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Lullaby-Baby's First Book

A beautifully Illustrated and heart melting Board Book. With Lullaby, sweet dreams, beckon.

Lullaby-Baby's First Book

A beautifully Illustrated and heart melting Board Book. With Lullaby, sweet dreams, beckon.

$3,710
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
61
backers
35hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 18 2019 3:58 PM UTC +00:00.

About

It is the strangest thing, this writing gift of mine. I have always had the ability to write and tell stories. Even as a little girl I would love sitting with my dad as I was learning to read and I particularly loved rhyming stories. But,  as most of of us know we don't always focus on the abilities and passions we possess and life takes over. We focus on making a living and paying the bills. 

That storytelling voice of mine would not be quiet and it grew louder and louder until I could no longer ignore it. I wrote Lullaby-Baby's First Book back in 2016. I am not sure if this happens to every writer, but when I write, the words just keep repeating in my head and I better have a note book to write it all down. I have so many notebooks and hand write all my stories. It is quite inconvenient if I am driving as I have to pull the car over, or sometimes it hits when when I am asleep in bed. No sleep for me, until I write the story down.

A year went by before I took the next steps from story to book. I found Valentina on a website called Envato, where you can find freelance artists of every genre to help with your projects. They have Musicians and Composers, Writers, App developers and exactly what I needed, an Illustrator. Valentina also happened to have moved from Italy to just outside London, which is where I am originally from.  I took it as a sign from the universe that this was meant to be.....

I always envisioned this book featuring a Koala. His name is Sydney and I named him after one of my cats. I rescued my Kitty Sydney after visiting my sister is Australia in 2012. Sydney was just a dream in my head until Valentina brought him to life. When she first read the story and I mentioned I wanted to draw animals, Valentina sketched a few characters, a rabbit and a teddy bear. I explained to Valentina that in my head I saw Sydney as a Koala. She loved the idea.

I can still vividly remember sitting in my car and opening an email from Valentina with her first completed Illustration for Lullaby. I'm not going to lie, I sat inside my little car in an underground parking lot in Las Vegas, and I cried. Suddenly, like a bolt of lightening, Valentina's illustrations had taken my words that were just scribble in a note book, and breathed life into them. 

Lullaby's first illustration by Valentina Iacopinelli
  • Board book: Paperboard, 24pt Solid Bleached Sulfate C1S / 48pt when bound.
  • Measures 5.625” x 5.625”
  • (24) pages including the cover / (11) interior spreads + cover spread fully illustrated pages.
  • The technique Valentina used to illustrate Lullaby was Acrylics on paper. After she sketched and then drew with a pencil, she used both fluid Acrylics and heavy body Acrylics. Over the first Acrylics layer, to add depth and details: colored pencils, graphite pencil, white Gouache and some Pigments with mica, inks and chalk pastels.
  •  Age range: 0-100, a heart melting book that you will love reading to your baby, and as they grow to a toddler and on through their progress till they can read the book themselves. Lullaby-Baby’s First Book, I hope will be a family favorite that can be passed down to new generations of your family.  

 I have noticed with all the research I have conducted into board books, that none of the authors or illustrators include a biography in their books. Never one to follow the rules, I wanted to add a little introduction about Katrina and Valentina in each book. The last 2 pages of Lullaby contains biography's of Katrina and Valentina.  

Katrina's Author Biography.
Valentina's Illustrator Biography.

Kickstarter is a platform that allows people like you to contribute to creative projects to bring them to life. It falls under the category known as crowd funding. Your investment helps to fund the production of the project, that's why there is the wait time between the pledge and fulfillment. Once the campaign is launched, the goal amount or end date cannot be changed. This campaign will last for 30 days. I have 30 days to reach my goal of $6000. An important aspect of Kickstarter is that it is "all or nothing." Your pledge only goes through if the campaign hits its goals, so it helps if you can spread the word!It is easy to back a project by selecting a pledge tier in the section to the right (on desktop). Your funds will only be collected, if the target goal is reached. Once that goal is reached I will be able to start the 8 week production process for printing Lullaby-Baby’s First book.

If you see my project has reached the goal amount, I hope you celebrate and do a happy dance for me. I hope you continue to keep spreading the word about my campaign so your friends can also invest, as this will allow me to increase the amount of books that I am able to produce. I am offering free shipping, because I am paying for the shipping costs myself, but with more funds the shipping will indeed be free! 

You will receive one of Valentina’s prints that you can put into a picture frame,
or you can mail it out as a holiday card, simply turn it over and write a message and sign your name.
Envelope included.

Free MP3 Download of Lullaby-Baby's First Book. 

Narrated by the Author Katrina Jadkowski. 

Music composed and performed by Andrea Baroni.

Free Shipping anywhere in the world.  

For a level two pledge you will receive our pride and joy, the cutest little Lullaby, the perfect gift for every new born girl and boy. 

One copy Lullaby-Baby's first book ($35 for a signed copy and one holiday print)

Free MP3 Download of Lullaby- Baby's First Book. 

Narrated by the Author Katrina Jadkowski
  Music composed and performed by Andrea Baroni

Free Shipping anywhere in the world.

For this levels pledge you will receive 2 copies of Lullaby-Baby's First Book, one to give as a gift and one to keep. 

It fills our heart to imagine you reading our book, to send your babies off to sleep.

2 prints of Sydney the Koala, "Let it snow" by Valentina Iacopinelli.

2 prints of Sydney the Koala, "Koala Cocoa" by Valentina Iacopinelli.

You will also receive two of Valentina's prints that you can put into a picture frame,
  or you can mail them out as a holiday card and in the book Katrina will sign her name.

Free MP3 Download of Lullaby-Baby's First Book. 

