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A gorgeously-illustrated book that empowers children to understand & cope with loss, and inspires them to live the best lives they can!
A gorgeously-illustrated book that empowers children to understand & cope with loss, and inspires them to live the best lives they can!
789 backers pledged $24,691 to help bring this project to life.

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Annabelle & Aiden is a pro-science children's book series (and, dare we say, community & movement?) dedicated to inspiring a new generation of scientists, thinkers, and all-around adventurers. Our books are tailored to foster curiosity, wonder, critical thinking skills, and inspiration on the line where science and philosophy meet.  

Annabelle is curious. Which makes Aiden furious. But together, with the help of their animal (and alien-monster) friends, they discover the wonders of the universe as they try to answer questions often thought to be 'too big' for children.

One can now PRE-ORDER a signed copy of the fourth book of the Annabelle & Aiden science book series for children, entitled What Happens When We Die?

In this inspiring, life-affirming tale, Annabelle asks, “What happens when we die?” Aiden dreams of an afterlife with marshmallow shoes and chocolate kangaroos. But with the help of their dear friends (Tardigrade Tom and Skeptisaurus), the children discover what we do know, and how worth celebrating it is. How our atoms rejoin the universe, which remains forever changed by our lives. How our energy lasts forever, along with the stories of our loved ones we keep alive by honoring their memories. And most of all, how mortality can inspire us to appreciate the incredible opportunity we've been given: to live the best, most meaningful lives we can, surrounded by the people we love.

 Illustrations Are In Now Progress:

This work has already garnered praise from early childhood educators & psychiatrists:

“Becker’s work about the end of life does what most children’s authors hope to accomplish. He creates a space for children to reconcile their emerging understanding of the world with their own rich fantasy lives. His work is honest and respects the developmental curiosity necessary for children tackling one of life’s most challenging moments: its end. “

-Justin Schleifer, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Alpert Medical School at Brown University

We're Using The Same Artist As Before, And It's Turning Out Just As Stunning As Our Last Three Books.

 Stretch Goals

  • When we reach $15,000, every single backer will receive a full color, limited-edition Annabelle & Aiden bookmark.
  • When we reach $20,000, every single backer will also receive 2 original Annabelle & Aiden desktop screensavers, made from illustrations in our books.
  • If we break $25,000, every single backer will also get an Annabelle & Aiden sticker/decal.
  • If we break $30,000, we will donate books to 10 public libraries. And post a video of our author jumping for joy!!

Risks and challenges

We understand there are risks and challenges inherent in any Kickstarter campaign, but are confident we will overcome them even more that we did with our first three books. (Yup, we've done this show before (3 times) and never missed a goal or deadline).

All proceeds will go towards these expenses:

-Illustration, Cover Design: $2,000
-Printing: About $5 per copy ($500 per 100 copies)
-Shipping: About $2 per copy
-Initial, basic business affairs, copyright, graphic art, etc: $300-$400
-(Possible) Promotion: $300

Where are we now? The text and page layout of the book has been completed for quite some time. The illustrator is currently working on the illustrations, and she has already completed about half of them. She should be finished the whole book in June or July 2018, as which point the book will go to production.

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    Screensaver, eBook, Thank You!

    1) Screensaver, eBook (kindle, US only), and access to updates & our community. Thank you, everything helps!
    2) Get Exclusive campaign updates, deals & news.
    3) J.R. will shout out your name as he chases a goose (really), and there will be no ads.

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    EARLY BOOKWORM!

    1) Paperback copy of the book, fresh off the presses from its first printing; PLUS
    2) Original, limited-edition Annabelle & Aiden screensaver;
    3) eBook (kindle, US only)

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    Early Bookworm: HARDCOVER!

    1) Hardcover copy of the book, fresh off the presses from its first printing; PLUS
    2) Original, limited-edition Annabelle & Aiden screensaver;
    3) eBook (kindle, US only)

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    List Your NAME In The Book!

    YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED (as a super-awesome donor) IN THE BOOK! (To have more than one name listed, just select this reward and add $5 per additional name please. We'll ask for those names later).
    You'll also get:
    1) Either 1 HARDCOVER copy OR 2 paperback copies of the book, (we'll ask for your order later) fresh off the presses from its first printing.
    2) Original Annabelle & Aiden screensaver;
    3) eBook (Kindle, US only);

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    2 Hardcovers or 4 Paperbacks (value!)

    Bargain buy, for multiple books, for you AND friends! GIVE A GIFT of SCIENCE!

    Get EITHER:
    a) Four (4) paperback books, eBooks, and screensavers (value: $56) OR
    b) Two (2) hardcover books, eBooks, and screensavers (Value: $42)

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    Your FACE In The Book! (most popular)

    Become a permanent part of our book: PUT YOUR FACE IN THE BOOK! (Makes a perfect personalized gift)

    That's right. Email us a photo of a face (of yourself? your kids, grandkids, or friends, as a gift?) and we will include that face as a character in one of the illustrations. Limited quantity - this is a VERY popular feature in our series and WILL go fast: grab this now! (To put more faces in the book, select this reward, but add $15 per additional face. Limit: 3 total faces per pledge.)

    Also included:
    1) 1 HARDCOVER & 1 Paperback copy of the book, fresh off the presses: PLUS
    2) Original Annabelle & Aiden screensaver;
    3) eBook (kindle, US only)

    [note: no need to send us any pics now; we will email you with instructions.]

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    4 Hardcovers or 8 Paperbacks (value)

    Bargain buy, for multiple books, for you AND friends! GIVE A GIFT of SCIENCE!

    Get EITHER:
    a) Four (4) hardcover books, eBooks, and screensavers (value: $84) OR
    b) Eight (8) paperback books, eBooks, and screensavers (Value: $112)

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    Your FACE In the Book! (most popular)

    Become a permanent part of our book: PUT YOUR FACE IN THE BOOK! (Makes a perfect personalized gift)

    That's right. Email us a photo of a face (of yourself? your kids, grandkids, or friends, as a gift?) and we will include that face as a character in one of the illustrations. Limited quantity - this is a VERY popular feature in our series and WILL go fast: grab this now! (To put more faces in the book, select this reward, but add $15 per additional face. Limit: 3 total faces per pledge.)

    Also included:
    1) 1 HARDCOVER & 1 Paperback copy of the book, fresh off the presses: PLUS
    2) Original Annabelle & Aiden screensaver;
    3) eBook (kindle, US only)

    [note: no need to send us any pics now; we will email you with instructions.]

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    8 Hardcovers or 16 Paperbacks (& Skype)

    Best value yet. This is previous reward doubled with a slightly higher price.

    Get 2 sets of the previous reward above. (Value $144).

    ALSO get a 10 minute LIVE reading with the author on Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime! (Value: priceless :)

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    LIVE APPEARANCE + 24 books!

    PERSONAL APPEARANCE! (Author J.R. Becker is coming to YOU (in a spacesuit)...with 24 paperbacks or 12 hardcovers, personally SIGNED!) Perfect for your school or library.

    He’ll show up at your kids’ school, library, or home in a bright orange spacesuit for a private reading, Q&A, and hey, he’ll do almost anything. For up to 2 hours. Cook you dinner. Play guitar. Walk your dog. Scratch that itch on your back. It might get weird, but he’ll do it. (For more than 1 hour outside the NY/NJ area, you cover travel expenses.)

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    Framed Custom Illustration (plus...)

    Choose absolutely any one of the rewards above PLUS our illustrator Max Rambaldi will personally illustrate a professional (signed and FRAMED) work of art based on the picture of a child (or children) you submit to us, who could be drawn with the Annabelle & Aiden characters - or however you like! We'll send you both a digital copy of the illustration, and, if you like, a high-quality framed print as well. (Our author will want to personally call/skype you with thanks as well).

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