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Empowering, celebratory LGBTQ2S-themed kids' picture books for 4-8 year olds, delivered right to your home or school every other month.
Feminist, racially-diverse,  LGBTQ2S-positive kids' picture books for 4-8 year olds, delivered right to your home or school.
Feminist, racially-diverse,  LGBTQ2S-positive kids' picture books for 4-8 year olds, delivered right to your home or school.
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we're at it again!

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Hello, all you families flamingos! 

Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that Flamingo Rampant is Kickstarting ANOTHER SET of LGBT2Q kids picture books! Did you like the ones you got last time? Help us make more!

Six more feminist, racially diverse, LGBT2Q-themed picture books featuring celebratory storylines - magic adventures, mysteries, superheroes, shenanigans, and lots and lots of love (aka all the things you loved about us last time!). We'll also continue to pay attention to body diversity and ability representation in our work as before, so look out for a service dog curled up under the table at Passover, a fabulously fat middle-aged superhero, and a set of rainbow hearing aids that provide an important clue. 

We're off to a VERY strong start, thanks to some of you coming back for more. Come join us! We'll make you more amazing books that'll make you and so many other kids and families happy. And if your children are too old now, perhaps you could forward this message to someone who could still use them? Another family, your school librarian, your kid's second-grade teacher who you'd clone if you could? We'd love to be there for them, too.

love and flamingos,

Bear

Flamingo Greetings!

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Hello to you, beloved Kickstarter backers!

Well, here we are - books have flown to all corners of the world, delighting children and children-at-heart on five continents. We've gotten fan mail in crayon, from school principals and children's hospitals, and many many wonderful photos of you all curled up on very cozy looking surfaces with your loved ones, reading together. From all of us here at Flamingo Rampant to all of you - thank you for all your lovely feedback.

A few notes, going forward:

1) At long last, and I am sorry for the delay - here are your coloring pages. To make it up to you for how long the digitization process took, we've included TWO sets of coloring pages (the first set from the 2012 Flamingo Rampant release AND this year's set as well. Download both of them here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qjk2tp6rmm4nn6g/AACh1gLflLthzcU4WgBTDA_Ia?dl=0

2) If you were expecting prints or original artwork, those will be mailed in the second week of January. Again I blame digitization, but the reason why is actually super awesome...

3) We're just about to go to contract with Edicions Bellaterra of Spain for a full set of Flamingo Rampant books in Spanish translation for 2016! So we couldn't let go of anything until we were confident we had ever file version they might need in best quality possible, which now we do. So we hope that you'll forgive us our delay (and not announcing it, which - if we're being honest - has a little more to do with this new baby than my strategic communications plan, but what can I tell you?).

4) Finally, just a note that Flamingo Rampant has started planning our next season of books. We'll be releasing six more, tentatively in the Spring of 2017, on a theme of Celebrations. Look forward to a baby shower book (featuring three parents, all superheroes), a birthday party book (introducing a seven-year-old with a big gay crush), a Shabbat dinner book (with the cutest lesbian bubbies you ever met), a Christmas book (in which two kids /try/ to fix their trans mom's ornaments so they have her new name), and more! So stay tuned!

Big flamingo love to you all,

Bear

ps - please enjoy this gratuitous baby picture of our newest human, Solomon Rose Bergman, taken by Flamingo Rampant's very favorite photog, Zoe Gemelli (www.zoegemelli.com

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shipping updates!

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Hello to you, our beloved backers! As promised, here is your shipping update.

First, the good news - 2/3 of our Kickstarter packages are shipped as of Friday. Several hundred of you got parcels of books last week, and two hundred and five MORE of you will be getting packages this week. Here's the breakdown:

  • ALL US packages except the earlybird plus-ones and the double sets have now shipped (we had an envelope size failure that has kept those biggest parcels briefly benched; they'll go on Friday).
  • About half of the Canadian packages have shipped, the other half will go this coming Friday.
  • The remaining Toronto packages are being delivered by our stalwart flamingo courier this week (thanks Nathan!).
  • International worldwide packages will also be shipped this coming Friday
  • BY FRIDAY EVERYONE'S BOOKS WILL BE MAILED AND THERE WILL BE ICE CREAM FOLLOWED BY NAPPING. Ahem.
  • Some of you will notice, as you receive your parcels, that you've gotten more books than you backed for. That's not an error. It's because we know you to be awesome and they are your reward for awesomeness. 
  • If you got fewer/different books than you were expecting, it's just an accident and is not a referendum on your awesomeness in any way and we're super sorry. Please email info@flamingorampant.com and let us know what's missing, &c and we will make it right.

Colouring pages and audiobook will be released in mid-July, along with an awesome special surprise (hint: DISCO) as a reward for your patience.

Thanks so much for bearing with us on this amazing journey. Thanks for tweeting, face booking, instagramming and tumblring your reactions; thanks for telling all your friends how much you like the books. Thanks especially to those of you who emailed us photos of your totally adorable children reading their new fave FR book - that's my paycheck right there. 

BTW, you're totally the best Kickstarter backers in ever (and your hair looks so great like that).

love and flamingos,

Bear

well, the baby arrived before the books. But...

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Solomon Rose Bergman was born May 14th, just before midnight. Books are being bound literally as we speak and will be delivered to our warehouse on Friday.

Please, if you're expecting books in the mail and haven't filled out your survey, do that? Now would be good, or now is also fine. Or now.

Also please note: if you added extra books from the website later, we will totally be sending them to you at the address you told us to use. The website and Kickstarter don't integrate, though, so don't worry if your survey doesn't reflect the addition of your website-ordered books.

Also also:

 We'll be putting books in the mail in about two weeks, once anyone here has slept at all, and coloring pages and audiobook will come shortly thereafter. Soon you'll be enjoying them in your own homes and schools! 

(Probably not as much as we're enjoying young Solomon. But still.)

love and flamingos,

Bear

Books are at the printers!

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This update has three, and only three, pieces of information:

1) Books are at the printers as we speak. At the printers, being printed and bound and made into books. 

2) If you want the books you paid for, you must fill out your backer survey, which was emailed to you at some point over the course of this last week. Tell us where to send your book(s)!

3) If you want to encourage anyone - your library, school, friends, &c to pre-order, this is your *last chance* to do so. Feel free to send them to www.flamingorampant.com where we have put descriptions of the books, some artwork, &c and where they can order online.

love and flamingos,

Bear

ps - Can you not find your survey? Log into Kickstarter. Go to your profile, which you get to by clicking on your portrait in the upper right hand corner of the page. Under "My stuff" you will bee the option "Backed projects." Click and you will have a list of all projects you have backed. Click on the blue + sign to the right of the Flamingo Rampant Book Club project. There, you will see your individual profile that *I* see. All the messages you've received and your survey will be there. If you don't see a survey response, then you didn't respond - do it now! Also, check your e-mail, including your spam folder, for any messages from Kickstarter.