By March 26, 2019 10:00 am
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Clarksville native and Tennessee-based author Hannah Carmona Dias is releasing her second children’s picture book.
Dazzling Travis was inspired by a theatre student of Dias who approached her with a gender-based dilemma.
“My teacher thinks I’m gay,” her student confessed to her, “because I like musical theatre.”
Dias said she knew the issue ran deeper than just the question of gay or straight. She thought of how recently her daughter’s pediatrician had labeled her a ‘tomboy’ because she loved race cars. Dias decided she wanted to erase the need for gendered labels in society, especially for children.
“Labels were becoming a problem across the board and really starting to irk me,” she said.
Her second book was born after the conversation with her theatre student. Dias wanted to write a book that encouraged both girls and boys alike to explore their interests and not feel that they needed to be placed in a box because of what they liked or disliked.
Dazzling Travis will be available in April 2019 through Cardinal Rule Press.
Praise for Dazzling Travis:
“…an empowering story that encourages kids of any gender to challenge the social norm, revealing their true selves.”
-Midwest Book Review, Dazzling Travis
“[A book] “for children to embrace uniqueness and diversity.”
-Foreward Reviews, Dazzling Travis
Travis sets no limits to what he enjoys doing. Shopping and football, ballet and dress-up make Travis a one of a kind boy! But when some of the kids on the playground begin to pick on him, Travis truly dazzles. This empowering story encourages kids of any gender to challenge the social norm, revealing their true selves.
About the Author
In addition to Dazzling Travis, Hannah Carmona Dias is the author of Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me, published in 2017. She is a homeschooling mother of two girls, co-founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, actress, YouTuber, introvert, and Slytherin. You can find her at www.hannahcarmonadias.com or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.
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