The team here at All Are Welcome has big news to share! We are in the process of writing not one, but two books! Eight months ago, I decided to take the leap and expand our current site, Narwhal Magic Kindness. I felt pulled to share more personal accounts and stories alongside the nonprofit work that we do over at Narwal. Because of this, All Are Welcome was born. Sharing these stories with you has opened something inside of me that I never really knew existed. It is my greatest work.
Not long ago, an educator shared with me how important it is for children to see themselves in books. That stories from marginalized communities are often untold and when they are, the stories rarely skim the surface. This led me to various local bookstores to really look at the book selection that features transgender children. Friends, it was heartbreaking. Tucked back in an obscure corner were a handful of books all lumped together. There wasn’t even a proper section for them.
Children who see themselves in books feel empowered. Stories help us to feel brave, seen, and important. That feeling I had when I launched All Are Welcome was back. I knew that I needed to write a story to include some of the delicate moments transgender children must face and we are so excited to share this special story with you in the months to come.
In addition to the children’s book, I feel led to write a companion book for parents. We are working hard over here at All Are Welcome to map out the specifics, but know that a resource is coming soon. Because of this work, we will be dropping our posts down to one per week. We want to spend as much time as we can researching, writing, and gathering resources for our community. We are just so excited.
I am so blessed to have an incredible team as I move forward with this project. My editor, Dawn, has been the cornerstone of my blog and helps organize my thought process. An I am incredibly grateful that Maryellen Kim has agreed to work by my side to bring to life the words of my daughter and myself.
So thank you, my readers, for following alongside me on this journey. Big things are on the horizon and we are so happy that you have a front-row seat for the show. All are welcome.