It's about numbers. It's about love. 4-yr old's curiosity about numbers + math educator mom = our first picture book! Birth - 1st grade
Math can be INTIMIDATING. It can cause ANXIETY.
Let's make math something to LOVE.
I learned geometry by measuring my bedroom furniture when I was a kid. I learned fractions by doubling and tripling recipes with my mom. There are many students, even at the college level, who lack a basic foundation of mathematics. Many are scared of math. Maybe we can help change that by getting kids to ask, wonder, think and learn to describe their world with math.
Who am I? College Math Instructor by day
with a son who started asking questions about numbers when he was four years old. I'll never forget driving along the Missouri River, taking Jack to preschool about this time four years ago when he asked, "Mommy, are there as many numbers as there are trees?" This proud math-teacher mama happily replied, "Jack, would you believe that there are more numbers than if you counted ALL of those leaves on ALL of those trees... in the entire WORLD?" I knew then we had something. Thanks to Jack's curiosity, our first book was on its way.
The question that started it all...
Then he asked about snow...
Meet Jack's best friend's aunt, Anne the Illustrator, who took this...
and turned it into this...
I finished the draft for the book a couple years after Jack asked those first number questions. I needed an illustrator, and I had seen Anne Mitchell's artwork in the form of murals in a nursery and on her extraordinary greeting cards. I really liked her style. I asked Anne if she could look at my book and pictures of Jack -- could she capture his wonder, curiosity and curls? Several months later, she did just that. Even though she didn't meet Jack until the book was printed in softcover, everyone who knew Jack said Anne did a great job of "capturing" his essence. Kids and adults really love the illustrations. I couldn't have done this without Anne.
What is Kickstarter and what is this about?
If you're unsure about Kickstarter, here are the basics. It's been around for about 4 years. Creative projects are posted on a page with a specific funding goal (in my case $5,500). The creators offer rewards (listed at the right of this page; in my case, e-book, signed copies of the book, prints of the illustrations, readings) in order to help them 'kickstart' their projects. YOU select how much YOU'D like to contribute, from $1 on up, AND ONLY IF I REACH MY GOAL, will your credit card be charged at the end of the project. So I have to raise $5,500 or I don't get anything. It's a pretty cool website -- I have discovered movies and cool projects funded by Kickstarter (have you seen the indie movie Absentia? Great scary movie!). I've done a lot of research into what makes a successful project. If you have other questions about Kickstarter, they have a more detailed FAQ section that can answer your questions.
If our project is successful...
then we can print high quality hardcover versions of our book Mommy, How Many Numbers Are There? When I was looking for a local printer for the softcover version of our book, I found Mira Digital Publishing based in St. Louis. Thanks to them, we printed and sold a few hundred softcover copies in minimum 30% post-consumer waste content. It's now time to go hardcover, and this is where we need your help! Hardcover is needed due to:
a) those little creatures called babies and toddlers who like to tear and chew things;
b) hardcovers being more durable for library loans, hospitals, doctors' offices, schools, etc.
With your support as a backer, we can get our first book in hardcover while treating backers with an e-book version and/or hardcover version, prints of our adorable illustrations or a reading!
To keep the books priced at a reasonable level, we have to print at least 500 copies. All money raised through this Kickstarter campaign is going toward the costs of the first edition printing of the hardcover version. (If you're a store owner, please contact me at JacksBackBooks (at) gmail (dot) com.)
How the money will be spent:
Illustrations (Oh, Anne has earned it!)
ISBN & bar code
Printing (hardcover copies, minimum 30% post-consumer content; high-quality poster illustrations)
Promotional/Marketing materials (including mileage, donations)
Stretch goals / Rewards:
If our project exceeds its goal, then we can do one or any of the following:
i) treat our hardcover copy backers to Jack paraphernalia (stickers, standees);
ii) continue production of our next book in the Jack's Back Book series;
iii) provide our backers with backer-only privileged information on future books featuring Jack!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project! We hope you decide to support it and/or share it with others who may benefit from a book like this. And stay tuned to more insights from Jack in the Jack's Back series. Jack WILL be BACK! :-)
If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to watch our video at the top of this page. Crank it up to enjoy our story and song! A HUGE thanks to Miss Loraine, our friends' very talented 8th grade daughter who made the video! Thank you, Rainey!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
- Becky and Jack
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
With a creative project comes some risks and challenges. Thanks to the help and advice from several other Kickstarter project creators, a lot of work (and fun AND LOVE) went into creating this project. We now hope for a successful one so we can get our hardcover copies out to tons of kiddos for the holidays!
The printer said they need one month to complete the printing, so I am hoping that the books will be done within this time frame. Being that we strive to have the books out in time for the winter holidays, there's a possibility that the weather could postpone shipment. Another risk or challenge may be that this project exceeds its goal which means more books and/or illustrations to ship. Honestly, my number one priority as a math instructor is to submit my grades in time, THEN work on the shipping of the books. Friends and family have offered to help with the shipping (I'm very grateful for that!), so hopefully the shipping won't be a problem (I turn in grades mid-December, so this shouldn't be a problem).
The only other risk is "Will the quality of the illustration prints be good enough?" Well, if they aren't, we will not accept them. I'd rather get our backers late HIGH-QUALITY prints than on-time low-quality ones.
If there is any delay whatsoever, backers will be updated in a timely fashion.
Sure! Starting at the $50 level we can substitute the following:
1 signed book = 1 e-book + 1 poster illustration
1 signed book = 2 poster illustrations
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VERY LOVED. You will receive TWO signed hardcover copies (one for you and one for a friend!) and TWO posters of different illustrations from the book... in time for the holidays. Shipping included! You also get access to all project updates. (Please add $18 for international orders.)Estimated delivery:
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XOXOXO. 2 options: FOUR signed hardcover copies (won't you share with a friend?), TWO posters of book illustrations PLUS a personal SKYPE reading of our book and next one to the "Jack" in YOUR life! OR *N*E*W* Alternate Reward: TWO signed hardcover copies and a LIVE reading of this book and next one (and math activities) at school or library in the St. Louis area. Get a group of friends to pitch in! :~)Estimated delivery:
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LOVE YOU TO INFINITY! You will receive FIVE signed hardcover copies (plenty to share!) hand-delivered by the author to your school or library for a LIVE reading with FUN MATH activities PLUS 3 poster illustrations. (Reading limited to school or library within 100 miles of Marthasville, MO. Live readings outside of that area are negotiable.) You also get access to all project updates. *I*D*E*A* !! How about a group of parents/ teachers/ retired teachers/ staff pitch in together to get a reading at their school?Estimated delivery:
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