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Daddy, Papa, and Me

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. 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. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.
Board book, 20 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Tricycle Press
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit, lgbtq
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.

Daddy, Papa, and Me is a simple glimpse at how two fathers care for their kid.

In artful mixtures of pastel-colored
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Daddy, Papa, and Me is a very cute board book written from the perspective of a toddler who enjoys playing with and wearing out his two fathers. The book begins with the toddler saying, "Who wants to play with me today?" On each page Daddy and Papa play with their toddler in different ways, from playing the guitar, to baking a pie, to dressing like a clown and playing with cars. Since this is a board book filled with descriptive illustrations my assumption is that this book is intended for toddl ...more
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
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Baby Books Featuring Same Sex Parents
This winsome little board-book features a cheerful toddler spending the day with his two fathers: playing music together, dressing in costumes, and having tea with his stuffed animals. Lesléa Newman's rhyming text - "Daddy wears a shiny crown. Papa dresses like a clown. Daddy's plane goes zoom, zoom, zoom! Papa's car goes vroom vroom vroom!" - is ideal for reading aloud, and Carol Thompson's adorable illustrations accentuate the fun in each scene.

As mentioned in my review of Mommy, Mama, and
Mar 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-adult, lgbt
Night, night, night..
Valerie Lurquin
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I enjoyed this board book about a baby in a loving two father family. It uses simple text to describe the ways daddy and papa show this baby love through bed time. The illustrations continue to support the showing of love through bright, happy colors creating scenes of playing house together. A great aspect to the illustrations is that it eludes to a biracial marriage as well.

This book does a phenomenal job of showing children from single-sex families that their family structure is strong, happ
This is another joyous book from Leslea Newman filled with love and caring parents and a child. Daddy and Papa spend a day playing with their young one. This is sure to inspire smiles and giggles in both parents and child readers.
Kellee Moye
The perfect board book to read with Trent today! (Though we actually read it before the ruling.)
Maria A
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, picture-books
This book depicts a family with two dads and a very happy baby. the colors are bright and simple. yet they are able to show love in such a simple way. This book is very simple, but a must for any library.
Kwtay Calvin
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is about a little boy who shares his playful experiences he has with both his Daddy and Papa until they fall asleep. This story is for younger children in primary grades (K – 2). The book is meant for younger children because it is a small book for small hands. It is a board book, and it’s a rhyming book, “Daddy wears a shiny crown. Papa dresses like a clown.” The little boy gets the same quality time and attention from Daddy and Papa, and most importantly they make him happy.

There isn
Elizabeth Sciarra
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was okay, but it was not anything special in my eyes. This is the first time that I have had to read a book about how children adapt to gay parents and looking at it from a kids perspective. When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to explain to me how the child deals with it. But, I was wrong. I was very surprised when the book just went through what the boy did on one day with his Daddy and his Papa.

I thought that it was interesting that it did not exact
Megan Piero
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This short narrative is a great story for early readers. It is told from the viewpoint of a toddler that spends the day with her two fathers. She calls one Daddy and the other one Papa. This story tells about all the fun things she gets to do with Daddy and Papa (ex. “Daddy helps me paint the sky. Papa helps me bake a pie”). As a literacy teacher, I will use this text to teach my children about rhyming words and rhyming phrases. As you read the book, each phrase on the left page rhymes with the ...more
Chris Jones
The characters of this story include the child which is the narrator of the story and the two fathers, daddy and papa. This is a short and sweet book that was written by Leslea Newman who is an advocate for the LGBT community. She is also a lesbian herself and married to a woman. She has written several award winning books and this is just one of her many books. This book is told from the perspective of the child who is nameless and how they spend their time with their fathers. They play all thr ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the story Daddy, Papa, and Me, a toddler child narrates the things he does with his two dads. This book belongs in the children's book genre that deals with same sex parents. Many children can relate to this book because the parents do what parents do. They cook, they teach, they play, and they love.

With each turn of the page there is a new rhyme set. The narrator uses rhyme between the two dads. "Daddy helps me paint the sky. Papa helps me bake a pie." I will use this book in my classroom to
Kate Chazin
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This lovely, simple book describes the daily habits of a gender-neutral toddler and his or her two daddies. The book takes us through a day of work and play--the toddler's fathers clean the house, play with the toddler, bake food for the family, and take a nap. The pages are colorful and the book is cardboard, making it appropriate for young children and older children with disabilities. Because each page contains rhyming lines, this would be a great book for decoding words, and talking about on ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Published June 14th 2009 by Tricycle Press
Interest Level: Pre-K-K

This is a board book about a same-sex couple and how they interact with their child. Although this is not a book that is for older students, it is an interesting book that allows for the exploration of an uncommon theme and topic. The problem with this board book is that some of the illustrations stereotype each parent to a certain "gay parent" type. One scene has the father who wears dress shirts teaching the child to sew and the
Michelle Marcano
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Newman, Lesléa, and Carol Thompson. Daddy, Papa, and Me. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle, 2009.

