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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

picture book

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

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Divorce; Step parent; Homosexuality; divorced parents; step father; same-sex parents; gay; gay father; lesbian; lesbian mother; children of gay parents

Main Character

male child; female child

Race/Ethnicities

African American

Family Formation

mother; two fathers

LGBTQ+

gay males; lesbian female

Awards

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

Keywords

bullying; school assembly; friendship; tolerance; teaching respect

Diversity Impact

direct

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