Yes folks it's time for We Recommend, in which you write in asking for specific recommendations, and we use our collective knowledge to come up with the perfect book. Interested? Write in and tell us your kid's age, tastes, other stuff—anything that might be relevant—and we'll do our part. Oh yeah, and the comments? The comments are the best part.
Here's one that I've been meaning and meaning and meaning to get to, and I hope we're not too late for the wedding!
I am now looking for some specific suggestions for children's books that deal with LGBT families. My partner and I are mothers to a 5 year old son from my previous relationship who is very loving and comfortable within our family unit, but he's in kindergarten and has external societal influences as well … all of which do not accept our family unit as the "norm". We are starting to prepare for our wedding, and have found that our son is having a difficult time accepting the idea of my partner and I getting married … because we are "two girls and a girl can't marry a girl". I'm looking for books that help reinforce our lessons of love in many versions.
For those who don't know this, LGBT is lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered (though it doesn't have to be all at once). Anyway, what's the right book? For that, we need a very short story.
This book 1) is excellent. And 2) has all kinds of families in it. ALL KINDS. And makes kind of a point of it. Oh, did I also mention? It's excellent. There is a lot of silliness, and flying on the backs of birds, and other lovely stuff. Every child to whom I have read the title story has been thrilled with its out-and-out goofiness and injustice-defying message. This book has been nothing but good to us.
Also, I happened upon this blog in my journeys, which is maybe no longer active, but seems to be an excellent source for books for kids in gay families.
But, I hope this isn't the only one. Readers, any suggestions?