Winner! Global Ebook Awards!

Wishful Wedding - Silver Winner!A.S Chung’s LGBT children’s picture book about marriage equality has won Silver in the annual Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award for 2016! Wishful Wedding, although a children’s book, was entered into the Fiction – Gay/Lesbian/LGBT category. Normally reserved for adult fiction, Chung wanted to be recognised in a category true to the message of the book.

Still a prevalent topic in Australia, marriage equality still continues to elude the Australian LGBT community. This accolade only further highlights the topic and Chung is beyond pleased!

More about Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award:
Dan Poynter believed in ebooks. He spoke about them since the early 90s. He sold them from his website since 1996. Dan knew ebooks better than anyone in the publishing business. He was an evangelist for ebooks, an ombudsman for ebook authors, an advocate for ebook publishing, and the godfather to thousands of successfully-published electronic books. Dan Poynter was the author of more than 130 books, has been a publisher since 1969 and was a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

His seminars were featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in The New York Times.

The media came to Dan because he was the leading authority on ebook publishing. Often referred to as The Book Futurist (and ebooks are the future), he was the most-often quoted authority on book publishing today.

Pigeonhole Books is ever more grateful for the likes of Dan Poynter, who has created significant awareness in ebooks. Thank you for this wonderful win!

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Press: SameSame.com.au

SameSameWishful Wedding is featured on SameSame.com.au!  Matt Akersten writes “Girl imagines her dads marrying in ‘Wishful Wedding’ book”.

“A new children’s picture book called Wishful Wedding by Melbourne writer A.S. Chung and illustrator Paula Bossio delves into the topic of marriage equality for same gender families. Told through the eyes of a small child from a same-sex family, the book is aimed for children aged between 3 and 6.”

About Samesame.com.au
SameSame.com.au is Australia’s #1 gay and lesbian lifestyle website.

Same Same is the focal point for gay Australia online, using the latest technology to connect the community with each other in a positive and refreshing way. Same Same shapes and leads gay Australia by reflecting the views and attitudes of the scene in represents.

Same Same’s content is driven by an army of passionate contributors who keep the site humming. As well as contributed content, Same Same is home to user generated content through lively forums, social networking tools and member profile pages.

We believe that the Australian gay and lesbian community is one of the most vibrant in the world and we want the online world to reflect this.

 

 

Press: TQS Magazine

TQS Magazine

Wishful Wedding is featured on TQS Magazine UK! According to TQS Magazine, “This new LGBT children’s book will melt your heart”.

The magazine writes “So she has created Wishful Wedding a picture book about marriage equality for same gender families. Told through the eyes of a small child from a same-sex family, the book is aimed for children 3-6 years, aiming to highlight diverse and multicultural family units through beautiful illustrations.”

In 2010, Editor Jamie McHale a blog to talk about his favourite LGBT films, then continued on to talk about TV and music. As the blog grew, he gained some wonderful contributors and evolved into the more general pop culture webzine that we see today.

 

 

Press: Gay Times Magazine UK

LGBTQ children’s picture book by A.S. Chung is featured in the Modern Family section of this month’s issue of GT Magazine, UK!

Gay Times Magazine UK

GT Magazine CoverGT (Gay Times) is the original and best lifestyle magazine for gay and bisexual men. In each issue we bring you everything from interviews with your favourite celebs to quality photo shoots with some of the hottest men on the planet. You’ll also find hard-hitting comment and opinion – keeping you up-to-date and informed about more serious issues affecting our community. On top of this we cram in page-after-page of fashion, music, arts, film, travel, gadgets and much more besides. The digital edition packs an extra special punch – look out for our interactive front covers, exclusive photo galleries and behind-the-scenes videos that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you prefer to read GT on a smartphone, tablet or laptop you’ll never have to leave home without it. With so much going on it’s no surprise that GT is THE go to magazine for discerning gay and bisexual men the world over.

Wishful Wedding: Amazon Giveaway!

WW CoverPigeonhole Book is giving away 2 hard cover copies of Wishful Wedding: A Pocketful of Pride, an LGBTQ children’s picture book about same gender marriage equality.

SYNOPSIS:
Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy and I get ready, a flower girl I am. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.

Should you reside in the US, click here for a chance to win a copy! Competition ends August 24, 2015 11:59 PM PDT.

 

 

Press: Joy 94.9 Radio Interview

Joy FM 94.9Author A.S. Chung was interviewed by Australia’s only gay and lesbian radio station, Joy 94.9. The station’s very own book reviewer, Gordon Wilson, loved A.S. Chung’s book, Wishful Wedding, a children’s picture book about same gender marriage equality. Gordon invited her in for an interview at their studios today. Thank you Joy 94.9 for this wonderful opportunity! Click here to listen to the interview.

Press: Gay Star News

GayStarNews Press 25.06.15Wishful Wedding is featured on Gay Star News! Gay Star News titles the piece “Gorgeous picture book teaches kids about marriage equality”.

