Two Grooms on a Cake:The Story of America’s First Gay Wedding by Rob Sanders and Robbie Cathro Blog Tour Post

I am so excited to get a chance to be a part of this book tour hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours . Make sure you check out the rest of the posts that are a part of this tour by looking at the schedule for the tour found here. 

Author Information

Interview with Rob Sanders – M is for Movement

Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches, and a teacher who writes. A native
of Springfield, Missouri, Rob has also lived in Texas, Alabama, and
Tennessee. After earning a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s
Degree in Religious Education, Rob worked for fifteen years in
children’s religious educational publishing as a writer, educational
consultant, trainer, editor, editorial group manager, and product
developer.

In 2006, Rob moved to Florida and began working as an elementary
school teacher. Soon he was serving as a district writing trainer and
resource teacher. These days you’ll find him teaching kids about books
and words, and reading and writing with them at Mintz Elementary
School in Brandon, Florida.

Working daily with children inspired Rob to pursue his own writing
career. His first picture book, COWBOY CHRISTMAS, was released by
Golden Books/Random House in 2012. OUTER SPACE BEDTIME
RACE (listed among the top twenty rhyming picture books of 2015 and
winner of a Crystal Kite Award) was released by Random House
Children’s Books in January 2015. RUBY ROSE—OFF TO SCHOOL
SHE GOES danced into book stores and into the hearts of kids in June 2016.

Other titles coming soon include: RUBY ROSE—BIG BRAVOS
(HarperCollins, 2017), RODZILLA (Simon & Schuster, 2017), and
PRIDE: THE STORY OF THE RAINBOW FLAG (Random House
Children’s Books, 2018).

Rob also coordinates the Rising Kite Writing Contest for SCBWI
Florida, organizes meetings for SCBWI Florida members in the Tampa
Bay area, and coaches and critiques other picture book writers.
Rob is represented by Rubin Pfeffer.

Robbie Cathro

I’m Robbie Cathro, an Illustrator & Storyteller living in Bristol, UK, working from my studio in The Island. I love to make fun, colourful and charismatic work whether that’s for a lively children’s magazine, an editorial piece or even for stories of my own invention.  With my work I hope to create a playful composition that translates the mood and atmosphere of the work I’m illustrating! I studied (BA Hons) Illustration at The University of The West of England, Bristol, graduating in 2016.

My debut picture book ‘Be Your Own Man’, a book for boys and those who identify as a boy, encourages boys and men to embrace their vulnerability and put their hand up for help. Normalising ‘softer’ behaviours such sensitivity, creativity and caring for others as valuable human traits. It encourages its’ readers to broaden their ideas about what it means to be a boy and supports them to feel proud about who they truly are! ‘Be Your Own Man’ is out now in Australia and Germany!

‘Two Grooms on a Cake’, a kids book telling the story of America’s first legal same-sex marriage written by Rob Sanders, is slated for a summer 2021 release.

I am about to begin work on STEM Physics and STEM Geology, two fun educational books for the YA audience. They will be full of biographical comics on notable figures in those areas and exciting pieces of knowledge! STEM Physics and STEM Geology are slated for an Autumn 2021 release.

Book Description

This is the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and their inspiring story becoming the first married gay couple in the US fifty years ago.

Long before marriage equality was the law of the land, two grooms stood on a wedding cake with their feet firmly planted in fluffy white frosting. That cake belonged to Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who were wed on September 3, 1971, becoming the first same-sex couple in America to be legally married. Their struggle to obtain a marriage license in Minnesota and their subsequent appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States is an under-told story of LGBT history. This beautiful book celebrates the love story of two pioneers of marriage equality for all through the baking of their wedding cake!

Review

This one is getting a different review than I usually write as it is a picture book. This one is a great story for both children and adults, I think this is best suited for children ages 5+. I think its a great way to introduce this topic to children and teach them about the first gay wedding and begin the discussion on gay marriage.

The story in this book is easy to read and follow along. I love how this book connected gay marriage to baking a bake. I liked how as they tell you the story of baking their cake, they also tell you the story of how the cake owners got married.

I like each of the images that accompany the pages of this book as they are fun to look at. I also really liked that the story is being told by the wedding cake toppers, which made it have a fun twist.

Due to the story being told by the wedding toppers we actually get four characters to our story, the two guys who are getting married, and the two narrators. I liked how these characters are introduced to us and how the narrator describes the guys who are getting married. I thought it was cute to see how wedding cake toppers thought of a wedding and what they thought about how hard it was for these two men to get married in the first place.

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