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The first book of a travel series for little wanderers - full of bravery,  whimsy, laughter, and cultural discovery.
Missed the boat? Pre-order from our shop!
The first book of a travel series for little wanderers - full of bravery, whimsy, laughter, and cultural discovery. Missed the boat? Pre-order from our shop!
928 backers pledged $38,560 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: Your support is blowing us away! To thank you, we've added some fun STRETCH GOALS!!

UNLOCKED! -> If we reach $35K - all rewards with books will receive a Scandinavia PATCH (the same one Lily gets at the end of the book!)

If we reach $50K - all rewards with books will receive a downloadable LILY HUCKLEBERRY COLORING BOOK!

If we reach $75k - we'll make an AUDIO BOOK version and send it to every backer!

We would love to unlock these rewards, so keep sharing with your friends! 

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry are rich stories for your little adventurers that weave imagination & cultural discovery, bravery & laughter, beautiful artwork & the spirit of adventure. 

These stories follow Lily Huckleberry, a spunky, curious girl, as she travels around the world.

In the first book, we discover that Lily is a member of a secret adventure society and owns a magic globe that takes her on wild adventures around the world.  

In each book of the series, Lily travels to a new place, learning about the culture and it's beautiful people and traditions. At the end of every book is a colorful map and with facts about the culture, so that our little readers can discover more with each turn of the page.  

As we've lived and traveled all over the globe, we think there is nothing better than a good adventure, and are passionate about expanding kids' minds through travel. We believe that the stories you read as a kid impact who you become as an adult, so we wanted to create story-driven travel books to capture the imaginations of our little readers.  

The magical forest of Denmark
The magical forest of Denmark

Our dreams and goals for this book series:  

  • Show kids the beauty + diversity of this world: We believe it is important for kids to learn about other cultures, and the more they understand and celebrate our differences, the better humans they become. We hope these books give children a love for trying new things, that they grow up eager to explore this big, beautiful world. 
  • Model a brave female role model for both girls + boys: There aren't enough strong female role models in kids' literature, and we want Lily to be a character kids can look up to. Every good adventure involves not knowing the ending, and being courageous enough to take risks. We want Lily to help kids see what it is to be scared and brave all at once, and how to move past fear and learn to jump. 
  • Create a society of little explorers: We love when kids see life as one big adventure, and are dreaming that our Worldwide Adventure Society will connect curious spirits all over the globe. Let's explore the world together! 
  • Cultivate kids’ imaginations: We had a blast weaving ancient myths, giant flowers, and secret tunnels into one whimsical tale. Our hope is that these stories will help kids see the magic of the everyday, to see how a mundane moment can be turned into a wild adventure, if you only add a little imagination. 
The old harbor of Nyhavn in Copenhagen
The old harbor of Nyhavn in Copenhagen

In this very first book, Lily travels to Scandinavia for a Midsummer party, where she finds herself ket-splat in the middle of a strawberry mystery.  

As she travels around Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to save Midsummer, Lily explores Nordic culture and meets a menagerie of friends. She swims with The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, mingles with the King and Queen of Sweden, rides the Dala horse, and faces a group of grumpy Vikings that may or may not have something to do with the strawberry mystery... 

That's all we will tell you for now, we don't want to ruin the surprise ;) 

If this first book is successful, we'll get started on the next book right away! We are dreaming and scheming up Lily's next adventures all over the world...will she go to Malaysia, Japan, Kenya, or perhaps Costa Rica? Where do you think Lily should go next?  

The Worldwide Adventure Society has many tricks up its sleeve, and will continue to surprise Lily with the characters and escapades she finds herself in. 

 1. The book 

"The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" will be a beautiful 7x10" hardcover book (perfect for little hands!) that your family will treasure for years to come. Lily’s whimsical adventures in Scandinavia will spread over nearly 90 fully illustrated, colorful pages. The cover will have gold foil and linen binding, and the printing will be done in Canada using paper and inks that are environmentally friendly - because we want to protect this little planet of ours. 

2. Membership to the Worldwide Adventure Society

Because it's never too late or too soon to join a secret adventure society. As a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society, you will receive exclusive updates and ideas for exploring this big + beautiful world. We can't wait to see all the places the adventure society takes us, and you will get to help shape those ideas!  

3. Worldwide Adventure Society patch

Mockup of the patch
Mockup of the patch

This 3x3" patch will help you identify fellow adventurers. Display it proudly ;) Original artwork by Audrey. 

4. "Adventure Awaits!" print 

This print for your home will inspire you and your little ones to wander and explore every day. Original artwork by Audrey. 

5. Surprise "Scandinavia" box

Our very favorite Scandinavian treats + pretty little things... handpicked by Audrey & Jackie themselves. This box will take your discovery of Scandinavia to the next level, and you may find yourself booking a ticket to Norway immediately upon opening :)  

6. Limited edition copy of an original signed sketch from the book 

For your collection, enjoy this super limited-edition (25 only!) reproduction of an original drawing from the book.  Signed by Audrey, of course.  

