Honeycake is a new Jewish literary magazine for young children. We publish great Jewish children’s literature that invites kids to explore Jewish ideas.
The magazine is designed for ages two to six, but like the best children’s literature, Honeycake is truly for everyone.
Hi! I’m Anna, the founder of Honeycake magazine. I’m a Jewish educator and a mom, and I believe that Jewish kids need great Jewish stories.
My 4-year-old daughter loves children's magazines. One day as I was renewing her subscription to Ladybug magazine, it struck me that I had never seen a similar type of publication for Jewish kids.
This idea prompted me to examine the gaps I saw in contemporary American Jewish children's literature. We own plenty of Jewish children's books, but only a few that measure up to our favorite secular children's books. I've had trouble finding Jewish children's books that depict diverse family constellations and reflect the racial and cultural diversity of the American Jewish community.
I began asking parents, grandparents, writers, artists, educators, and librarians what they thought about the idea of a Jewish children's magazine. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. More than one person said they couldn't believe it didn't already exist.
That's why I was inspired to create Honeycake magazine, a new kind of publication for Jewish kids.
Honeycake is a print magazine for families who are interested in playful, imaginative Jewish stories and activities.
The first issue of Honeycake will be released in December, just in time for Hanukkah. In it, you'll find twenty-four pages of stories and activities created for two- to six-year-olds by Jewish writers, artists, and educators. Contents include stories, poems, songs, puzzles, comic strips, and art activities that help kids explore Jewish ideas.
Honeycake magazine is named for the sweet dessert some Jewish people eat on Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year), and for our goal of helping families share sweet Jewish moments. Honeycake is also the name of the fun-loving bear who guides children through the magazine, asking questions your family can discuss together.
To learn more, visit us online at www.honeycakemagazine.com.
A stretch goal is a funding target beyond our original Kickstarter goal of $10,000. Stretch goals will help us do more with Honeycake and deepen our impact.
All donations we receive during the campaign will count towards our Kickstarter stretch goals. That includes Kickstarter pledges AND donations through our website.
How You Can Help
1. Spread the word about Honeycake magazine. Sharing the project on social media has a HUGE impact! You can use this link: bit.ly/honeycake-kickstarter.
2. Increase your Kickstarter pledge by clicking the “Manage your pledge” button that appears next to your pledge amount.
3. Make a tax-deductible donation to Honeycake through our website. (This won’t show up on our Kickstarter page, but we’ll count any donations we receive during the campaign towards our stretch goals.)
Note: Each increasing reward level includes all previous rewards.
Would you like to order Honeycake magazine as a gift for others? You can order one or more copies of Honeycake for your family, synagogue, or school!
To order multiple copies of the magazine, please add $20 to your pledge for each additional copy. For example: if you're pledging at the $36 level and would like to receive three copies total, you would first click on the $36 level and then manually change your pledge amount to $76. ($36+$20+$20=$76)
We can ship your order to one address or to multiple address. After the campaign is finished, we'll send out survey so you can let us know where to send your magazines.
Please contact us with questions about your pledge -- we would love to help!
This Kickstarter campaign will enable us to create the first issue of Honeycake. Our plan for the future is to publish four to six issues per year. As Honeycake grows and gains subscribers, we will be able to lower the price of the magazine and increase its page count. We’re also exploring the possibility of adding a section for older children, so that the magazine can be shared with the whole family.
We are excited about Honeycake's potential to influence Jewish children’s publishing. The magazine will serve as a platform for Jewish writers and artists and inspire the creation of new work. Together, we can create a new kind of Jewish publication that will enrich the cultural landscape of the American Jewish community.
Meet Anna and Marilyn, the creative team behind Honeycake magazine. We share a passion for children’s literature and arts education. As a parent and grandparent of Jewish kids, we are committed to publishing Jewish children's literature that delights and inspires.
Our team also includes an advisory board of expert Jewish educators who have helped guide our vision; the many writers and artists whose work will be featured in the magazine; the parents, grandparents, and educators who have shared their wants and needs with us; and you, our Kickstarter backers.
Visit our website to learn more about the Honeycake team and to read our bios.
By pledging to help fund Honeycake, you’re not only helping children explore Jewish ideas; you're becoming part of a project that will enrich American Jewish literary culture.
Thank you for supporting our project -- it wouldn’t be possible without you.
We know some of our supporters may prefer to give tax-deductible contributions. While we are unable to offer this option through Kickstarter, we welcome tax-deductible contributions through our fiscal sponsor. Please visit www.honeycakemagazine.com/donate for details.
Honeycake Magazine is a fiscally sponsored project of Jumpstart.
Are you excited about Honeycake and want to help? Spread the word! We'd be honored if you would share our project with your friends and family.
Risks and challenges
Creating a quality children's magazine is expensive, and crowdfunding creates additional costs (platform fees, credit card fees, etc.). We have spent months researching and fine-tuning our budget to make sure we know exactly how much money we need to raise. To mitigate the costs associated with creating our Kickstarter-funded first issue, the Hanukkah issue will contain fewer pages than future iterations of the magazine.
Because we’re committed to delivering the magazine in time for Hanukkah (December 22nd), this project is time-sensitive. To account for the risk of delays in layout or printing, we have given our process substantial buffer time and designed the timeline around delivering a month before Hanukkah begins.
This is Anna’s first time running a Kickstarter campaign. In preparation for planning the campaign, she consulted with multiple advisers who have run successful Kickstarter campaigns in the publishing field.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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