Daddy's Roommate

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Daddy's Roommate
Daddy’s Roommate cover.jpg
Author Michael Willhoite
Publisher Alyson Books
Publication date
1991
Pages 30
ISBN 1-55583-118-4
OCLC 26563465

Daddy's Roommate is a children's book written by Michael Willhoite and published by Alyson Books in 1991 (ISBN 1555831184). The book, about a young boy whose divorced father now lives with his life partner, deals with the subject of homosexual parents.

Daddy's Roommate was one of the first children's books to portray homosexuality in a positive light; the two men in the book do the same things heterosexual couples do: Take care of the house, argue, and spend time with their boy. Consequently, the book has become one of the most challenged books in recent years with the American Library Association listing it at number 2 in their list of the 100 most challenged books from 1990-1999.[1]

Daddy's Roommate became a point of discussion in the 2008 US Presidential Election when it was alleged that, in 1995, Sarah Palin, then a councilwoman in Wasilla, Alaska, complained that the book did not belong in the public library.[2]

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  1. ^ "100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999". American Library Association. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ Stein, Sam (September 13, 2008). "Author Of Book Palin Targeted Lashes Back: She's My Mortal Enemy". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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