From Neigh to Zebra is a whimsical read about a horse that falls in love with a zebra. Since their love is taboo, the horse tries to find some stripes while the zebra tries to get rid of hers. They both eventually succeed but then they still don’t match! In the end, love conquers all because #LoveIsLove. The story is an allegory meant to promote discussions of acceptance and diversity.
Our team comes from the world's leading children's brands
We've been lucky enough to receive acclaimed reviews
Our work has been lauded by editors, child psychologists, teachers, authors, parents, and, most importantly, kids!
Examples of the spreads!
Here are just a few of the spreads (in addition to the ones shown in the video) so you can get a feel for what the book looks like and sounds like.
Here's a spread near the end, but we’re keeping the final pages a secret so you’ll have to get the book to see what happens next ;)
We believe that details matter
Illustration: Each spread is a different color so the book itself is a rainbow and the colors match the tone of the page.
Text: Each line is exactly 11 syllables with the exact same stressed and unstressed meter, save for a couple twists expertly crafted for literary effect.
My grandma's imprint and saying "no" to a major publishing deal
Since starting this project, I’ve connected with many amazing people in the publishing world. Two of these people asked me if they could bring my book to their publisher (one of which was a Big 5 house)!
I said "no".
Why? It’s important for me to publish my first book under my grandmother’s imprint.
My grandma fought to be a part of the boys club of business and I'm not going to let her down!
We've dotted our "i"s, crossed our "t"s, and are ready to print!
We’ve been certified by the leading crowdfunding logistics partner to ensure we understand the complexities of fulfillment, we have a sound logistics plan, and we know exactly how to reliably and cost-effectively get our books into your kids’ hands. We’ve also partnered with an Independent Publishing Collective so that we can band together with others in order to get the same discounted rates that the big publishing houses get. The funds raised here will go entirely towards printing, shipping, credit card processing, and other fees associated with production and fulfillment (The resurrection of my grandmother's imprint and working with industry professionals to create the book itself has already been funded separately).
My daily inspiration and my larger mission
This big-hearted boy below likes to wear skirts and dresses sometimes... and he rocks the color pink. In the Victorian Era, all young boys wore dresses (and often had long hair) and in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries pink was considered the most suitable color for boys (while blue, of course, was for girls). I bring this up to put into perspective the sheer randomness of our society's "rules".
I desperately want to shine a light on the arbitrary, to normalize the abnormal, and to do my part to increase the declining levels of empathy in our world. This book is about being true to oneself, despite societal pressures that dictate how one "should" behave or what (or even whom!) one "should" like.
As such, after this crowdfunding campaign is complete and we're able to go to print, a portion of the profits from each book that's eventually sold on Amazon will be donated to an amazing LGBTQ charity that helps create safe-spaces for kids of all gender expressions in as many schools as possible.
Here's what you've all been waiting for! In addition to the book itself, here are a few other fun rewards you can get!
Discounts & Freebies :)
With each additional book you order, you get increasingly more significant discounts plus more free rewards! With multiple copies on hand, you'll always have the perfect gift for the next baby shower or kids birthday party. #Winning. Plus, research shows that spending money on others makes us happier than saving money or spending money on ourselves. So get your happy on :)
The Rewards Included
Up Close & Personal
We're working with a group of amazing educators and empathy researchers to build out our discussion guide as well as a short, fun, and interactive empathy workshop. Then, on June 21st, we'll be testing this out with a group of almost 30 4-7 year olds!
In addition to the reading and workshop, you'll be able to have a personal chat with the author about anything from empathy research to starting a publishing company to going heli-skiing ;)
This reward tier also includes a special thank-you to you, in ink, in the book itself!
Personalized Poem & Portrait
This is a Kicstarter exclusive and will not be available after this campaign. Send us a picture of a loved one and some details about them and we'll create a personalized portrait and poem. This will be framed to make the perfect gift!
Shipping Rates by Country
Our warehouse is located in the US. As such, we're able to offer free shipping across the entire United States. At a loss to us, we will offer $5 flat rate shipping to Canada and $10 flat rate shipping to the rest of the world. Since we have Canadian roots, we figured we'd also offer a free pick-up option in a couple major Canadian cities. If you're interested in that, you'll be able to let us know via the survey at the end. You'll be required to pay for shipping up front but we'll hand you back your $5 in cash upon pick-up. You may even be able to have a spot of tea with the author or her mom! We may be able to arrange for free pick-up locations in other countries/cities as well. This will depend on the volume of orders from each region and whether or not we know people traveling there :)
Cute toddler pictured above not included. Unless you're offering up childcare...
You can expect to receive your digital rewards in July and your physical rewards in September (We’re aware that some educators may require their books in August. If this is the case for you, let us know via the survey at the end and we can arrange for expedited shipping. We’re happy to waive the additional shipping fees if enough copies are purchased.) Readings/Workshops will be scheduled in July, via the survey, and slots will be available throughout the school year, starting in September.
Risks and challenges
This. Project. Will. Happen.
Recently, I suffered two concussions in a row. I couldn’t write (or even look after my own kids, for that matter!) for over two months. Shortly after I recovered, I spilled tea on my laptop, frying the keyboard. Then, our illustrator sprained her wrist and couldn’t draw for weeks. No matter what happened, though, we eventually kept going! We persisted. While it’s very possible that we will face unforeseen set-backs that will slow us down, nothing will stop us.
[Seriously. Even in the event that something tragic happens, there are people that have been notified that they will be tagged in to ensure this project is still brought to life.]Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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