Bloomsbury Children’s has acquired a picture book about being transgender from debut author/illustrator team Jess Walton and Dougal MacPherson.
Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury Children’s Books in the US bought the world rights to Introducing Teddy in a deal brokered by Brianne Johnson at Writers House US and Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK.
The book started life as a kickstarter project, when Australia-based Walton wanted to create a book explaining her father’s transition to her son. She raised AUD $20,161 (£9,549) for the project, which tells the story of Thomas the teddy and his friend Errol, a boy who identifies as a girl and wants to be called Tilly.
Bloomsbury will publish globally in spring 2016 and is showing the book at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.
Rebecca McNally, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s in the UK, said: “We are thrilled to be publishing this clever, brilliant, important book. We immediately fell for Errol and his teddy, and feel that their story, told with sensitivity and joy, will speak to everyone."