"Who's in a family?" - in the Diversity Book Bag
This is the book that came home in the "Diversity Book Bag" with
the Parkers' 5-year-old son in January. The Parkers were shocked
As the elementary school's web site described this book:
"Shows the various combinations
of individuals that can make up a family, emphasizing the positive aspects of different family
structures, including grand-parent headed, single-parent, adopted, gay-headed, and
mother-father families. Uses examples from the animal kingdom to illustrate how family
groupings can differ."
In the author's own words:
"The whole purpose of the book was to get the subject [of same-sex parent
households] out into the
minds and the awareness of children before they are old enough to
have been convinced that there's another way of looking at life.
. . . It would be really nice if children were not subjected to the --
I don't want to use the word 'bigotry,' but that's what I want to say anyway --
of their parents and older people.
. . .The book was written because my neice and her partner [two
lesbians] decided to have a family."
Author Robert Skutch,
National Public Radio interview, "Here and Now", May 3, 2005
Some sample pages:
Text: "A family can be made up in many different ways." (Note
how they place the same-sex partners among the regular families, interracial
family, to reinforce in the child's mind that homosexual relationships are no
Text: "Laura and Kyle live with their two moms, Joyce and Emily, and a poodle
named Daisy. It takes all four of them to give Daisy her bath." The
book uses subtle but powerful emotions to normalize homosexual relationships in
the minds of the young children.
Text: "Robin's family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad's partner, Henry,
and Robin's cat, Sassy. Clifford and Henry take turns making dinner for their
More homosexual books for children
in that same school. . .
From the Estabrook Elementary School website, description of two
other books sent home in "diversity bookbags". (Note: since the Parker incident, many pages and
links have mysteriously disappeared from that website. We found these two.)
FIRST GRADE: Best, Best Colors by Eric Hoffman
Description: Nate has trouble deciding what his favorite color is, but his
two lesbian mamas help him realize that he does not have to have a best, best
FIFTH GRADE: My Two Uncles, by Judith Vigna
Elly's grandfather has trouble accepting the fact his son is gay. Shows the
different feelings that exist within a family regarding a gay family member from
a child's point of view.
Suggested activities for families:
Pretend you were the niece or nephew of Uncle Ned. Write a response to Uncle
At the party, Elly's grandfather made a speech and Elly's parents cried. Why do
you think they cried?
Do you think Elly's two uncles will be invited to the next family gathering? Why
or why not?
Do you think Elly's two uncles should be invited to the next family function?
Why or why not?