Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
How Do You Dream? is a bilingual storybook for kids ages 5-8 that shows how cool it is to speak multiple languages.
145 backers pledged $7,654 to help bring this project to life.

About

How Do You Dream? A Bilingual Storybook project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$7,654

145

Bilingual children sometimes stop speaking their home language because they think it isn't cool. Kids at school don't speak the language and parents don't have the tools to keep kids invested in their home culture. 

How Do You Dream? fixes this by showing kids how much fun speaking multiple languages can be.

Having grown up in Caracas, Venezuela, and then moved to the United States for college, I am fully bilingual myself. So not only has this project been the focus of my attention for the past 5 months, but it is also an accumulation of the experiences I've lived and seen as a bilingual speaker in my last four years in the United States. As a tutor for children from immigrant families, I saw a lot of kids feel ashamed about the fact that they spoke Spanish at home. So I wanted to create a book that shows kids that speaking multiple languages is awesome!

¿Cómo sueñas? es un libro bilingüe para niños de cinco en adelante. Yo me crié en Caracas, Venezuela, pero me mude a Estados Unidos para la universidad, y soy completamente bilingüe. Entonces este proyecto no solo representa la labor de los últimos 5 meses, sino que también representa todas las experiencias que he vivido como una persona bilingüe en los Estados Unidos en estos últimos cuatro años. Como tutora para niños proveniente de familias Latinoamericanas que han emigrado a los Estados Unidos, aprendí que muchos niños en esta situación les avergüenza el hecho de que en el hogar se habla español, y quise crear un libro que enseñe que hablar otro idioma es genial.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Having grown up in Caracas, Venezuela, and then moved to the United States for college, I am fully bilingual myself. So not only has this project been the focus of my attention for the past 5 months, but it is also an accumulation of the experiences I've lived and seen as a bilingual speaker in my last four years in the United States. As a tutor for children from immigrant families, I saw a lot of kids feel ashamed about the fact that they spoke Spanish at home. So I wanted to create a book that shows kids that speaking multiple languages is awesome!

¿Cómo sueñas? es un libro bilingüe para niños de cinco en adelante. Yo me crié en Caracas, Venezuela, pero me mude a Estados Unidos para la universidad, y soy completamente bilingüe. Entonces este proyecto no solo representa la labor de los últimos 5 meses, sino que también representa todas las experiencias que he vivido como una persona bilingüe en los Estados Unidos en estos últimos cuatro años. Como tutora para niños proveniente de familias Latinoamericanas que han emigrado a los Estados Unidos, aprendí que muchos niños en esta situación les avergüenza el hecho de que en el hogar se habla español, y quise crear un libro que enseñe que hablar otro idioma es genial. 

Making the book / La creación del libro

During the past 15 weeks, I've talked to a lot of parents and children from bilingual families, tested out different stories, and met with a variety of illustrators and publishers that have worked on children's books.

En las últimas 15 semanas, hablé con muchos padres y niños latinos, les mostré distintas ideas para el libro, y me reuní con artistas y una variedad de editoriales que han publicado libros para niños. Estas son distintas versiones de Sofía, la protagonista de ¿Cómo Sueñas?. De izquierda a derecha: mi primer dibujo de ella, un borrador del artista, y ¡la versión final de Sofía!

My sister, Claudia Sosa, wrote the story. In the past two years, she has worked as a freelance writer, university, and pre-school teacher, has helped found a kombucha business in Chiang Mai, and is now the Online Content Manager for a company called Proximity Designs in Myanmar. Clearly, she is the best sister anyone could ask for. 

Mi hermana, Claudia Sosa, escribió el cuento. En los últimos dos años, ella ha escrito independientemente para varias publicaciones, ha enseñado inglés en la universidad de Tailandia, ha sido maestra de pre-kinder, ayudo a fundar una compañía de kombucha en Chiang Mai, y ahorita es la Manager de Contenido Web de Proximity Designs en Myanmar. Y encima de todo esto, también my ayudo con este cuento. Obviamente, es la mejor hermana que alguien pudiese tener. 

