Introducing Teddy: a book about being yourself, and being a good friend!
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A SUMMARY OF THE BOOK:
The story starts out with Errol and his best friend Thomas the Teddy having fun together at home gardening, riding their bike, having tea parties and hanging out in their treehouse.
On a particularly sunny day, Errol is excited about going to the park... but Teddy isn't. Teddy is sad, and Errol can't work out why!
Teddy finally tells Errol that she has always known deep down that she is a girl teddy, not a boy teddy, and wants to be called Tilly. Errol is relieved that nothing is wrong. 'I'll always be your friend!' he tells Teddy.
Errol calls his cousin Ava. When Ava meets them at the park, she greets Teddy as Thomas. Errol explains that Teddy is a girl, and introduces her as Tilly. 'What a lovely name!' says Ava, 'Let's go and play!' The three of them have fun at the park together.
The book finishes with Errol and Tilly doing all of the things they did at the start of the book, illustrating that the two are still the best of friends.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK:
A few years ago, I witnessed the transformation of my Dad into the woman she had always been on the inside. My dad became Tina.
Soon after Tina's transition began, my wife gave birth to our son. Tina became a wonderful, loving, attentive grandma.
When our son was born, my partner and I searched far and wide for books about gay parents, so that our little boy would grow up reading books that reflected his life and family. We have some great books now that feature gay parents.
However, one thing that is still missing from Errol's shelf are picture books featuring transgender and genderfluid characters. We felt that there must be more families out there with transgender grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, cousins and friends who would appreciate a gentle, positive story with a transgender character.
I decided to write the book we wanted to read to our son. I came up with a story about a teddy bear named Thomas who finally tells her friends that she is a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I had Teddy's friends respond with love, care and respect. In no way does the friendship between them change when Teddy transitions, except perhaps that their friendship is strengthened by the experience.
I also wanted to include a female character who likes playing outdoors, and enjoys reading, research and building.
To bring this story to life, I needed the perfect illustrator. The extraordinarily talented Dougal MacPherson (the artist behind '15 minute drawings' on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) agreed to come on board.
Dougal illustrated much of this book just before and after the birth of his second child, so there are no words for the gratitude I feel for his involvement in this project.
The book is almost complete. If the project is funded, the illustrator will complete the final illustrations, and we will get assistance editing the final manuscript (estimated time for illustrations and editing 2 months from the end of the Kickstarter campaign). We will then submit our order to be published.
With your help, we will begin a limited-run production of 300 paperback books with 32 pages of full-colour illustrations, and 100 hardback books with 32 pages of full-colour illustrations.
After the 400 books are sold, it may be possible to place a second order for more books through stretch goals.
Print production of 400 books (300 PB, 100 HB): $2950
Shipping and packaging (allowing $5 per book): $2,000
Kickstarter fees and payment processing fees: 10% of funding (about $1050 for $9450 of completed funding)
Total = $10,500
If this book is successfully funded, I'd like to keep writing books with diverse characters and families. I think there's a need for more picture books about transgender, genderfluid, gay, lesbian and bisexual characters. As an amputee, I'd also like to write books featuring disabled characters!
Risks and challenges
Once the project is funded, the illustrator will need time to complete the final illustrations. There is a risk that this part of the process may take slightly longer than anticipated, however we have based this timeframe on the time taken to complete the previous illustrations, and we are committed to them being done in time to get the books sent out in early December.
Our publisher can print out book within 5 days of us sending it to them, and we will choose the fastest option for having the book delivered to us. We have set aside time to sign books, do any custom illustrations, and get the books mailed out to backers as soon as we can, so we feel confident about our delivery date of early December 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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