As a former teacher, I know how many children are ridiculed, simply because of how they look. As a former overweight child myself, I know what it feels like to be the one who is taunted. The Pretty in Me, is intended to help young girls with their self-esteem, acceptance of their bodies, and promote a dialog about their beauty within. As an educator, I hope it can also be a catalyst to facilitate a discussion on self-esteem and how society plays a role in creating, or destroying it.
The Pretty in Me, is the first book in the Be Me Books series, intended to help children increase their level of self-confidence and self-acceptance. Parents often struggle trying to discuss the issue of name-calling or self-esteem. While the focus of The Pretty in Me, isn’t directly about bullying, it may be a component that gets addressed by children and parents as they read it. The goal is to provide a platform to educate, reassure and facilitate conversation with children on their own individuality. The entire Be Me Books series is designed to provide the platform for children to embrace their individuality.
The funds we're asking for will be used to publish and print The Pretty in Me. We’ve already put in all the work to write, (and re-write) the book, telling the story of a girl who is hurt by the taunts from her classmates because she’s heavier than they are. Together with talented artist Chris Driggers, we’ve produced a story book that will be an easy-read for young girls, while reinforcing the key elements of self-esteem and inner beauty. Chris’ drawings provide the perfect visuals to compliment the story, giving the young reader illustrations to help them relate to the story.
The funds will be used to publish and print hardcover copies of The Pretty in Me.
Risks and challenges
We believe the biggest challenge for the successful launch of The Pretty in Me will be in choosing the right publisher and implementing our marketing strategies. We're already exploring the possibilities of working with a number of different publishing companies and will finalize those arrangements in the very near future.
This first book in the Be Me Book series, has the potential to be a wonderfully inspiring book for children everywhere, and the people who love them. We hope you will decide to join us on the launch of this exciting new venture.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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