
Summary: Sasha Velour reviewed "Kensie's Queen" and had this to say: "I was so proud and excited to see what this creative team came up with, and they did NOT disappoint! Kensie's Queen is a heartwarming but stunningly realistic story about the fabulous world of drag, a world of dress-up for all ages, where every style is welcome, as long as it's done with love! It made me tear up! Also particularly loved Aunt Esmerelda's gorgeous dog and impeccable closet (*wink wink*) Love, Sasha Velour" 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensies-Queen-Jennifer-Leider/dp/1721775153

Lennox Learns about Love

Lennox Learns about Love 
written and illustrated by T. J. Watkins 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
38 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1090658834 ; 9781090658838 
Summary: LGBT Equality has come a long way in our lifetimes, but we still have more to go. It's important for the coming generations to have a healthy view of different sexual orientations. Whether it’s for understanding the people around them (in their own families or elsewhere), or to understand themselves a little later in life, this could be a good start. This book is very kid-friendly; it is simply about love. Enjoy, for you and the little ones in your life! 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lennox-Learns-about-Love-Watkins/dp/1090658834

What Am I?

What Am I? 
by Eric Allen and Jessica Allen
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
24 p. : col. il. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1095158481 ; 9781095158487 
Summary: What Am I? is a story about gender confusion from a child's perspective. The child questions their likes, feelings, and how they act in terms of gender norms, expectations, and stereotypes. Follow along as they come to the realization that they're both ordinary and extraordinary! 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/WHAT-AM-I-Eric-Allen/dp/1095158481

Beez The Lizard: And Her First Day at School

Beez The Lizard: And Her First Day at School 
by Adam Gharavi  
illus. by Mare-Liis Balles
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1088468314 ; 9781088468319 
Summary: Beez the Lizard, is a kitten with an identity struggle. She truly believes that she is a lizard. Due to this belief, she dresses like a lizard and is absolutely insistent she be treated as one. With the help of her “Dad”, she enrolls in the local school. She quickly finds out that not everyone is willing to accept her. Beez deals with bullying, loneliness, isolation, and finally redemption, learning that being true to yourself is the best way to be. Somewhere inside all of us, there is a Beez. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beez-Lizard-Her-First-School/dp/1088468314

Dracula Spectacular

Dracula Spectacular 
by Lucy Rowland 
illus. by Ben Mantle 
Language: English 
Macmillan Children's Books, 2019. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1509845976 ; 9781509845972 
Summary: t’s tough being a vampire when you’re more giggles and glitter than beastly and bitter. But will Dracula Boy dare to follow his heart and live life in technicolour? Full of spooks and sparkles, Dracula Spectacular is a heart-warming story about learning to be brave, kind and above all, proud to be yourself. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dracula-Spectacular-Lucy-Rowland/dp/1509845976