Aldrich’s How My Family Came to Be – Daddy, Papa and Me (2003)

Published by New Family Press, How My Family Came to Be – Daddy, Papa and Me (2003) is written by Andrew R. Aldrich and illustrated by Mike Motz.

Two white men adopt a black baby whose mother is described as too ill to care for him. The adoption process is touched on – the two men meet with a social worker and have their home inspected before they can adopt. The love they feel for their adopted child and the care they provide is emphasized.

The book is simply written and can prompt conversations about different family forms, particularly adoption, but it is quite unremarkable.

I am noticing a pattern of white couples adopting black children in LGBT adoption stories. It’s something I am beginning to track. I’m not sure what to make of it now, just something I’m noting!

This review is part of my “Snapshots of LGBTQ Kid Lit” project. I’m working on a book, The New Queer Children’s Literature: Exploring the Principles and Politics of LGBTQ* Children’s Picture Books, which is under contract with the University Press of Mississippi. Part of my research is identifying and interpreting English-language children’s picture books with LGBTQ* content published in the US and Canada between 1979 and 2019. Follow my blog to follow my journey!

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