Daniel Errico is a best selling children’s author with over 125,000 ebooks sold. He has multiple number one best-selling kids’ ebooks with Barnes & Noble and two traditional publications in stores nationwide. As the founder of freechildrenstories.com, his tales are read by thousands of kids, parents, and teachers, daily. Errico’s stories typically deal with themes of perseverance and a fundamental curiosity about the world. His latest works focus on introducing children to LGBTQ characters in a positive light, and have been animated and released on Hulu as a first for the industry. Daniel’s work has been featured by The Huffington Post, Freakonomics, Buzzfeed, GLAAD, UpWorthy, Seventeen, Sirius XM, and many more.
The story of Rosaline incorporates LGBTQ themes in a fun, fairytale adventure through the woods. To find her sweetheart, Rosaline must first get by a tricky witch, a hungry wolf, and a well-intentioned fairy godmother. As the first of its kind, this animated tale centers around the importance of always being true to yourself. Rosaline is narrated by actress Teri Polo and will be available exclusively on Hulu on June 7th.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is the story of a young pumpkin farmer named Cedric, 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. It is currently available on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/the-bravest-knight-who-ever-lived.
I was lucky to always have characters that I could relate to in the books and movies I watched as a child. They gave me solace and educated my ideas of adulthood in some ways. A few years ago I became close with a couple who was unable to get married in our home state of New Jersey at the time, despite that fact that their love story was just as much a fairytale as the ones I had read about growing up. They became the inspiration for my first LGBTQ-themed fairytale. I believe that stories like theirs can help children accept themselves and others as they grow up. Also, I‘m happy to say that they‘re getting married this summer!
What do you personally feel makes a family?
To me a family is any group of people who care about and for each other. There are any number of possible combinations and dynamics to form a family. But first and foremost, family is defined by those inside of it.
What does “equality” look like to you?
You can get a sense of how natural equality can be by visiting a pre–school class. Children don‘t hate, discriminate, or judge other children beyond their actions, until they‘re taught to do it. They also don‘t ignore differences or shy away from them. Equality is what happens when you foster those instincts instead of diminishing them.
Whose books do you admire and why?
I‘ve always admired Shel Silverstein and his ability to convey complex messages through simple engaging tales. Still, I would have to say that Dr. Seuss’s story The Butter Battle Book had the biggest effect on me wanting to become an autho