About this project
Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter campaign! My Amazing Day: A Celebration of Wonder and Gratitude is one of very few books that addresses gratitude for the 0-3 year-old age group in a way that does not rely on any particular spiritual path. Helpful information, sample pages from the book, and other photos are below. We really mean it when we say any size pledge is very much appreciated. It all adds up and adds energy to our project. Reaching our goal will allow us to print My Amazing Day as a board book. (Board books are affordable, sturdy, and just right for little hands.) Any funds that we are fortunate enough to receive beyond our goal will go entirely toward furthering getting My Amazing Day out into the world. Examples include enabling us to submit the book for more awards and major reviews and to create more marketing materials.
My Amazing Day is the collaborative creation of award-winning photographer, Lori A. Cheung; children’s book writer, educator, and mom, Karin Fisher-Golton; and graphic artist and mom, Elizabeth Iwamiya. With radiant photography, the book follows a young child's day. Simple yet powerful words illuminate the amazing qualities of everyday activities. The book ends with a meaningful, age-appropriate expression of gratitude, and a fun opportunity to connect each “thank you!” with its related activity earlier in the book.
We are seeking funds primarily to support our first print run of a 6" x 6", 28-page board book. Though expensive to print, we believe this sturdy format is best for times when our youngest audience members explore the book on their own. (If you aren’t sure what a board book is we have some photos below.) We also intend to create an e-book version to make the book available to even more families. And we are developing OurAmazingDays.com, which will offer activities related to wonder and gratitude, information about gratitude science, and opportunities for visitors to share about their own amazing days and rituals of gratitude. We are funding expenses for all these activities and costs connected to this campaign. We are not funding our labor or any equipment.
Our Intentions for the Book
• To inspire little ones and their caregivers with reminders of the plentiful wonders in our everyday world
• To model and inspire traditions of gratitude
• To give young children words that go with what they see and experience
• To delight and entertain with language and images
How Our Project Began
My Amazing Day began when photographer, Lori, first met her graphic artist friend Elizabeth's baby daughter Lily. Lori found herself wishing for a life of gratitude for Lily. Lori and Elizabeth were inspired to create a book that would support families to start habits of gratitude early. They asked their friend, children's book author, Karin, if she would join them. Karin said, "Yes!" and a collaboration was born.
We first met to discuss this project in 2011 when Lily was 6 months old. We discussed our vision and reviewed existing children's books about gratitude. We found there was nothing available for the youngest set quite like what we had envisioned. After many brainstorming sessions, drafts, and scheduling challenges, we shot the photos for the book in 2012, over a series of five different photo sessions, when Lily was 20 months old. Lily was a delightful fourth collaborator and brought her own interpretations to the project.
All three of us had experienced that we feel happier and more peaceful when we express gratitude, whether it's sharing with someone else, through prayer, writing in a journal, or acknowledging it to ourselves. We'd heard that scientific studies had demonstrated benefits of gratitude. We quickly found that in recent years study after study is confirming our experiences and demonstrating even more benefits of gratitude--including lower blood pressure, increased immune systems, better sleep, more helpful behavior, and much more. Here is one place you can read about this: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/. This is one of many ways we have become even more enthusiastic about our project as it has progressed. We hope you and others, of all ages, will find it inspiring, too.
Lori A. Cheung is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, aired on Animal Planet, and been published by Time Warner Books and more. She is the founder of Pets for World Peace. Karin and Elizabeth think Lori is perfect for this project because her photos capture the spirit of her subjects within the exquisite beauty of their settings. Learn more about Lori at thePetPhotographer.com and thePortraitPhotographer.com.
Karin Fisher-Golton is the author of four children’s books. She writes children’s poetry, picture books, early readers, and children’s nonfiction. She spent well over a decade writing and editing professionally in other fields as well. Earlier in her life she completed an elementary education credential program and has worked with young children in many venues. Lori and Elizabeth wanted her to be part of this project because of the way she captures a sense of wonder in her writing and connects with the hearts of her readers. Learn more about Karin at karinfisher-golton.com.
Elizabeth Iwamiya has been the owner and operator of Anomaly Design for over 20 years. As a fine artist and visual communications professional, she has a mastery of both print and online projects. Lori and Karin are grateful she is part of this project because of her magical way of bringing words and images together and adding even more beauty and meaning. Learn more about Elizabeth at www.anomalydesign.com.
The three of us have been friends and colleagues for years. We have loved collaborating on this project.
Supporters and Rewards
We are so grateful for any pledges and efforts to spread the word about our campaign. Thank you very much!
For those new to Kickstarter, we are raising funds for this specific project (details of how we will use the funds we raise are in the first section of text, above). If you'd like to make a pledge, you can click on one of the reward levels on the right and follow the instructions. It will take you to Amazon where you will enter the information for the pledge. (They lead you through it--it's easy.) You won't be charged until we reach the end of our campaign, and then only if we reach our goal. The date of the delivery for the rewards that include books is way out in November because the books will have to be printed and shipped to us before we can send them to you.
Below are the images from the book that will be used for the greeting card rewards.
We'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments, click on "Contact me" near the top right of this page or "Ask a question" at the bottom of the page.
Happy amazing days!
Risks and challenges
The text, photography, and book design are complete. The risks we have are related to production. Fortunately, Elizabeth is quite experienced working with printers, and we have found an excellent printer with a good reputation, so this risk is minimal. The same applies to the greeting card rewards. Creating an e-book will be a new experience for us, so there could be unexpected aspects there, but we have an experienced and tech-savvy team. We've left space for the unexpected in our schedule, but if any delays cause us to miss our reward fulfillment dates, we will let our supporters know and provide revised dates as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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