Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator). Daddy, Papa, and Me. New York: Tricycle Press, 2009.
Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator). Mommy, Mama, and Me. New York: Tricycle Press, 2009.
These appealing board books depict same-sex, interracial-appearing parents with toddlers engaged in typical family pastimes. Warm, lively watercolor paintings accompany playful, accessible rhymes. I especially appreciated how the toddlers participate in both “masculine”/active and “feminine”/nurturing activities. We see them (and the parents) cooking, playing, running, and more. A sweet example: “Daddy shows me how to sew / Papa shows me how to throw.”
It is so important for children to see their family structures reflected in books from an early age, and it is equally important for children with normative family structures to have exposure to queer family structures. I highly recommend these board books for early childhood educators, parents, family therapists, and public libraries.