Katy's school is celebrating Grandparents Day, and Katy is nervous. She doesn't want to introduce her grandpas in front of the class because she's worried that nobody will understand her lisp. To make matters worse, when Katy tells her teacher that she's inviting her married "grampas," her teacher thinks she means to say grandma and grandpa instead of grandpa and grandpa. Will Katy build the confidence to speak in front of the class and challenge stereotypes?
Katy Has Two Grampas is based on a true story about love and support in a modern family.
Julie Schanke Lyford lives in the Twin Cities with husband Rafe, their daughters Katy and Madi, their dog Wallace, their bearded dragon Evan, and a rosy boa named Milo. An LGBTQ activist in the Twin Cities, Julie lobbied for same-sex marriage before it became legal and, trained by Minnesota United, traveled the state giving speeches to help pass the vote.
Robert A. Schanke, a retired college theatre professor, has published several books featuring LGBTQ theatre artists in America. His books have twice been finalists for the Lambda Literary Award, and his biography of playwright Mercedes De Acosta won ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award. Robert and his husband Jack have been together for over thirty-five years and live in Des Moines.
"As a rabbi, gay dad, and community leader, I am delighted to finally have a children's book available that shows the beautiful, heartwarming, funny, and loving relationship between children and grandparents who happen to be gay. I can't wait to order a copy for my future grandchildren!" - Michael Adam Latz, lead rabbi of Shir Tikvah Congregation
"It's important for children to see other families like their own—it shows them they are not alone." - Dot Belstler, executive director of Twin Cities Pride