Oh Oh, Baby Boy! will be a full color, hardcover children’s book. Below are the book specs, and a description of the book concept. I successfully fundraised for the printing of the book on Kickstarter! Thanks to the 251 generous backers of this book, it will be a reality in 2012.

I hope you will join us in this effort to make engaged fatherhood a cultural no-brainer.

Oh Oh, Baby Boy!
Written and Illustrated by Janine Macbeth
Children’s Hardcover | 32 pages | 6×7″
Full color illustrations throughout
Matte jacket | Cloth case cover with blind emboss

Oh Oh, Baby Boy! will be printed in Singapore or Malaysia, with an anticipated U.S. release in Spring 2012.

Click here to see the Kickstarter video, and learn more about the spirit of the book!

The Concept

What does it mean to be a father in this era, this day and age, this generation? What does it mean to be raising a baby boy, who will grow into a man, and perhaps become a father himself, should he choose? Now, as a mother of two (a 3-year-old and an infant), I am blessed to experience the joys of raising two boys with their truly engaged father, and I have the pleasure of witnessing the beauty of strong, gentle, powerful fatherhood.

It doesn’t take long for moms to realize that the physical and emotional demands placed on a mother are uniquely intense. Whether we go back to working outside the home, or continue to be the family stronghold 24:7, or both, being a mother is … a whole new way of being.

Fathers couldn’t possibly alleviate all the strains of motherhood, but imagine… imagine the full potential of genuine intention and compassion. Imagine engaged fatherhood as commonplace.

This exploration of fatherhood transcends romantic partnership between parents. Fathers can, and perhaps in many cases should, still be positively engaged whether or not a child’s parents are romantically involved. In other words, all moms (including single moms) deserve the opportunity of a father’s support.

Ultimately, the purpose of this book is to build support for moms, that they may all feel supported as equal partners in building and sustaining uplifted families – however “family” manifests in our lives. And even more: that all moms can continue pursuing their dreams while being present and loving mothers.

By celebrating boys and men, and their potential to be co-creators of uplifted families, my hope is to broaden the path of engaged fatherhood. Oh Oh, Baby Boy! doesn’t preach or dictate, but reflects engaged fatherhood naturally, simply, quietly.

About the Author / Illustrator

By day, Janine Macbeth works for a nonprofit organization; by night, she is a freelance artist and illustrator. She has illustrated for magazines and educational projects, and has a background in children’s publishing, graphic design, and print production. Her first book, a curriculum book for teachers, was released in 2010. Oh yes, and she’s raising two small boys (a 3-year old, and a 6-month old) in loving partnership… in her hometown of Oakland, California… amidst a supportive community of family and friends.
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