Yesterday, I posted a recent column in which I reviewed several new books and films for and about LGBT families. It turns out the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, which took the lead fighting against marriage equality here in the Bay State, didn’t like it so much—or maybe they did. In their latest e-newsletter, they included an entire section about my column. (After the jump.) It seems I provided them with an easy reference on books they want their members to be on the alert for, should they show up in classrooms or libraries.
The good news, though, is that I found out about this through a gay dad who works with religious congregations across the U.S. on LGBT issues and inclusion, and also teaches children’s literature at a seminary. He’s on the MFI mailing list just to keep tabs on what they’re doing. He thanked me for the column and said he’ll use many of the items in his work. Thanks, MFI, for helping to spread the word!
Bay Windows features column on new pro-homosexual children’s books
“Mommy, Mama, and Me” and “Daddy, Papa, and Me” are two books that are geared towards toddlers and are written by the author of the infamous “Heather Has Two Mommies.” In each board book, a child has two same-sex parents and goes through “everyday activities,” and feature “bouncy rhymes and charming ink-and-watercolor illustrations.”
“10,000 Dresses” is the first children’s book to feature a child suffering from gender-identity disorder and is a “joyous story about self-acceptance and identity,” according to Rudolph. She says that the story is “simple enough for preschoolers, but should appeal to children through the early elementary grades.”
“In Our Mothers’ House” is aimed at “an older elementary audience” and has an adopted black child narrating the story of living with two white moms and two other adopted siblings.
You can read the full column HERE, which also features the author’s suggestions for other “New Resources for LGBT Families.”
We urge parents to carefully monitor the reading materials being used in their children’s classrooms. Should you find such objectionable books in your child’s classroom or school library, please contact the MFI Office so that we may help you to determine the best course of action.
MFI RESOURCE: Download “Back-to-School: A Parents’ Guide to Children’s Literature” (Note: PDF Download).[http://www.mafamily.org/resources/docs/26_BacktoSchool2006.pdf] [From MFI eForce newsletter, August 5, 2009.]