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A story that reminds girls of color that they are loved, protected and deserve a place and presence in the world.
A story that reminds girls of color that they are loved, protected and deserve a place and presence in the world.
The book is now available for purchase from Itasca Books. Get your copy today!
A story that reminds girls of color that they are loved, protected and deserve a place and presence in the world. The book is now available for purchase from Itasca Books. Get your copy today!
200 backers pledged $10,145 to help bring this project to life.

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If You Look Up to the Sky is...For my great-grandmother. 

Me and Great-Grandma Brady
Me and Great-Grandma Brady

When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother, Ma Brady, once said to me: 

“If you look up to the sky when you’re feeling lost, and you see the moon peeking ever so slightly through the clouds, know you’re in the place you’re meant to be.” 

This stuck with me and is probably the reason why I became so fascinated with the sky, stars, and who knows whatever else is out there. This small sentiment made me feel like the universe would always guide and protect me, and that the sky was powerful, magical, and beautiful – which is how every girl should feel growing up. 

If You Look Up to the Sky is...A book for all children, but especially girls of color. 

Girl and her grandmother
Girl and her grandmother

The story is about a young black girl whose grandmother teaches her that the sky and universe will always offer her love, protection, and guidance should she ever need it. And that it will always be a way for them to connect – no matter what. 

My hope is that this book will encourage young girls to know that there is a whole world out there for them and that they deserve to have a place and presence in it. 

If You Look Up to the Sky is...My attempt to help diversify children’s literature. 

It was important to me to write a story featuring a strong, main character who girls of color can see themselves and believe in. There is such a lack of diversity in children’s literature, especially for girls of color, it’s disappointing. But instead of being frustrated by it, I am publishing this book to do something about it. 

If You Look Up to the Sky is...Asking for your help. 

The cost and effort to self-publish a book are not cheap, nor easy. I’m working with the amazing illustrator, Margarita Sikorskaia and a great team at Beaver’s Pond Self-Publishing House to make it to the finish line – and we’re almost there! 

Book Mock Up: Completed version will have a dust jacket with the title printed in foil.
Book Mock Up: Completed version will have a dust jacket with the title printed in foil.

 

Final illustration currently in layout production. There may be changes to the final layout before print.
Final illustration currently in layout production. There may be changes to the final layout before print.

 

Final illustration currently in layout production. There may be changes to the final layout before print.
Final illustration currently in layout production. There may be changes to the final layout before print.

All illustrations are completed, the story is final, and book layout production is almost complete. All that is left is printing and distribution. 

I've already paid for much of the cost on my own, but this Kickstarter will greatly help offset the remaining costs – and, it gives supporters (like you!) a chance to get the book and special bonus items before anyone else. 

While funding is definitely needed, I understand that not everyone can contribute money. I would appreciate any help in sharing this to your social channels and telling friends and family about the book.

Thank you so much for your consideration and support. And don’t forget to look up to the sky!  

 STRETCH GOAL

I'm so excited for our stretch goal! In our continued effort to support young women of color, we will donate 100 books to Marley Dias and her #1000blackgirlbooks campaign if we hit $10,000. Help us make this happen!

 THANK YOU!

Angela Dalton, Author
Angela Dalton, Author

 

Margarita Sikorskaia, Illustrator
Margarita Sikorskaia, Illustrator

 

Risks and challenges

While every project comes with risks and challenges, I feel more than confident my book will make it into your hands. As I mentioned above, everything is almost completed – we just need to finalize layouts and send files to the printer.

I'm working with Beaver's Pond Publishing, and they've helped thousands of authors self-publish their books using the same printer I'll be using for my book. They have sent me many, many samples, and I have never questioned the quality of the final product.

Also, almost all of the rewards have been produced and are ready to be sent out – the only exception is the pendant necklace. I have received a prototype from the supplier, and am very excited with how it looks. Of course, there can always be unexpected delays with bulk orders once the Kickstarter is complete, but I promise to do my absolute best in communicating any delays or issues. I want to ensure I meet your expectations.

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