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This heartwarming book reassures children that love lasts forever, even when loved ones go away. Please help us print it! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 14, 2012.

This heartwarming book reassures children that love lasts forever, even when loved ones go away. Please help us print it!

About this project

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a children's picture book about love which reassures children that love always surrounds them, even when loved ones have to go away.

We decided to use Kickstarter to launch our project, because we wanted to get as many people as possible involved in birthing this baby of ours - it takes a village to raise a child! The book is written and illustrated and ready to print - it will be a 32-page, hardcover book. All we need now are the funds to print and ship it - and that's where you come pledging at one of the levels listed on the right.

We've got some great thank-you gifts available - starting with an e-book at the $10 level...or an actual hardcover book at the $25+ edition art prints....a young author's party....check them out and choose the level that appeals most to you.

We need to pre-sell 400 books in order to reach our goal -- if we fall short, this project WILL NOT fund!  Please, spread the word to all your friends with children in their lives...or those who love to support arts and literature!

When you pledge at the $25 level or above, we will also give a book to an organization that supports children and families who could use its healing message. We've already begun collaborating with A Window Between Worlds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help children and women heal from domestic violence, and, which provides resources for terminally ill mothers. Over the summer, we will also be reaching out to grief support groups, children's hospitals and more. Your suggestions are welcome!

Hi, I'm Susan Bernardo (the author) and I've been writing poetry and stories since I could hold a crayon! I also hold a BA in English from UCLA, a master's degree in English from Yale, and teaching credentials from Pepperdine. I'm a former PR professional and language arts teacher, and also volunteer art instructor and facilitator of creativity workshops for adults. I stay in close touch with my inner flower child by dancing, raising cats and chickens, sculpting, painting, tide pooling and taking nature hikes with my two amazing sons. In addition to Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, I am currently revising my first novel for young adults.

And I'm Courtenay Fletcher, the illustrator of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs. I love using images to tell a story - whether it's through photography, illustration or graphic design. I attended UC Berkeley,  received my BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and embarked on an exciting career as an art director in NYC and Chicago, eventually landing back home in California, where I live with my family, a rescued mutt and a collection of tikis. My daughter is a constant source of inspiration.

We are passionate creative types...but as you can see, we also have a wealth of practical, professional experience in the fields of education, public relations, writing and advertising.

Kickstarter is an amazing crowd-funding site that helps creative projects, like our book, go from dream to funded-reality. All with the help of people like you!

When you support a project you are called a “backer.” The money you give is called a “pledge’ and for that pledge, we offer a “reward.”  Your reward depends on your pledge. On our project, you can pledge from $10 to $1000, so take a look over there on the right and see what pledge level is right for you. If you have any questions, just email us and we’ll try to answer them ASAP.

Now that you have an idea about how Kickstarter works, here’s what you need to do to help get Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs published:        

  • 1. Take a look at the Pledges and Rewards on the right of this paragraph (you can’t miss it) and find the one that makes your heart happy        
  • 2. Click on the BACK THIS PROJECT button        
  • 3. Enter the amount you want to pledge and fill out the information.

It’s all very easy and in a few moments you’ll be done and have a warm, fuzzy feeling that you’re part of something very special. Oh, and just so you know, your pledge isn’t processed until our project is 100% funded…remember, it’s all or nothing with Kickstarter. Also, all pledges are processed through Amazon, so it’s all safe and secure.

We can’t thank you enough for your support and love. In a sense, you are our publishers so pat yourself on the back….although, we’re not sure you can put “Publisher” on your resume!

Now one more favor…if you’d like to help us even more, please spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign to everyone you know.

Facebook: Share our Kickstarter page with your friends. Just paste the URL onto your page. And feel free to like us as well.

Email: A nice, friendly email to people you know and who may love the message of our book would be wonderful and we can’t thank you enough.

Twitter: Feel free to click the button under the video and share with the world.

Just in case our lovely berry pie-chart didn’t go into enough detail, we wanted to give you a better idea of how we plan on spending the money. Your pledge will go towards:   

  • Printer costs: We’re using a printer here in the USA to print the book, instead of sending it to China, so it’ll cost more, but we feel better about keeping  it “American Made”   
  • Shipping, handling and processing fees  
  • Business expenses: Website, copyright, ISBN, marketing…we’re using our expertise and connections to stretch the dollars!   
  • eBook conversions   
  • Reward items

Wow! That would be wonderful because that would mean we could print more books and donate more books, which is our goal.

We hope to see this book become a must-have children's classic - the kind of book that any child would enjoy reading over and over and over again! Because we think that every child could use the powerful, joyful message that love is forever.

Thank you for helping us with this big PUSH!

For more information, please visit our website at

xoxo - Susan & Courtenay


  • Please add $14 for international shipping.

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  • No, the book contains no religious references. It does say that love lasts forever. You could interpret this for your child however you wish.

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  • Absolutely not. This book is appropriate for every child. It affirms the enduring power of love. It could just be a simple yet powerful message for your child that you will love them forever. But if you need it, Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs will provide you with a lovely and reassuring framework to discuss issues affecting your family (eg divorce, parent going back to work, loss, etc).

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  • We will print more books and be able to donate more books to children who need them!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    2 backers

    BLOW A KISS! We will blow a kiss of gratitude back in your general direction, e-mail you all of our project updates, and send you an E-copy of the book!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    70 backers

    ESKIMO KISSES! Everyone "nose" we love your cool support! As a thank-you for warming up to our book you will receive a first-edition hardcover copy of the book (+ all of the above gifts). AND...for every pledge of $25+, we will donate a copy to an organization that serves children in need.

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    35 backers

    SEALED WITH A KISS! All of the above gifts, plus a personalized book inscription from the author and illustrator and a special keepsake envelope inside the book's back that you can leave a personal message to your child.

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    Pledge $60 or more

    29 backers

    TREE HUGS! All of the above, plus a second signed copy of the book for you to keep or give to a grandchild, niece or nephew, or friend. Don't know any kids? Really? Donate the book somewhere you think it might be needed, like your local library or children's hospital! And don't forget, we'll be donating a book for every pledge of $25 or more!

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    Pledge $115 or more

    14 backers

    SOLAR FLAIR! All of the above gifts plus a third copy of the book and a 8x10 limited edition art print of one of Courtenay's captivating illustrations!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    2 backers

    BUTTERFLY KISSES! All of the above prizes, of course....PLUS all eyes will be upon your beautiful new TOTE BAG adorned with Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs art...perfect for carrying your new books! And we will throw in one more book to put in it, for a total of 4 signed books.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer

    A LOVING MOONFUL! All of the above, plus 2 more books (for a total of FIVE signed books!). Plus Courtenay will create an 16"x24" signed, limited edition art print from the book.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer

    UNIVERSAL LOVE! All of the above, plus 6 more books (making it a total of 11).
    1) A Young Author's Garden Party! Courtenay and Susan will host a live storytelling and special hands-on art activity for up to 11 children (or kids at heart!), either in Susan's garden or a location of your choosing. We'll even supply the cupcakes and lemonade! (Note: this one is limited geographically -- must be within a reasonable drive from Los Angeles, or include travel expenses!)


    2) An additional 16"x24" limited edition art print from the book created from your favorite illustration in the book.

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