Sunday, March 13, 2011

LGBT and Confidence Children Books

Recently I got curious and wondered about children books.  I grew up with Dr. Seuss and I loved “Green Eggs & Ham” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and loved them.
However now, I have found a whole new world of children’s books.  I have found many books on LGBT families and confidence books.

The two LGBT books I have bought so far are”
1.       A Tale of Two Daddies
2.       Daddy, Papa, and Me

I feel as an LGBT family it’s important especially with adoption to provide information to children that having two daddies is ok even though it is different to the “norm”.
The books we have got so far are such fun books.  “A Tale of Two Daddies” is about a little girl’s friend asked her questions on having two daddies, such as:  Who cooks for you and who tucks you in at night. The answers are both daddies of course!
The same kinda deal goes for “Daddy, Papa, and Me.  Both daddies want to play with the child and dress up.  It just shows in both books that two daddies are just as amazing as a mom and dad.
There are long lists of books I want to get with all different age groups – mainly from 4 to 8.  There is even a child’s book about Harvey Milk which I find really important but I haven’t bought it yet.

One of my top books that I want to get is:
·         My Uncles Wedding by Eric Ross
It’s a cute story, Andy is a little boy and the story is through his eyes about his uncle marrying his partner.  The author is from San Francisco and it’s just a super cute book.  So to all my friends with kids, as soon as gay marriage is once again legal in California you’re SO getting a copy!  Since Jose and I quickly call ourselves uncles even though we are no way related.

For the confidence books:
I find myself with a long wish list on for books especially in this area of books, such as:
1.       The Skin You Live In
2.       The Peace Book
3.       The I Love You Book
4.       The Feelings Book
5.       It’s Okay To Be Different
6.       We Belong Together
7.       We’re Different, We’re the Same
The list goes on and on, this is just to name a few.

The main point in all these books is that it’s always ok to be yourself, we will always love you no matter what, there are so many different types of people, and you can always tell us how you feel.
I find with a new generation of books children may grow up with better communication to their parents or at least feel more comfortable talking with their parents about anything.  Also, through these books knowing that they are loved and that YOU love them no matter what.  The earlier they feel in their heart that you love them the better it will be, especially if you adopt a child and if they are older. 

Here is my dilemma:
How many LGBT and confidence books are too much?  When will it be just too much?  I feel the classics definitely have their place but I guess I look at these books and I wish I read whoever you are and how ever you are, you are ok.  It’s ok to be adopted, have a different color of skin than your parents, that you have two daddies (or mommies), or have curly hair.  These situations are real but I feel we can help with the confidence through these books.

I can go crazy buying all these books so I decided to for now on to go through all the books with Jose before buying 50 different books.  I find that I can be a bit excessive.   J

1 comment:

  1. Okay....I am looking in a mirror. I did the same exact thing BUT I did not talk to Tonya first! We now have about 20 books sitting on our built-in bookshelves next to the fireplace collecting dust. They were incredibly useful BEFORE we became parents – but as parents a bit daunting – after all we are reading about sharks, and trucks, and princess’s, now…..Let me suggest this ( I wish someone would have said this to me). I don’t presume to know you guys, but I can be WAY over analytical. Kids want LOVE. They will have questions, and I still don’t think our oldest “gets” why we sleep in the same bed, but the love in our home is palpable. That he can tell, and NO book telling him it is okay to come from a family that society deems untraditional can change that ONE BIT. Suggestion: