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L is for Lenu, In Her Lab with Lilah the Lion Lilac
L is for Lenu, In Her Lab with Lilah the Lion Lilac

It was only when I became a parent that I took a close look at ABCs books and realized how few people of color are represented in them. Like a large number of children's books, many ABCs books, when they have people in them, show only white faces. Those ABCs books that do have children of color in them are often not well distributed or carried by many bookstores. This does a disservice to both children of color, who fail to see themselves reflected in these books and can grow up feeling disconnected from books and the culture that produced those books, and to white children, who only see themselves reflected in these books, and often grow up feeling that the world has few people of color. 

I decided that I was going to do my part to change this. 

H is for Hachiko, Inside the Hollow Earth
H is for Hachiko, Inside the Hollow Earth

So I wrote The Adventurous ABCs, a children's ABCs book that reflects the world as it is and shows children from around the world in a variety of adventurous settings. I wanted to write an ABCs book that would allow children from a wide range of countries to see people who looked like them having adventurous fun. I wanted to empower children's imaginations, and show children of every gender and every ability that there's a wide world out there, beyond their neighborhood, waiting to be explored and enjoyed, and that their interests needn't be limited. And I wanted to write an ABCs book that would be as enjoyable for parents to read to their children as it would be for the children themselves to read. 

Y is for Yaffa And Her Yellow Yacht on the Yangtze
Y is for Yaffa And Her Yellow Yacht on the Yangtze

The only problem I had was that I am not an artist. Fortunately, the immensely talented Shaenon K. Garrity came to my rescue, and created a series of delightful images for the book. 

The end result is The Adventurous ABCs, which should provide pleasure for adults as well as delight for children. Reserve your copy today by pledging to our project starting at $25, and help make The Adventurous ABCs a reality! 

The Adventurous ABCs is a 8.5x11", 32 page, hardcover, full-color, gloss-laminated book. From "A is for Aliyah, Who is Arm-Wrestling Alexander the Ape" to "Z is for Zev, Zipping Along While He Zaps Zothans," every page is illustrated. (The three images you see above are the images for L, H, and Y). 

Writer and Artist

Jess Nevins
Jess Nevins

Jess Nevins (writer) is a college librarian. The books he's written include The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (2005), The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4000 Year History of the Superhero (2017), and The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (2017). The Adventurous ABCs is his first children's book. He lives in Tomball, Texas with his wife Alicia and son Henry.  

Shaenon K. Garrity
Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity (artist) is a cartoonist best known for the webcomics Narbonic and Skin Horse. She lives in Berkeley with a cat and two men of varying sizes.

Risks and challenges

The risk and challenge for The Adventurous ABCs is simple: if the Kickstarter campaign isn't successful, the book will not be published. The Kickstarter funds will go to pay Shaenon Garrity to complete the remaining images; if there are no Kickstarter funds, Shaenon won't be able to do the images.

After paying Shaenon, all remaining Kickstarter funds will go toward the printing, distribution, and overhead costs associated with the first print run of the book, along with the costs of your pledger rewards. If this campaign is successful, our hope is to deliver pledger rewards (including copies of the printed book) by December 2017.

Thanks, everyone! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions, concerns or ideas.

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