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Spotlight: Orphan No More
An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy: chapter one celebrates the concept that love is love. Rodney has long dreamed of being a parent. Although he is told that he cannot be a parent alone, fate has much more in store. Rodney discovers that a selfless act of protection actually becomes his first step toward fatherhood. Little Jordy, an orphaned duckling, has discoveries of his own: he learns the meaning of love, of family, and what it's like to feel the pain of being different. Through a bedtime story, Jordy learns of his namesake, a little boy named Jordan, who was also orphaned as a baby. Will similar beginnings lead to similar fates? Only time will tell.
Olympic diving hopeful Jordan Windle and his two dads Jerry & Andres live in North Carolina. They visited West Hollywood on May 7, 2016 and did a special reading of their new children's book, "An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy." The West Hollywood City Council presented Jordan with a commendation and his mentor Olympic diver Greg Louganis was in attendance.
Children's Books with Inclusive Textual and/or Visual Representations of Gay Families
123: A Family Counting Book, by Bobbie Combs, illustrated by Danamarie Hosler, 2001.PLC NOTE: About numbers only, but pictures include gay, lesbian, ethnically diverse families, etc.
ABC: A Family Alphabet Book, by Bobbie Combs, illustrated by Desiree Kean and Brian Rappa, 2001.
Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story, by Kaitlyn Taylor Considine, 2004.
Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee, 2001.
How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me, by Andrew R. Aldrich, illustrated by Mike Motz, 2003.
Mama Eat Ant, Yuck!, by Barbara Lynn Edmonds, 2000.
One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dad,by Johnny Valentine, illustrated by Melody Sarecky, 2004.
The Family Book, by Todd Parr, 2003.
The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Papa Bear, Daddy Bear, and Baby Bear by Beth McMurray (Author, Illustrator)
Who's In A Family?, by Robert Skutch, illustrated by Laura Nienhaus, 1998.
Children's Books with Gay Characters, Storylines, or Gay-Related Issues
The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, by Leslie Newman, illustrated by Peter Ferguson, 2004.
King & King, by Linda DeHaan & Stern Nijland, 2002.
King & King & Family, by Linda DeHaan & Stern Nijland, 2004.
The Sissy Duckling, by Harvey Fierstein, illustrated by Henry Cole, 2002.
Children’s Books with Textual and/or Visual Representations of Dads Only
Dad Mine, by Dawn Apperley, Jane Kamp, and Clare Waters, 2003.
The Daddy Book, by Todd Parr, 2002.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram, 1996.
What Daddies Do Best, by Laura Numeroff Joffe and Lynn Munsinger, 2001.
Children's Books about “The Facts Of Life" with Positive Gay Inclusion
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, 1996.
It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families,by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, 1999.
Children’s Books about Issues of Diversity or Special Interest
And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole, 2005.
Beatrice's Goat, by Page McBrier, illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter, 2001. PLC NOTE: About poverty and charity.
Best Best Colors/Los Mejores Colores, by Eric Hoffman, Eida De La Vega (Translator), illustrated by Celeste Henriquez, 1999.
Franny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair, by Harriet Lerner, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, 2001.
I Call My Hand Gentle, by Amanda Haan, illustrated by Marina Sagona, 2003.
It's Okay to be Different, by Todd Parr, 2001.
Jack & Jim, by Kitty Crowther, 2000.
Odd Velvet, by Mary Whitcomb, illustrated by Tara Calahan King, 1998.
The Whole Human Race, by Tim McFadden, 2003. http://www.wholehumanrace.com - Available at this website for $9.95.
Books for Youth
How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages, by Judith E. Snow, 2004.
Books for Adults about Gay Parenting
For an extensive selection of adult and kids' books about adoption, visit Tapestry Books.
Who's Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting, by Rachel Epstein, 2009.
The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide , by Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC, 2004.
Families of Value: Personal Profiles of Pioneering Lesbian and Gay Parents, by Robert A. Bernstein, 2005.
Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is, by Abigail Garner, 2004.
Families We Choose, by K. Weston, 1991.
Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad, by Kevin McGarry, 2003.
The Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthood, by S.M. Johnson & E. O'Conner, 2002.
Gay Fathers: Encouraging the Hearts of Gay Dads and Their Families, by R.L. Barret and B.E. Robinson, 2000 revised edition.
Helping the Stork : The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination, by Carol Vercollone, Heidi Moss, and Robert Moss, 1997.
Lesbian and Gay Families: Redefining Parenting in America (The Changing Family), by J.S. Pollack, 1995.
Lesbian and Gay Families Speak Out: Understanding the Joys and Challenges of Diverse Family Life, by J.L. Drucker and H. Schulweis, 2001.
Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook : Creating and Raising Our Families, by A. Martin, 1993.
Out of the Ordinary : Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents, by N. Howey and E. Samuels, 2000.
Queer Families, Common Agendas: Gay People, Lesbians, and Family Values, edited by T. Richard Sullivan, 1999.
The Queer Parent's Primer: A Lesbian and Gay Families Guide, by S.A. Brill, 2001.
Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents, by L. Benkov, 1995.
Sons Talk About Their Gay Fathers, by Andrew R. Gottlieb, 2003.
The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood, by Jesse Green, 2000.
Books about Parenting
Dear Parent - Caring for Infants with Respect, by Magda Gerber, 2003 updated edition.
Your Self Confident Baby, by Magda Gerber, 1997.