Australian publishers Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter have created a children’s book inspired by their own rainbow family.
“Mummy and Mumma Get Married,” in which a little girl plans a big surprise wedding for her two mums, was published earlier this year after a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Roz says the project was inspired by the successful marriage equality referendum in Ireland last year.
“That night, as I saw my Facebook feed awash with rainbow profiles, I felt so disappointed about the Australian government’s resistance on the issue,” she said.
“I was cradling my baby daughter, just a few months old at the time. The topic felt intensely personal, as I wondered how all this would seem to her one day.
“I don’t want her to grow up to experience prejudice and I want her to feel that her family is just the same as any other. Marriage equality is about enabling that for our children.”
Roz explained her idea to her partner Natalie and by the next night Natalie had written a first draft. The pair worked with Melbourne-based illustrator, Cara King, on the book’s illustrations.
The couple had great success with a Pozible campaign, raising $7550 against a target of $500 to fund not only the creation of the book but to allow free copies to be given to schools across the country, including throughout regional Queensland.
“We had 200 supporters and over 150 books were donated to school libraries. We’ve received several letters of thanks from librarians and teachers,” Roz said.
For more details and to buy the book, go to the book’s website at MummyAndMummaGetMarried.com.au.