This children's picture book about a same-sex wedding should be in every Australian primary school

<i>Mummy & Mumma Get Married</i>, by Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter.

Mummy & Mumma Get Married, by Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter. Photo: Pinterest

Given our government's general indifference to supporting marriage equality, here's a new book that could prove pretty significant to the families most affected by the slow progress on the issue.  

Mummy & Mumma Get Married - a kids' picture book written by couple Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter and illustrated by Cara King - follows a young girl named Phoebe who plans a wedding for her two mums and invites the Prime Minister.

It surpassed its Pozible funding goals yesterday, and will be the first children's picture book to be published in Australia with a same-sex family at the centre.

Speaking to Buzzfeed, Hopkins explained how the idea for the book first came about in the wake of the Irish marriage equality vote and the birth of the couple's first baby, Dexie.


"My Facebook feed was awash with rainbows and while it was a really exciting moment, it was in stark contrast to the situation here in Australia," she told the website.

"I was thinking about our daughter and other kids from same-sex families, thinking about how all this might seem from their perspective."

"I imagined it would be quite baffling: two adults, their own parents no less, not being allowed to do something, and I also thought that, being a child, a natural reaction might be to try and fix this problem."

The couple are now looking to get the title into as many local primary schools as possible, donating the book to schools for free with a set of specially created teacher's notes and a list of classroom activities. 

"We wanted to get the book out of a 'gay niche' and into the mainstream, plus we felt that it needed to be in an environment where children could talk about it in a facilitated way – schools are the obvious place to do this," Hopkins told Buzzfeed.

As the couple writes on their Pozible website: "This little book could suddenly make a big difference to kids' lives."