A Wrexham-based author is set to publish a new series of picture books which helps to normalise same-sex parenting for children.
The series called ‘Emily and Her Mums’ is being written by Phil Burrows and the first book in the collection ‘Emily’s First Pet’ was officially launched online at Amazon yesterday (November 9). The became a bestseller in just a few hours of being launched.
Mr Burrows, who writes under the name P N Burrows and is also the writer behind the popular Sci-Fi collection ‘The Mineran Series,’ switched his hand to children’s fiction after close friend Emma Lane requested he write a picture book which subtly addresses same-sex relationships.
The 49-year-old, who also runs Wrexham-based website design company Novel Websites, said: “Emma has two children from a same-sex relationship and has many times tried to find books which feature same-sex parents. There are a few out there but many of them focus on explaining same-sex relationships as opposed to just featuring them in the story.
“This new series ‘Emily and Her Mums’ deals with the fact she has two mums in a very matter of fact way. The aim of the books is to try and normalise same-sex parenting for children as much as possible.
“We live in very liberal world and families come in all shapes and sizes and this should be reflected more in children’s literature.”
Miss Lane, who lives in Cardiff and is mum to eight-year-old Lily and three-year-old Jac, said she was delighted Mr Burrows had taken on board her request.
She said: “I think Phil has done an incredible job with the book and I cannot thank him enough. Many of the books out there tackling the subject of same-sex parenting are extremely outdated. We don’t want to be reading books to our children that explain why someone has two mums or two dads – we just want to read stories which normalise same-sex parenting and Phil’s new book does this brilliantly.
“I for one certainly hope local education authorities start to rethink the types of books they have in their school library and I will certainly be encouraging my children’s school to stock Phil’s new book. Literature is a wonderful way to expose children to the world and having access to books such as Phil’s goes a long way to celebrating family diversity.”
As well as addressing same-sex relationships, ‘Emily’s First Pet’ is also a multicultural book and is printed using a special font which makes it easier for dyslexic children and adults to read.
The book, which is available to purchase online at Amazon from November 9, has been illustrated by Doug Lawrence and published with the support of Team Author UK – an alliance of professionals providing services to indie authors.
Each book in the series contains a secret website address which children can use to download uncoloured pages of the book, which they can then colour in.
For more information about author P N Burrows and the ‘Emily and Her Mums’ series visit https://emilyandhermums.co.uk. More information about his sci-fi novels can be found at https://pnburrows.com/ and authors looking for an author website can get in touch with Mr Burrows by email at Phil@pnburrows.com or by visiting https://novel-websites.co.uk.
Follow ‘Emily and Her Mums’ on Facebook at @EmilyandherMums and Twitter @EmilyandherMums