Our Team

Here’s our team that worked tirelessly to bring One of a Kind/Único como yo in the world! We are also very grateful to Teresa Mlawer, who retold the story beautifully in Spanish, and to our community—the many people who reviewed, consulted, advised, and supported the creation of this book in infinite ways!


Laurin is a consultant and educator who loves and ocean and the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with organizations and schools to build inclusive environments where everyone is valued and supported. Her son Danny inspired her work around gender diversity and the book One of a Kind, Like Me/Único como yo. Whether consulting, writing blog posts, or conversing with children, Laurin loves to share stories that build appreciation for diversity and encourage us to be our full selves. She is also the co-founder of Somos Familia, which builds leadership in Latinx families and communities to create spaces where people of all genders and sexual orientations can thrive.

Rob is a life long Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland California, he’s the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. In that order. Through storytelling he’s been able to scratch the surface of an untold stories. Rob is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top. He’s a the dad of a teenager and a brand new baby, loves ice cream, and gets to be a husband to a superwoman who laughs big and tires to correct his grammar every chance she gets. Down with the system and soggy french fries!

Blood Orange Press is a small independent publishing house committed to filling the gaps in the world of children’s books with stories that counteract stereotypes and limitations. Their books recognize Native and children of color, their individuality, power and potential. Janine Macbeth, the driving force behind Blood Orange Press is also the author and illustrator of Oh, Oh Baby Boy. 

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