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Sep 7, 2015 12:49 EDT

Mummy & Mumma Get Married – a children’s book: a little girl, Phoebe, organises a surprise wedding for her mummies

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Mummy & Mumma Get Married – a children’s book

The story of the project

So here’s the thing. We’re making a children’s book called ‘Mummy and Mumma Get Married’. In the story, a little girl, Phoebe, organises a surprise wedding for her mummies. When she is told that the Prime Minister won’t ‘come to the party’, she’s not put off. She simply invites him along and waits eagerly to see if he arrives. That’s kids for you.

‘Mummy and Mumma Get Married’ started life as our small contribution to the campaign for marriage equality. All well and good, but then we had a better idea. What if we could crowdfund and donate copies of the book to primary school libraries, meaning that schools all over Australia would get this book for FREE. How fantastic would that be. This little book could suddenly make a big difference to kids’ lives. It would really matter to the kids who grow up in the more than 6000 same-sex families around Australia, that’s for sure, but it matters to all kids, helping them to embrace values of tolerance and respect and celebrate diversity. 

There are 6387 primary school libraries around Australia. PLEDGE NOW AND HELP US GET THIS BOOK INTO ALL OF THEM IN TIME FOR THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. After you’ve pledged we will ask you to supply the name of the school that you nominate.

Back to Phoebe for a second. Her story is sweet, simple and a little bit cheeky. It’s beautifully illustrated by Melbourne-based artist Cara King, playfully designed by award-winning children’s book designer Natalie Winter and published to exceptionally high professional standards by boutique publishing house, Captain Honey.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the spreads from the book that we are currently working on.

How the funds will be used

We are creating the content and paying to produce the book ourselves – that means we are paying for the illustrator and for an editor to work with us on the text. Between Natalie and I, we will design and promote the book.

We’ll use the money we raise from this campaign to manufacture the books and get them into as many school libraries as we can. You’ll help us with this if you choose the $15 reward for a signed copy of the book to be sent to the school library of your choice (or the $30 reward which includes this and a book for you too). 

The cost of manufacturing books varies a lot depending how many are printed. The more your print, the less it will cost per copy. You’ll see this logic reflected in our rewards breakdown, because we charge less per copy if you order more books. We hope to have thousands of copies to print as a result of this campaign. We’ve set an initial target of $5000, which will allow us to make a great start by printing around 2000 books.

But we want to do more. If you click through to support us and see we’ve reached our goal already (thinking optimistically!), please don’t go away. Stay, Pledge. The more money we raise, the more books we print, the more libraries get books.

Some of my other work

Natalie and Roz run the boutique publishing company, Captain Honey. We met when we both worked at HarperCollins Publishing company, where Natalie was a book designer and Roz a publisher. During her career, Roz has published many bestselling books, most notably The Travel Book published during her time at Lonely Planet, which has now sold over 1 million copies globally. Natalie is an award-winning book designer, whose beautiful covers have graced hundreds of books, including 2015 Children’s Laureate, Jackie French’s The Tomorrow Book and the Hairy-Nosed Wombats – check out Natalie’s portfolio here if you’d like to. Cara King is a Melbourne-based illustrator who has been illustrating cards, t-shirts, band posters and books for over 15 years.

Nerdy Publisher Stuff

We love books. Beautiful books. If you are not quite so book-nerdy as us, you can look away now. Otherwise, here are the book specifications:

Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 250 x 220 mm
Page extent: 32 pages
Cover: 3mm board
Paper stock: 140 gsm wood free
Endpapers: 4-colour

These specifications ensure a high-quality and professionally-produced book that will look and feel just like a book you would buy at a bookstore.

Contact Information:

Roz Hopkins
Natalie Winter

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