The Christmas Truck
Written by J.B. Blankenship
Illustrated by Cassandre Bolan
The Christmas Truck tells the story of Papa, Dad and their child, whose gender is ambiguous on purpose. This holiday picture book was created for all families and it is the first Christmas children’s picture book to prominently feature a same-gender couple. J.B. explains he wanted to tell a story about a kid that happens to have two gay Dads. The focus of the story is not about being different, it’s about existing in a world where unconditional acceptance exists and flourishes.
The story follows the family, alongside the retired Fire Chief Grandma and how they are able to save Christmas for a family in need. It teaches us that even when things don’t go your way, the spirit of the holiday season allows magical moments and adventures.
Illustrated by award-winning illustrator Cassandre Bolan, The Christmas Truck further distinguishes itself through breathtaking illustrations that normalize gay families and traditions against the backdrop of iconic Christmas imagery. Traditions like decorating a Christmas tree, wrapping presents by a glowing fireplace, and discussing the meaning of Christmas with their child, but for many LGBT parents this will be the first time they see their family represented.
When asked if there are more adventures in store for the characters in his book, Blankenship hinted at a possible yes. “I’ve been playing with a couple ideas” he said cautiously. “What I can say is that Grandma has a sister, and she likes adventure.” Connextions Magazine loves adventures, so we will continue to keep an eye on J.B. Blankenship, Papa, Dad, their child, and of course Grandma.
Review by Jaslene - 6 years old: "I like that it [The Christmas Truck] is about Christmas. I like that his Dads got a tree, my Dads got me a tree also. I like that they picked stu (stew) for dinner. I like that they had sparkles on a truck, i love sparkles. And I like they found the perfect way to celebrate together."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Read Connextions Magazine: Conversation with World Traveler & Author J.B. Blankenship