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Our award-winning series of racially-diverse children's books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families is back with a Celebrations theme!
Our award-winning series of racially-diverse children's books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families is back with a Celebrations theme!
Our award-winning series of racially-diverse children's books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families is back with a Celebrations theme!
750 backers pledged $70,305 to help bring this project to life.

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Flamingo Rampant LGBT2Q Children's Books: Celebrations Set!

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At Flamingo Rampant, we make children’s picture books; feminist, racially diverse books featuring LGBT2Q kids and families with celebratory, joyful story lines. We've made 8 so far and we are excited to make 6 more - with your help!

The new slate of books has a Celebration! theme, and will include:

• a baby shower, featuring three parents - all superheroes - and a surprise twist ending!

• a pow wow story of a 2 Spirit kid, and the beautiful community that coalesces to support that kid's desire to live (and dance!) authentically.

• a birthday party counting book called Bell's Knock-Knock Birthday, featuring sound effects, kids, and cake -  together!

• a mischeivous and magical story set at a community Eid celebration, featuring two gay dads and their twins

• a charming Passover Seder story of two lesbian bubbies and a lost afikomen that cannot be found.

• a Christmas story of a young girl who goes to great lengths to make the holiday wonderful for her parent who has come out as trans during Advent.

and now ::drumroll:: our stretch goal!

** if we reach $78,000 in funding, we'll make TWO MORE books

one translated to French and one to Spanish

and EVERYONE who orders a full set will get either a French or Spanish book!**

*If this is a holiday gift, you can download an adorable, brightly-colored Flamingo Rampant gift announcement to let the recipient know what excitement is around the corner.

one of the titles from our last book set, The Zero Dads Club.
one of the titles from our last book set, The Zero Dads Club.

Flamingo Rampant books exist to provide children's picture books that celebrate LGBT2Q people and families, lovingly show racial and body diversity, and include feminist messaging that depicts girls and women and problem-solvers and action-takers. In the universe of children's picture books, many show LGBT2Q kids and families as being targets of bullying and harassment, as being "problems" or sources of confusion, or as a situation that requires special handling. Flamingo Rampant remains dedicated to a simple goal: making fun, interesting, beautiful picture books that reflect LGBT2Q people and families in joyful, inclusive ways. All of these books will be written by people who are representing their own cultural/religious holidays and festivals - while it's pretty common in children's publishing to ask the same few authors to wrote about all kinds of experiences, Flamingo Rampant values the opportunity to nurture new LGBT2Q talents and voices (and pay them, too!).

a draft image from Bell's Knock Knock Birthday! That's Bell in the center, rocking their favorite outfit.
a draft image from Bell's Knock Knock Birthday! That's Bell in the center, rocking their favorite outfit.

Thousands of families and more than 600 schools, libraries, or community education programs have at least one of the 2015 Flamingo Rampant books.

In order for all children to grow up safe, strong, and free regardless of their family style, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, we need to do two things: validate those children and their families to themselves and normalize them to others. For the child who is gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans, non binary, or something else for which we don't yet have a name these books provide a place on the landscape of children's literature where they can see themselves and their families reflected positively.  The books also provide a loving window into the future - in which they may someday be gay dads or lesbian mums or trans parents. For the other children, we know that violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination and other forms of oppression and intolerance are rooted in ignorance, and so our goal is to make charming stories of adventure and mystery and hijinks that include and demystify LGBT2Q lives.

Please join us in making a better, more fun, more inclusive literary landscape for our kids, families and communities - and for all the children of the world.

a Flamingo fan, also parent of a fabulous 4yo, made us this handy flowchart!
a Flamingo fan, also parent of a fabulous 4yo, made us this handy flowchart!

 

 

 

 

Flamingo Rampant's Celebrations! collection is being spearheaded by a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation network and has been awarded a matching grant. Schusterman is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Learn more about the Foundation here.

 

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    Coloring pages!

    You get a link to download a set of printable coloring pages from our library of amazing children's books, and our heartfelt thanks.

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    Colouring pages and 3-song Sampler

    You get a link to download a set of printable coloring pages from our library of amazing children's books, a link to download a 3-song sampler of LGBTQ positive children's music, and our heartfelt thanks.

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    One book, one card: our choice!

    One book from the new series of six fabulous Celebration-themed titles, and one of our new LGBT2Q greeting cards. We'll pick a pair at random - or perhaps using our glitteruition - and send them off to you with love. Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

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    EARLY: all SIX books plus bonus!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! All six of our amazing new feminist, racially-diverse picture books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families with a Celebration theme, AND a set of LGBT2Q-community notecards. All of these fabulous handmade items will arrive via Priority Mail, charmingly packaged in a cotton tote bag printed with a fabulously queer design. Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

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    TORONTO PICKUP SPECIAL: 6 books + cards.

    All six of our amazing new feminist, racially-diverse picture books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families with a Celebration theme, AND a set of LGBT2Q-community notecards, all charmingly packaged in a cotton tote bag printed with a happy, gender-independent kid riding a shark. Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

    Choose this option to pick up your books at Glad Day Bookshop over the course of a designated 5 DAY PERIOD in the spring.

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    SIX books AND bonus greeting cards!

    All six of our amazing new feminist, racially-diverse picture books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families with a Celebration theme, AND a set of LGBT2Q-community notecards, all charmingly packaged in a cotton tote bag printed with a happy, gender-independent kid riding a shark. Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

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    EARLY: 2 full sets, 2 sets of cards!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: All six of our amazing new feminist, racially-diverse picture books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families with a Celebration theme, AND a set of LGBT2Q-community notecards, all charmingly packaged in a cotton tote bag printed with a happy, gender-independent kid riding a shark - TIMES TWO! Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

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    Two full sets and two sets of cards!

    All six of our amazing new feminist, racially-diverse picture books celebrating LGBT2Q kids and families with a Celebration theme, AND a set of LGBT2Q-community notecards, all charmingly packaged in a cotton tote bag printed with a happy, gender-independent kid riding a shark - TIMES TWO! Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

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    A complete Flamingo Rampant library!

    14 books - one of every book Flamingo Rampant has ever published. Buying for a school or a library? This is your best deal! Plus, you'll get the printable coloring pages and music sampler as well.

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    Ten-pack of book sets

    Does your group or organization need a whole bunch of Flamingo Rampant books? Want to get your holiday gifts for your grandkids handled in one fell swoop? Got you covered. You'll get ten complete sets of books to enjoy, with bags and notecards optional.

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    Host (or donate) a reading!

    Publisher Bear Bergman or one of our more geographically-convenient authors will come and read books to your kids, your class, literary event, pride festival, scout troop, or whatever you have. This doesn't include travel - you'll have to wait until the desired person is already nearby or make some arrangements otherwise (feel free to get in touch beforehand if you have ideas about this). Includes a hand-delivered set of books (and also milk and cookies).

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    Dedicate a book to someone!

    You'll get a set of books, plus the right to add a dedication line to a Flamingo Rampant book as a sustainer of this project. Honor someone, thank someone or delight someone with their name in a beautiful book. Thank you!

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