NEW LGBT+ BOOK LAUNCH – TWO DADS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE
There isn’t too much literature currently depicting non-traditional families. So when I received this press release about the soon to be released storybook on Jayden’s adventures with his two dads, I was thrilled. We need more storybooks that share the diversity of our modern families.
Two Dads Under the Christmas Tree is a children’s book about Adoption. It is the first book of “Jayden’s Funny Tales” series created by Tobias Mile. The book, 32 pages with 13 colour pages illustrated by Milan Samadder, will be printed in a luxury hardcover edition and published in September 2020. #ad
Inside, you will find fun, touching moments, and a deep sense of humanity that will describe the first year of life of little Jayden and his two dads. The book has already been translated into Italian and goals of the publishing company, the True Colors Lab, are to raise awareness about adoption, spread the book everywhere, and reach countries where same-sex couples and single individuals who wish to adopt are discouraged or even denied.
The crowdfunding campaign to support the project, and to make possible the translation of the book into Spanish and French, will be launched by True Colors Lab Publishing on Kickstarter.com this Sunday, June 21st which also happens to be Fathers Day. For more details on the crowdfunding project and support, it click here.
WHY THIS BOOK
In the summer of 2018, during a business trip to Venice, Italy, Tobias Mile, the author, was looking for a new idea for his next book. Destiny introduced him to this uncommon Italian family and, upon learning their incredible story, he was inspired to create something special featuring their adorable African-American adoptive son, Jayden. After this trip, Tobias approached the True Colors Lab with the idea of a series of funny stories about adoption, human rights, solidarity, and respect for diversity, told by this smart child in unusual language. The publishing company immediately realized this was a story that needed to be shared.
WE NEED MORE AWARENESS ABOUT ADOPTION
According to UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), there are roughly 153 million orphans worldwide.
With more than 10 million children living in institutions and over 60 million children living on the streets, adoption continues to be an important solution to finding loving homes, and more importantly, loving families for children who are otherwise facing a bleak and potentially dangerous future.
EVEN WITH THESE UNICEF FACTS, ADOPTION REMAINS A CHALLENGE FOR SOME TODAY
Other facts on adoption:
- Currently, only 17% of countries in the world allow adoption for same-sex couples. Compared to ten years ago, the percentage has increased significantly, from 4% to 17% but there is still a long way to go.
- Out of 169 countries, only 28 authorize adoption for LGBT couples. This means in 141 countries there are loving couples who are denied the opportunity to raise children. Surprisingly, Italy is among these.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tobias Mile is the pseudonym of an author who lives in his dream place, Los Angeles. The decision not to appear personally was dictated by his conviction that the audience should be more focused on this crucial social matter, #adoption, rather than his identity. Tobias, in addition to striving strenuously for human rights through his writing, is also a painter, or, as he likes to call himself, “just a lover of Beauty“. Two Dads Under the Christmas Tree is the first book of Jayden’s Funny Tales, soon to be followed by the second book titled How to Survive this Spirited Sister!
Milan Samadder is a young illustrator. He loves making all kinds of illustrations including children’s books, book covers, digital portraits, concept art, cartoons, character design, game illustrations, and comics. Milan earned his BFA (Bachelors in Fine Arts) in Visual Arts at the Rabindra Bharati University, India, in 2009, and obtained certification as a Professional Graphic Designer with AAG (Academy of Arts and Gaming) in 2010.