Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

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dc.title Heather Has Two Mommies
dc.creator Newman, Leslea & Laura Cornell
dc.subject Fiction – Children, Fiction – Family, Nontraditional, Fiction – Homosexuality, Fiction – Family, Fiction – Young Girl, Fiction – Childrens Books, Fiction – Mothers, Fiction – Gay & Lesbian
dc.description Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.”
dc.publisher Candlewick, August 9, 2015
dc.contributor Leslea Newman and Laura Cornell
dc.date March 11, 2015
dc.type Text &  Illustrations
dc.format Paperback, 32 Pages
dc.identifier 978-0763690427 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Heather-Has-Mommies-Leslea-Newman/dp/0763690422/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
dc.language en-USA
dc.relation Orginally published by Candlewick 1989
dc.rights All Rights Reserved

The story opens with descriptions of Heather playing with toys in the tall grass behind her house. The child has two of many things including arms, legs, feet, and elbows. “Heather has two pets: a ginger-colored cat named Gingersnap and a big black dog named Midnight. Heather also has two mommies: Mama Jane and Mama Kate.” As Heather enters school for the first time she observes that many of the students in her classroom have unique families. To illustrate, Ms. Molly asks the children to draw pictures of their families. Each drawing displays the differences found within each household, yet as Heather’s teacher comments, “The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other.”

The book has been challenged 42 times by legislators and parents wanting to remove it from local and school library shelves, says Kristin Pekoll, assistant director for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Most challenges were because of homosexuality.