After successfully publishing 'We're Off To Find A Unicorn', a 'bear-hunt for today's modern family', we are crowdfunding to publish 2,500 copies of two more joyful and inclusive picture books in this series; 'We're Off To Meet A Mermaid' and 'We're Off To Find A Fairy'.
Our picture books reflect the true diversity of children's lives - and right now, lots of families, educators and libraries are looking to offer children a greater variety of characters on their bookshelves.
While there is a great deal being discussed right now, we've always published books that are 'incidentally inclusive' from day one and do everything we can to push this further with every title.
(Some examples of how our earlier books show inclusive characters)
We have authors and illustrators from all walks of life and diversity runs in our veins. This is the way we've always been, but it seems even more important today, which is why we've decided to use crowdfunder to bring our two titles that follow 'We're Off To Find A Unicorn' forward and get them to market at a vital time.
We would love to have been able to publish these in the standard way in 2021, but as a small publisher we have been hit hard by changes in people's spending (just like everyone else). We love these books and want to get them into children's hands urgently, without having to worry about whether our own situation will improve by that time.
Yes, there are some fantastic books which teach children about race and racism (we'll be releasing some of our own if we hit our stretch target too) but it's also key for young readers of colour to see children like them (and for white, non-disabled children to see children that don't always look like them) in books experiencing the joy and magic of playful, imaginative stories.
Illustrated by Cory Reid, the early release of 'We're Off To Meet A Mermaid' and 'We're Off To Find A Fairy' will help us create a series of loveable stories that are inclusive, help grow awareness of endangered wildlife, but also spread a really important message to book sellers and book buyers everywhere.
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"We've all hunted for bears, easter eggs and elves, it's time for new stories with an equally timeless feel, to reflect modern families of today. I want EVERY child to easily imagine themselves hunting unicorns, mermaids and fairies at the end of the rainbow"
Eloise White, Author