Florian (by JR & Vanessa Ford)


Empowering and protecting transgender children: A book of encouragement for children, parents, and educators!

Florian is trans. For as long as he can remember, he has known that he is a boy at heart and in mind. When he finally finds the courage to tell his parents and grandparents about it, they react with understanding and support. Suddenly everything changes and Florian's self-confidence blossoms: he now wears the same swimming trunks as his brother and can finally be seen for who he is. Whether the children and teachers at school behave with understanding and welcome him?

With “Florian”, the author couple JR and Vanessa Ford reflect the experiences of their trans child and thereby encourage families, friends and educators to support trans people on their path to their own identity.

  • Addresses trans existence
  • Inspiration for parents, families and educators of trans children
  • With versatile, colorful illustrations from everyday children's life drawn by Kayla Harren

"We love you, regardless of whether you are a girl, a boy, neither or both" is Florian's parents' loving response to his coming out. This takes away your fears and inspires you. Thanks to family support, Florian is also addressed by his new name at school and in everyday life and is quickly accepted for who he is.

This children's book is an example of how brightly trans children can shine when given the chance. We just have to support them!


For children aged 4 and above

40 pages | hardcover edition, hardcopy

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Sweet as sugar have one of the most beautiful children's books in the world. A small Berlin publisher with sweet books and illustrations. We like the themes of the books as well as the inclusive and empowering approach.  


About the publisher

A Berlin publisher

We met and fell in love in 2012 when Anna was on a language trip to Berlin. Initially, Anna lived in Warsaw, where she studied linguistics, and Lukas lived in Berlin, where he set up his first company. After a few years of long-distance relationship, connected by the Berlin-Warsaw express train, Anna moved to Berlin, and in 2016 we got married on a beach in the Seychelles. What connected us from the start: We love books and are proud of our large bookshelf.

In 2018, happiness became perfect: our twins Zoë and Vincent were born. Now we bought children's books in the three languages ​​our children are growing up with: German, English and Polish. We noticed that many wonderful children's books are available in one language but not in the other. That's why we, a translator and an entrepreneur, decided to publish these books ourselves!

And so we founded Zuckersüß Verlag. Since 2019 we have been searching, finding and translating the most beautiful children's books in the world and bringing them to Germany. For ourselves and our children and all young families who enjoy reading together.