Author John Briggs is set to release Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom through Atombank Books in September 2014. He is currently seeking additional funding through Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/
"As the first woman in this country executed for her religious beliefs, Mary Dyer's death in 1660 shocked the country and brought about sweeping changes for religious tolerance," says Mr. Briggs, a long-time freelance journalist who has covered a number of religious and free-speech issues. "Unfortunately, no children's book has ever been written about her, even though young readers are at a great age to learn about her achievements. Students learn about so many civil rights leaders, and I'd like to see Mary's name added to that list."
Mary Dyer was hanged for the crime of being a Quaker in Boston, Massachusetts on June 1, 1660. She had been an outspoken advocate for religious freedom for more than twenty years at the time of her execution. Mr. Briggs' Indiegogo fundraising efforts end on the 334th anniversary of her death.
Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, is a middle-grade work of non-fiction for 3rd-7th graders and features:
•Illustrations and diagrams to highlight the text
•Breakouts of important people and events in her life
•An historical timeline
"I think there's a need for this book," says Mr. Briggs. "It's hard to believe that we still see so many examples of religious intolerance. This book can help children better understand the need to accept other belief systems. It can open up the topic for young readers today through the accomplisments of this very brave woman."
Atombank Books is a new publishing house started by Amy Tombank, a pre-school teacher and children's literacy advocate. Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, will be the company's first book.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the publication and distribution costs of Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom, is strongly encouraged to visit Mr. Briggs' Indiegogo page (https://www.indiegogo.com/