This month’s Across the Page features children’s books about and for two-mom families.
Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? written by Crystal Tompkins and illustrated by Lindsey Evans
Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? captures two-mom families at work and play. The book is extremely colorful and engaging and its prose is straightforward and lyrical, showing a range of families that reflect the book’s opening dedication: “To mothers of all varieties, shapes, and sizes.”
The refrain of “Oh the things mommies could do! What could be better than having two?” follows images of mothers doing typical things like making breakfast, building blanket castles in the living room and “conquering” the flu. But the simplicity of the moments is part of what makes the story so enjoyable and refreshing: all of the pictures show the families doing activities that any family might do.
Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? strikes a nice balance by celebrating the uniqueness of two-mom families without emphasizing the otherness. Highly recommended.
Mommy, Mama, and Me written by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Carol Thompson (Tricycle Press)
In the same way that Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? provides a positive portrait of two-mom families, so too does Leslea Newman’s Mommy, Mama and Me.
The book follows one family as the two moms take care of their child. Told from the child’s point of view, the story moves from mommy to mama with each picture (“Mommy and I count one, two, three” and “Mama hides behind a tree”) and ends with an image of the whole family together (“Now I’m tucked in nice and tight. Mommy and Mama kiss me goodnight.")
Mommy, Mama and Me is sweet and carefree, a very different story from Newman’s classic Heather Has Two Mommies, which caused quite a stir (and still does) when it was first released in 1989. A perfect little board book.