WILLHOITE, Michael. Daddy’s Roommate. 30p. Alyson Books. June 1990. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1555831783.
Preschool-Grade 2- In this picture book from the early 90s, a young boy talks about his divorced father’s boyfriend Frank and their relationship. Frank and his dad take the boy to the zoo, the beach, and other fun activities that display their loving parental environment.
This book is important because it portrays same-sex parenting in a positive light, and will make children with same-sex partners feel more included and validated. It also helps other children see that there are kids with two moms or two dads whose families are the same as their own. As the little boy’s mom explains to him, “being gay is just one more kind of love. And love is the best kind of happiness.”
The book is actually number 2 on the American Library Association’s list of 100 most challenged books from 1990-1999, and was one of the first children’s books to portray same-sex relationships. Since it was written 27 years ago, the illustrations are a little cliche and dated, but this book and others like it are integral to a collection because they add inclusivity and promote positive acceptance of all types of families.
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Willhoite, M. (1990). Daddy’s roommate. Boston, Mass.: Alyson Books.