Scoochie & Skiddles Childrens Book

LGBT-Inclusive Kid's Book Helps Families Talk About Adoption, Family Diversity

In the second year of the pandemic, gay dad-of-two Tom Tracy, like so many of us, found a new passion – writing children’s stories. Inspired by his now 5-year-old daughter’s curiosity for the world around her, Tom embarked on his story-telling journey. 

Scoochie and Skiddles Childrens Book

His first book, Scoochie & Skiddles in Fun at Gramma’s, is a beautiful recounting of creating family memories through imaginative play and creativity. In just a few short months after publication, the book propelled to number one reader/reviewer voted status on Reedsy Discovery during the week of January 10th, 2022.

Tom has since written his highly-anticipated second book, Scoochie’s Adoption Story, which continues to deliver strong messages of family diversity and is certain to delight a wide range of audiences. 

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"I am so excited about this one, perhaps more so than the first one, because of what it will mean to other families like mine whose family has been brought together by adoption," Tom said.

The book is a recounting of Tom and his husband Elliott's experience adopting their oldest daughter, the muse for the main character, "Scoochie."

 

Scoochie narrates the story to a group of friends who notice that her family is not the same as theirs.  Scoochie proudly shares the story of her family, which includes adoption concepts such as the matching process between birth mom and prospective adoptive parents, and the court hearing to legalize an adoption.  

These concepts are presented in ways that are easily understood by younger and older kids, alike. Consistent with the first book, Scoochie’s Adoption Story, uses colorful and thoughtfully designed illustrations to help advance the story.  Throughout the book, readers will find families of all types, including multi-abled, heterosexual, same-sex, single parent, and mixed-race families.

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Tom’s books are necessary contributions in the world of children’s literature. There are precious few children’s books that help kids understand adoption. There are even less that feature same-sex parents.  Increasing the library of available books that feature “families like mine” is a critical task in building a more tolerant and accepting society. 

More importantly, children who are fortunate enough to have same-sex parents need strong messages that their family is important and valued. Scoochie’s Adoption Story emphasizes the message that families of all kinds are special, making it a must-have book not only for LGBT families, but all families.

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Tom and his husband, Elliott, have been married for nearly a decade. Their family consists of two daughters of different races who have been brought to them through adoption. As such, it is important to Tom and Elliott to ensure that the girls can see themselves and families like theirs represented in their community, at school, in the media and in print. In their family, Elliott is “Daddy” and Tom is “ODie” – a take on “Other Daddy”.

To buy Scoochie’s Adoption Story, click here. For more information about Scoochie & Skiddles, including free coloring sheets and to sign up for notification alerts, please visit www.scoochieandskiddles.com


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