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From the Publisher

* Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.
* Perfect baby shower gift for expecting same-sex couples.
* Great selection for gay pride table/display.

About the Author

LESL?âA NEWMAN is the author of over fifty books, including Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children's book to portray lesbian families in a positive way. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.


CAROL THOMPSON has illustrated more than forty-five books for children, and is the recipient of the Mother Goose Award for Children's Book Illustration. She lives in Ashby de la Zouch, England.
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Product Details

  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; Brdbk edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462622
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS; the poetry collection, STILL LIFE WITH BUDDY; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD, and HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD was named an American Library Association 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, and A SWEET PASSOVER was named a 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor as well. A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she is a faculty member of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems, written in a variety of forms (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, terza rima, haiku, and others) are finely crafted, completely accessible, and full of startling, poignant, and powerful imagery. These poems will resonant with all who have lost a parent, relative, spouse, friend, or anyone whom they dearly love.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Almond on August 7, 2011
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Last December I was searching for papa-centric gifts to get our son's other Dad (who goes by "Papa") for Christmas, and let me tell you, it was slim pickings. This is unfortunate as a lot of two dad families go by the "daddy/papa" monikers. In addition to the papa stuff being few and far between, lots of it was for grandfathers. And while we may not be spring chickens, we ain't visiting Grandpa Land anytime soon. However, I did manage to find a few fun things, including a charming book about animal babies and their fathers called "Papa Papa", as well as this sassy "Who's Your Papa?" Papa Smurf tee shirt.

But the best by far was the book "Daddy, Papa, and Me" which has since become one of our favorite books to read to our son. It's a very straightforward, no-nonsense, non-preachy, day-in-the-life story of a child (cleverly illustrated so as not to be gender-specific) and his/her two fathers. It starts off with the child asking "Who wants to play with me today?," followed with spread after spread depicting things Daddy and Papa does with the realistically energetic toddler. Our favorite is the one with Daddy helping to "paint the sky" and Papa helping to bake a pie. (I'm Daddy, and an artist/graphic designer, and Papa is Italian, and a cook among cooks).

After a slew of other activities (throwing a ball, having a tea party, etc.) the book ends with a sentiment any parent of a toddler can relate to, regardless of the family's makeup. "Does anybody need a rest?" Daddy and Papa say "Yes, Yes, Yes!"

What appeals most to me about the book is that it doesn't try to make a case for this family, or celebrate that it's "different." There are plenty of other books for that. What it does celebrate is the joy of a child spending time with his parents -- learning, playing, and experiencing life.

You can read my full blog post on this book at: [...]
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 1, 2009
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What is the purpose of your average everyday board book? It's not really a crazy question. In the history of printed literature, board books are relative newcomers. I mean, books for babies and toddlers? A radical notion! Yet parents who start reading to their kids early find that their children are better readers later on down the road. As a result, sometimes board books are simplified adaptations of already existing picture books, and sometimes they are written with the intention of beginning and ending their lives as board books (though if you're Sandra Boynton, sometimes you'll see the rare board book to picture book crossover). Topics cover everything from animal sounds to colors, peek-a-boo, letters, numbers, and families. Always with the families. Small children like to see children like themselves in books just as parents like to see their family situations reflected in the literature their kids read. The problem is that there really isn't a lot to pick and choose from if you're a modern gay or lesbian couple. On the picture book side of things you can sometimes find a sweet story in the midst of all the pabulum ("Mini Mia and her Darling Uncle" perhaps), but it's relatively rare. And on the board book side of things? Essentially you can either find translated/bilingual editions of Moreno Velo and Termenón Delgado's charming "Manu" series, but that's almost entirely it. Now Tricycle Press is taking a chance and producing some quality baby board book fare for the busy single sex family. What is the purpose of your average everyday board book? To teach children about the world, of course.Read more ›
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Oleanna on July 2, 2009
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Author Leslea Newman, and the world, have come a long way since her book, Heather Has Two Mommies, came out, and that's a relief.

Not only is Daddy, Papa, and Me the single board book of its kind to date, it's really fine -- attractive, enjoyable, thoughtful and perfect for all young children to enjoy, whatever their own families' makeup.

A happy, busy toddler and two parents, daddy and papa, relish an affectionate, child-centered day together.

Neatly rhyming simple text accompanies friendly colorful illustrations depicting such homemade fun as pretending with costume props, flying paper airplanes, vrooming a toy car while piggyback riding, painting, baking a big pie (with wonderful child created pie dough decorations on top ), strumming a guitar, drumming on a toy drum and a cooking pot, mending a stuffed toy, throwing a ball, making tea and enjoying a tea party together.

The parents spell each other, taking turns with some of the activities, but finally do appear to appreciate the pretend rest their little one arranges for them.

Reading this is satisfying and makes a person feel good.
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I love that this is a simple, sweet book featuring a family with same-sex parents, without specifically being about the fact that the parents are same-sex. They just happen to be, which is absolutely perfect for helping to normalize the diversity of different families. The illustrations and simple rhymes are fun to read with my toddler.
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By N. Hampshire on January 20, 2015
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why this rating?

This is a short book in rhyming fashion. it's cute and fun for any family and I love that it's two dads and their son. Any positive representation of LGBT families is good. We need them now more than ever!!!

Would I recommend this?

Of course it's, fun, short and any child would love it.
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