Book Review #2

Daddy, Papa, and Me

Daddy, Papa, and Me

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Continuing this book review section with board books on diversity, I’ll be reading and reviewing the board book “Daddy, Papa, and Me”.

Author: Lesléa Newman | Illustrated by Carol Thompson

Daddy, Papa, and Me was first published in 2009 by Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Let’s get down to the review!


Daddy, Papa, and Me is the next installment on the diversity list by the very same Lesléa Newman & Carol Thompson our first book review was on.

What stood out to me the most in this book was the reflection of what is typically considered “feminine activities”: baking and sewing.

It is a stark contrast to the “Mommy, Mama, and Me” board book which I feel is intentional. In the aforementioned book, we see two lesbian women as parents of a seemingly happy child. The two women embodied all facets of being just that – parents.

Now, in this gender swap continuation, we see the narrative push for showing tasks such as baking and sewing, respectively, know no gender, effectively challenging gender stereotypes.

And I’m here for it!

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Lesléa Newman Books

Lesléa (pronounced “Lez-LEE-uh”) Newman was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up there and on Long Island, graduating from Jericho High School in 1973 (where she was voted Class Wit!). Right after graduation, she became a published author for the first time; several of her poems were published in Seventeen Magazine.

Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me are the first board books ever published for kids who live in two-mom and two-dad families. Both books depict a fun-filled day in the life of a happy, loving family.

I wrote these books because I think it is important for kids from all types of families to see themselves portrayed in books. It validates their experience, and teaches alll of us that there are many different types of families and the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other. – Lesléa Newman

Carol Thompson Books

Carol Thompson has illustrated more than forty-five books for children, and is the recipient of the Mother Goose Award for Children’s Book Illustration. She lives in Ashby de la Zouch, England.

Mothering Magazine once described Carol Thompson’s illustrations on this groundbreaking book as:

…flowing lines and warm palette of Carol Thompson’s mixed media illustrations work in concert with Lesléa Newman’s rhythmic text. 

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