In an ongoing commitment to expand UTOPiAcon programming to include more diversity and inclusion, we are ecstatic to announce that bestselling children’s book author, Daniel Errico, will be a featured guest at #UTOPiA2017.
Animations based on Errico’s works, The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived and Rosaline, are available on Hulu as the first to star an openly gay and lesbian hero and heroine, respectively. He is also the founder of Pajama Publishing, and the website freechildrenstories.com, providing free stories to kids, parents, and teachers around the globe.
Founded in 2008, freechildrenstories.com operates on the principle that children’s development is paramount. Their mission is to offer traditional, meaningful storytelling to every child, parent, or teacher around the globe with access to the internet, for free.
A former mechanical engineer, Daniel Errico left his career at an investment bank to create freechildrenstories.com. He has been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Time, Upworthy, Freakonomics, Entertainment Weekly Radio, and Sirius XM.
Errico will not only give a talk about the importance of LGBT role models in youth-focused entertainment, but he will also be screening one of his projects, and signing his books for UTOPiAcon attendees.
As a reminder, kids 11 and under are welcome at UTOPiAcon free of charge. They must be accompanied by a ticketed, badge-wearing adult. Grab your tickets at http://utopia2017.eventbrite.com
The story of Rosaline
incorporates LGBT themes in a fun, fairytale adventure through the woods. On the way to her sweetheart, Rosaline must face a tricky witch, a hungry wolf, and even a well-meaning fairy godmother. The short animated story is narrated by Teri Polo (West Wing, Meet the Parents).
ABOUT THE BRAVEST KNIGHT WHO EVER LIVED:
Follow the story of Cedric, a young pumpkin farmer who wants nothing more than to become a courageous knight. After foiling a dastardly carriage thief, Cedric earns the chance to make his dream come true. When he sets out on his own adventure, Cedric must use his wits to save a prince and princess from a fierce dragon, and choose for himself what his happy ending should be. The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a modern fairytale that proves that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be yourself.
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