Jane Severance’s When Megan Went Away (1979)


Written by Jane Severance and illustrated by Tea Schook, When Megan Went Away (1979), is the first book about lesbian moms published in the US. It was published by Lollipop Power, Inc., a small feminist press deeply invested in producing children’s picture books that challenged gender stereotypes as well as the absence of lesbian and gay representation in children’s culture. Continue reading

Christy Tyner’s Zak’s Safari: A Story about Donor-Conceived Kids of Two-Mom Families (2014)

Zak's Safari: A Story About Donor-Conceived Kids of Two-Mom Families by [Tyner, Christy]Zak’s Safari: A Story about Donor-Conceived Kids of Two-Mom Families (2014) is written by Christy Tyner and illustrated by Ciaee. The narrator, Zak, is a rosy-cheeked boy stuck inside on a rainy day. He entertains himself by telling the story of his family to an imaginary audience. He begins by discussing how his moms met and fell in love. He then tells the story of his conception with the help of donor sperm. Accessible information about where babies come from follows. Finally, he talks about his very happy life with two loving, silly, caring moms. Continue reading

Bey-Clarke and Clarke’s Keesha Series

I want to introduce readers to a small press worth following – My Family!/Dodi Press. My Family! specializes in reading material featuring diverse lesbian and gay parents swimming, vacationing, and preparing for science fairs with their happy children. The fact that the families are headed by same-sex parents is clear but not a theme explored. Continue reading