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How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?

Title

How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?

Authors

Ann Heron

Illustrator

Kris Kovick

Publisher

Alyson Books

Publication Year

1994

ISBN

9781555832438

Pages

48 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Jasmine thinks she's lucky to have three dads--a stepfather, her natural father, and his lover. However, her schoolmates and even teachers find this hard to accept. Jasmine's brother is subjected to name-calling and almost ends up in a fight over his father's lifestyle. At home, the two dads are supportive and understanding, and the children's natural father contacts the principal about it. A special assembly is the result, with a children's counselor discussing different kinds of families. A subplot, featuring a lesbian and her son, speaks nonjudgmentally to the issue of the sexual preferences among the offspring of homosexual parents. This book with a purpose does a good job of raising the issues sensitively and answering the questions reasonably. Scratchy ink drawings depict an African-American family living in an average neighborhood, with the children attending a racially balanced school.

Grade Level

K-3, 3-5

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family Relationship; Homosexuality; Divorce; same-sex parents; gay father; divorced parents; children of gay parents

Main Character

girl; boy

Race/Ethnicities

African American

Family Formation

divorced parents

LGBTQ+

male/male; female/female

Awards

Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books,2009 Cooperative Children s Book Center

Keywords

parent and child

Diversity Impact

direct

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