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Heather Has Two Mommies, by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Diana Souza, is a 1989 picture book about a little girl named Heather who Has Two Mommies.

It' has a simple narrative explaining Heather's family. Heather has two mothers: Mama Kate and Mama Jane. Mama Kate is a doctor and Mama Jane is a carpenter. The book tells the things Heather likes to do with her parents. Early in the book, Heather begins going to school. At school she has a lot of fun and draws a picture of her mommies. The book ends with Heather's family heading home after her first day of school.

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Heather Has Two Mommies is one of the earliest children's works featuring same-gender parents. It is one of the top banned books but has paved the way for numerous other works.


This book provides examples of:

  • Bowdlerise: In the original version of the book, it's explained that Heather was born when Kate was artificially inseminated. This is left out of many re-releases of the book.
  • First Day of School Episode: Heather goes to her first day of school.
  • Has Two Mommies: The Trope Namer. Heather is raised by her two mothers, Kate and Jan.

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