I Promise

A picture book by Catherine Hernandez and Syrus Marcus Ware.

Catherine Hernandez, illustrated by Syrus Marcus Ware

I Promise captures with love and honesty the intimate moments of parenting in all their messy glory — from dealing with a kid who doesn't want to brush their teeth to looking under the bed for monsters to cuddling after a long day. This charming picture book showcases the many shapes, sizes and colours that families come in, emphasizing that every queer family starts with the sacred promise to love a child. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

Catherine Hernandez is a playwright, performer and the author of the novel Scarborough.

Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, activist and scholar whose work has appeared in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Globe and Mail and part of Nuit Blanche.

Other books by Catherine Hernandez

Other books by Syrus Marcus Ware

Interviews with the creators

Why I Write: Catherine Hernandez

3 years ago
In this CBC Books video series, Catherine Hernandez explains why today’s Canadian writers need to be aware of anti-oppression and decolonization in order to be successful. 3:22


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