Finally, a children's book that solves parents' bedtime battles, using the power of imagination to get kids to want to go to sleep.
The Dream Train: A Family Bedtime Tradition is a children’s book packaged with an 11” plush toy of the Sandman. But it’s more than just a children’s book – it’s a solution for parents who are tired of the bedtime battles. This book and plush toy will get your kids begging to go to sleep by bedtime.
I’m on a mission to help parents eliminate the nightly bedtime battles with their kids. I’m a parent and I know how frustrating and exhausting these battles can be. What I discovered years ago was that I needed to harness the power of my children’s imagination. Therefore, I wrote a bedtime story that solved this problem for my family, and now I want it to solve your bedtime battles, too.
The book is crafted for children 2 - 6 years old. It's like all picture books in that it's meant to be read to a child, but this book also gives the adult reader unique opportunities to interact with their children during the story:
- to ask questions about who they love and makes them feel safe
- to follow the plush toy love story
- to talk about where dreams go when we wake up
But I need your help!
My kids are probably are a lot like yours are at bedtime:
• I check time and again for monsters under the bed and in the closet
• I hear, “10 more minutes,” repeatedly for an hour after bedtime
• I fill countless glasses of water
In addition, my little boy struggled with anxiety when he was a toddler. He:
• Had tummy aches when going to bed
• Wasn’t able to fall asleep on his own
• Cried himself to sleep
I needed a solution for nighttime, because I was losing my mind.
That’s when I started telling them the story of The Dream Train.
The Dream Train Story
It’s a story about the Sandman who picks up sleeping children and whisks them away in his magical train for nighttime adventures.
There’s magic in this story – for kids. They get to pick:
• Who they want with them on their dream
• Where they want to go
There's also magic in this story – for parents:
• The kids have to be asleep by bedtime for all the magic to begin
Three elements are key to this powerful bedtime story.
As a parent, you first get to find out who is important to them. You get hear from their mouths the names of people in their lives who make them feel safe and loved.
Second, you get to find out what they dream about; the places that they want to see. The places that make them feel comfortable and get them excited.
Last, this is the part that helped me keep my sanity -- the kids had to be asleep by bedtime or the train wouldn't come to get them! My kids raced to get to bed, stopped stalling and settled in for bedtime more quickly than ever before. Turns out the story is magical for both kids and for parents :)
In the end, I created a story that puts a kid's imagination to use for the power of good. Instead of worrying about anxiety and monsters and what they might be missing out on, they begin to realize that dreams can be just as fun and just as enticing as staying awake.
This story became a bedtime tradition for my family, and it can for yours, as well.
I Need Your Help to Get This Into Parents' Hands!
I want to take a moment to appeal to you for help. I’ve poured myself into this project for the past seven years. It’s taken lots of time, financial resources and creativity.
What Your Support Allows:
All the pieces are in place and samples have been run. But it turns out that I need to double the money I’ve already invested in order to cost-effectively do a 5,000-unit first run. If we can't get backing, we can't do another run. Your support allows us to:
• Print the packaging (offset printer)
• Print the high-quality, exquisitely made, full-color, 38-page hardcover book (offset printer), and
• Manufacture the plush toy
Without your help, parents everywhere will continue to lose the bedtime battle with their kids, because I don’t have Mattel or Disney or Nickelodeon backing me. I only have you, and your friends, your family, your Facebook contacts.
You Get to Decide
You’ll decide if my family’s story gets into the hands of adults everywhere who need a little peace and quiet at the end of their day ... and, more importantly, gets into the hands of kids who feel safe and loved enough to be able sleep peacefully.
If this project resonates with you, I ask for three things:
1. That you consider backing this project on the right hand side of your screen, and
2. Sharing this project with your Facebook community. You can even "Like" on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thedreamtrain.com.
3. Check out The Dream Train website at www.thedreamtrain.com for our complete story.
Thank you and sweet dreams!
Get Hold of Me - I'd Love to Hear From You!
Contact Cathy Larson (author):
- email@example.com (via email)
- @DreamTrainCathy (on twitter - new)
I'd love to chat about any media opportunities, unique circumstances, or hear your feedback.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you pledge outside the U.S.?
Absolutely. Orders are processed through Amazon, which operates in the majority of countries. International shipping has an added surcharge.
Can I change levels after I pledge?
Yes, you can. If you can't decide between two levels, pledge the smaller one - and up until the end of the campaign you can change it to the higher level (and still get all the rewards)!
Can I give this as a gift?
Yes, again! Once the campaign is over, we will reach out to confirm shipping addresses and other details. You can provide us with the information for the lucky gift getter!
Can I get more information about larger pledge levels?
Absolutely. Email firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Cathy would love to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.
What happens if we don't reach our goal?
We get nothing! You aren't charged and we don't receive any of the funding. Don't worry, this won't happen! It's going to be amazing! :)
What happens if we go over the goal?
We make a larger impact on thousands of families! We get to receive any funds that go over our goal - and will funnel those back into the project to print more boxed sets and hopefully donate more books to children's hospitals.
How is my pledge processed and charged?
Once the campaign is successful, your pledge will be processed by Amazon. It's safe and secure - Amazon is the premiere online retailer.
Is shipping included for rewards?
If you live in the United States ... absolutely! For a nominal fee, we'll ship your rewards internationally.
Thanks again for all your support! It means the world to me and kids everywhere!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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DREAMER: Get your name on our website as a supporter of our project and of peaceful, sleeping kids.Estimated delivery:
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WHAT'S IN A DREAM: Name on website + an eBook version of The Dream Train storybook (iPad, Nook or Kindle available).Estimated delivery:
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TO DREAM OR NOT TO DREAM: Name on website + an eBook version + a signed, complete boxed set. We'll also include a children's blanket with The Dream Train logo and train printed on it for kids to take to bed with them. All supporters (US, Canada and International), please add $15 to your pledge for shipping ... it's worth the weight.Estimated delivery:
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AMERICAN DREAM: Name on website + an eBook version + a signed, complete boxed set + the children's blanket, and we'll also send you an exclusive 15" Sandman. Free shipping for all!Estimated delivery:
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A CHILD'S DREAM: Name on website + an eBook version + a signed, complete boxed set + the children's blanket + the 15" Sandman, and we will donate 50 complete boxed sets of The Dream Train to an American children's hospital of your choice to help a sick child find a reason to dream. Free shipping for all supporters, and we will cover delivery costs to the hospital of your choice.Estimated delivery:
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SWEET DREAMS: Name on website + an eBook version + a signed, complete boxed set + the children's blanket + the 15" Sandman + the hospital donation + our next Dream Train sequel will include a character modeled after your child or children. We'll include his or her name as part of our dedication page as a special thank you, then deliver a first-run, signed copy of the sequel to you. Free shipping for all supporters, and we will cover delivery costs to the hospital of your choice.Estimated delivery:
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