7. Meet the creators

We're excited to meet some of you (for coffee if you're in the Bay Area or if not, for a cozy video chat) and talk about our own creative process. We are excited to help brainstorm your projects or talk writing, design, or marketing. If that isn't your jam, we also love chatting color schemes, flower crowns, mural making, and of course, exploring and wandering the world.  

8. Book launch VIP guest

Join us in the Bay Area for a fun book launch party, where you and a friend will come as VIP guests. We will make you a giant flower crown, or give you a Viking costume...whatever your heart desires!  

9. A drawing of your child in our book!

If your child would love to appear in this book, Audrey will make a portrait and incorporate him or her into one of the illustrations. Such a fun surprise for your little reader - the cherry (or maybe strawberry ;)) on top of the cake!  

10. Classroom pack

Hurray for friends adventuring the world together! We want to share Lily with schools. In this package, you will receive a book of Lily's first adventures + a patch for each child in your classroom, and a large "Adventures Await!" print. We will also write a letter to the kids in your class, encouraging them to dream and scheme their own adventures. 

11. Hand-painted mural by Audrey in your child's room

Because every kid needs to be able to dream big! For this reward, Audrey will help you add color + fun in your house by painting a custom, colorful mural on a wall in your child's room. (travel costs not included) 

So, what is a stretch goal? 

Glad you asked. A stretch goal is a funding target set beyond our original Kickstarter goal of $25,000. A fun way to reward you for any extra support you throw our way!

STRETCH GOAL #1 - THE BEARD OF A VIKING - UNLOCKED!! 

If we fund within the first seven days, Audrey's Danish husband (who is always up for, well...any type of challenge, really) has pledge to let his beard grow to be a foot long so we can braid it + dress him up as a mean Viking for our book release party :)  Trust us, you want to see this. 

WE DID IT!! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, PLEASE SEND BEARD INSPIRATION PHOTOS! 

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $35K 

SCANDINAVIA PATCH - UNLOCKED!!

Mockup of the Scandinavia patch
Mockup of the Scandinavia patch
  

If we reach $35K in funding, everyone who backed a reward with a book will also receive a 3x3" "Lily in Scandinavia" patch  - the same patch that our little hero herself gets at the end of the book. 

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $50K 

LILY HUCKLEBERRY COLORING BOOK!

If we reach $50K in funding, everyone who backed a reward with a book will receive a coloring book (pdf file) of Lily's first adventures in Scandinavia. It will feature characters + places from the story, so you little ones can color Lily's whimsical world themselves :)

STRETCH GOAL #3 - $75K 

THE AUDIO BOOK!

If we reach $75K in funding, we'll create an audio book of Lily's adventures in Scandinavia, and will send it to everyone who backed a reward with a book! We'll even include a bonus Danish/Norwegian/Swedish lesson so your child can learn a few fun words! 

We need your help to print the first 1,000 copies, get an ISBN, hire an editor & make sure we get the book in tip top shape for printing. 

 And we'll be working with amazing partners, like Backerkit, to make sure your rewards get to you easily and efficiently! Boom ;)

Hello! We are Audrey Smit & Jackie Knapp - so nice to meet you!  

We live in Berkeley, California, where we concocted the story of Lily Huckleberry together. Jackie brought the story to life with her words, and Audrey illustrated it with her colorful artwork.

Audrey Smit is the founder of This Little Street, a design company whose colorful and happy aesthetic has built a following of nearly 20K. She has worked as a pattern designer since 2015, recently launching several successful product lines of her own. While working on this book, Audrey fell in love with illustration. She dreams that This Little Street's future products will be driven by meaningful stories to build an inspiring, colorful world where kids can dream & learn about the world around them. Originally from France, Audrey lives in Berkeley, CA with her Danish husband and their four adventurous little girls, who are constant sources of inspiration for her work. Follow her on Instagram: @thislittlestreet  

Jackie Knapp wrote her first story about talking animals in the 2nd grade. For the past two decades, she has mentored and taught kids worldwide, most recently working with orphans in Liberia. She serves as a Children’s Ministry Director in Albany, CA, developing a creative arts program that empowers children to collaborate on original films. Jackie has degrees in counseling and psychology, and believes that the stories kids read shape the adults they become. This is her first children’s series, inspired by a Thursday Adventure Club concocted for Audrey’s girls and her own gypsy spirit. Find her on Instagram: @gypsyjac 

Photo: In Copenhagen on a boat tour, after surviving a 12 hour flight with four girls under the age of 6  

 Love this little project of ours? Help us make it come true! It would mean the world if you could share this campaign with your friends, your family, on Instagram or Facebook... We'll take any love you want to throw our way.

