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A children's book about family diversity
72 backers pledged $4,856 to help bring this project to life.

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This book was born out of bedtime stories with my 2 year old son and conversations where I wanted to begin introducing the language of family diversity. I wanted to begin opening the doors to telling his foster and adoption story but not before he was ready and not in ways that he was too young to understand. Then my daughter joined us and inspired me to see this book through to completion. This story came about because I wanted to make it interactive and fun to talk about the different kind of families, and I wanted to begin to introduce words, terms, ideas, that as my children grow they can ask questions about and build their understanding of their own story in a safe and steady way, when they are ready. It normalizes different family constellations and lets children know that they are not alone. It celebrates diversity, inclusion, and encourages kindness and belongingness. My goal is also to have this book be a spring board for developing and growing conversations so that children’s feelings about their family story can be validated, so they can feel secure and safe, and so they know their story matters and we are listening.

A little about me... I am an adoptive mom of 2 amazing children, and I work as a clinical psychologist with individuals, families and children, specializing in the treatment of trauma and addiction. I'm also a public speaker and ambassador to the Los Angeles based foster and adoption agency Extraordinary Families.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are low. The book and illustrations are complete and copywritten.
The printing company (Print Ninja) is lined up and digital files are prepped and ready to send over, and we have a consultant on standby if there are any last minute digital file glitches that need to be fixed. The only unknown is the quantity of books we will be printing and that will be determined by the success of this Kickstarter (though we hope a minimum of 500)!
There is a total of 12 weeks turnaround time.
Breakdown: 10 weeks turnaround on the printing of the books, including shipping from overseas. If the project is fully funded, and after payment is received (usually about 2 weeks after a successful Kickstarter ends), I will send the book off to print!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU!

    You will receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story" - a guide that teaches parents, caregivers and educators how to talk about foster care and adoption with toddlers and why it's important. And you will have behind-the-scenes access to backers' exclusive updates on the campaign!

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    HULLABALOO & FRIENDS' COLORING BOOK

    You will receive our Kickstarter exclusive coloring book in PDF featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    ALL THINGS DIGITAL

    You will receive the ebook of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe"(EPUB or PDF) and the Kickstarter exclusive coloring book in PDF featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    EARLY BIRD ACCESS

    You'll receive 1 hard cover copy of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and the Kickstarter exclusive coloring book in PDF featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    EARLY BIRD ACCESS FOR 2

    You'll receive 2 hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and the Kickstarter exclusive coloring book in PDF featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    THREE IS A CHARM

    You'll receive 3 hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and the Kickstarter exclusive coloring book in PDF featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    Pledge $67 or more About $67

    FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

    You'll receive 3 hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and the Kickstarter exclusive coloring book in PDF featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    You'll also receive our Kickstarter Exclusive PDF bundle "My Family Story", a fun, guided exercise that children can complete with their family, and a great opportunity for family connection!

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    NOW THAT'S A HULLABALOO!

    You'll receive 5 hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and 2 Kickstarter exclusive coloring books featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    You'll also receive our Kickstarter Exclusive PDF bundle "My Family Story", a fun, guided exercise that children can complete with their family, and a great opportunity for family connection!

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    YOU ARE THE VOICE

    You'll receive 3 signed hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and 2 Kickstarter exclusive coloring books featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    You'll also receive our Kickstarter Exclusive PDF bundle "My Family Story", a fun, guided exercise that children can complete with their family, and a great opportunity for family connection!

    And we will print the name of your child/children in the book among "Young People who celebrate Diversity, Kindness, and Inclusion". Your name, your voice matters!

    In addition, you will also receive our PDF bundle "A Foster-Adopt Toddler's Guide to Telling their Story".

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    STORY TIME

    You'll receive 3 signed hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and 2 Kickstarter exclusive coloring books featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    The author will also do a live reading of 'A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe' at a local preschool. (Los Angeles area)

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    Pledge $495 or more About $495

    FAMILY FIESTA

    You'll receive 10 hard cover copies of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe" and 10 Kickstarter exclusive coloring books featuring our 10 Hullabaloo and Friends characters.

    You'll also receive a Kickstarter exclusive family project 'FAMILY FIESTA' that presents an interactive opportunity to connect as a family and create a pictorial and written representation of your family's make up, the society you live in, and your customs and traditions. This project is also ideal for preschools and elementary schools!

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    THE GIVING FAMILY

    You'll receive 1 signed hard cover copy of "A Hullabaloo and a Mouse in a Shoe". 20 copies of the book will also be donated to the foster and adoption agency Extraordinary Families. And 20 more copies of the book will be donated to a family/child-related non profit of your choice (USA only).

    Your family's name will also be printed in the acknowledgements section of the book.

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Funding period

- (30 days)