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My Maddy by [Gayle E. Pitman, Violet Tobacco]

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My Maddy Kindle Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 57 ratings

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"Gayle Pitman has written a celebratory book about parenthood that is both heartwarming and informative. Look at that gorgeous cover filled with an abundance of love, joy, and rainbow pride. It is so inspiring, as is the text which is filled with positive images and concepts of one's family."-- "Children's Books Heal"

"I love the depiction of a non-binary parent. It is a very nice celebration of the relationship between a parent and child, each of them being as they are."-- "Kiss the Book"

My Maddy is a heartfelt narrative that marries refreshingly unapologetic LGBTQ illustrations with text that many child readers will be able to relate to. This celebration of nonconforming parents is a nuanced and noteworthy addition to any home, classroom, or library." --Booklist Starred Review-- "Booklist"

"Tobacco's crisp, richly detailed illustrations depict a parent and child moving through their days with warmth and love, snuggling and reading. Pitman's affirming text highlights the joy of in-between things--hazel eyes, sporks, sunrises, motorcycles ('It's not a car or a bicycle. It's kind of both, and it's something all its own') --gently illuminating the idea that people, too, can exist beyond categorization." --
Publishers Weekly-- "Publishers Weekly"

"The latest in Pitman's LGBTQ books for children introduces young readers to a parent whose gender identity and expression are 'entirely fantastically their own'--not a mommy or a daddy, but 'my Maddy....' Such positive images of gender-nonconforming presentations are rare in children's literature, making this a valuable addition to any school, public, or personal library for its engaging art and accessible representation for a wide age range.... Much needed in the landscape of family-oriented picture books." --
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About the Author

Gayle E. Pitman, PhD,is a professor of psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) community. She is the author ofThis Day in June,When You Look Out the Window,Feminism From A to ZandSewing the Rainbow.This Day in Junewas the winner of 2015 Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award and Top Ten Title, ALA Rainbow List. In 2019, it was named as an 11 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2018 List book by ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom. She lives in California. Visit her and follow her on Facebook: @GaylePitmanAuthor, Twitter: @GaylePitman, and Instagram: @GaylePitman.

Violet Tobaccoillustrates from her townhome in north Atlanta. As a coffee enthusiast, she enjoys traveling her city to explore different cafes from which she can work. Having a background in theatre, she has translated her adoration for storytelling into illustration. When taking it easy, Violet and her wife watch animated films and play video games in the company of their three grumpy cats and cloud-shaped pup. Violet has the great fortune to work with other creative individuals and create wild and whimsical worlds that help us better understand who we are. Visit and @VioletTobacco on Twitter and Instagram.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0899QP4JV
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Magination Press; Illustrated edition (June 2 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2473 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
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By day, Gayle E. Pitman teaches psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. By night, she writes children's books and engages in other forms of subversive creativity. Her debut picture book, THIS DAY IN JUNE, won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, it was chosen as a Top Ten pick on the GLBTRT's Rainbow List, and it won the Notable Books for a Global Society award. Her newest book, WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Gayle lives with her partner and child in Northern California.

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