Mommy, Mama, and Me – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Mommy, Mama, and Me

Author: Lesléa Newman

Illustrator: Carol Thompson

 Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2008

Ages: 0-3

Themes: lesbians, two moms, families, lgbtqia, pride, same-sex parents

Board book, 20 pages


Mommy picks me up, up, up.

Mama pours juice in my cup.


Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.

Why I like this book:

 One of the things I like the most about this book is the fact the whole point of the book isn’t wrapped up in the fact that this families has gay parents.  The theme is universal toddlers and their parents love each other. Ten years on from the original publication, I think we still are in need of these books that show typical fun, happy lgbtqia families.

Each mother does their own special things with baby during the day from flying up in the air to cooking in the kitchen. At the end of the day baby is tucked into bed and kissed good-night by both Mommy and Mama.

I am also very happy that there’s no stereotyping in the illustrations, as we all know lesbians come in all shapes, sizes and colors. J

This is a terrific bedtime book for any parents with toddlers and a great playgroup read-aloud.


I think the simple rhyming texts really lends itself to actions.

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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1 Response to Mommy, Mama, and Me – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Yes, I agree. We haven’t gotten to the point where it’s not the point. At Liam’s elementary school, I felt we’d gotten past that point, but there’s so much variability outside of that bubble, about what’s accepted as a matter of course, and what still needs to be “normalized.” I’m glad that Highlights has put a stake in the ground since they’re so widely distributed. And I do love this sweet book.

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