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Papa, Daddy, and Riley

Papa, Daddy, and Riley

Papa, Daddy, and Riley

Papa, Daddy, and Riley


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ALA’s 2021 Rainbow Book List Selection

NCSS-CBC 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book

One of Bank Street’s 2021 Best Children’s Books of the Year

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 

When Riley’s classmate tells her that one mom and one dad make a baby and that is what makes a family, Riley is confused. She has two dads and a belly mommy. As her friend presses on and asks her which dad is her real one, Riley is stunned! If Riley is Papa’s princess and Daddy’s dragon, are they a family? Is she their daughter? Who is her real dad? Does she have a real dad? Riley has black hair like Daddy and freckles like Papa, and she definitely looks like her belly mommy. She likes to bake cookies and swim like her Daddy, and play basketball and sing like her Papa. 
In this heartwarming story showing readers that some families can have one parent or two, some have stepparents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents, Riley learns that families are made of love. Her dads didn't give birth to her, but they carried her in their heart. They love her. They are a family. They all belong together. And Riley's Daddy and Papa are both her real dads!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433832390
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 401,549
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Seamus Kirst, is a writer whose work has been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Forbes, The Advocate, and Vice. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @SeamusKirst or on Facebook @seamuspatrickkirst.

Devon Holzwarth grew up in Panama with the jungle as her garden and parrots and iguanas as pets. Devon earned her BFA in 2000 from the Rhode Island School of Design, focusing on screen printing and painting. Childhood memories and her collection of vintage children's books strongly inspire her work. She currently lives in Aachen, Germany, with her husband, two kids, and beloved old hound dog. Visit her on Instagram @devonholzwarth and at

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