Heather Has Two Mommies
by Leslea Newman
Original illustrations by Diana Souza
25th Anniversary Edition illustrations by Laura Cornell
Heather Has Two Mommies has been getting lots of buzz lately. Most likely because it’s just celebrated 25 years by coming out with a new revised edition complete with new illustrations.
I can’t believe I hadn’t read the book until now. I decided to read both old and new editions since I enjoy seeing the differences in text and illustrations. When I say “old”, I mean the 20th anniversary edition, which it seems has also been revised from its earlier versions as well.
No matter which one you read, it’s about one girl with two moms. When in preschool (as opposed to a play group in its earlier iterations) with other kids, the subject of families come up. At first, Heather wonders why she doesn’t have a dad. But then they see families come in all different shapes and sizes; and, the important thing is “that all the people in it love each other.”
For the 25th anniversary edition, they decided to skip Leslea Newman’s afterword which is a shame since I loved reading about the origins of the books and the controversies that surrounded it. But, as she mentioned in an interview as to why this was excluded now, she replied, “I wanted it simply to be a kids’ book.”
Heather Has Two Mommies depicts a family that may not be typical but does exist that make it important that a book like it be published, read, and shared. “We Need Diverse Books” is the rallying cry these days because it’s sometimes in our differences that we see our similarities. One of the reasons why I’m holding an LGBT Book Drive is to prove that point.