5 Great Things That Happened When We Published A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Hoppy Anniversary, Marlon Bundo!

On the one-year anniversary of publishing A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, we’re looking back on the many inspiring, heartening, and surprising things that have happened since the book was first announced on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

We knew we had a great book, but we couldn’t have anticipated how so many people would embrace Marlon Bundo’s message of love and acceptance with such passion and positivity. Here are five of those memories.

1. Special recognition.

The Last Week Tonight with John Oliver episode announcing the book was nominated for a GLADD Media Award.

2. Time at the top.

Marlon Bundo spent 30 weeks on the New York Times Children’s Best Seller list, 25 weeks at number one!

3. Giving back.

Max Mutchnick, the creator of TV’s Will & Grace, donated copies to schools throughout Indiana.*

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I was blown away by the new John Oliver children’s book, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” With Easter upon us, I wanted to not only support the brilliance of John Oliver, but also celebrate the Gayest Bunny of Them All: The Easter Bunny. So I decided to buy a copy of Oliver’s “Bundo” (written by Jill Twiss) for every public grammar school in Indiana. All 1,121 of them. Here’s why: Mike Pence has had an enormous platform in Indiana, and as it relates to gay people, he’s used it to spread a message of intolerance. By donating these books, I hope to counter those efforts and provide positive role models and a story of inclusion for children in Pence’s home state. If this book can help one boy or girl in Indiana love and accept who they are, I know both Marlon Bundos would be proud—even though one of them is on the downlow.

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Shipping out #MarlonBundo book to the children of Indiana to promote emotional literacy and actual literacy.

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4. Celebrity support.

Supernatural actor Misha Collins reads to his daughter

Governor Jared Polis of Colorado reads with his family

“Different is not bad. Different is special.” Tonight before bedtime Marlon and I are reading A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to our son and daughter. Tune in with us and please share this inclusive message far and wide.

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5. Inspiring artists.

Marlon Bundo and Wesley showed up in a mural, embroidery and even crochet!

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This week in shameless self promotion – I have two sets of Marlon Bundo and Wesley in stock and ready to ship that didn’t sell at my fairs this season – in case you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift these will still make it in time for Christmas. You gotta admit – these guys are a pretty awesome gift for the John Oliver fans and proud supporters in your life. • • • • • #marlonbundo #johnoliver #johnoliverfans #marlonandwesley #adayinthelifeofmarlonbundo #betterbundobook #progressivegifts #pridegifts #lgbtgifts #lgbtq #crochetgift #handmadegift #giftwithacause #giftsforacause #giftsforgood #lastweektonight #lastweektonightgift #marlonbundogift #fanart #amigurumi #yarnpunk #mofa #mildlyoffensivefiberart

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It’s been a remarkable year with a very special bunny!

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To learn more about Marlon Bundo, check out Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, and find A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo here.

*That’s not all: 100% of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds are donated to The Trevor Project (providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth) and AIDS United (aiming to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States).

April Whitney

April Whitney

April Whitney is a Senior Publicist for the Entertainment category with an abiding love of pop culture. She just celebrated her 11th year at Chronicle Books.
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  • Brooke Van Sickle March 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    This is so fantastic! I’m excited to see this book doing amazing and helping inspiring kids to read all over 🙂 Keep publishing wonderful picture books! Love them all 💕


  • Lisa Coughlin March 19, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    The ripple effect from this picture book is beautiful. Love wins! Hope this inspires more people to share books like these by gifting them to libraries or leaving them in the outdoor little lending libraries.


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