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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. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 12, 2014.

Empowering, celebratory LGBTQ2S-themed kids' picture books for 4-8 year olds, delivered right to your home or school every other month.

About this project

(We're so sorry we couldn't get the embedded video properly subtitled: here's a link to a subtitled version!)

Welcome to the Flamingo Rampant Book Club! Over the course of a subscription year, we will send you six BRAND NEW books - one every other month, each written specifically for this book club. These books will celebrate the great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities. That means when our books feature lesbian mums or gay dads, they get storylines: travels, adventures and mysteries to solve, rather than entire books pointing out that we exist. That means fully half of our books every year will center Black, Latin@, Indigenous, First Nations, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and mixed-race people and cultures instead of making them minor, one-line characters - and these books will be written by people of color. It means our books will celebrate gender-independent kids and adults as their whole selves, however they identify. It means Flamingo Rampant books will uplift and affirm families that include extended relations or relatives of heart or choice. 

The first year of books we have planned is so exciting! Some of these titles are just working titles, and concepts are subject to change, but we're keen to tell you about what we have in store. They include:

- M is for Mustache, a Pride ABC book written by playwright, activist, and badass mama Catherine Hernandez. M is for Mustache features not only items of Pride - like beads, flags, glitter and stick-on mustaches - but also values of pride: liberation, justice, community and magic.

- Newspaper Pirates, a mystery adventure about curious Barney who goes on an apartment building adventure to see who's filching his Daddy and Papa's newspaper. Red-headed Barney, an only child, follows up on clues and hunches until he gets to the bottom of things,

- a Onkwehon:we (Indigenous) story of a gender-independent young child finding the power in his long hair by Mohawk and Cayuga artist and shaman Kiley May. In this book, a young boy who values his long hair and femme ways finds the strength to peacefully affirm his own expression of gender,

- Home Together, a travel story, in which Mama and Amma  - recently married - take their newly-blended family on an alternative honeymoon trip to New Hampshire and Dharamsala, India so everyone can see where each grew up,

- Is That For A Boy Or A Girl?, by S. Bear Bergman (that's me!) an inclusive and feminist book showing twelve awesome kids speaking in first person rhyme about how they and their activities/interests/clothes interrupt the pink/blue dichotomy in some way,

- and more! Surprises and delights await you!

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 Dear awesome parents, teachers, librarians and caregivers,

As a parent of a rising kindergartener who loves books and stories, I spend a lot of time looking for books that I feel good about. I look for books that represent our family and friends in positive, celebratory ways. I look for books that center girls and kids/families of color, books about adventures or triumphs rather than bullying, and books that show LGBTQ2S families or gender-independent kids. 

I don't find them very often. And with feminist and independent bookstores going out of business day after day, friendly clerks with deep knowledge of a genre are less and less available. In many parts of the world, the only way to get kids' books with LGBTQ2S themes is to fumble around on Amazon and hope that whatever arrives matches our values and meets our needs.

Whoever the people in your family are, or may someday be, these Flamingo Rampant Book Club! titles will be fun to read and beautiful to look at. Separate from their educational value, these stories are awesome. But if someone in your family, school or community is gay or lesbian or bi or trans or queer or gender-independent, these books will be validating  - it's great to see people just like us in books! If your family or community doesn't contain, or know, anyone in the LGBTQ2S communities? Then the FRBC! stories will be normalizing. If a kid from Omaha reads a book about the ocean, she learns that the ocean is a wonderful thing that exists in the world, and which she will get to enjoy someday. The same is true here - LGBTQ2S people become the friends we just haven't met yet.

Our subscription will start in Jan/Feb 2015, and Kickstarter backers will receive a book every other month plus the special fabulous add-ons that await if we reach our stretch goals! (and don't worry if your address might change. Our fabulous Flamingo Facilitator, Rudy, can handle it.)

We can't wait to have you in our club! We're already pretty stoked that you're in our communities.

Thanks and love,

S. Bear Bergman

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STRETCH GOAL #1: 62,000

If we reach the $62,000 stretch goal (625 families or organizations subscribed) then everyone subscribing to a book series will receive a charming coloring book showing birds, insects, fish and animals that create families or express their genders in all kinds of ways. Slime molds have eleven sexes, emu dads raise the babies with other emu dads (and no assistance from the mothers that laid the eggs), lemur families are female-led chosen families, and so on. The coloring book will feature line drawings, fun facts, and a few simple puzzles for older children.

STRETCH GOAL #2: 78,000

At this level, with 780 subscribing families or organizations, everyone (everyone, everyone!) gets a storybook app. Readers will be able to listen to the story read to them in English, Spanish, or French with words appearing below, or read by themselves with touch technology to pronounce words they can't read yet. Which book? We're not sure yet! But it's going to be pretty great, you guys.

STRETCH GOAL #3: 100,000

If one thousand families or organizations subscribe, Flamingo Rampant Book Club! will release an American Sign Language-integrated video storybook, available for free to anyone with access to the internet, of M is for Mustache (or Pride ABC book) by Catherine Hernandez. Children will not only learn their letters in ASL, but also signs for such important LGBTQ2S concepts as pride, justice, liberation, ally, magic, and of course glitter.

