Who’s Daddy’s Friend? Daddy’s Roommate was one of the first children’s books to portray gay life in a positive way.

“Daddy’s Roommate”

In this picture book for ages 2-5, Frank and Daddy are seen pursuing their daily routine; and on weekends the entire family goes on various outings.

It’s a useful and straightforward view of an alternative family, and the format – single lines of copy beneath full-page illustrations – are great for kids and adults.

Daddy’s Roommate was one of the first children’s books to portray gay life in a positive way; the gay couple do the same things heterosexual couples do: Take care of the house, argue, and spend time with their kid.

The book has become one of the most banned books in recent years. The American Library Association listed this book as number 2 in their list of the 100 most challenged books from 1990-2000, due to its subject matter and targeted audience.

Daddy’s Roommate, written by Michael Willhoite. Alyson, 1990

6 thoughts on “Who’s Daddy’s Friend? Daddy’s Roommate was one of the first children’s books to portray gay life in a positive way.

  • October 27, 2007 at 1:19 am

    We shouldn’t be sheilding kids from the truth. People need to face the fact that there are gay couples out there. Yes I understand it has to do with little kids but there not saying this is how you have to be when you get older there just showiing to life. I understand 2-5 yr olds might not get it but if they learn that its ok then it will not be a big isssue.

  • January 28, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I agree with you. There are different types of families out there and if children knew about it, there would probably be less teasing of kids who have two moms or two dads. I personally don’t agree with homosexuality, but other people do and that is their choice.

  • May 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Although I am not against homosexuals, I’m not sure if small children should be reading about it. I think it’s best for them to wait until they are a little older. Yes, I know you cannot shield children from the truth but is it necessary to fill their heads with all the “sordid” details of life? For example, should we lecture small (and notice I emphasize the word “small”) children about murder, mutilation, and other facts of life, if you wish to call it such?

  • August 20, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I believe children can read this book. It’s not going to warp them or fill their minds with “sordid” details, it’s just going to make them realize that love comes in all forms and they will be more accepting and open. If you think it will fill their heads with the heavy details of life, wouldn’t a “regular” mommy-and-daddy book do the same? They share the same life as the parents in this book accept they are heterosexual.
    If children were taught to accept all as children, their would be much less hate and much less hate crimes committed in this world

  • October 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

    children follow what they are taught to be right and normal, and if gay marriage stops being such a bad issue and start being a naturally discussed one. then we would not be having anymore of these discriminating issues we deal with our days. no one ever had an issue with a book discussing two parents living with each other? why is it a book about gay marriage which is something that happens now-a-days a bad issue? its just as normal, its a personal choice and should be respected.

  • September 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I wouldn’t put homosexuals and gay marriage in the same category as murder and mutilation. Gay marriage is a part of life and children should be able to read about it the same as they read about traditional marriage. There are small children who are dealing with same sex parents, and I think by reading this book in school they would be able to gain confidence in their family and see that it is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. And it would show other kids that there are different families out there that are just as normal as their and teach them not to tease kids with same sex parents.

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