For Your Family Library: A New Children's Book Written by a Gay Dad

My name is Pablo and I'm from Spain, though I live in England with my husband (together for 20 years and married for nine) and our son.


We became fathers through adoption more than six years ago when our son was six years old. Soon after that experience I wrote "Becoming Dads: A Gay Couple's Journey to Adoption" to share our adoption journey, especially with other gay men considering this path to fatherhood.

Recently, Gays With Kids invited me to tell you about my next project, "My dads are SO embarrassing!" a picture book for kids that I hope you and your children will enjoy.

As a teacher, I'm very familiar with children's books and what kids like to read. As a gay dad, I was frustrated with the lack of representation of our families in most children's books. I want my son, and his classmates, to see positive images of other children also raised by gay dads. This book is my way of helping to make a difference. I'm also going to give 10% of the proceeds from sales of the book to New Family Social, a UK network for LGBT adoptive and foster families.

While the story is meant to entertain, it also teaches acceptance in an unexpected and non-preachy way. Perhaps even more important, I hope the book helps normalize people's perceptions of gay dads and our children.

If, like me, your family library contains as many children's books as possible that affirm and support our families in a loving way, then I hope you'll add "My dads are SO embarrassing!" to your collection. You can also help spread word about the book by talking about it with your school and community libraries.

Editor's note: This guest post was written by Pablo Fernández, a gay dad and the author of "My dads are SO embarrassing!"

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