New Children's Book Explores the Difference and Similarities in All Our Families

Guest post written by Naomi Kissiedu-Green

We are very excited to FINALLY launch our new book, co-written by myself and Christopher Badley-Laxton who has a husband and three young children. Christopher's background helps give us an authentic story of representation.

Kobi is back with another great story to tell. However this time it's not about his family, it's about his friend's family. Lee is Kobi's friend and he is multi-heritage just like Kobi. Lee is adopted and has two dads. This book explores different types of families and provides the reader with some examples of how families can be different, while also having some things in common. Lee and his classmates learn to accept that families can be the same, but different, and every family deserves respect.

As I've mention in my TedX Talk, ALL children want to see themselves represented in books and the media. With The Colourful Life book series I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of our young by writing books that are inclusive. Same but different too is a book that reflects the society we live in, it is a same-sex representation of different kinds of families.

The Colourful Life books reflect reality for young children; it portrays an image of inclusiveness, tells children that their families are just like other families. Books like Same but different too, can help emotional development. It can help stop children being bullied if we educate and represent from an early age. Let's be inclusive.

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For those of you who missed it, our radio podcast about our new book, Same but different too, is now available. Click on the link below and it is located at the bottom of the article.

https://joy.org.au/familymatters/2018/10/23/rainbow-families-adoption/

Same but different too can be purchased through Amazon and the Book Depository

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