Dearest, darlingest backers.
Well. First, some news. In the first week of November, my fabulous husband and co-conspirator had emergency surgery. In the first week of December, I had scheduled surgery that had significant cascading complications.
The good news is: we're all fine - as good as or better than we started. The bad news is: we're a bit behind. But not by that much!
Diligently, we have been working and working to get everything happening. All the books are written and are being minutely tweaked for best read-aloud value even as I type! Artists are painting, collaging, papercutting and digitally-coloring their great-big hearts out. A set of titles and descriptions is NOW FINALIZED*. Want to see it? Want to know what wonders await you? Of course you do. Here it is:
Is That For A Boy Or A Girl? Bergman, S. Bear, illustrated by Rachel Dougherty. A series of short poems in which gender-independent children introduce themselves proudly to the reader.
Love Is In The Hair Ware, Syrus. A little girl’s gay uncles tell her stories of their family through the objects woven into their dreadlocks while she waits for her new baby sibling to be born.
The Zero Dads Club Adeyoha, Angel, illustrated by Aubrey Williams. Five students in the second grade form a club and hatch a plan for a special craft to do while their classmates make Father’s Day cards.
Newspaper Pirates Skelton, J Wallace, illustrated by Ketch Wehr. Anthony Bartholomew goes on an apartment-building-wide adventure to solve the mystery of who is stealing his dads’ newspaper.
M is for Mustache Hernandez, Catherine, illustrated by Marisa Firebaugh. An ABCs of Pride book featuring a young girl with a large (and larger-than-life!) chosen family.
Jamie's Next Adventure Hill-Meyer, Tobi, illustrated by Elenore Toczynski. A young trans girl and her three best friends use their fabulous play to solidify a loving strategy for helping Jamie come out at school.
*almost completely finalized. We're still waiting for the ISBN people to come back and tell us we're all clear, and so on.
Would you like to see a few pictures, perhaps? Let me just have a wee look in the files.
Okay, now: timing. Books are on schedule to go to the printers the first week of March, and mailing should therefore be at the end of April. That's late, I know - and I'm sorry. Because of the tardiness, we are making a couple changes. 1) all books will ship together, in a priority mail package, packed in with some extra-special surprises (::cough:: free music ::cough::) and 2) everyone who ordered a full or half series with the Kickstarter will get THE CUTEST cotton tote bag, featuring a steely butch girl pirate and the nerdiest tubby merman you ever saw. A perfect bag for carrying your collection of beautiful, delicious, amazing children's picture books.
There we have it. Thank you again, as ever, for your patience and your faith in us. More updates soon, we promise!
love and flamingos,