From Archie To Zack – An LGBTQ+ Book About First Crushes

From Archie To Zack might be my new favorite book of the year. Written and illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch, this book tells the most heartwarming story about first crushes.

Archie loves Zack, and Zack loves Archie, but they haven’t quite figured out how to voice these feelings as they spend every day together.

Archie tries writing it down three separate times in a note to pass to Zack, but he second-guesses himself and hides the note each time. When the three notes are found by classmates, they know just what to do.

I love everything about this book! The illustrations are flawless, and I love the pure and wholesome depiction of queer love. This is definitely a book that I wish existed when I was younger, and I’m so glad to be able to share this one with my son.

From Archie To Zack releases next week (12/29), but you can preorder it today! Preorders can be placed anywhere books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: These are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from purchases made through these links, at no additional cost to you. This commission allows me to maintain this site and continue putting out content every week.)

To see more of Vincent X. Kirsch’s work, be sure to visit his website VincentXKirsch.com

I would like to thank Abrams Young Readers for sending me a copy of From Archie to Zack to review. This will be a treasured part of our library for years to come!

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Ritu Weds Chandni – Challenging Homophobia in South Asian Culture

If you’re looking for a diverse book about weddings, I’ve got you covered today. Look no further than Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar.

In this book we meet Ayesha, who is thrilled to attend her favorite cousin’s wedding. She is excited to dance in the baraat (a celebratory wedding procession) and celebrate the way she did last year at her older brother’s wedding.

But this wedding is different.

Ritu is marrying her girlfriend Chandni, and she will be the first bride in the Kapoor family to lead a baraat – a tradition that is usually reserved for the groom.

Ayesha’s family tries to explain to her that some people are not pleased with Ritu leading a baraat. When Ayesha wonders where her extended family could be, her aunt tries to explain that many of them are not attending because they do not approve of Ritu marrying Chandni. She even tells Ayesha’s father that some neighbors are so upset they plan to stop the celebration. Ayesha can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t be happy for Ritu and Chandni.

I love the way Ayesha loves her cousin in this book! Ritu Weds Chandni beautifully captures the unabashed affection that children show the people they love. There will be no spoilers here, but in the end, it is Ayesha’s love and joy that save the day, even when faced with the hatred of homophobia.

Ritu Weds Chandni is a beautiful celebration of love, and both South Asian and LGBTQ+ cultures. I would HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy. You can purchase it wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: These are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission of any sales made using these links. This commission allows me to maintain this site and continue bringing content to you.)

I would like to thank Yali Books for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley. This was an absolute joy to read!

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(M)other – A Picture Book About The “Other” Mothers

Originally written as a poem, which was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry prize in 2018, (M)other, by Sanita Fejzic was adapted into a children’s book in March. The poem is paired with beautiful illustrations by Alisa Arsenault, creating an unforgettable children’s book that discusses the relationship between a boy and his “other” mother.

In the book, we learn of the unique challenges faced by families with two mothers, and no father. Written from the perspective of the “other” mother, we hear of the pressure this mother receives to provide a father figure for her child, and to conform to the societal expectations of what a family “should look like”. From birth certificates, to principals, to children at school, there always seems to be a challenge to their family structure.

With more emotion than I thought possible in 26 pages, (M)other is a tender look into the lives of a loving family.

If, like me, you would like to ensure your child has an understanding of diverse family structures from a young age, I would highly recommend this book. It would also make an excellent gift for the holidays, especially for those families with “other” mothers.

I would like to thank Bouton D’or Acadie for providing me with a copy of this book to review. It was an absolute delight.

Have you read (M)other yourself? Be sure to leave your thoughts below!

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