STRETCH GOAL #4: 140,000

ALL BOOKS BECOME HARDCOVER! Currently, we're hoping to be able to do one or two hardcovers, depending on how many subscriptions are claimed. At the 1,400 subscriptions point, you get a hardcover, and you get a hardcover! Everyone gets hardcover books! 

Risks and challenges

After our successful Kickstarter three years ago, in which we launched the press and published Backwards Day and The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, we have learned a lot about printing, publishing, and fulfillment. The biggest concern at this point is time delays related to creative work taking longer than we've scheduled or anticipated to get things perfect. If that happens, some portion of your subscription may be delayed, but are committed to getting you the books, even if it takes a little longer.

All books will be shipped from the Flamingo Fulfillment Nest in Philadelphia, PA, overseen by Flamingo Facilitator Rudy Flesher. Rudy will be in charge of packing and shipping all your books with love (and also glitter).

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FAQ

  • Assuming we fund (fingers crossed, please tell everyone you know about this project if you'd be so kind) you'll get what Kickstarter calls a "survey" sometime in the late fall (to reduce the amount of address-correcting as much as possible) The survey will allow you to specify any name or address you like for the recipient. There will also be a link to a cute card you can download and print, if you intend this as a gift.

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  • I don’t know. We’re exploring some options for that, but I can’t guarantee it. If you’re really keen, I have to recommend that you subscribe now and hang on to them.

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  • Paying artists and cultural workers. I know, sounds crazy, right? But we’re paying everyone a real amount of money (not a token payment) for their work the entire way: writers, illustrators, book designers, graphic artists, web designers, and our fulfillment faerie. On the other hand, we don’t want the subscription to cost a ridiculous amount. In order to balance both sides of the equation, we need 450 families to sign up for a full subscription (or the fundraising equivalent) so we have a big enough economy of scale and can pay everyone properly for their work.

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    Colouring pages! Download a set of six colouring pages from a variety of Flamingo Rampant books - colour in landscapes, families, animals and more. Also a big thank you from us. Every donation, even the smallest, supports our mission.

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    Colouring pages and audiobook! Colouring pages as above, plus a recording of one of our selections, read by its author with dramatic flair.

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    One book, our choice. You get the colouring pages, audiobook, and one book of our choice mailed to your house sometime during the subscription year. They'll all be awesome, so have no fear, and it'll be a fun surprise when it comes!

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    Gender-independence 3-pack: receive the two books that specially feature gender-independent kids plus ABCs of Pride, which includes some loving portraits of trans and gender-independent kids and adults. These books will arrive to your house in the same months as they go out to full-year subscribers, so delivery may not be at regular intervals.

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    EARLY BIRD GENDER-INDEPENDENCE THREE PACK PLUS: the early flamingo gets extra worms! For $1 more, you'll get the three gender-independence themed books AND an extra copy of one of the books. Share that extra with your child's school, your local library, your nieces and nephews, or whomever else seems appropriate. We'll pick which book you get a bonus of, but they'll all be awesome.

    PLEASE NOTE: the subscription will begin in Jan/Feb of 2015, and finish in December of that year.

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    Full-year subscription! You get one entire year of amazing LGBTQ kids picture books, full of zip and fizz and hooray. Lesbian mums, gay dads, trans and gender-independent kids, and multiple-adult households of all sorts! Have this subscription addressed to your children (or the children of your heart) and they'll enjoy amazing mail all year long.

    PLEASE NOTE: the subscription will begin in Jan/Feb of 2015, and finish in December of that year.

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    EARLY BIRD FULL-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION PLUS: the early flamingo gets extra worms! For $1 more, you'll get the full year of books AND an extra copy of one PLUS a special surprise at the end of the year! Share with your child's school, your local library, your nieces and nephews, or whomever else seems appropriate. We'll pick which book you get a bonus of, but they'll all be awesome.

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    Supporter subscription - keep one and give one to a worthy organization! At this level, you get one subscription for yourself or your household and one for a library or school (your choice or ours if you don't have a favorite). Make some librarian or classroom teacher very happy and give this gift.

    (Because you're so awesome, we'll cover the extra shipping costs for the school or organization if they're out of the US)

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    Take a two pack of subscriptions! One for each of your niecephews or grandkids? One for your family and one for your sister's kids? One for the baby your ex is expecting and one for your lesbian cousin? However you want, we'll be happy to do it.

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    Have a subscription and A SIGNED COVER, suitable for framing! At this level, you get your years subscription of books plus an archival-quality giclee print of one book cover (your choice) signed by both the author and the illustrator of that book.

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    Have a subscription and a SIGNED PIECE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK, suitable for framing! At this level, you get your years subscription of books plus a piece of original artwork from one of the books (our choice) signed by the illustrator of that book.

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    At this reward level, enjoy a regular year's subscription plus an opportunity to NAME A CHARACTER in one of the books or have your face (or the face of someone you love) in a book. We won't be able to let you choose which book, but we'll give the name or likeness you specify to a character and send you five extra copies of that book to enjoy. A great way to honor someone you adore.

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    Well, you're a hero - so we'll treat you like one! How about a subscription, a piece of original artwork and a book dedicated by Flamingo Rampant to the person of your choice? Also, S. Bear Bergman will call you on the phone or stop by your home or work when he's in town and sing you a song of praise. It'll be short, but by G-d it will be heartfelt.

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