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A first edition of Heather Has Two Mommies is now a $3,000 book


The rare first edition of Heather Has Two Mommies

This week a copy of a 1989 children’s book was listed for sale on AbeBooks, the price was $3,000. That’s not particularly unusual. However, this copy was a first edition of a pioneering book that features a girl being brought up by same-sex parents.

Heather Has Two Mommies was written by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Diana Souza. The storyline sees Heather being raised by lesbian parents, Jane, her biological mother, and her partner Kate, and addresses same-sex parenting in a positive light.

This book was controversial in the 1990s and frequently banned. However, it paved the way for more children’s fiction about LGBT parenting.

Today, children’s books featuring same-size couples are commonplace. Goodreads offers multiple lists of books for this genre. And Tango Makes Three – the book about male penguin parents – is perhaps most notable of these titles because it is  banned so often.

The price for this particular copy of Heather Has Two Mommies – listed for sale by Nudel Books from New York – indicates that the title now has collectible status. It’s about time. One key element in a book becoming collectible is cultural impact and Heather Has Two Mommies was one of the first to depict same-sex parenting in an era when gay parenting was frequently challenged.

Although later editions are easily found, first editions of this book are extremely scarce. This the first time that a true first edition of Heather Has Two Mommies has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.

The rare cover shows ‘Mama Jane’ and ‘Mama Kate’

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