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Mother Goose Is Sometimes a Father and Sometimes Both - Fiction (Go to Poetry)
Alternating Current Press

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In the age of Me Too, Own Voices, toxic masculinity, gross nationalism, and a general awareness that what we’re assigned at birth or childhood is not who we have to be throughout our lives, how do we teach people to be kinder, more inclusive, more tolerant, more empathetic? Much of it starts at a very young age, and a lot of it comes from what we teach our little boys about being men. With this anthology, we want your fairytales (original or rewritten from classic work in the public domain), fables with good or interesting morals, children’s stories, nursery rhymes, or epic rhyming stories (or storytelling rhymes) that are engaging for children, fun and entertaining and full of heart and story, specifically aimed at making our little boys better.

Whether talking about accepting people who are different, not othering others, how to respect girls and women, what being a man really means, that it’s okay to cry, what personal space is, that there is no pride in nationalism, not to bully, not to waste resources, or whatever else you can think of that you’d like to say as a lullaby to little boys to help make them better people, we want to hear it. Humor is good, but honesty is even better. Entertainment is good, but there must also be sincerity. Kudos for the human condition, diversity, strong females, overarching metaphors and allegories, deeper meanings and morals. Work should specifically be aimed at young boys, to be read aloud by conscientious parents. We are NOT looking for “Christian values”; we are looking for human values.

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Listing added: 20 July 2021

Last officially checked: 26 March 2023

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