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Mommy, Mama, and Me

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Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together.

Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.
Board Book, 20 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Tricycle Press (first published June 5th 2009)
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Airiz C
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, children-s-lit
Not so long ago, we heard about Peter Parnell’s controversial children’s book And Tango Makes Three, a true story about a pair of male Penguins in Central Park Zoo raising a chick. In its wake, many other gay-centric picture books were drawn and penned. Writer Leslea Newman and illustrator Carol Thompson created a twosome of such books, focusing on lesbian and gay parents separately.

Mommy, Mama, and Me is a simple glimpse at how two mothers care for their kid.

In artful mixtures of pastel-colored
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
What is the purpose of your average everyday board book? It's not really a crazy question. In the history of printed literature, board books are relative newcomers. I mean, books for babies and toddlers? A radical notion! Yet parents who start reading to their kids early find that their children are better readers later on down the road. As a result, sometimes board books are simplified adaptations of already existing picture books, and sometimes they are written with the intention of beginning ...more
Lisa C
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
My absolute favorite thing about this book and the follow-up story, Daddy, Papa, and Me, is that at no point is there an effort to say "this is what it's like to have same-gender parents." The entire point, told in part by it's absence, is that home-life is essentially the same as having two-gender parents. Both show love and attention; teach; guide; parent. Unlike some older titles, neither mother is attributed in either action or artwork as more "feminine" or "masculine." In fact, it's a littl ...more
Mike Kriznar
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: controversial
Michael J. Kriznar
Controversial Books
Mommy, Mama, and Me
Mommy, Mama, and Me is a well-written book by Leslie Newman and illustrated by Carol Thompson. This book is controversial as many believe it promotes a lesbian relationship.
The wording and illustration in this book shows how a relationship can be between two women, and how the love for the child can be the same. It starts with mommy picking him up while mama pours juice. Mommy combed his hair while mama rocked him in a chair. The story
Cassidy Smith
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I thought I was great because it’s not about a nuclear family and all the kids from your calls may not be from a nuclear family. The illustrations are cute the cartoon type as usual. The baby in the story just explains all the different things that mama and mommy do for it but also it demonstrates how that family is similar to normal families and what they do at home. I feel like this will give kids the chance to realize that can still find similarities in their family in comp ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
D'aww, such a cute little book! written in verse, to show young kids a different kind of healthy loving family dynamic than what they might be used to / expect from society.
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: babies 12 months - 4 years and their care givers
Shelves: lis-565
Mommy and Mama enjoy a day with their darling, bouncing baby. Each mother does their own special things with baby during the day from flying up in the air to cooking in the kitchen. At the end of the day baby is tucked into bed and kissed good-night by both Mommy and Mama. Showing that love truly does make a family.

Pioneer Gay and lesbian author Leslea Newman's newest books Mommy, Mama and Me and Daddy, Papa and Me offer a board book option for loving same-sex families. With the colorful illustr
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to classify this book as under our current genres so I classified it as realistic fiction because it discusses family units that exist.

I enjoyed this book because it was very simplistic, easy for early readers to read and comprehend, and can be extended to early elementary students as a mini lesson to guide discussion around various family units.

The book walks us through a young boys family which consists of two mom's, one that is referred to as mommy and one that is referred
Nora Ramirez
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
1- I did like the book because it demonstrates that same gender parents can be loving and caring like any other parents. The pictures show how they nurture the child in all the ways. They both are helping the child in all domains of his developmental growth.

2-I think children would be happy at the end of this story because both" Mommy and MAMA" are being very loving to their child. While reading this book, I will change my tone of voice according to each picture. Also, I could use body movements
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book for young children. The rhyming, illustrations, and simplicity of the book can keep the children interested. The language is suitable for young children and the illustration relates to the age group that would most likely be reading it. If I were a child, I probably would not have noticed the two moms and no dad, I would be focused on the activities they were doing. Unless I had two moms myself, then I would be able to relate. So, I think this a great book for children who ar ...more
Brooke Lewis
Mar 21, 2017 added it
Shelves: text-set
Mommy, Mama and Me is a poetry book depicting two mothers and their son participating in daily activities together. The mothers play with their son in relate able activities like, going to the park, bath time and bedtime. It is an easy read with bright, attention grabbing illustrations. The characters are portrayed as kind and caring people who enjoy family time. The book gives plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions and consider. Young children will easily be able to read and comp ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book Mommy, Mama and Me by Lesléa Newman was published in 2009 and is a picture book that shows the same gender parents raising their child. This book won the Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Children’s and Young Adult literature in 2010. I feel as this book would be intended for 1st and 2nd graders because that’s an age where the children can get a bit of understanding of different types of families. It is told by a child and how the two moms’ do different things for their child. I rated a ...more
Ben Truong
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mommy, Mama, and Me is a children's picture book written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Carol Thompson which focus on a family with two lesbian parents. It is the companion book to Daddy, Papa, and Me .

Newman's text is lyrical, rhythmic, and easy to understand. The story is straightforward and in its simplicity, a good story. Thompson's art is simply wonderful, colorful and compliments the text very well.

The premise of the story is quite simple – it's just a day two mothers spend with thei
Emilie Liebert
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
This book shows a young boy going through his day with his two mommies. They both are very involved in his life, and clearly love him.
It's beautifully written and illustrated, and delves into the life of a child with two mothers. It shows that it doesn't matter whether the parents are two women, two men, or anything in between because they show the child love and acceptance, and that's all that matters. They take care of him. All he knows is how happy he is. I love that it switches between Momm
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-text-set
Mommy, Mama, and me is a tale of a young girl who has two mothers. The illustrator Carol Thompson did a fantastic job of depicting the background with bright and beautiful drawings that followed the words down the period. You can't help but become wrapped up in this fictional tale as we listened to how mommy and her count 1,2,3 or how mama hides behind a tree. Newman does a fine job of showing the differences in how the child addresses her parents. One she continues to call mommy while her other ...more
Kathleen O'Dell
This book is a Children’s Fiction and Rhyming book that portrays a type of family structure. The story is about a small child who has two mothers. One is called Mommy, and the other is called Mama. The child talks about what they do with Mommy and Mama. The story is very interesting and positive. It is appropriate for children ages six and under, so it is very easy to understand the content and characters. The rhyming aspect draws children in and makes it fun to read. The pictures are very cute ...more
Hannah Goble
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity-books
This is an excellent book to teach very young children about diversity from a very young age in a normal, uncomplicated way. The book, by Leslea Newman, uses simple language to tell the story of a young child and her two loving and nurturing mommies in a loving way that all children should be able to relate to. The book does not draw as much attention to the fact that the child's parents are a lesbian couple as it does to the fact that they love their child and are doing an excellent job as a no ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mommy, Mama, and Me is a board book about a toddler and its two moms. Every pair of pages shows each mom doing a different activity with the toddler. There are few words on each page, and they follow a sing-song-like rhythm. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together. Mommy, Mama, and Me shows the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children. I'd recommend this book for any age.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book to use with young children to increase awareness and normalize same sex parenting.
Amanda Walz
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute board book about a small child that could be male or female, and their Mommy and Mama.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kcpl
easy-read, easy book; each has a role, all one happy family
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice introduction for children to rainbow families. Especially useful to show a child with two mummies that there are other children with two mummies.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable. I love it.
kristen Lawson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I support this book because it explains home life is not any different just because the parents are of the same sex. I enjoyed the expression of love and happiness from all parties in the book.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books
The story: This book is for younger kids to maybe early kindergarten. I say early kindergarten because the words are simple and with the knowledge they learn later in the year it will be to easy for them to read. It can be interesting to children because some kids may ask about different types of family. The story offers some things to consider, think about, and question. some of the questions can be what else do you think mommy and mama do and does your parents do the same thing to you? The plo ...more
Ashley Woodall
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great children's picture and rhyming book that addresses same sex families. It does not have a very thick plot or a problem and resolution throughout the book. However, the language is very simple for young student to understand and keeps them engaged with their witty rhymes. It is illustrated with realistic characters and bright fun interesting pictures and colors. the book addresses some interesting things for readers to think about such as what children call their same sex parents s ...more
Emily Holder
Oct 17, 2016 added it
Shelves: text-set
“Mommy, Momma, and Me” is much like the book “Daddy, Poppa, and Me” by the same author, but geared towards a younger audience. The activities done here are different and more simple than the ones discussed in the book above. It shows however that two moms can do fun things and be functional parents as well as any other adult(s) could be.
This children’s book is geared towards a younger audience which is why I included it in my text set. Some of these books are geared towards somewhat older child
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Source: Naperville Public Library
Marissa Kendrix
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it

Summary: This book tells the story of a day in the life of a young child whom has two moms. The child calls one of the female figures mommy and the other mama. The story begins with the two moms getting the child ready for the day and then going to the park where they laugh and play together. Once they get home from the park they all cook dinner together and then the child gets a bath and put to bed with a goodnight kiss from mommy and mama.

Star Rating: 3 Stars

Theme: Others may have a different
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Mommy, Mama, and Me, is a fiction story, about a day in the life of a baby who has two mothers, mommy and mama. Throughout the day the baby does numerous activities with their mothers including playing, combing their hair, having piggy back rides, taking a bath, and cooking together. At the end of the book the two mothers tuck in their child and kiss them good night. This story relates to my topic, because it is about the day in the life of a family that has same sex parents.

I believe that the o
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Lesléa Newman (born 1955, Brooklyn, NY) is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear.
She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and th
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