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Review, School Library Journal, April 1, 2011:
"As in Newman’s Mommy, Momma and Me (Tricycle, 2009), this book broaches a controversial issue in an appealingly nonthreatening way."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011:
"Centered on the child’s experience and refreshingly eschewing reference to controversy, the book emerges as a celebration of not only Mommy’s and Mama’s mutual love but progress toward equal marriage rights for same-sex couples."

About the Author

LESLÉA NEWMAN has written over 20 books for children including the best seller Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received many literary awards and is currently the Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts.

MIKE DUTTON has worked on children's books, comics, coloring books, landscape paintings, and video game art. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Alex, and their cat, Raven. He is an active blogger.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 1540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463322
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 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, I CARRY MY MOTHER; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, KETZEL, THE CAT WHO COMPOSED, 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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Format: Hardcover
Donovan's Big Day is a delightful story about a boy preparing for the wedding of his two moms. Unlike the author's classic Heather Has Two Mommies, which focused rather pedantically on a girl trying to understand why she doesn't have a dad, there are no "issues" here -- other than the problems any child might face while attending a wedding of any sort. He has to dress up, keep clean, and not fidget. Most of all, he has to make sure to hand his moms their rings at the proper moment.

There is just enough light tension to keep young readers engaged as Donovan goes through each step of his preparations. Illustrator Mike Dutton's dynamic gouache drawings capture Donovan's earnest spirit with gentle humor.

The book is also a celebration of wider family. Donovan stays with his grandparents the night before the wedding. His aunt and uncle drive him to the ceremony, and he shares the back seat with his cousins. Upon arrival, there are more relatives and friends to kiss and compliment him.

Any child participating in a wedding -- of either a same-sex or opposite-sex couple -- should enjoy Donovan's adventure and the spirit of joy it brings.
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From the author of the pioneering children's book "Heather Has Two Mommies" comes a timely storybook for 4-7 year olds whose parent is about to enter a same-sex marriage, civil union or similar event commemorated by a ceremony.

Donovan two moms are getting married, and he is made an integral part of the day's festivities as ring-bearer. The book stresses the continuity of Donovan's life before and after the ceremony, and portrays the day as a joyful experience to be shared with his family and friends.

Excellent gift idea for gay or lesbian couples with small children, who may not often have the opportunity to see someone in their situation portrayed in a children's storybook. I pronounce it five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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My two boys are 7 and 10 and both on the Autism Spectrum. Their sister was married last July, to a woman. I was worried for the longest time about how exactly to explain this to them in the best way possible. (They were also ring bearers) This book helped SO much! I highly recommend this book. It was so much help. Remember, just because a child doesn't ask questions doesn't mean they don't have a TON of them in their little heads!!
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When you start to read this book you wonder why Donovan is getting so excited and what is this BIG job he has to do on this BIG day? He went about his chores by racing down the stairs to feed his dog Sheba, eat breakfast and then rush to clean himself up. He got dressed in his new jacket. He had a little white satin box which he had to look after and don't loose. The minute he heard his uncle Gregory honk the horn he came flying out of the house into the backseat. Donovan was so excited he dash through the crowded room to take his place beside his family. And when it was time he took out the little white satin box and gave the rings to his moms who were getting married. Okay, that was what the excitement was all about.

Children get excited when they have a part to play in a wedding, and Donovan was no different. He was excited to see his moms get married even though he didn't have a typical mother and father. The message in this book for me wasn't about the gay marriage but the excitement of a child looking forward to his parents getting married. Love does make a family.

As you turn each page you will notice that the illustrator showed the happy occasion of this wedding from a child's point of view.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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The book arrived just in time, in the condition advertised and was the perfect story for our church service. The congregation enjoyed the story and the illustrations.
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