“As the US Supreme Court prepares to make a decision about equal marriage, Australian author Amy Chung is doing her bit to educate the younger generation about different family relationships.

‘Wishful Wedding’, a book for children aged between three and six years old, tells the tale of two dads who can’t get married because it’s illegal – viewed from the heart-warming perspective of their young daughter.”

Gay Star News is an international media source focused on events related to and concerning the global LGBTI community.

Wishful Wedding – AVAILABLE NOW!

Wishful Wedding by A.S. ChungPigeonhole Books is pleased to announce that its second book Wishful Wedding is now available! We are proud to present our first LGBTQ children’s picture book and contribute to much needed diverse books. Wishful Wedding is suitable for children ages 3-6 years and delves into the topic of same gender families and marriage equality.

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK:
Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy and I get ready, a flower girl I am. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.

Here are some of the sites you would be able to obtain a copy from. We shall update this list constantly as the book surfaces across the different websites.

HARD COVER

Alibris      Amazon      Books A Million     Barnes & Noble     Book Falcon

Book Depository     Book Manager     Booktopia     Fishpond

PAPERBACK

Alibris     Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Books A Million      Book Manager     Booktopia

Fishpond     Kent Bookstore    superbookshop

EBOOK

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     bol.com     booklikes    bokus.com     Collins Booksellers

Hugendubel     Infibeam      eBookmall     Feedbooks     Kobo     Rakuten

LGBTQ Children’s Picture Books And Its Evolution

Over the last three decades, LGBTQ children’s books have gained in prominence and importance. We owe our gratitude to children authors who were and are brave enough to broach the subject head on despite knowing the backlash that would ensue. Thirty five years on we have seen greater acceptance of these books into a wide cross section of family units. Be it read for awareness, education or the simple pleasure of enjoying the word, they play an important role towards universal same gender equality.

By the same token, we still face challenges. We still face discrimination and injustice toward such literature, aimed at nothing more than to express one’s belief or simply as a resource for children growing up in modern society. Let’s delve into how these books have risen to the occasion against all odds and how they have made a credible contribution to the literary world.

1980 Your Family My Family
Your Family, My Family by Joan Drescher in 1980 was one of the first US children’s picture books to show a same-sex family. The book was published in the hope of educating people on different types of families, only to be met with negative repercussions.

1983
Jenny Lives With Eric and MartinJenny Lives with Eric and Martin by Susanne Bosche was one of the first children’s books that included gay fathers. A Danish book, it was translated into English in 1983. Using real photography, the book depicted five year old Jenny, who resided with her father and his partner.

The book sparked incredible controversy and went against UK’s Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988. The book highlighted how the Act forbade the promotion of homosexuality by local government which squashed the book’s attempt at educating people about LGBTQ families. The book was also condemned by UK’s Secretary of State for Education. It is pleasing to note that both Denmark and the UK have now legalised same sex marriage.

1989 Heather Has Two Mommies
In 1989, the most talked about LGBTQ children’s book written by Leslea Newman was released and recently celebrated its twenty five year anniversary. Heather Has Two Mommies is the first lesbian-themed children’s book ever to be published. This book truly heightened same gender family awareness and openly acknowledging that it existed.

As one can imagine, the controversy that emerged from this publication was huge. Libraries banned it, anti-gay groups attacked it, and the Chancellor of New York City’s school was sacked. It even became a subject of debate in the U.S. Senate who banded together to sponsor an amendment stopping federal aid to school districts that supported the literature.

Congratulations Leslea Newman! Your book has lasted the test of time and has come out on top time in the end. We are still here and the U.S. is closer to Federal legalisation of same gender marriage.

Daddy's Roommate1991
Michael Willhoite wrote a children’s book entitled Daddy’s Roommate about a young boy whose divorced father now lived with his same gender partner. It was one of the first books that depicted gay partnerships in a positive manner.

As one would expect, acceptance of the subject matter was difficult when it made second place on the American Library Association’s (ALA) 100 most challenged books of the 90’s.

2003 King & King
The rest of the 90’s remained quiet on the LGBTQ children’s literature front until Dutch authors Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland wrote King & King. The book tells the story of Prince Bertie, who is single despite his mother’s wish that he marry. The queen sends out an invitation to the world’s princesses to come and meet her son, only for her to be disappointed when he declares “I’ve never cared much for princesses.” The prince ultimately meets Prince Lee, whom he falls in love with and they eventually get married.

King & King created an immense amount of scrutiny and challenges.  In 2006, a school in Massachusetts sued a school district after the book was presented in a second grade class, despite same-sex marriage being legal in that state. A judge dismissed the lawsuit stating that diversity was the hallmark of the nation. One big step for equality!

and Tango Makes Three2005
And Tango Makes Three is a 2005 children’s book written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole. The book is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo. The book follows the six years of their life when they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise.