Adventure awaits! :)

Credits:

Videography: Miguel Castuera

Sound: Peter Humphrey

Post production: Audrey for This Little Street 

Photography: Audrey Smit for This Little Street + Ayla Isadora + Kanon Lee

Directing & general awesomeness: Laura Humphrey

And for the never-ending amount of support: Gina Drescher, Adam Drescher & Audrey's amazing husband, Troels.

Risks and challenges

Risks are almost non-existent at this point. We have been working on this first book for the past 9 months now, and it is almost ready for printing. As soon as we fund we will be wrapping up all the illustrations before we can send everything to our editor for review/formatting etc, and then on to our amazing printer in Canada.

Through Audrey's work at This Little Street, we have a lot of experience successfully launching new products and will be using our amazing network to make sure that this product launches as successfully as previous ones.

That being said, if any issues arise during the production of the book or rewards that push the delivery date of your pledge back, we will be transparent as possible and update you accordingly.

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    FOR THE LOVE OF ADVENTURE!

    You love Lily. You want to be a part of the story. But you can't pledge for the full book. We appreciate your support & will send you exclusive backer updates as try to make this book a reality! You will also become charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    Adventure Awaits! Print

    Receive our exclusive Adventure Awaits print ($25 value) designed by Audrey + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    THE BOOK - SUPER EARLY BIRD (save $10!)

    You'll receive one hardcover copy of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + our "Adventure Awaits!" print (8x10).

    In addition you will get our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    THE BOOK - EARLY BIRD (save $5!)

    Save $5 - You'll receive one hardcover copy of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + our "Adventure Awaits!" print (8x10).

    In addition you will get our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    THE BOOK + ADVENTURE AWAITS PRINT

    You'll receive one hardcover copy of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + our "Adventure Awaits!" print (8x10).

    In addition you will get our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    WANDER WITH A FRIEND!

    Adventures are even better with a friend! You'll receive 2 hardcover copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 2 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10).

    In addition you will get 2 of our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patches + become charter members of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    THREE IS AN ADVENTUROUS CROWD!

    You'll receive 3 hardcover copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 3 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10).

    In addition, you will get 3 of our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patches + become charter members of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

    There is nothing your little explorers can't accomplish together!

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    GIMME FIVE!

    You'll receive 5 hardcover copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 5 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10).

    In addition, you will get 5 of our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patches + become charter members of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

    The more, the merrier the adventure, right?

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    NEW!!! YOUR CHILD'S NAME IN THE BOOK

    ONLY ON KICKSTARTER: Have your child/grandchild/nephew/niece/friend's name printed in the book among the "Amazing little wanderers of the Worldwide Adventure Society!" (one line of text per backer).

    You will also receive one hardcover SIGNED copy of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + our "Adventure Awaits!" print (8x10) + one "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch.

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: ARTIST SPECIAL

    You'll receive one hardcover SIGNED copy of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + our "Adventure Awaits!" print (8x10) + a SIGNED limited-edition copy of one of the original sketches of the book.

    In addition you will get our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    SURPRISE SCANDINAVIA BOX!

    You'll receive one hardcover SIGNED copy of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + our "Adventure Awaits!" print (8x10) + a SURPRISE box filled with tons of little Scandinavian treasures.

    In addition you will get our "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    • SURPRISE box filled with Scandinavian treasures!
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    LAUNCH PARTY VIP GUEST

    Bay Area residents only - You'll receive 2 hardcover SIGNED copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 2 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10). You and friend of your choice will be a VIP guest at our book launch party.

    In addition, you will get 2 "Worldwide Adventure Society" patch + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    • VIP Guest at our book launch party!
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    MEET THE CREATORS!

    You'll receive 2 hardcover SIGNED copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 2 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10) + 1-hour video chat with the creators.

    In addition you will get 2 "Worldwide Adventure Society" patches + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    • 1-hour live video chat with Audrey & Jackie.
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    YOUR CHILD IN OUR BOOK!

    Send us a picture of your child, and he/she will appear on one of the pages of the book! You'll receive 2 hardcover SIGNED copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 2 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10).

    In addition, you will get 2 "Worldwide Adventure Society" patches + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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    ADVENTURES FOR THE CLASSROOM!

    Classroom pack - receive 1 book + 1 patch for each child in your classroom (we'll match the number!) + 1 large "Adventure Awaits!" print + 1 hand-written letter from the authors to the children in the classroom.

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    • 20× Hardcover book: Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia
    • 20× Worldwide Adventure Society patch
    • LARGE "Adventure Awaits!" print
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    ORIGINAL MURAL FOR YOUR CHILD'S ROOM!

    Audrey will come paint an original mural in your child's room (travel costs not included).

    You'll receive 2 hardcover SIGNED copies of "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia" + 2 "Adventure Awaits!" prints (8x10).

    In addition you will get 2 "Worldwide Adventure Society" patches + become a charter member of the Worldwide Adventure Society!

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