Heather Has Two Mommies

Heather Has Two Mommies

by Lesléa Newman, Laura Cornell

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Overview

Candlewick relaunches a modern classic for this generation with an all-new, beautifully illustrated edition.

Features an audio read-along! Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.” This delightful edition for a new generation of young readers features fresh illustrations by Laura Cornell and an updated story by Lesléa Newman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763679897
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. A former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Laura Cornell has illustrated many books for children, including the best-selling picture books by Jamie Lee Curtis. She lives in New York City.


Lesléa Newman is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including the 2013 Stonewall Honor Book October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.


I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and on Long Island, and I have been writing poems and stories ever since I can remember. The first thing I ever published was a poem I wrote when I was a teenager, which appeared in Seventeen magazine. I studied poetics at a school in Boulder, Colorado, called Naropa Institute (now Naropa University), and where I worked with Allen Ginsberg, one of my heroes. I now live in Massachusetts with my spouse, Mary Vazquez, and our cat Princess Sheba Darling (who is very spoiled). When I am not writing, I am wishing I was writing! I also read a lot, do crossword puzzles, go to movies and plays, weed the garden, and play with the cat (when she’ll let me). In addition to writing, I travel around the country, visiting high schools, colleges, libraries, and other community settings to speak out against anti-gay bullying.

I have published more than sixty books for readers of all ages on all types of subjects. Often I’m asked which of my books is my favorite. I always answer, “The one I haven’t written yet!” My poetry collection, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, is a book that’s very dear to my heart and very important to me. If reading this book stops even one kid from bullying another, I will feel like I have done my job. I wrote the book by writing a poem a day for more than two months, and then going back over them to revise, revise, revise. I also did a lot of research: I read books, looked at videos, talked to people, studied the Matthew Shepard archives at the University of Wyoming, and visited the site where the hate crime that killed Matt took place.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

1. I have a green belt in karate (Shuri-Ryu style).

2. I can turn a canoe on a dime (using a J-stroke or C-stroke).

3. I was once a clue in a New York Times crossword puzzle.

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Heather Has Two Mommies: 20th Anniversary Edition 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
WhiteFlowerLei76 More than 1 year ago
An excellent ground breaking book. A must read for anyone that wants to teach their children the beauty of diversity. 
NORMA112 More than 1 year ago
As a lesbian mother of four this book helped me try to explain to my five year old how come she has two mommies. we need more books like this
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madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are so poor, they do little to support the story and that's unfortunate.
kapeoples on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First or Second grade reading level. This book would be a great tool when addressing the issue of homosexuality in the classroom. The book presents a positive image of gay people to children. It is very respectful and proper. The story is about a little girl named Heather who has a Mama Kate and a Mama Jane. The book portrays Heather asa normal little girl who does normal little girl things. However, she simply has two mommies.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this Heather Has Two Mommies has a fine message about diversity in families...that there are many, many, many family configurations and that they are all fine and have benefits...that what really matters is that the parents and kids are loving and supportive to one another. I think this book has a solid, light-hearted feel that is also carried over into the illustrations. The illustrations, as noted, are ligh-hearted and whimisical...but the style that they are drawn in is utterly unappealing and this detracts from the story a bit for me and I think might be less interesting than a different style to the children that this story is aimed at, but mostly this is a personal astetic that may not bother anyone but me. Overall, I think this book is best for kids ages 2-6, if they are much older than that, they are probably going to have questions about GBLT families that this book doesn't address. It's a fine addition to any children's library with a positive message and I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to have read it. I'd recommend it without hesitation!
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this 10th Anniversary edition, the text has been condensed and the sections on Heather's birth omitted to clarify the central theme, which is "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." This is a delightful story of Heather's discovery that families can be made up of different kinds of people. The images are simple, and depict common daily routines of a preschool child. After reading it, my daughter insisted she was old enough to have a dog -- just like Heather.
messelti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heather Has Two Families tells the story of a young girl, Heather, who lives happily with her two mommies until her first visit to daycare shows her that families come in all shapes and sizes, and all are special. Although credit must be given to Leslea Newman and Diana Souza for creating a valuable resource for parents to discuss family diversity with their children, it is just that: a resource. The text is heavy for the tone, as if it is meant to be read to a child, not by one. The Illustrations are interesting, especially in texture, but do not add much to the story in the first half of the book, and are at times strangely creepy (in this reviewers opinion). Newman and Souza provide a loving depiction of Heather¿s family, but by the time the book has run through almost every possible family structure in Heather¿s class, the diversity lesson is officially ¿heavy handed.¿ Nonetheless, it is a classic resource for parents who might not be sure how to broach the subject with their children, and opt for a special story time instead. Highly recommended for parenting collections in public libraries.
ellisonWM More than 1 year ago
About a gal who goes to school and the teacher has the students draw their families, she explains that it does not matter what a family looks like as long as there is luv.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This picture-storybook tells a three-part story. First, it tells how Heather's two mommies met, fell in love, and moved in together. Then there is a fairly detailed section about Heather's conception and birth. Finally there is a section that describes different kinds of families. You'll have to supply some anatomical and reproductive information to your child. The book assumes that a child would already be puzzled about how Heather got here without a father's help. Leslea Newman certainly thinks children ought to have much more information much earlier than I did, and I think that's good. The first and last parts are unquestionably good and worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do think this is a well-written book at all. I have no problem with it adressing the issue of a lesbian relationship- if you want to teach your kids about that, go for it. But keep in mind that it is a children's book, and because of that, it should be a relatively simple book. This book not only addressed and discussed the lesbian relationship, but also artificial insemination, 'tender breasts,' and even went into detail about the lives of Heather's friends. A children's book should focus on one or two topics and stick with them, not jump about and cover everything, and especially not in vitro fertilization. I do not recommend this book for reading to children.