Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Heather Has Two Mommies - A Brand-New Edition of the Modern Classic (and it's wonderful!)

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell

"Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two hands, two feet, two pets, and two mommies! When a child at her new school asks her about her daddy, Heather's teacher has all the children draw pictures of their families and everyone learns that "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other."

When the original edition of "Heather Has Two Mommies" came out, it drew fire (lots of fire) and praise (well-deserved) for being what we now look back on as an "historical landmark" in both children's publishing and queer parenting.

In this all new edition, with new illustrations by Laura Cornell, the story has pulled back from its older  'let me explain you something you've never heard – or maybe even thought about – before' and feels more in sync with where we are culturally today. Ultimately this new edition feels more of a picture book for kids, and less something written for gay and lesbian parents who were so desperate to have some representation in the books we read to our kids.

In my opinion, these changes make the book stronger, and even more worthy of celebration. So, yes, "Heather Has Two Mommies" is definitely a picture book I wish had been read to me when I was a little kid.

Add your review of either (or both) editions of "Heather Has Two Mommies" in comments!

1 comment:

Alli Harper said...

Lee, do you know who the agent was for this book?