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About The Book: Eight-year old Alex has a fight with her best friend, Zach, who says he can no longer be her friend. Why? Because "her parents (both women) aren't married." Set in the San Francisco Bay area, months before Proposition 8, a ballot measure banning gay marriage passes, this picture book looks at what it takes for Alex and her younger brother, Nicky, to convince their mothers to get married while they can. Their love as a family is contagious as their neighbors begin to accept them for what they are: a normal, affectionate family.

Based on a true story, the book shows the real implications of the struggle for equality, with beautiful and captivating illustrations, by award-winning illustrator, Lea Lyon, and words by Cynthia Chin-Lee.

With over 2 million children being raised in GLBTQ households in the United States, marriage equality is a key civil rights issue. We need your help to get a children's picture book called Operation Marriage published. Will you help?

Award Winning Team: This will be a full-color / illustrated children's picture book, written and illustrated by an award winning team of Cynthia Chin-Lee, writer and Lea Lyon, illustrator. It is based on the real lives of a family in Palo Alto. 

Opening Hearts And Minds: We're hoping that this book will be the 21st century equivalent of "Heather Has Two Mommies" and will help open hearts and minds to equality across the country.

UPDATE: The book HAS BEEN PUBLISHED and is on independent bookstore shelves right now! We raised enough money to cover all the initial costs. Thank you!!!

Click here to view a story about the book on the Reach And Teach web site. 

How You Can Help: MicahsCall - dedicated to "Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God" (Micah 6:8) - believes in this project and has committed to raising money to help get it out in the world. 

(1) You can make a tax-deductible contribution to MicahsCall (note "Operation Marriage" on the check) and mail the check to:

29 Mira Vista Court
Daly City, CA 94014

Or click the link below to make a donation using PayPal or your Credit Card.

(2) If you would like to help a school library or public library get a copy of the book, contact us and we'll tell you how to adopt a book for a school or library.

If you are a teacher or librarian and would like to get a book donated, please contact us and we'll try to match you up with a donor (we also have a limited supply of books we can donate directly). 



About the Author

We've loved and promoted Cynthia Chin-Lee's books for a long time and are honored that she chose us to help get Operation Marriage published and distributed! Click here to read an article about her on the Reach And Teach web site.

From Cynthia Chin-Lee's Web Site:

Cynthia Chin-Lee is a children's book author and an accomplished speaker and workshop leader. Her easy rapport with her audiences and ability to add humor to her presentations make her a compelling speaker for all ages. She is available for presentations to elementary through high-school students, key-note speeches to adults, and a variety of workshops that both engage and challenge the participants.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a graduate fellow of East-West Center in Honolulu, she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

About the Illustrator

We have been huge fans of Lea Lyon for a long time and we are absolutely elated to have her working with us on this wonderful project. Click here to read an article about her on the Reach And Teach web site.

From Lea Lyon's Web Site:

Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator, painting teacher and portrait artist who has made a childhood dream come true.

Lea loved to draw and paint as a child. She took art classes from a tiny white-haired artist who had converted her garage into a magical children's painting studio. Lea graduated to oil paints when she was 11. And - she wanted to be a children's book illustrator when she grew up.

But life, as it often does, got in the way; College, raising a family, running a small doll and puppet business, then back to school for an MBA and into the corporate world. Now, at long last, Lea is a children's book illustrator. She is an active member of The SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.) Her illustration portfolios won awards twice at SCBWI National Conferences. As the Illustrator Coordinator of the San Francisco region of SCBWI she coordinates events for Bay Area illustrators.


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Help Publish Childrens Book - Operation Marriage: Have You Considered Self-Publishing?
This sounds like a wonderful project, and I will donate as soon as I am able.

Have you thought about self-publishing through CreateSpace or Lulu? If you publish yourself, you don't have to pay set-up fees through these companies (although there is an optional membership fee of $40 through CreateSpace), but pay only if you order a copy of the book. These companies also place the book on-line for you at Amazon.com.

I will tell you that whether you go the self-publication route or the traditional route, you will have to work hard at publicity. You're already doing a good job of that; I saw this link in my Twitter feed this morning. It's also a good idea to write press releases about your book, or at this point about this announcement here on Micah's Call. I've written five or six for Shades of Gay and posted them online, then posted the web link for them on Facebook and Twitter as well as sending them directly to publications that might be interested. I would be happy to help get the word out about Operation Marriage as well.

Good luck! I hope to see your book printed soon.

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