is the first book Kaitlyn Considine has written. After being
dismayed with the lack of two mom story books, she decided
to write and self-publish one of her own. She lives in West
Hartford, Connecticut with her partner of 21 years and their
two kids, ages 11& 16. (The State of CT allows same-sex
marriages as well as second parent adoptions, so both moms
have full legal standing as parent to each child :)
& A with Kaitlyn
What lead you to write this book?
I often take my children to the bookstore. I'm happy to
get a cup of tea and a new book and the children's areas
are very appealing to the kids. I was getting frustrated
helping my then 3 year old choose picture books. This was
especially noticeable during all the big holidays when the
stores make lots of special book displays. They all seemed
to have "traditional" Mom & Dad family structures
depicted. I just didn't want to buy them. We already have
lots and lots of those books. We also have all the two mom
books that are available. I wanted a fun and whimsical story
book that just happened to have 2 moms. It's important for
children to see stories that show their types of families.
I think this is true for single parent familes, children
raised by grandparents, interracial familes, etc. There's
a real void in story books for these types of non-traditional
What is the story about?
It's really a very simple story about a little girl and
how she behaves with the family cat. She tries to pick him
up, dress him up and play with him like a doll. The story
is not about being different or unique, it makes no big
deal of the lesbian moms. They just are everyday parents
guiding her to be nice to the cat. In this fashion, it celebrates
the lesbian mom family as it is, living ordinary lives.
Would you share a photo of your family?
Certainly. Here we are at Musee Rodin, Paris in July, 2005: