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A gorgeously-illustrated children's book celebrating our shared human ancestry, history, and diversity. This is the story of us.
A gorgeously-illustrated children's book celebrating our shared human ancestry, history, and diversity. This is the story of us.
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SAPIENS: A Human Evolution Story (Annabelle & Aiden: Book 5)

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Annabelle is curious. Which makes Aiden furious. But together, with the help of their animal friends (from Tardigrade Tom to everyone's favorite dinosaur the Skeptisaurus), they discover the wonders of the universe as they try to answer questions often thought to be 'too big' for children.

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. We've won awards and garnered praise from personalities like Cara Santa Maria, Penn Jillette, Richard Dawkins, Michael Shermer, Mayim Bialik, Sarah Silverman and Seth McFarlane

You can now PRE-ORDER a copy of our fifth book, Sapiens: A Human Evolution Story

Where did humans come from? What is our story? Join Annabelle & Aiden as their friend Lucy retraces our first steps in Africa. We fan across the globe, encountering the strangest human (and nonhuman) creatures: from twenty-foot sloths to tiny dwarves in faraway lands. Watch us learn to cook. Express ourselves. Farm, build empires, and fall in love. Marvel as we dream of kings, gods, and monsters, build pyramids and monuments to the sky, and finally light up our world with a scientific revolution. Celebrate human diversity, pluralism, and unity with our gorgeously-illustrated book. Readers will discover how our shared story can overcome our perceived differences. How it’s etched deep into genes: reminding us that we’re all children of Lucy, we all came from Africa, and have far more in common than we think.

Our Illustrations Are In Progress Now:

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

We only release the highest-quality digital art spread across our pages. Further, we'll be continuing our popular tradition of incorporating fascinating scientific footnotes into our illustrations, so inquiring parents and children can learn more as they grow older, and the books could grow with the children. 

 Stretch Goals

  • When we reach $20,000, every single backer will receive 2 original Annabelle & Aiden desktop screensavers, made from illustrations in our books, AND the eBook, for free. 
  • If we break $25,000, we will donate books to 10 public libraries. And post a video of our author jumping for joy!! For you. On Facebook Live. 
  • If we break $30,000, every single backer will also get an Annabelle & Aiden sticker/decal AND 2 limited-edition A&A bookmarks. 

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 (4 times) and never missed a goal or deadline).

All proceeds will go towards these expenses:

-Illustration, Cover Design: $3,000
-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-$500

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 April or May 2019, as which point the book will go to production.

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    Your FACE In The Book! (most popular!!)

    Become a permanent part of our book: PUT YOUR FACE IN THE BOOK! (This has become a fan favorite; makes the perfect personalized gift.)

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

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    SKYPE/Facetime Sesstion (and 4-8 Books)

    Enjoy a nice long Skype/Facetime session with our author, JR Becker. You could ask him anything you like. We'll also send you personally-signed books (8 paperbacks or 4 hardcovers).

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    LIVE APPEARANCE + 24 books!

    (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, or a house reading!

    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 DC area, you help cover travel expenses.)

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    Your FACE will STAR in the book!

    Notice there is only ONE of these rewards available. If you select it, we'll have you send us a one photo of one (or two) faces, perhaps of someone who means (or meant) a whole lot to you (if not yourself), and the face will be a LARGE feature in our book. this is perfect for a meaningful gift or memorial for someone. It will be printed very large in the book in a fun, touching, and unique way - in a way no other faces in the book are shown. (We have quite a treat for you. We don't want to give away ALL our secrets here, but if you really want us to, we can....)

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    A&A BACKPACKS filled with books, gifts..

    Wow! Thank you for your support for science advocacy and education! This allows us to continue doing what we do. We'll also send you 2 Annabelle & Aiden high-quality BACKPACKS completely filled with personally-signed books & gifts for the kiddos. We'll also donate lots of our books to various libraries around the country.

    Our author will want to personally thank you with a phone call or Skype session as well!

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    In Your Honor

    This book will be dedicated to you and/or anyone you wish. We're eternally grateful. Really. Also, choose ANY of the above rewards you like. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our author will seriously want to thank you via Skype, phone, or if he can, in person. If we're close, let's get dinner.

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