About this project
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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.
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!).
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.
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.
Risks and challenges
It's possible that an author or illustrator could drop out of the project, that happened last time and we had to find someone to replace them. Happily, we ended up with someone excellent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Will the 2 Spirit book be written by someone Native? What about the Eid book, will it be written by someone Muslim?
Yes! Thank you for asking and YES! ALL the books will be written by people who are representing their own cultural/religious holidays and festivals.
While it's pretty common (especially in children's publishing) to ask the same few authors to write about all kinds of experiences, Flamingo Rampant values the opportunity to nurture new LGBT2Q talents and voices (and pay them, too!).
* We regret that our superhero baby shower book will not be written by someone with verified supernormal powers (though we think Tobi is for sure a superhero).
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