Step Bi Step: Kid Books for Your Queer Home

3/15/2018

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Dear readers, it has been such a treat bringing you content to make our journey as bi parents a little easier, and maybe a little less lonesome, too. This week we’re kicking heteronormative, patriarchal kids’ stories to the curb and telling tales that feel a little more like home. It’s kids’ books for your queer feminist abode!

Worm Loves Worm

This tale of love and friendship is gentle, kind, and the perfect length for fitting more than one book in at bedtime. It also provides a stellar foundation for understanding bisexuality and the gender spectrum.

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald No Combina

Marisol McDonald No Combina follows Marisol as she discovers the joys of embracing every bit of herself. The book models both ways to respond when other kids question what they see as different, and how the support and appreciation of adults can make all the difference. The book is written in both English and Español.

Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship

In Introducing Teddy we observe not only the possible ways gender can make us feel, but also different ways we may express ourselves. Teddy’s friends model how we can support each other’s journeys.

And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three tells the true story of love and family. Two male penguins, Roy and Silo, partnered and adopted a little one they work together to hatch. As a caution, the book is quite binary. In their next chapter (still to be put to page), Roy and Silo eventually parted ways–and Silo got together with a female penguin.

I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz is written by, and from the perspective of, Jazz Jennings. In it she talks about friends, hobbies, and her journey to understanding her gender. As Jazz has grown up she’s continued writing, and in 2017 released Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.

Red: A Crayon’s Story

Red tells the story of a crayon who tries and tries to be the best crayon they can be. As it turns out, their label made it so they’ve always been put in the wrong box. This Crayon’s Story shows how good it can be to realize your true self.

Global Babies

This is a good one for the youngest crowd. The thick cardboard won’t rip or bow under the influence of all that little drool, and the focus on pictures of other little babies keeps infants entranced. Global Babies celebrates sweet babies and how much we love them, all around the world.

My little one and I are looking forward to reading more books and sharing our recommendations with you! Next up: The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig, about a wonderful pig and her two dads. Do you have any children’s book suggestions for us? Send them to me @sbswrites on Twitter or email me at sbswartzwrites[at]gmail[dot]com. And be sure to join me next time so we can keep figuring this parenting thing out together. Step bi step.

SB Swartz
SB Swartz is an author covering inclusive wellness, queer family, and reflections of our world as seen on tv. As a contributing writer for bi.org, SB created the Step Bi Step series for bi parents and originated the This Bi Life series showcasing bi community stories.

SB would very much like to talk to you about your pets, her pets, and the way you view the world. She's her favorite somebody's mama. And yes, she's #StillBisexual.

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