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Books for Gay and Lesbian Parents (and Parents of Gay and Lesbian Children)

See also the posting for page 210 for LGBT support, in the listing at DrSpock.com.

This page is a work in progress, where we will post reviews of the books we love that might be especially useful to parents who identify as gay or lesbian, or bi, or other.  I hope these books are helpful for all parents and children, to expand everyone’s sense of what it means to parent and be parented. 

Along that vein, take a look at this article about children’s books that build inclusiveness.  The article comes from my friend Dipesh Navsaria, who is both a pediatrician and a children’s librarian, and who is medical director for the Wisconsin branch of Reach Out and Read

Books to Build Values

I’ll add more books as they come to my notice; meanwhile, please feel free to write in with your recommendations!

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

A true story about a pair of male penguins in the New York City Zoo who rear a chick together.  I got this book as a present from one of my students, a pediatrician-internal medicine doctor who is a champion for all children, including those who’ve been traditionally excluded and put down.  It’s really a delightful book, with good drawings, good humor, an engaging text, and a powerful message.  Children 3 and up are likely to understand it; younger children will enjoy the pictures and the pretty-sounding words.

[this page was last updated by Robert Needlman, on 11-25-2018]