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A children's book about a mouse named Charlie who finds a gingerbread house and has a wonderful time exploring all the goodies inside.

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The Project

Welcome to my Kickstarter project!  My name is Melissa Staehli, and I have written a wonderfully cute book for young children called "Charlie's Gingerbread House."  This is actually my second book - the first being "I Love You to the Moon", also a book for young children.  I Love you to the Moon has received great reviews for its sweet poetic lullaby and the beautiful illustrations.  Here is a picture of my son and me when we received our first copy of the book:

Charlie's Gingerbread House is a short rhyming book about a mouse named Charlie who happens upon a gingerbread house and decides to go exploring.  He has a wonderful time discovering all of the goodies inside!  I was inspired to write this book by my son's hamster named Charlie.  Well, "hamster" didn't rhyme with "house", so Charlie became a mouse!


My Story

My love for our adopted son (who is now 5) is the reason that I started writing children's books.  Our son is the greatest gift that was ever given to me, and my first book was written specifically about the love I have for him.  It started off as a poem that he and I would say to each other every day.  After a short while, I realized that I wanted other people to be blessed with this poem.  We finally decided to make it into a children's book that any loved one can read to a child.  I am very proud of the final book.  The illustrations are just gorgeous, making it a joy to look at and read.  You can look at the website for I Love You to the Moon by clicking here.  Please watch the video book trailer on the website and you will get an idea of how my son has impacted my life.


The Book

The short story is written and the cover art is done.  The illustrations have been sketched but need to be completed.  I have a fabulous illustrator who is prepped and ready to go with the illustrations!  That is were Kickstarter comes in.  All money that is raised will go directly towards the book - illustrations, marketing, publishing, printing & postage.  Not to mention the extra goodies available!  If I happen to go over the project amount, all extra money will go directly into printing more copies of the book.  It would be nice to actually profit from my books someday, but for now, I simply want the joy of getting my books into the hands of people who will love reading them to children!  Reading  has been a part of my son's bedtime routine since the day he was born - he loves books and never wants to miss that time at night.  I love the emails and thank you notes from people who read my first book to their children.  That makes it all worth it!

Thank you so much for your interest in getting Charlie's Gingerbread House off the ground!

I am very proud to be a part of kicking it forward.  For more info, please visit:  www.kickingitforward.org

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    I will mail you a personal handwritten thank you card along with a Charlie's Gingerbread House bookmark. Plus, if my funding is successful, I will post a video on my website thanking each of you by name.

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    A signed copy of Charlie's Gingerbread House from the first print run and a bookmark. (Please add $5.00 for international shipping)

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    A signed copy of Charlie's Gingerbread House from the first print run AND a signed copy of my first children's book, I Love You to the Moon. You will also get a bookmark from each book. (Please add $5.00 for international shipping)

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    A signed copy of Charlie's Gingerbread House from the first print run, a bookmark and I will send you a personalized DVD video of me reading the book. Just give me the name of the person to read it to, and I will make the video just for them! (Please add $5.00 for international shipping)

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    A signed copy of Charlie's Gingerbread House from the first print run AND a signed copy of my first children's book, I Love You to the Moon, a bookmark from each book and I will send you a personalized DVD video of me reading BOTH of my books. Just give me the name of the person to read it to, and I will make the video just for them! (Please add $5.00 for international shipping)

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    A signed copy of Charlie's Gingerbread House from the first print run and a bookmark. I will also send you a personalized DVD video of me reading the book. Just give me the name of the person to read it to, and I will make the video just for them! PLUS, a beautiful signed & framed print of the cover of Charlie's Gingerbread House. (Please add $20.00 for international shipping)

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    A signed copy of Charlie's Gingerbread House from the first print run AND a signed copy of my first children's book, I Love You to the Moon. You will also get a bookmark from each book. I will send you a personalized DVD video of me reading BOTH of my books. Just give me the name of the person to read it to, and I will make the video just for them! PLUS, and beautiful signed & framed print of the cover of BOTH Charlie's Gingerbread House AND I Love You to the Moon. (Please add $20.00 for international shipping)

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    A "Charlie's Gingerbread House" Party or Library Reading. I will travel within 3 hours to meet you for a party or library reading! Along with me, I will bring 15 copies of my book to sign and pass out and bookmarks for everyone. Plus, I will bring you your very own signed and framed print of the cover of the book. If you are more than 3 hours away, contact me to discuss travel expenses.

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