What more could a book about setting sail on the open seas with pirates need? More queer representation, of course!
That’s exactly what Maiden Voyage, a brand new illustrated children’s book, offers.
From the authors of Promised Land, a gay romance fantasy children’s book released last year, this book features the same fun illustrations and diversity.
Maiden Voyage is written by Jaimee Poipoi, Adam Reynolds, and Chaz Harris.
It centers on a fisherman’s daughter who inherits a treasure map and joins the crew of a sea captain. However, a wicked queen sends a group of pirates after them to keep a dark secret hidden.
The book currently has 5 days left of its Kickstarter campaign. It’s a little over 80% to its goal.
Striving to include young people
While some view media pushing the ‘gay agenda’ on kids — Kenya recently banned a Disney show because of this — it is critical to show they’re represented.
As Harris aptly explains: ‘Inclusive visibility and representation in storytelling is hugely important because if we don’t see ourselves in stories, we don’t see ourselves in the world.’
There is also a huge divide in representation for children’s media especially.
‘As with our first book, we wanted to avoid the ‘damsels in distress’ trope and continue being inclusive of people of color who are still hugely underrepresented in children’s books,’ Harris further said. ‘Girls need to grow up knowing they can be a powerful queen, a brave sea captain or anything else they set their minds to.’
Poipoi, who identifies as Takatāpui (a Māori term meaning devoted to the same sex), continued Harris’ sentiments. ‘If they can identify themselves within a story, that empowers them to be who they are and what they represent.’
If the book reaches its goal, it will be published in June 2018 for Pride month.
The Kickstarter ends 13 November and can be found here.