Papa, Daddy, & Riley

by Seamus Kirst (Author) Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator)

Papa, Daddy, & Riley
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

STARRED REVIEW! "A must-have...this is a delightful celebration of what makes a family.... Holzwarth beautifully renders the characters in a variety of hues, making the diversity showcased throughout one of the book's defining features and adding to the emotional punch of the story. All of the families look different, but the love they share makes them the same. Absolutely recommended for all children's collections and sure to be a storytime winner." --STARRED review, Booklist

Riley is Papa's princess and Daddy's dragon. She loves her two fathers! When Riley's classmate asks her which dad is her real one, Riley is confused. She doesn't want to have to pick one or the other.

Families are made of love in this heartwarming story that shows there are lots of ways to be part of one.

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When Riley's fathers drop her off on the first day of school, lots of different families are present (a grandmother, a foster mom), but when the students head into the classroom, a kid called Olive wants to know which of Riley's parents "is the real dad." Riley spends the day confused, considering the significant experiences she shares with each of her parents: Riley's brown-skinned Daddy calls her dragon and loves to bake and swim with her; her white-skinned Papa calls her princess and enjoys singing and painting alongside her. Crayon and wash textures feature in Holzwarth's warm illustrations, in which moody shadows and backgrounds convey underlying emotions. Though the text can feel a little on the nose ("I don't want to have to choose!" says Riley), the message--that what makes a family is love--is sound. Ages 4-8. (May)

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"A little girl with two dads confronts homophobia.... Sweet if not groundbreaking...."— "Kirkus Reviews"
Seamus Kirst

Seamus Kirst is a writer whose work has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Teen Vogue,
Forbes, The Advocate
, and Vice. He is the author of Papa, Daddy, and Riley and Dad and Daddy's Big Big Family. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit @SeamusPatrickKirst on Facebook and @SeamusKirst on Instagram.

Noémie Gionet Landry shares her time between the hospital where she works as a rheumatologist and her home studio where she
sketches, draws, and paints. She is the illustrator of the acclaimed books Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose and The Monster
Parade: A Book about Feeling All Your Feelings
and Then Watching Them Go. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada. Visit noemiegionetlandry.squarespace .com and @noemie_illustration on Instagram.

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Guided Reading Level
Magination Press
Publication date
May 05, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV013090 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Alternative Family
JUV060000 - Juvenile Fiction | LGBT
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Family life
Gay fathers

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