On Tuesday, Kickstarter approved my campaign to raise funds for my fifth children’s picture book, Snailish.

Illustrated by the incredible artist Leo Brown, the book is about a cute slug called Squidge who is jealous of snails because they have beautiful shells that keep them warm and safe. One day Squidge finds an empty sea shell and decides to wear it! But this is just the beginning of Squidge’s problems…

Snailish has important messages about self-acceptance, liking yourself the way you are and not being envious of others. Completely separate to the story, the book is quite original in that the central character is both male and female.

This is because slugs in real life are hermaphrodites, so it seemed appropriate to go against children’s book tradition and avoid the temptation to make Squidge either a boy or a girl. Squidge’s pronouns are therefore they/them.

I found out last night that Kickstarter have chosen Snailish as a ‘Project We Love’, which means they will promote it on their platform. This is such great news and tells me that, unlike Squidge themselves, this campaign has legs!

Please check out the Kickstarter here and pledge your support if you can. There are pledge options for individuals, companies and schools.

Thanks for reading!