Narrated by the Author Katrina Jadkowski.
 Music composed and performed by Andrea Baroni.

I made an error in the shipping. I wanted it to be free, but forgot to remove it from this level. Shipping anywhere in the world is $6.00 for this level. I have added 2 extra Holiday cards to this level as I cannot edit the shipping now that the campign is live. Sorry for my blunder.

Koala Cocoa Holiday card

Am I too old to believe in Magic and Fairytales and a Fairy Godmother or Fairy Godfather? No siree! 

So I have left this level, especially for you, if you just want to invest in me!

I don't want to leave you empty handed with such generosity,
I will send you the MP3 download of Lullaby-Baby's first book and of course it's read by me! 

You may of course have 4 of Valentina's prints and 4 signed copies of the book too:)

"Lullaby-Baby's First book", is just our initial offering and we hope it will be a favorite book for years to come. There is already a second board book story starring Sydney the Koala. The book is called "Hello Breakfast" Sydney has grown into a toddler and he meets all the breakfast foods. 

I could not have embarked on this journey without Valentina Iacopinelli. Even though we are an ocean apart we make the collaboration successful. Boy did I hit the jackpot, the kind you find at the end of a rainbow.  It just so happened that Valentina's husband Andrea Baroni is a graphic designer who also collaborated on the book and designed the layout for Lullaby. I mentioned that I would like to produce an audio version of Lullaby-Baby's First Book with music. Andrea composed, performed and engineered the audio versions for Lullaby-Baby's First Book.

At the end of our Kickstarter campaign when fully funded, (it always pays to have a positive frame of mind) everyone that invests in Lullaby-Baby's First book, will receive a free MP3 of the story read by me, Katrina Jadkowski and features Andrea Baroni's music. When we finally release the audio version for sale it will also include a version with just Andrea's music playing. It is such a lovely piece of music and the melody reminds me of a magical music box. This means you will be able to read Lullaby to your baby while Andrea's beautiful music is playing in the background, or just play the music and let your baby drift off to sleep. As I previously mentioned, Valentina and Andrea are both from sunny Italy, but reside outside London. They both love the British skies of grey, which makes me giggle, as that is the reason I left England! The grey skies were not for me, I love blue skies and white fluffy clouds. I love Vegas baby! To honor their Italian heritage there will also be an additional audio version with Andrea's beautiful music and the book is read in Italian by Valentina Iacopinelli. Who knows, maybe we will print an Italian version of the book as well.

So as Valentina and I began our collaboration, I started my own company called "Heart Melt Creations". Of course I needed a Logo and Valentina stepped up again, and created my Logo.  I am the mummy (yes the British spelling) to 3 kitties. Sydney whom I named the Koala after, and in a later tale her name appears as Sydney the Seahorse. Franky she has her name in a story called "Franky the feel better bear" and Harry. Yes he has a story too called "Harry the Hedgehog Detective" So my logo reflects my fondness for cats and my intention to melt your heart with my words. Did I also mention I have now written 25 other stories? Valentina will make each story burst into vivid color with her beautiful illustrations.

HMC Logo Click on the Kitty to explore HeartMeltCreations.com

Valentina and I are very passionate about our creative partnership and we both hope that you will fall in love with our stories and become lifelong supporters of our brand Heart Melt Creations. 

Risks and challenges

Challenges-I have spent some time doing research and looking at the various children's board books that are currently available in my local bookstores. I give credit to all the writers and illustrators, the books are beautifully designed and full of color. I am very passionate about writing and I believe in the art of storytelling. My intent is to create stories that parents will love to read and to captivate the children listening. I would love to peak children's interest and spark their imagination, and to have children asking questions and learning and growing as the stories grow.

Risks- Board books are quite expensive to produce. I chose Pint Sized productions to produce my book. They are proudly printed in the USA. I like the medium of a board book as it also serves a secondary purpose, as a toy. Board books need to be well constructed to withstand the exploring grasp of the little fingers who will be holding them. Spills are always a concern with babies and so the books need to be designed for easy clean up. There are many board books currently in the market for purchase, and Valentina and I would be so proud to see our book on the shelf of your local bookstore or available for purchase online.

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    Narrated by the Author Katrina Jadkowski
    Music composed and performed by Andrea Baroni

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    Lullaby book signed & holiday print.

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    the cutest little Lullaby, the perfect gift for every new born girl and boy.
    Signed by the Author, Katrina Jadkowski.

    You will also receive one of Valentina's prints of Sydney the Koala, "Let it snow" you can put into a picture frame,
    or you can mail it out as a holiday card and in the book Katrina will sign her name.

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    Narrated by the Author Katrina Jadkowski
    Music composed and performed by Andrea Baroni

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    For this levels pledge you will receive 2 copies of Lullaby-Baby's First Book, one to give as a gift and one to keep.
    It fills our heart to imagine you reading our book, to send your babies off to sleep.

    You will also receive two of Valentina's prints of Sydney the Koala, "Let it snow" you can put into a picture frame,
    or you can mail it out as a holiday card and in the book Katrina will sign her name.

    Free MP3 Download of Lullaby-Baby's First Book.
    Narrated by the Author Katrina Jadkowski.
    Music composed and performed by Andrea Baroni.

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    Fairy Godmother / Fairy Godfather

    Am I too old to believe in Magic and Fairytales and a Fairy Godmother or Fairy Godfather? No siree!
    So I have left this level, especially for you, if you just want to invest in me!

    I don't want to leave you empty handed with such generosity,
    I will send you the MP3 download of Lullaby-Baby's first book and of course it's read by me!
    I will also send you 4 of Valentina's prints and 4 signed copies of Lullaby-Baby's First book.

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