Emily and her Mums: Children’s Book for Same-Sex Families
I regularly list books suitable for same-sex families, but I usually do this in Dutch. This time, I found an English (and Welsh) book, so I thought I would share that with you as well. In the first book of the ‘Emily and her Mums’ series, ‘Emily’s First Pet’ is about Emily’s imagination running wild as she chooses which pet to have. Below, I will give you more information and describe why I like it.
Emily and her Mums book 1: Emily’s first pet
It seems as if this will be a series and that only the first book called Emily’s First Pet has come out. Emily has to decide which animal she would like for a pet. We follow her decision-making process. On the first page, you will meet Emily, who is “an energetic girl, whose imagination is only limited by the hours in a day,” and her family. She lives with her two moms (a biracial couple), her grandma, and her teddy bear Henry.
What I like about Emily and her Mums: it does not focus on the same-sex aspect
The introduction page is actually the only page that mentions her living situation. The story is not about the fact that Emily has two moms. Instead, the story is about the fact that Emily has been promised a pet and she now has to make a big decision: which one? We see various options, their pros and cons, and the final decision.
What I like about this book: you can download the pages as coloring pages
The book contains a secret website address that allows you to download the uncolored pages. As this book does not have that many pages, it is pleasant that you can continue the book experience with your kid by coloring the storyline as well.
The author and illustrator have added another layer to the book by adding hidden creatures, such as bees, butterflies, ladybirds, snails, and spiders. That means your kid can also play with the book.
What I like about Emily and her Mums: the dyslexic fonts
As the website says, “children with dyslexia tend to add, rotate, transpose, reverse, swap, and confuse symbols within words. This book uses a specially designed dyslexia-friendly font specifically created to enhance legibility and reading comprehension.” I like this inclusivity!