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ALWAYS YOUR STEPDAD by Stephanie Stansbie


by Stephanie Stansbie ; illustrated by Tatiana Kamshilina

Pub Date: April 9th, 2024
ISBN: 9780593709115
Publisher: Doubleday

Parenting is a difficult job, but stepping into the role of a stepdad can be even more challenging.

Aimed at both parents and children, this book offers a reassuring glimpse of one blended family’s journey. The stepdad is “awkward and shy” when he first meets the child, but the youngster greets him with a smile. The stepdad and child work out their relationship on their own, with little intervention from the child’s primary parent. In general, the child guides the father “gently along this new path” as they take walks together, garden, and play dress-up until the day the child draws a picture of the two of them and labels the father figure “DAD!” It’s a happy milestone for both of them, a sign of the precious, lasting relationship they’ve been working toward. Kamshilina makes use of two styles of illustrations. On the endpapers and periodically throughout, she offers a kid’s-eye view of the new family in progress through illustrations that resemble a child’s crayon drawings. More realistic illustrations, “taped” to the pages like scrapbook snapshots, capture important events and daily life alike. The stepdad is brown-skinned, while the rest of the family is white-presenting.

A gentle and encouraging story with suggestions on how to create a loving blended family.

(Picture book. 3-6)