We ordered some books from Amazon a couple of weeks ago and they arrived on Thursday, just in time for us to have some new books to read to Zoey over the long weekend. She was very happy when she saw the box and she knew it was all for her.
All excited to open the box from Amazon.
I ordered the books from Amazon as it’s almost impossible to get these books locally.There are no bookstores that feature good children’s books that are inclusive and focus on LGBTQ families. We even found it hard to find books on hearing loss and books on accepting differences. Because of that, I often shop for these books on Amazon. However, in general the books available in this genre is quite limited and often rather cliched. It is for this reason that I am writing my own children’s books.
In case you didn’t know, orders of $125 USD and above qualifies for free shipping direct from Amazon to Singapore. The books above cost around $129 USD in total. If you plan to buy any of these books, please order through the links below as they are my Amazon affiliate links and will provide us a small percentage that we can put towards ordering more books. Alternatively you can check out this link to see the books I recommend and purchase from Amazon through here: http://olivia.thechiongs.com/childrens-book-store/
Thank you in advance!
1. And Tango Makes Three – This adorable book based on a real life story of two male penguins who were given a baby penguin to raise sparked a controversy in Singapore last year when it was taken off book shelves of the National Library and slated for destruction. The action by NLB came after complaints were filed by conservatives. This sparked off petitions for and against NLB’s action and eventually cumulated into a read-in at National Library. You can read the brief details and timeline of the saga here. As part of the community efforts, Rainbow Parents SG issued an open letter to NLB and requested for the reinstatement of the book. The book was later reinstated into the adult section.
2. Felicia’s Favourite Story – A little girl and the story of her adoption by two mothers.
3. It’s Okay To Be Different – Brightly coloured book that is from the same author as one of Zoey’s favourite books The Family Book (This is a great book about how families comes in all shapes and sizes. I intend to do a review of this book some time soon.) It’s Okay To Be Different is an engaging look at how people can be different in many different ways and it’s Okay.
4. ABC A Family Alphabet Book – An alphabet book that teaches the alphabet while introducing the LGBTQ families.
5. This is My Family: A First Look at Same-Sex Parents – A starter book for those looking to introduce same-sex parent families to their children.
6. My Princess Boy – A story about a boy who likes to wear dresses and tiaras. Highlights the awesome acceptance an unconditional love of the author’s family.
7. King & King – What happens when a prince meets a prince? This unconventional fairytale is a classic with an interesting twist.
8. Donovan’s Big Day – A little boy plays a big part in the wedding of his two mothers. A book that I intend to read to Zoey when she is older and show her the essential role she played in our wedding too.
9. Heather Has Two Mommies – A lesbian mommies classic by Leslea Newman, this was one of the first books to showcase lesbian mommies when it was released.
10. Harmony Hears A Hoot – A story about a little owl’s first day of school and how she manages using her hearing devices.
11. Can I Play Too? – A book about a snake who wants to play catch with a pig and an elephant. How do you catch without arms? By thinking out of the box!
12. A is for Activist – This is our favourite book of the lot. It’s all about teaching the ABC’s from an Activist point of view. Zoey loves the book too, evident by how tightly she was hugging it. My favourite page in the book is shown below.
Zoey’s favourite book so far – A is for Activist
My favourite page in the book “A is for Activist”
Other than these books, I have a few favourites that I have added to our Amazon book store. Please feel free to take a look. There are quite a few that cannot be found in Singapore, so Amazon is the way to go. At the same time, if you have any childrens book recommendations, please let me know.