Stories for Unique Families

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'Raf and the Robots' is now ready for purchase! Please click the "REWARD" button to the right to order your copy now.

Thank you so much to everyone who got behind this project and funded it into existence. I just can't contain my excitement! :D

A children's book for families that don't fit the mainstream. Preorder your hardcover copy now!

We are doing a one-time-only hardcover print run of our book "Raf and the Robots". Pre-ordering will ensure you get a copy from the first print run. All subsequent print runs will be softcover.

We've met our target so that means this book is really going to be made! :D

What you may not know is that there are many wonderful things we could do with any money we receive beyond our target amount.

- We could get a graphic designer to do some cool things with the text in the book.
- We could have the books saddle-stitched to make the book much sturdier (this is done by hand and so is more pricey).
- We could use heavier paper which is friendlier for tiny hands and which won't tear as easily.

Your pledge/preorder can help us achieve this!

Hi, I'm Sarah, creator of Stories for Unique Families.

As a school teacher and mother of little Eliska, I see a lot of children's books.

My own family is a little non-traditional, and standing amongst all the shelves of books about stereotypical family models, I found myself wondering:


I then started thinking about all the children whose families are a little different, and wondered how they must feel.

Over and over again, in children's books, the same family type - not theirs.

How many examples are there? My friend's daughter came home from childcare one day crying after a "paint your family" activity because her painting was like nothing she saw depicted around her - there is no dad in her family, yet she has a wonderful supportive and stable family that she's been with from birth.

And what about the children of my gay and poly friends? What about families with step-parents that actually get along? What about families with a surrogate or a donor? Where are the books for the single mums share-housing together? Or families with a transgender parent or child?

(Actually more than one, but let's just start with one for now.)

This book is based on my family but I don't want to influence how you read it by talking too much about that. My hope is that different families will read it in ways that are meaningful to them.


This is a little - but important - book for those of us left out by the mainstream. We need to pay back the loan for the illustrator; we hope we can afford to get the book designed by a graphic designer; and of course we need to print it, amongst other costs.

Your pledge will help make this happen. You can make this book real, and put it in the hands of kids (and adults) who can finally see a family like theirs in print. Oh, and the rewards you'll get are pretty good too!

And by talking about it to your friends or networks, and liking our Facebook page, you can get the snowball rolling.

Do it! :)

The Challenges

We've had a few hiccups along the way but they've smoothed out with a bit of creative thinking.
So far we have had a great amount of support from the community and cannot see any obstacles that could possibly get in the way of us completing this project successfully.


"I think it's great that you've taken such a positive step toward making the world a better place. Thanks for being so forward-thinking and action-oriented."

---Melissa A. Fabello (editor Everyday Feminism)

"Representation (the political concept) in cultural forms (books, TV, radio etc) is an extremely important avenue for wider social acceptance of difference. It also helps us to accept, and be at peace with, our own points of difference. There were no gay characters when I was growing up... and there are barely any accurate representations of bisexual men even now... let alone any depictions of functioning long term poly relationships with children! The task of fairly representing the great diversity of human ways of being and relating is nowhere near complete! This book contributes to that worthy goal by making unique/mixed/modern families visible and understandable... I will be reading this to my daughter when it's finished. "

---Grant Bailey (communications specialist and former politics lecturer).

"I am a parent in a 'Traditional Family', I have educated my 2 daughters that 'Unique Families' are the norm. I applaud your work and look forward to the day that this kind of education is no longer required. But for now let's try our very best to show through your words and everyone's actions that all are accepted and just normal."

---Neita Wilson

Special thanks to Jonathon Byron for helping us make our video.
Also to Capashen "Magic Way" for the soundtrack for our video.
on 6th Sep 2013 at 2:00pm. The payment portal is closed now.
A$12 +Thank you. Here, have an electronic copy of our book for your kindle or other wonder device.
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2013
A$25 +All of the above AND we're going to send you a really pretty hardcover copy of the book. This is what it's all about for us - having a beautiful picture story book that you can sit down and read with your kids, your stepkids, your partner's partner's kids, your neice, your foster child, your little brother or that big kid you spend a lot of your time with.
91 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$45 +All of the above but your copy of the book is going to have a lovely personal inscription written by the author.
17 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$70 +All of the above AND a second copy of the book donated to a school, library, community centre of your choice (and if you don't know which one we have some great suggestions) with an inscription that it was donated by you.
13 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$100 +All of the above AND we’ll whack your name on the credits page of our book so that anyone who ever picks up the book will see that you helped make it happen! ALSO We’d like to invite you to our launch party (held in Melbourne and if we go over our target by $1500 we will also host one in an international city like San Francisco or London).
10 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$200 +Teacher Pack - Includes teaching notes and lesson plans, printables, a CD of the author reading the book for your listening post, a video of the author reading the story for your interactive whiteboard or computer AND a signed hardcover copy of the book.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$300 +Everything from the $100 pack up AND an A3 poster of one of the artworks from the book signed by the illustrator. ALSO because we think you are just amaaaaaaazing we’d like to give you a supporter’s discount of 50% on any subsequent books we make.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$500 +Everything from the $100 pack up AND one of five only signed copies of the storyboard for the book.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$1250 +Philanthropist pack – Everything from the $100 pack AND the $300 pack PLUS have eight copies of the book donated to schools, libraries, centres or friends of your choice (in Australia) with an inscription that it was donated by you. ALSO an author’s visit & book signing at a nominated school, library or similar location in Australia. (If you can't decide we will choose for you.)
0 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$2500 +Everything from the $100 pack AND the $300 pack PLUS a commissioned artwork/portrait of your family in the style of the book, painted by the illustrator, the wonderful Kia Maddock.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014