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Love Is Love
By (author): Michael Genhart Illustrated by: Ken Min
9781939775139 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / LGBT May 01, 2018
$26.99 CAD
Active 10.25 x 10.25 x 0.38 in | 490 gr 32 pages Sourcebooks Little Pickle Press

A story celebrating open mindedness, diversity, and love. Open a dialogue with the children in your life about the importance of love and acceptance with this Silver Moonbeam Award Winner. Families come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one thing: Love.

It's love that makes a family...

When a boy confides in his friend about bullies saying he doesn't have a real family, he discovers that his friend's parents—a mom and a dad—and his two dads are actually very much alike.

Dr. Michael Genhart's debut story is the perfect resource to gently discuss discrimination with kids. This sweet and straightforward story shows that gay families and straight families and everything in between are all different kinds of normal. What makes a family real is the love that is shared.

Dr. Michael Genhart has been a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin for 25 years. He has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, dealing with various facets of mental health and illness: anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, trauma, abuse, sexuality, work stress, bereavement and chronic health conditions. During this time, he has specialized in working with children who have gay or lesbian parents, gay teens and coming out issues, samesex relationships, and LGBTQ parenting matters. Additionally, he has supervised advanced psychology student interns through local doctoral training programs and been a consultant to colleagues particularly with regard to working with the LGBTQ population. He has also spent the last fifteen years visiting and speaking at local elementary, middle and high schools to engage students in conversations about LGBTQ issues. He is a consulting psychologist to The Campaign to Change Direction which aims to change the story about mental health, mental illness, and wellness in this country, and he is coauthoring a children's picture book on the topic. Ken Min will tell you he was born on an ice floe and raised by a clan of penguins who read to him every night from the works of Margret & H.A. Rey, William Joyce, and DC Comics. He'll also say that he learned to paint by throwing his food at the walls. In reality he was born in Los Angeles and studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design. He has storyboarded for various commercials and animated TV shows such as The PJs and Futurama. His illustration work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In 2012, the first picture book he illustrated, Hot, Hot Roti For Dada-Ji, received the Picture Book Honor Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). These days, you will find Ken illustrating, storyboarding, writing, and dreaming up stories for children. Ken lives in Los Angeles.

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