Using Books to Explain Gay Families to Children

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Using Books to Explain Gay Families to Children
Talking about hard topics with your kids can be made easy with these tips!

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Illustrated by Peter Parnell

A favorite among many families, this loving story is based on a true story of two male penguins living in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, share a nest at the zoo. As their neighboring penguin families start to hatch their eggs and welcome cute fuzzy penguin babies into their nest, they realize they want the same. They are so determined to be parents, they even bring an egg-shaped rock into their nest and care for it. Thankfully, a caring zookeeper gives them an egg that needs some love and after some time, Roy and Silo hatch a lovely penguin girl. With the book’s soft watercolor illustrations and all-around loving storyline, this is a must-have on every child’s bookshelf.

 

FOR YOUNG ADULTS

It is also cruical that our older children to be aware of titles that have characters who are gay. The power of seeing yourself, a friend or a loved one depicted in a novel can be life changing.  Vida Engstrand, Senior Publicist from Kensington Publishing Corporation suggests the below titles for young adults. “And I’m just happy these kinds of books are being published at all these days,” Engstrand says. “Just 10 years ago, there was nothing for gay teens to read and relate to.”

DON’T LET ME GO by J.H. Trumble

THE EVOLUTION OF ETHAN POE Robin Reardon

Michael Griffo’s THE ARCHANGEL ACADEMY trilogy – UNWELCOME, UNNATURAL and UNAFRAID

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