A young boy explains his experiences of having two dads. As he narrates his story, he uses questions to ask how his parents' love is different from heterosexual ones. He also addresses how bullies have tried to hurt him AND how he will turn his feelings of hurt into love.
What an important, beautiful book. The illustrations complement the boy's narration, and I particularly love the "pairings" that emphasize similarities, not differences. The wedding photograph is an exceptional choice! What I love most, though, is how the story balances the boy's journey through his feelings while educating readers about bullying, normalizing gay families, and the character diversity as well. The shift from feeling "less than" to feeling loved is tangible and young readers will get it.
Highly recommended for home libraries as a jumping-off point about love, different kinds of families, prejudice, acceptance, community, and slang/using words as weapons. It would also be an exceptional choice for an elementary or middle-grade classroom for discussions of bullying.
An uplifting, beautiful story about what love is, as well as a reminder of how words can be weapons.
This is a picture book that illustrates bullying and discriminatory behavior around LGBTQ families.
First, start with love. How would your child define it? Where do they see it? If working with younger children, you might guide them by asking about "love" in different contexts: favorite food, favorite sport, favorite famous person, relative, etc.
Be sure to ask your kids why they think the other kids might have been prejudiced? Where did those feelings come from?
This is an excellent introduction to helping children understand what sounds "innocent" to them may not be. "You're so gay" is at the center of this book, but there are others that can also be discussed.
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Buy. This is an important book that can spark conversations about bias, bullying, and kindness.