What is KaZoom Kids Books?
KaZoom Kids Books is creating a digital library of interactive, multicultural children's books for ages 3 to 8. Our ibook apps will engage a child with read-along narration, music, animation, and interactive technology. Our goal is to make these books entertaining and enriching for our young readers and to encourage a love of reading.
We believe our books build self-esteem by giving children the opportunity to see themselves in the story’s characters and then mirror the character's curiosity and courage. We believe every child should see themselves and their community in a book.
Why KaZoom Kids Books?
If you are an African-American or Hispanic mother of young children you can seldom find children’s books that reflect your life, family and community. There is a void in the publishing industry for multicultural children’s books.
It is a startling fact that 92% of children's literature does not include children of color.
Of the 3,500 children’s books published in 2014, only 5% featured children of color.* Yet, both our public schools and our country are growing more culturally diverse each year. And, many of the most popular books for Black children available on Amazon today, were published 8 to 20 years ago.
Who Writes and Illustrates Our Books?
One of the challenges of creating multicultural kids books is that many of the interested talented writers and illustrators have not been able to get into the field of children's books. Because, major publishing houses don't publish these kinds of diverse books or hire multicultural writrers when they do.
Here is a surprising statistic, last year just 71 of the 278 (25.5%) children's books about African-Americans were actually written and/or illustrated by African Americans. At KaZoom we're opening our doors to talented writers across all multicultural communities.
So we went out into the community and asked writers and artists to help us create greater diversity in children's books. And many of them said yes. As a result, we are a company that is for the community and by the community.
Why Diversity is Important in Children's Books:
-It helps a child to gain a better understanding of themselves.
-Books are a powerful way for getting children to understand their family, neighborhood, and the world in which they live.
-Multicultural books have been proven to have a positive development effect on children of all backgrounds.
- Children can learn to respect other cultural groups, and even celebrate their differences.
- Books by Black and Latino authors limit stereotype portrayals of characters and situations.
Why we need your help?
Help us create greater diversity in children’s literature. We need the funding in order to produce the best books we can.
With your support, we will be able to:
- finalize the production of our books which includes: hiring local writers and artists to illustrate books and hiring the interactive book designers, and recording of the read-along narration.
- finalize our custom app, to incorporate both our library of books and the player, that allows customers to easily play our interactive books on their Android or Apple devices.
Please help us continue producing high-quality books and enjoy a variety of cool backer rewards!
What’s Inside Our Books?
Each book in the KaZoom Kids Digital Library consists of stories with full color pages, featuring children from diverse backgrounds: solving problems, trying new things, and fearlessly exploring the world. Our books have read-along narration, interactive action and animation.
When kids have a healthy self-esteem, a sense of fearless possibility is inspired! The characters in KaZoom Kids Books are no different. They use self-esteem to give them courage to try new things, make new friends and barge into new adventures with a sense of wonder!
Our books help children enjoy reading by adding sound, motion, and animation to the stories in a fun and engaging way!
The beautiful artwork is accurate to multicultural communities, neighborhoods and experiences. The text is fun to read and easy to understand and each book has read-along narration which helps kids learn new words and phrases with ease.
KaZoom Kids Books makes great stories accessible to all. You don't have to be a child of color to enjoy these books. Each story weaves narration, beautiful illustrations, and positive messages together to celebrate the power of differences and inclusion.
Our Digital Library
Our library allows children to engage with books in new ways. Our books have:
- Great stories - that allows kids to engage with stories at their own pace and build a bigger vocabulary
- Beautiful illustrations by talented artists
- Read-a-long Narration - that provides a fun way to build word and sound development and stimulate language skills
- Interactive Books - that allows kids to engage with the characters in enjoyable stories they will love
The library gives kids the opportunity to use different sensory skills all at once to better comprehend and recognize new words and understand new ideas easily.
Meet Our Amazing Team
Drawing from our collective 25 + years experience in publishing, advertising and mobile design development as well as our education, child-rearing, storytelling, art-making and corporate experience, you can trust us to bring you engaging, high-quality books with stories that are relevant long after the pages are closed.
Risks and challenges
1. This is a large multiple book project
We are creating several books, which is more challenging than a single story. We do however, have the best talented creative team to develop these beautiful books. Donna is an experienced publisher who has solid experience producing multiple children’s book projects. The first books are near completion. We are confident that with this funding we can finalize and deliver the first 8 interactive digital books this summer.
2. Our books rely on technology
Our books rely on technology and sometimes technology can fail. But our apps and digital library are on a secured, cloud platform for an easy, user friendly, customer experience. Our library book app will be available in the both the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.
3. "Telling Your Story" Perks includes Your Timing
The timing to deliver the, “Tell Your Story” perk is estimated. It depends on your availability for the interview and the illustrator’s time to develop illustrations. On average 6 months is sufficient time to complete your story.
Thank you so much in advance for helping us to create greater diversity in children’s books. You’re helping make a difference in the lives of thousands of children.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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