Monday, June 16, 2014

Meet Polkadot - Olympia's Own Non-binary Gendered Trans Children's Book Character

Not only does Olympia's own Danger Dot Publishing have the corner on this particular niche market of kids books on a local level with this beautiful story in a burgeoning field of interest, but they've also successfully helped 17 LGBTQ Ugandans escape oppression via their own kind of 'underground railroad'. They get my 'this is fucking righteously awesome award so far this year. -skycosby

Now available at Last Word Books, as well as at the publisher's website:

“Meet Polkadot,” is an accessible introduction to the main character in our series, Polkadot. Polkadot as well as Polkadot’s big sister Gladiola and best friend Norma Alicia, introduce our readers to the challenges and beauty that are experienced by Polkadot as a non-binary, trans kid. While Gladiola learns how to engage with information that she “didn’t know she didn’t know,” Norma Alicia provides Polkadot with a generous, additional perspective on how identities intersect and how allyship works. “Meet Polkadot,” tells Polkadot’s story from a transgender-liberation and feminist perspective and explores the complexity of identity in gentle and real terms. For ages 3-130!

What people are saying about Meet Polkadot:

"A beautifully illustrated and accessibly written book that challenges our assumptions about gender, bodies and identities. Like Polkadot, I hold no investment in binaries, even in book genres. Meet Polkadot is a book for children, for adults, for all people; a necessary primer on gender identity."
-Janet Mock, author of "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More" 
"Welcome to the future. I won’t be the last to say that “Meet Polkadot is a book for all families, not just those with members bold enough to challenge gender norms. “Meet Polkadot” is a book a child can grow with. It is a book a family can be together with. And it’s a book that heralds a future where all toys are toys, not just for girls or boys—and a child can dress in any color of the rainbow they choose.”
Innosanto Nagara, Author of A is for Activist"

About Danger Dot:
DangerDot is a small independent publishing company in Olympia, Washington,  started by Talcott Broadhead in order to provide a landing spot for anti-oppression and liberation-focused literature for all ages.
DangerDot is committed to publishing works that center the experiences of those most impacted by oppression. We wish to transform ideas that result in the activity and/or complacency of oppression- into opportunities to develop as allies and liberated people.
DangerDot publishing promotes and engages in fair labor practices that are sensitive to the environment. We are committed to seeking out manufacturers who do the same. We wish to make a positive impact with our printed work both socially AND environmentally. We support collectives and employee-owned companies.

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