7 Books and TV Shows for Children With Two Moms

As parents, it’s vital for us to be able to show our kids a world where other families like us exist. Whether it’s in their schools, in the books they read, or on the screens they watch, representation is everything to make a child feel safe, welcome, and, well, – normal. Here is a list of four books followed by three TV shows that young kids with two moms can see themselves in and feel at home.

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman

Toddlers and preschoolers will love to see a family who looks like theirs in this book about the everyday life of a little boy with two moms. Nothing exciting or adventurous happens in this book, because the point is to showcase that families with lesbian parents live in the world and go about life in the same way as every other family. We have bath time, we have dinner together, we go to the park. It’s a simple story with a simple message, and that’s what makes it so important.

The Family Book by Todd Parr

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The Family Book is one story that doesn’t just narrow its focus on a family with two moms. Its goal is to educate kids that no family is exactly the same, and it highlights that endless different makeups and dynamics that can create a family. Todd Parr succeeds in celebrating diversity in all of its forms, teaching children acceptance and tolerance by showing them families that they might not see all the time, or who might look different than theirs.

ABC: A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs

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This alphabet book, like The Family Book, shines not because it puts the focus on same-sex families, but because it includes them. The book takes the reader through the alphabet to highlight all of the amazing, fun, and blissfully ordinary things every family does together. Single parent families, biracial families, and families with two moms and two dads fill the pages of this book alongside those with a mom and a dad while they all do what families do!

Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden

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Molly has two moms, and she draws them one day in her kindergarten class. When another student claims that it’s not possible for a child to have two moms, what follows is a beautiful illustration and explanation of what defines families and how they are made. Molly’s Family is great for sparking the discussion about questions that might come up from other children and how to answer them in stride. Although someday I hope children of two moms never have to be faced with judgment or confusion from other kids, for now we have to teach them how to be ready for it.

Good Luck Charlie

This live action show on the Disney channel focuses on the Duncan family teens and how they adjust to having a new baby in the family. Back in 2014, an episode of the show featured a family with two moms when the Duncans set up a playdate with one of their preschooler’s friends. The episode was the penultimate one of the series and received some serious backlash from Conservative Christians, as you can imagine.

The Legend of Korra

The Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra was on the air from 2012 until 2014 as a follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Throughout the show’s lifetime, fans wondered if the title character, Korra, might be bisexual, and this was confirmed once the finale rolled around and Korra set off hand in hand with her closest friend Asami. Although the build-up and final scene aren’t completely conclusive on their own, the co-creators of the series both confirmed the intention of the pair as a couple. Although that reveal isn’t until the end, the entire series is ripe with lessons about diversity and acceptance.

Doc McStuffins

The Disney series about a young girl who runs her own little practice for her stuffed animals made serious waves last year when it featured interracial lesbian moms. When you watch this episode, you might recognize the voices of these moms as none other than Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi! The episode is about a family who experiences an earthquake, so they turn it into a learning moment on how to prepare for another one in the future. The couple has two kids, a boy and a girl, and the show’s creative and EP, Chris Nee, noted that this one sits close to her own home as a member of a lesbian family.

What are your favorite TV shows and books for children that feature families with two moms? Also, if you know of any films, I’d love to hear them, because sadly I could come up with zero. Let us know in the comments!