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7 Children's Books About Gay Dad Adoptive Families

Here's a roundup of some of our favorite children's books about gay dad adoptive families

It's important that our kids see themselves in the stories they read. Here's some of our favorite books featuring gay dad families created through adoption. We're sure you'll recognize a few, and we're always looking for suggestions. If we've missed your favorite, please email us at dads@gayswithkids.com.


And Tango Makes Three

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.


Two Dads: A Book About Adoption

Having Two Dads is double the fun! Many families are different, this family has Two Dads. A beautifully illustrated, affirming story of life with Two Dads, written from the perspective of their adopted child.Featured as a recommended book to buy in Gay Times Magazine, Huffington Post, Diva Magazine, New Family Social, Adoption UK Magazine.


Adopting Our Two Dads: A Story About the Leffew Family

This third book from the Some Families series is based on the true story of the Leffew family, daddy Brian, daddy Jay, Daniel and Selena. We follow them through the story of their adoption and learn how this family was formed.


We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families

"We Belong Together" is about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together. With an understanding of how personal and unique each adoption is, and that not everyone comes to it in the same way, Todd Parr's colorful art explores the meaning of family.


Dad David, Baba Chris and Me

This brightly illustrated book for children aged five to 10 years tells the story of Ben, who was adopted by his gay parents, Dad David and Baba Chris, when he was four years old. They live happily together in an ordinary house, on an ordinary street and do ordinary things. But when Ben joins primary school, his life is turned upside down. Some children begin to tease him because he lives with two dads. But Baba Chris and Ben's school teacher, Miss Patel, help Ben understand that what matters most is that children are loved and cared for.


Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children's Story about Interracial Adoption

The journey of adoption is beautifully depicted with the comforting imagery of a poppy flower who is welcomed into a garden family. It is a charming story of "seeds" being planted in the perfect place - exactly where they belong. Children and adults will enjoy this simple yet meaningful story and homespun illustrations. The book's loving approach helps children to understand adoption. Andrea Nepa has captured the essence of adoption and family, and has illustrated it beautifully with images and poetry that even a small child can comprehend and enjoy.


King and King and Family

Join newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. The kings are greeted by wild animal families, but the royal travelers suspect that something more significant awaits them in the trees. King & King soon discover that there's no adventure more wonderful than starting a family of their own. Jubilant sequel to Lambda Literary Award nominee "King & King." Subtle clues on each page lead readers to a surprise ending. In a starred review, Kirkus called "King & King and Family" "[a] joyful celebration that . . . firmly challenges the assumptions established and perpetuated by the entire canon of children's picture books." An adoption story for everyone.



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