Regardless of the numerous awards and accolades the book had won, it became no stranger to censorship and heated debates about adoption and homosexuality in animals. Conservative groups such as the Focus on the Family Action group stated that the book was inappropriate, misleading and far from the truth and had a political agenda to young children. The ALA reports that And Tango Makes Three was the most challenged book of 2006 to 2010, except for 2009 when it was the second most challenged. In 2014, it made it to ALA’s “Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2014.”

Ten years later, it continues to be on Amazon’s bestselling list!

200810,000 Dresses
2008 brings us one of the first children’s books about transgender people and their experiences, entitled 10,000 Dresses. Written by Marcus Ewert and illustrated by Rex Ray, the book is about Bailey who dreams about beautiful dresses and longs to make them and wear them. However, Bailey’s family is not understanding or supportive, as Bailey is biologically male. Although she faces some challenges, she is still strong willed who believes in herself and who looks elsewhere for support.

This book has been described as simple but powerful with strong symbolic illustrations that manage to accentuate the storyline.

The Purim Superhero2013
Author and illustrator Elisabeth Kushner through Kar-Ben Publishing released the first gay-themed Jewish Children’s book. In conjunction with Keshet, a national grassroots organisation that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.

The book is centered on a Purim holiday theme and is entitled The Purim Superhero. It is a story of a young boy who can’t decide which Purim costume to choose and requires the help of his two fathers.

2014 My Chacha is Gay
In 2014, we have the privilege of seeing Pakistan’s first anti-homophobia children’s book by Eiynah. Eiynah is a Pakistani-Canadian blogger/artist who dreams of a progressive Pakistan as opposed to the extremist state it is close to becoming.

My Chacha Is Gay is about a young boy named Ahmed and his gay uncle. It was originally a post on her blog. It received over 10,000 views and shares over two days with many readers encouraging her to get crowdfunding underway to get the book published. She achieved her goal quickly and she has since received much publicity.

Eiynah has noted that the Pakistani media have been relatively quiet about her controversial book but she has certainly received more than her fair share of hate mail since its posting. But she soldiers on and we can certainly thank her for her courage!

This Day In JuneJUNE – PRIDE MONTH
As we approach Pride Month, many communities around the world host gay pride celebrations to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, when the New York City police raided a gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, and the patrons resisted arrest and fought back over three days.

In 2014, the American Psychological Association published its first children’s book to address sexual orientation and gender diversity. Author Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Sacramento City College, wrote the story This Day In June, after noticing students in her psychology of sexual orientation classes knew very little about LGBTQ history.

The book showcases pride parade facts on its pages with each page containing illustrations of part of a parade tied to a group or an event. The reading guide describes the historical and/or cultural significance of each scenario and is aimed at children 4-8 years.

NEWS
Despite the prevalence of LGBTQ awareness over the years, LGBTQ children’s literature is still met with such intolerance.

Last year, The National Library Board of Singapore, which operates twenty six public libraries, deemed children’s gay literature as inappropriate and proceeded to literally destroy them. The conservative city-states’ Information Minister, Yaacob Ibrahim, said he supported the decision. Gay sex remains illegal in Singapore and homosexuality continues to be a taboo subject. This move sparked global outrage and a massive step backwards in the eyes of gay activists.

Just a few weeks ago, Efland-Cheeks Elementary School in North Carolina made headline news when a third grade teacher read King & King in the classroom. Many parents lodged complaints that they had not been notified of the reading and its contents. A public forum was held to deal with the outrage which was highly explosive and lasted over two hours. One parent was even kicked out for being overly disruptive.

2015 Wishful Wedding by A.S. Chung
Just a few weeks ago, Ireland became the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote. What a momentous, historical occasion and superb win for gay rights. As a result of the landmark event, this has now prompted widespread discussion in Australia. How is it possible that this great nation that prides itself on diversity remain homophobic?

Australian author A.S. Chung hopes to highlight marriage equality to children and their families through her picture book entitled Wishful Wedding.

“Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy and I get ready, a flower girl I am. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.”

OUR WISH – PIGEONHOLE BOOKS
Children’s literature is precious. LGBTQ literature is priceless. Let’s celebrate Pride month and LGBTQ Families Day by embracing all these wonderful books! Created by authors who wish for nothing more than to write, heighten awareness, tell a story and educate the younger generation.

Wishful Wedding – Book Cover Reveal!

Wishful Wedding by A.S. ChungPigeonhole Books is pleased to announce that Wishful Wedding is well on target to being released mid-2015 and we are absolutely delighted to share our book cover for a taste of things to come!

This children’s picture book will be the first story from our next series, A Pocketful of Pride. This series within the Pigeonhole Books collection features stories about children from families with same-sex parents.

Synopsis of Wishful Wedding:
Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy helps me with my flower girl bouquet. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.

With Ireland becoming the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote, it only highlights a social revolution much needed in society today. The United of States of America have yet to pass Federal Law in the Supreme Court whilst in Australia it remains a contentious issue and the only English speaking nation not to follow suit.

This book aims at bringing awareness to children about marriage inequality in a gentle manner. We hope for nothing more than people who love each other to have the legal right to declare their lifelong commitment to each other.