A story that needed to be told again

Interview with the author of Tom Tracy

Scoochie & Skiddles: Scoochie’s Adoption Story follows a girl who teaches her friends about adoption and the different types of families. What was the inspiration for your story?

The character Scoochie is inspired by my oldest daughter. The book, Scoochie’s Adoption Story, recounts our family’s experience in adopting her. However, the book is inspired by a real incident in the park when another girl asked about my daughter’s family. The book represents how my daughter proudly explained her adoption experience to this other child. I couldn’t have been more proud of her, and in that moment, I knew it was a story that needed to be told again.

The art in this book is fantastic. How was the process of artistic collaboration with the illustrator Dusting James?

Thanks. Dustin has illustrated both of my books and has been a wonderful collaborator. He gets my vision, which makes the process easier. I provide a description of the scene and give you creative freedom to bring it to life. While Scoochie’s Adoption Story is primarily about the main character and his family, I wanted the images to represent a wide range of diverse families. Dustin and I paid close attention to the background characters in the park scenes to ensure this diversity. I am very happy with how everything turned out.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

Most importantly, he wanted the concept of family diversity to come out. Every family is very different and I wanted to celebrate those differences. He also wanted to normalize the adoption process as a way to start a family. Ultimately, I wanted to showcase same-sex parents and create greater visibility and representation for gay parents.

What is the next book you are working on and when will it be available?

There are several concepts in the storyboard. Since I adopted our second child, my available time to write is not the same as before. At this point, I would project book #3 to come out sometime in 2023. Uplifting diverse families in children’s literature will continue to be the theme of my books.

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From the author of Scoochie & Skiddles in Fun at Gramma’sa number 1 book voted by top readers (Discovery Reedsy), comes the long-awaited next release in the Scoochie & Skiddles series. Scoochie’s Adoption Story is a multi-award winning book, winning a Readers’ Favorite Five Stars prize, a Purple Dragonfly Book Awardand a Firebird Book Award in three categories: 1st place in the Adoption category, 1st place in the LGBTQ+ Families category, and 2nd place in the Parenting and Families category.

Scoochie was adopted by both of her parents through an open adoption. In Scoochie’s Adoption Story, Scoochie takes you on the journey of her and her parents’ adoption experience. She talks about the many different processes involved in adoption, such as the “matching” process between her birth mother and her parents, the hospital and post-hospital experience, and the adoption hearing that legalized her adoption. Most importantly, she expresses her respect and positivity for her birth mother and her birth family, while she exudes immense pride and endless love for hers, her two dads, and her soon-to-be adoptive sister. . While the book’s theme is Scoochie’s adoption, it honors and celebrates families of all types and structures. The story is an uplifting story about the bond family.

Narrated by the main character of the book, Scoochie’s Adoption Story is told in child-friendly language with adoption concepts presented in a way that is easy for children to understand. It is a celebration of the family, regardless of family composition or how a family has been created. Through text and illustration, the story represents a wide variety of families and sends a strong message of diversity and inclusion. A perfect reading book for all families and especially for children of LGBT parents, diverse families, and families touched by adoption.

Those who may enjoy the book include:
All families and all children.
Parents looking for books on diversity
Biological parents
Adoptive parents
Adopted child
LGBT Parents and LGBT Allies
Diverse families / mestizo families
Adoption Agencies / Adoption Caseworkers
adoption attorneys
Adoption Facilitators
Individuals and couples considering adoption
Social Workers and Counselors
Teachers and Guidance Counselors
Child Protective Services / Family Preservation
Defenders of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)
For more information, visit us on the web at scoochieandkiddles(dot)com or email us at hello@scoochieandkiddles.com

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