I worked with an illustrator named Eloy Claudio, who has worked on storybooks in the past.He has been a pleasure to work with! For publishing, I'm working with 3Keys Communications, who have also been very patient and kind in my many requests for different quotes on various book amounts. Although initially I wanted to print only 50 copies of the book, this made the price-per-book too expensive and I wanted to make sure my book could get to an array of communities. As a result, I'm trying to publish 1,000 copies to make sure each book is accessible to those working-class families I spoke to. So, the funds from this kickstarter campaign will fund the illustrations Eloy has created and the first 1,000 copies of this book.

Para los dibujos del libro, trabaje con un artista llamado Eloy Claudio que ha trabajado en libros para niños anteriormente. ¡Ha sido un verdadero placer trabajar con el! Para publicar los libro, estoy trabajando con la editorial 3Keys Communication. Inicialmente pensé en publicar 50 copias del libro, pero imprimir tan poquitos libros significaba que cada libro me iba a costar mucho más de lo que quería, ya que quisiera que el libro sea accesible a una variedad de comunidades de distantes clases sociales. Por ende, he decidido imprimir 1,000 copias del libro para asegurar que cada libro cueste una cifra razonable que una familia inmigrando a los Estados Unidos pueda pagar. Así que los fondos de esta campaña pagarán los dibujos de Eloy y las primeras 1,000 copias del libro.

Your interest means the world to me, thank you for your support!

Tu interés significa el mundo para mi, ¡Muchas gracias por tu apoyo!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I face after funding is distribution! Nowadays, there are endless and constantly changing avenues for self published works. One of the questions I'll face if I receive this funding is how I can best make use of these avenues to increase the reach of "How do you dream?" I want to ensure that the book is widely available to Latino families, regardless of their income.

EN ESPAÑOL:
El obstáculo más grande que me espera después de recaudar los fondos es distribuir los libros! Hoy en día hay tantas distintas maneras de compartir libros auto-publicados que una de las preguntas que me tocará responder si logro recaudar los fondos es cómo aumentar el alcance de "¿Cómo Sueñas?" a distintas comunidades. Quiero asegurarme de que el libro sea accesible a todas las familias latinas, sin importar su ingreso económico.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    A How Do You Dream? bookmark. (Un marcapáginas de ¿Como Sueñas?)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    A bookmark CUSTOMIZED with a name of your choosing. (Un marcapáginas PERSONALIZADO con el nombre que usted guste).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    A PDF version of the book + a customized bookmark with a name of your choosing (Una versión electrónica del libro + un marcapáginas personalizado con el nombre que usted guste)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    A final hard-cover copy of the book + a customized bookmark. (Una copia final de portada dura del libro + un marcapáginas personalizado).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    65 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    2 final hard-cover copies of the book SIGNED by the creator of the book + a PDF version + a customized bookmark. (2 copias finales de portada dura del libro FIRMADAS por la creadora del libro + una versión electrónica del libro + un marcapáginas personalizado).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    11 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    A SPECIAL THANKS in small font in the first page of the book + 4 final hard-cover copies of the book SIGNED by the creator of the book + a PDF version + a customized bookmark. (MENCIÓN ESPECIAL DE AGRADECIMIENTO en las primera página del libro en letras pequeñas + 4 copias finales de portada dura del libro FIRMADAS por la creadora del libro + una versión electrónica del libro + un marcapáginas personalizado).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 8 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    A SPECIAL THANKS in medium font in the first page of the book + 6 final hard-cover copies of the book SIGNED by the creator of the book + a PDF version + a customized bookmark. (MENCIÓN ESPECIAL DE AGRADECIMIENTO en la primera página del libro en letras medianas + 6 copias finales de portada dura del libro FIRMADAS por la creadora del libro + una versión electrónica del libro + un marcapáginas personalizado).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    A SPECIAL THANKS in LARGE font in the first page of book + 8 final hard-cover copies of the book SIGNED by the creator of the book + a PDF version + a customized bookmark. (MENCIÓN ESPECIAL DE AGRADECIMIENTO en las primera página del libro en letras GRANDES + 8 copias finales de portada dura del libro FIRMADAS por la creadora del libro + una versión electrónica del libro + un marcapáginas personalizado).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Adopt a classroom!! A classroom of YOUR choice will get copies of the book for everyone in the classroom.

    ¡¡Adopta a un salón!! El salón que TÚ escojas recibirá suficientes libros para que cada estudiante tenga su propia copia.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (28 days)