In January 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized in Florida. This allowed for both parents of same-sex couples to become the legal parents of their child.
While same-sex couples rely on the same parenting tools as other parents and those of adopted children, books that talk about same-sex parents help to keep the conversation and dialog with their children open.
For families with same-sex parents and those who want to talk with their children about same-sex parents, check out these thoughtfully-written children’s books.
by Lesléa Newman
This board book is for children ages three to seven. It celebrates the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children, and it tells the story of the gentle, nurturing relationship between a child and her parents, who are a lesbian couple.
The illustrations have a universal appeal and show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. It shows activities from hide-and-seek to dress-up and bath time to a kiss goodnight. The message is there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.
by Vanita Oelschlager
In this book for children four to eight years old, a girl answers a friend’s questions about what it is like to have two fathers. It depicts a playground conversation between two children. The girl goes on to say, she has a Daddy and Poppa and provides answers, such as “Daddy is my soccer coach. Poppa cooks me eggs and toast.”
The book presents a type of family increasingly visible in our society, and it reflects on a child’s perspective of her parents, who nurture and love her. The ultimate question — “Who is your dad when you’re sad and need some love?” She replies, “Both, of course.”
by Todd Parr
For children ages two to five years, the message is — there are lots of different ways to be a family, and your family is special no matter what kind it is. This is communicated playfully with a sense of fun and is illustrated in bold, bright colors and silly scenes.
The different varieties of families — two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one — and the love for our families is celebrated. Likewise, the book points out how families are the same in many ways, for example, when they celebrate birthdays and feel sad when they lose someone they love. Children are encouraged that every family is special in its unique way and that it’s positive to embrace our differences.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.