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Our personalized children's books offer the opportunity for all families to learn about acceptance, kindness, and special needs.
Our personalized children's books offer the opportunity for all families to learn about acceptance, kindness, and special needs.
277 backers pledged $18,785 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals to Finish Strong

We are overwhelmed with joy that we have met our goal with this Kickstarter campaign. Here are the specifics on what our backers have helped us with through their generous donations.

The first thing that happens is Kickstarter will collect their fee of 5% of all donation made. Then we pay an additional 5% for the credit card processing fees. After that we use about 20% of our money to begin generating the rewards. We need to print books, bookmarks, pictures and mail everything to our supporters. With the funds left over, about 70% of the donation total, we will actually launch our business. The website process is the biggest cost. We need to pay for the “front end” of the website for customers to select the appropriate book template and we need to pay for the “back end” of the website which consists of all the coding. Coding for our book is very specific and will take up to close to 40% of our donations. Coding for the book is so extensive that it will take a couple of months. Our company will be ran through the website, so this is the most important part and uses up the most of our funds.

Next we will use the remaining 20% of funds donated for the creation of additional illustrations. We need separate illustrations for our special needs books and our second book on acceptance of everyone.

Where will future money go?

Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books has big plans for the future. Our special needs books are just the beginning. In the future we will be creating social stories and books that align with children’s IEP goals. We also need funds for marketing and advertising.  

Please encourage others to continue donating to the very end of our campaign. 

Our Story

Hello! We are moms, teachers, and aspiring authors.  We have started a publishing company to write personalized children’s books for kids with special needs and also for kids whose parents would like to educate their children on special needs.  While other books are personalized with just a child’s name, our books will be personalized on almost every page.  Our mission is to write books to teach kindness, acceptance, and respect differences. Through our uniquely personalized books, parents are given the opportunity to tell their child’s story using their own words. Children are given the chance to see their name and learn about their condition in a way that shows they are no different than other kids, but just as special.

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Parents have spent long hours online searching for the perfect book for their child. There are books that exist about certain conditions, syndromes, and disabilities, and there are also personalized children’s books. However, our books are unique in the sense that these are personalized books for children with special needs, and also for children who want to learn more about acceptance.  

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 Parents can log on to our website and choose from a series of templates based on the need in which they are personalizing the book for. From there, parents are then able to choose the words and illustrations that best fit the needs of their child. A personal photo can also be uploaded for the dedication page. The very last page is a blank canvas in which parents can tell their story, describe their child, or explain the condition.

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Julia Skendzel, a graphic designer and art teacher, worked relentlessly to get the illustrations just right. We had a vision of what we wanted them to look like and Julia was able to master it. The characters in the pictures are diverse in the way they look, play, and interact. These books discuss challenges that children with special needs face in school, and eventually they will include stories that these children may face socially.  

We were lucky enough to have partnered with Rutledge Printing, a world renown printing company. They print thousands of materials every day and we’re proud to announce they will be printing and shipping our books.  

Current Media:

The Chicago Tribune

The Patch

Meet Some of our Customers:

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Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge so far has been trying to print on-demand personalized books. Because each book is unique and personalized on almost every page, we cannot mass-produce the books. Each book needs to be printed one at a time. This drastically increases the cost of printing. We are very fortunate to have partnered with Rutledge Printing who believes in our mission and us. We hope to keep this great partnership to keep printing costs as low as possible for our customers.

Another challenge has been finding the time to create and run a business when we are both full time teachers and mothers. Again we are very fortunate to have a wonderful support network of family and friends that have helped us each step of the way through this journey.

All new startups face a variety of risks and challenges, but we are confident that with our hard work and persistence we can persevere through any of the challenges we may face.

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    You will receive a "Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books" bookmark and also a 4x6 photo of an illustration from our book.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    You will receive a non-personalized, 16-page, full color children's book on acceptance and kindness. You will also receive a "Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books" bookmark and a 4x6 photo of an illustration from our book.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    You will be able to personalize a hard cover, 16-page, full color children's book for a child with special needs, or a book about acceptance and kindness. You will also receive a "Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books" bookmark and a 4x6 photo of an illustration from our book.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    You will be able to personalize a hard cover, 16-page, full color children's book for a child with special needs, or a book about acceptance and kindness. In addition, you will receive a non-personalized, 16-page, full color children's book on acceptance and kindness. You will also receive a 4X6 photo of an illustration from the book with a personalized handwritten message from the authors and/or illustrator. Finally, a "Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books" bookmark will be included with the photo.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Your name will be featured on our website as a thank you for your support. You will be able to personalize a hard cover, 16-page, full color book for a child with special needs or a book about acceptance and kindness. In addition, you will receive a non-personalized, 16-page, full color children's book on acceptance and kindness. A non-personalized book will be donated to a school, library, or special needs organization with a personal message that states the book is being donated in your name. A 4X6 photo of an illustration from the book with a personalized handwritten message from the authors and/or illustrator, and a "Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books" bookmark will be included.

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

    Your name will be featured on our website as a thank you for your support. You will be able to personalize a hard cover, 16-page, full color book for a child with special needs or a book about acceptance and kindness. You will also receive a non-personalized book to teach acceptance and kindness with a personalized handwritten message from the authors and/or illustrator. Two non-personalized book will be donated to a school, library, or special needs organization with a personal message that states the book is being donated in your name. An 8x10 framed photo of an illustration from the book and a "Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books" bookmark will be included.

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Funding period

- (30 days)