The following books were published through 2007.
Baxter, Nicola. (2003) OUR STORY. Donor Conception Network. (ages 3-6)
Available through www.dcnetwork.org and www.familyhelper.net/iy/in.html. A guide to donor insemination for young children, with one version about having lesbian parents.
Day, Ann Frances. (2000) LESBIAN AND GAY VOICES: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND GUIDE TO LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
Considine, Kaitlyn. (2005) EMMA AND MEESHA MY BOY: A TWO MOM STORY. Available through www.twomombooks.com. Ages 3-6.
Two moms teach their daughter to be nice to her cat. The publisher’s website, www.twolives.com, is a resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children. They have an extensive offering of books for children and adults as well.
de Haan, Linda. KING AND KING. Ages 3-6.
When the queen decrees that it’s time for the prince to marry, princesses come from far and wide hoping to catch his eye. But the one who actually charms the prince is the brother of one of the princesses, and guess what? They live happily ever after!
Elwin, Rosamund & Paulse, Michele. (1990) ASHA’S MUMS. Women’s Press, Ontario, Canada. Ages 6 and up.
Thoughtful story showing how a young girl and her two moms deal positively with homophobia at school and introduce their family to her teacher and classmates.
Garden, Nancy. HOLLY’S SECRET. Ages 8-12.
When Holly’s family moves to a new town, she changes her name and lies about her parents (two moms), hoping that she’ll fit in. She learns that her true friends will stand by her. The dialogue between Holly and her family is very loving and realistic.
Gottlieb, Andrew. SONS TALK ABOUT THEIR GAY FATHERS: LIFE CURVES. Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies.
Greenberg, Keith. (1996) ZACK’S STORY: GROWING UP WITH SAME-SEX PARENTS. Lerner Publications.
Written for preteens. Eleven-year-old Zack describes life with his two moms in this photo-essay.
Howey, Noelle & Samuels, E. (Eds.) (2000). OUT OF THE ORDINARY: ESSAYS ON GROWING UP WITH GAY, LESBIAN, AND TRANSGENDER PARENTS. Stonewall Inn Editions.
Collection of essays by 20 contributors who have a queer mom or dad (or two). The lack of sophistication in these essays is both the book’s weakness and its strength. These accounts, many by first-time writers, sometimes unintentionally show with dramatic clarity how at early ages the authors sensed and shouldered their parents’ struggles. These narrators don’t sound like products of the current, proud gay-parenting boom; many are the children of parents who struggled to leave straight lives (and marriages) and to establish new identities later in life.
Newman, Leslea & Souza, Diane. (2000) HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Alyson Publications. Ages 2-6.
Mama Kate, Mama Jane, and Heather became a family using donor insemination. The was the first book published by Alyson Wonderland which has a number of books for and about children of lesbian and gay parents. 2000 is the updated edition.
Newman, Leslea. (1991) GLORIA GOES TO GAY PRIDE. Alyson Publications.
Gloria and her two mothers join in a Gay Pride parade.
Newman, Leslea. FELICIA’S FAVORITE STORY.
At bedtime Felicia wants to hear her favorite story, of how she was adopted by Mama Linda and Mama Nessa. And so Felicia’s parents tell her how they flew off in a big silver airplane to meet her and how they loved her from the very first moment they saw her.
Snow, Judith. HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE A GAY OR LESBIAN PARENT: A BOOK BY KIDS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Valentine, Johnny. (2004) ONE DAD, TWO DADS, BROWN DAD, BLUE DADS.
Two children—one with blue dads, one from a more traditional family—compare notes in this lighthearted book about parents who are different. In the end, they discover that blue dads are not really different from others’ dads. Except in one way.
Valentine, Johnny. THE DUKE WHO OUTLAWED JELLY BEANS.
This is a collection of five original fairy tales: The Frog Prince, The Eagle Rider, The Dragon Sense, The Ogre’s Boots and The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans. Embedded within the stories are a cast of gay and lesbian characters.
Willhoite, Michael. (1991) DADDY’S ROOMMATE.
Both the story and pictures are warm and positive as they show the boy Nick, with his father and his partner, depicting loving family relationships.