Kinship and the Queer Perversions of <em>Six-Dinner Sid</em> and <em>Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies</em>: Imagine (Un)Doing Family

  • Kathleen Forrester
Keywords: queer reading, picture books, family, kinship, non-monogamy, polyamory, perversion


In recent years scholars such as Natasha Hurley and Kenneth Kidd have been calling for a broadening of queer-theorizing within the field of children’s literature beyond questions of identity and same-sex desire. In this paper, I draw upon Judith Butler, Michael Warner, and others to offer a queer reading of two picture books: Six-Dinner Sid and Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies. Through an exploration of family and kinship within these texts, I show how reading perversely is a discursive tool that can destabilize dominant narratives and bring into play the potential for more inclusive and just processes of meaning-making.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2017.0005

Author Biography

Kathleen Forrester

Kathleen Forrester is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at the University of British Columbia. Her SSHRC-funded thesis was a hybrid (critical and creative) work exploring queer kinship, storytelling, and memory. She is a past winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing (middle grade category). Previous publications include a 2016 article co-written with Judith Saltman for Bookbird.

How to Cite
Forrester, K. (2017). Kinship and the Queer Perversions of <em>Six-Dinner Sid</em> and <em>Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies</em&gt;: Imagine (Un)Doing Family. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 8(2). Retrieved from