An Actual Family: A Fable for LGBTQ Homes

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What is a family? Is there only one kind?
Are they all just like yours? Are they all just like mine?

From the author and illustrator of the acclaimed A Normal Turtle: An LGBTQ Kid's Book comes another modern-day fable for children in the queer community...

An Actual Family tells the story of Agatha, an otter adopted by two penguin dads, who starts to have questions about how she fits in. After being teased for being different than her parents, Agatha sets off to find her "actual family." On her journey around the Pacific, Agatha meets animals of every type, in families of every sort, and eventually discovers that there is no single definition of what a family must be. Perhaps Agatha may find that her "actual" family is the one she already has...

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A charming, rhyming story with soft, polished illustrations, An Actual Family is written especially for children adopted into LGBTQ+ households. However, as in A Normal Turtle, Portland author and illustrator Doug Reynolds has written this book as a flexible allegory, making it applicable to all children who feel that their family might be a little "different." Thus, parents and educators may use the themes within as jumping off points for discussions that can be tailored to each individual child and their family.

An Actual Family is a high-quality hardcover picture book being published by Mascot Books that will retail nationwide for a limited time, and be included in the Library of Congress.

An Actual Family was successfully funded on Kickstarter!

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