About the Book

Lilly, loves beards, just like her Papa. She also loves going to the barbershop for her usual buzz cut, however, today she becomes heartbroken when her Papa decides to get his beard shaved off. Suddenly, she feels scared and alone. Her cheerful spirit is soon restored in her Papa’s beardless embrace and through her own decisiveness. A heartwarming story about the unconditional love and acceptance between a father and his gender-creative child. 

Meet Carol

Lilly Loves Beards is Carol’s first Children’s Picture Book. She grew up on the prairies with the forest as her backyard and the hay fields as her playground. Creating all kinds of characters and convincing her sister and friends to play their assigned roles. Her love for, and studies in English Literature and Creative Writing have assisted her over the years in bringing awareness and movement toward a diverse and inclusive culture.
Carol has been a part of the LGBTQI2S+ community since she was a young adult and it is with deepest gratitude for this embrace, that she return this love and compassion back to her community through her voice. Carol lives on the west coast of British Columbia with her partner Bodhi and their little dog, Bear. 

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Past Events

November 6 & 7, 2019 LGBTQ2S Two Spirit Gathering at VNFC Youth Services with Bodhi Thompson Gardner. Book sales & signing – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

November 2, 2019 Book Signing at Owls Nest Books in Calgary, AB
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

September 28, 2019 Book Signing at Woodgrove Chapters in Nanaimo, BC
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

August 17, 2019 Pender Pride at Talisman Books & Gallery on Pender Island, BC
Book Signing 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

August 3, 2019 Vancouver Dyke March at Grandview Park
Book sales and signing from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

August 2, 2019 Book Signing at Indigo 2505 Granville St, Vancouver, BC
Book Signing at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

July 21, 2019 Picnic in the Park at Ceperley/Second Beach, Vancouver Storytime on Stage @ 12:45 pm. Book sales and signing. 

July 7, 2019 Victoria Pride Festival at MacDonald Park. Story Time’s a Drag @ 12:45 pm – Reading (book sales and signing in vending artisan area).

July 4, 2019 Book Launch at Island Savings Centre, Duncan

 June 29, 2019 The Island Vortex-podcast release with Molly Wilder. 

June 22, 2019 East Side Pride at Grandview Park, Vancouver. Storytime in the Park. Book sales and signing.

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Meet Lilly

Lilly is the main character in my new children’s book. Lilly is an inspirational, self-determined, cheerful little 5 year old that loves beards, just like her Papa! I was inspired to write this book after hearing a little 5 year old’s story from a small farming town in Saskatchewan. They were self-reliant, cheerful and extemely …

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