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The Pink Balloon

A book about gender identity and shining as your true self.

The Pink Balloon is a story about gender identity and shining as your true self. 

Somewhere near the seaside, a child named Briar is about to be born. But, Briar's story has already begun when a pink balloon floats surprisingly out of a box.

Inspired by a true story, this is a heartwarming journey of a new family, a balloon, and a child who shows the world it is what’s on the inside that counts the most.

Author Cynthia Sweeney with co-author BriAnna Simons. Art by Briana Corr Scott.

Cynthia is dedicated to giving back and by purchasing The Pink Balloon, you're investing in community and supporting inclusion work at Simply Good Form and socially-focused outreach. 

Inspired by a true story:

BriAnna and Cynthia recently joined a panel of author and parents of trans children to share experiences along the-road-less-travelled and the importance of story-telling a having a village of support. Here is  a small clip from the Halifax PRIDE event.

 

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The hardcover, softcover and e-book are all available! If you'd like to order a hardcover, softcover, butterfly enamel pin or vinyl stickers, please fill out our form and we'll link you to your closest retailer or send you a quote with shipping options and your timeline to receive your goodies! If you'd like your copy autographed, please let me know.

 

Softcover Book

$16.50

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  • 8.5"x8.5" softcover, full colour illustrations
  • Option to personal Author inscription
  • Item will ship within 24 hrs. of payment. Pick-up available in HRM.
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Hardcover Book

$25.00

pricing from

  • 8.5"x8.5" hardcover, full colour illustrations
  • Option to personal Author inscription
  • Item will ship within 24 hrs. of payment. Pick-up available in HRM.
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Buttons & Stickers

3.50

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  • trans butterfly enamel pins complete with artist designed backing card and description
  • Vinyl Sticker Sheets
  • Item will ship within 24 hrs. of payment. Pick-up available in HRM.
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TPB sticker sheet

Hi! From Cynthia and BriAnna

We are author Cynthia and co-author BriAnna;  mom's who came together at a community connection group for parents of gender expansive children.  We became fast-friends and together, we are sharing a heartwarming story about celebrating diversity and gender identity in support of transgender children; building allyship and inclusion in families and the communities which surround them.

Cynthia is a writer, educator, journalist and podcaster living in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family. She is currently writing her second book.

BriAnna (She/Her) is a clinical social worker at BriAnna Simons Therapeutic Services on the South Shore in Nova Scotia. She specializes in providing child and play based therapies and is the author of the book Emotionally Attuned Parenting ~ An Easy + Fun Guide to Helping Your Child Through the Tough Stuff of Life.

Meet Briana Corr Scott

Beautifully illustrated by Briana Corr Scott, Briana paints and writes from her home studio in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her paintings and stories capture the beauty of the natural world, particularly the overlooked details found in the weeds and flowers found along the Nova Scotia coast. She is  the author of The Book of SelkieShe Dreams of Sable Island. and her upcoming picture book "Wildflower".

Author Cynthia Sweeney and Illustrator Briana Core Scott with Nadine at The Pink Balloon celebration at Keshen Goodman Library
Story time with The Pink Balloon celebration at Keshen Goodman Library
Author Cynthia Sweeney and Co-Author BriAnna Simons at The Pink Balloon celebration at Keshen Goodman Library
Illustrations at The Pink Balloon celebration
Fun at The Pink Balloon celebration photo booth at Keshen Goodman Library

Cynthia is available for classroom visits (both virtually and in-person) for a story time celebration. There are colouring pages, stickers for prizing and wonderful lesson plan inspiration for elementary teachers everywhere. Click here for a free quote and to request a date.

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The Pink Balloon

ISBN: 978-1-7775816-1-9

Registered Feb. 2021 

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia