Cotton Candy Playground is a multi-faceted collection of children's books, stationery, and apparel focused on self love and acceptance.
It is more than a brand, it is a celebration of diversity and individuality-- a representation of ALL of us! Whether you are reading it, writing it, or wearing it, the message is the same; I LOVE me! and that's all that matters!
It all started with a search for a children's book...
Ten years ago my oldest daughter, who was 3 yrs old at the time, came home from a playdate crying and begging me and her dad to make her hair "straight and yellow." We were stunned! It was heartbreaking to see that at three years old, our perfect little girl had already found something about herself that she felt needed to be fixed. She cried herself to sleep that night and immediately my husband and I began a search for books about absolute self love and acceptance. The problem was that they were very hard to find for three year olds and even harder for children who look like mine. Not being able to find what I was looking for inspired me to write and illustrate, "I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair!" Released in 2009 it is a story about loving yourself just the way you are!
That was the beginning. Since that first project, my (semi) obsession with finding and ultimately creating items which reflect all of us has evolved into Cotton Candy Playground.
I hope you love it as much as I do!