Subgroup: same sex families

Genre: Poetry

Topics: Family, same sex families

Synopsis: This easy to read picture board book focuses on a little boy who has two daddies, one of them who he refers to as "papa" and another who he calls "daddy". In this book the little boy describes his days with both his daddies using rhyming words like "strum" and "drum". He does everything from throwing a ball to playing the drums.
Rebecca Ashley Teague
This rhyming board book, Daddy, Papa, and Me, tells the story of two daddies and their small child. The book shows the two daddies spending time with their toddler. The daddies participate in various activities with the toddler such as playing hide and seek, baking cakes, playing dress up, and giving kisses goodnight. This book contains rhythmic text throughout. Therefore, I could use this book in my classroom to teach students about rhyming words. This text can be used to teach about same sex p ...more
Shannon Alexander
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a cute book that shows that there really is no difference in sexuality when it comes to parents loving their children. I like that the book did not have to explicitly state that Daddy and Papa were a gay couple. It just shows that they are the little boys dads by the actions that they do. They all play together and do various activities that any other average family would do.

I think this would be a good book to give to a child who needs to see an example of same sex parents in a picture
Johnny Nguyen
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-identity
Daddy, Papa, and Me is an okay children’s book in my opinion. It is definitely geared towards the younger kids of the elementary group. Language wise, the sentences on each page are short and it doesn’t tell much. The book is basically about how the child has two dads and how they do normal parenting things. It might be interesting to children, but there is no great plot to truly capture their attention. But I do believe it is a great book to introduce the topic of same-sex parents to younger ki ...more
Dieu Phuong
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“But Stella had two dads.
Everyone else had a mother. Howie had two!
Stella would be the only one without a mother
At the Mother’s Day party. “
This is a story about Stella and her two dads. She is having conflict of how to go the Mother’s Day party with two dads because she does not have a mom. The story line is very exciting and interest to children. The topic hit on the children who are living with same sex parents’ conflict when they want to go to Mother’s Day party without a mother. The illustr
Jonathan Balun
I read this book right after Mommy, Mama, and Me. This is the next book in the series. The text is simple and the pictures are beautiful. A child and his two fathers spend the day together playing. They go to the park, they play dress up, they play instruments, and have a great day together. Nothing in this book could even be considered offensive. It is surprising that it keeps getting banned. Just like Mommy, Mama, and Me, this book can be a great tool for teaching children diversity and tolera ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, picture-books
This is an enjoyable story of two dads at play with their young child. The family spends the day together and as with every family, each parent has different strengths and talents to offer the child. Together, they fit into a joyful, caring family. I love that this book is intended for a very young audience, I'd say toddler age. The illustrations are fun and comical, very age appropriate.
I think this book could/should be included in libraries simply as a wonderful and engaging story. As such, t
Lisa C
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Like it's predecessor, Mommy, Mama, and Me, the strength of this book is in describing a very average home-life. This one happens to have two men as parents -- a reality that is as un-expressed as it is irrelevant. Told from the child's point of view, Daddy and Papa take on various roles in playing and caring throughout the day until everyone is worn out at the end. An excellent introduction to LGBT households for any family that cares to promote equality in all its forms.
Mersiha Canovic
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Similar to her other book "Mommy, Mama, and Me," this story shows a family of two dads and their child doing everyday mundane activities. It's a wonderful book to introduce to children when talking about different family make-ups and differences in general. It's great for preschool and kindergarten aged children.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book, it is a good way to show your children that there is not just one type of family. Families can be as different as the people that make them up, we should focus on how much love we feel from them. This book does a great job of showing us how much the daddies love their child, they do many things together, including hide and seek, dress up and bath time.
I read this version and the mommy and mama version. This books would be nice to have in the event that I have a child who has either 2 fathers or 2 mothers. The point of the story is that a family is a family and that one's gender identity/preference does not affect that person's ability to love their child.
Jill Pickle
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me are two super-cute board books that show a day in the life of two toddlers and their loving parents. From the first cup of juice in the morning to the final kiss goodnight, these board books — one of the few to show gay families — pull you along with their rhyming text, gentle humor, and focus on fun.
Lauren Soich
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-choice
I enjoyed this book and think that it is a good book for kids to read because gay marriage and gay families are here. it is no use in hiding this from kids because they need to see it and understand it. Exposing this to kids at a young age will help them grow up to be less judgmental and more excepting to others. This book show two men raising a baby and giving him the most love they can give.
Amy Rae
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another darling board book from Lesléa Newman. As with Mommy, Mama, and Me, I'm not the hugest fan of the illustrations, though. ...more
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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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