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Bedtime Travels is a developmental adventure series that opens a child's mind by teaching the wonders of our world, exploring new cultu

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WHAT IS BEDTIME TRAVELS?

Bedtime Travels is a developmental adventure series that takes the stress out of bedtime for parents and delights children by teaching the wonders of our world, exploring other cultures, forming meaningful relationships and rewarding special achievements.

MORE THAN A BEDTIME STORY BOOK: Bedtime Travels is an on-going educational series that rewards good sleep habits and sparks imagination at the time most suited for a child's creative development and personal exploration. Children form a positive relationship with our little explorer, Buddy, as he visits new places and meets new people while sleeping soundly in his bed.

We take story telling to a new level through our involvement of three major components: Imagination, Education and Interaction.

Imagination changes our perception of what we can do and who we can be. Inspiring imagination in our children on a continuous basis creates an open mind of endless possibilities, making our children more able to recognize and participate in new opportunities, now and in their future.

Education through imagination opens the door to the most natural way our minds learn and remember. Young children are natural explorers eager to discover the world and learn about new people, places, objects, and ideas.

Interaction helps to instill the power of personal relationships. A child's understanding of on-going friendships and interaction with new people forms the foundation for great communication skills and compassion for others.

Each adventure with Buddy provides an opportunity for children to learn about other cultures, explore exciting new places and experience the magic of friendship with the people they meet along the way.

Learn, earn and share: Children earn achievement badges as they travel with Buddy to new places and can share their own journeys with other kids all around the world in a safe Buddy Traveler membership area.

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Craig Tilley is a seasoned designer, copywriter and marketing professional with a long history of brand development and identity consulting. He has worked with Turner Broadcasting and helped develop large-scale shows and promotions for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TBS, TNT and more. Craig is a father that knows the true importance of the power of imagination and the role it plays in our day to day lives.

Adam Nelson, recently awarded “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” by Entrepreneur Magazine, is the inventor of The Good Nite Lite, a behavioral night light that teaches children when to go to bed and when it is OK to get out of bed. His award winning product has been featured on The Doctors, The View, The Early Show and many other media outlets like Parents Magazine and Good Housekeeping.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

This project will fund finishing the illustration, eBook conversions and print publication of the first two books in the Bedtime Travels collection. The book will be a hardcover square board book, 5.5" x 5.5", 24 pages in full color. We are looking at a printing of 2,500 for each edition if successful. Funding will also include the production of a super soft plush doll of Buddy to accompany children as they travel on their own adventures in bed, as well as tagging along with them through the day.

All funding in excess of our goal will go toward the illustration of additional travel editions, increasing production on plush dolls and development of the true essence of Bedtime Travels' ability to provide an on-going relationship with our little explorer, Buddy, to instill the importance of a good friend and provide a positive outlet to a child's learning experience. This includes development of an interactive world map, passports and achievement badges for the kids to track their progress, and membership area to interact with other children, as well as the characters they meet with Buddy along the way.

The first twelve stories are finished, and all pages of art are complete for the first edition where we join Buddy as he awakens in Switzerland. Each story begins with Buddy excited to go to sleep for his new adventure to start, and ends with Buddy saying goodbye to his new friends, so he can get home before the sun rises. These lyrical stories are beautifully written in fun, simple rhymes that children can easily enjoy and learn from.

First Edition is Complete

Follow Buddy on his adventure to Switzerland where he meets up with Hans, a local boy who teaches our explorer about his culture and shows how he has fun in this snowy wonderland. Tag along on this exciting journey with your kids. Below are a few pages from the book.

Starting the journey

Discovering new places

Meeting new friends

Learning new cultures

Coming home...

As Buddy says his goodbyes, children are prompted to let them know it is their turn to go to sleep and begin their own journey.

Join us

Join us on our quest to help children discover the wonders of our world and the possibilities of their imagination.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    JUNIOR EXPLORER: Voting rights on where to send Buddy for his 2nd edition adventure (Africa, Egypt, India, China, Italy, Australia or France). Access to project updates and a digital copy of the 1st edition in PDF format.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15 USD

    EXPLORDINAIRE: The above + a copy of the eBook version of Bedtime Travels 1st edition (for iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc.), three downloadable coloring pages of the black and white line art, plus an 8 x 10 downloadable image of Buddy.

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    8 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    BUDDY'S TRAVELER: All the above + a no-shipping-cost copy of the Bedtime Travels board book at your door with accompanying sticker badge set (your choice of 1st or 2nd edition), and a limited edition Kickstarter commemorative achievement badge. Add $10 to get both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions. (If outside the United States please add $15 shipping charge).

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    17 backers
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    Pledge $35 or more About $35 USD

    PIONEER: All the above + a Buddy's Traveler Passport for tracking travel badges, plus a special pioneer achievement sticker badge. Remember to add $10 to get both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions. (If outside the United States please add $15 shipping charge).

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    9 backers
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    Pledge $75 or more About $75 USD

    SIDEKICK: All the above + your very own Buddy plush doll with a special Buddy sidekick achievement sticker badge and pin set. Remember to add $10 to get both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions. (If outside the United States please add $15 shipping charge).

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    6 backers
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    Pledge $110 or more About $110 USD

    CAPTAIN: Get the “SIDEKICK” reward + an 18 x 24 Bedtime Travels Wall Map for tracking travel badges, plus a special captain achievement badge. Remember to add $10 to get both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions. (If outside the United States please add $15 shipping charge).

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    7 backers
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!: Know two kids who would go crazy for Bedtime Travels? Get two “CAPTAIN” rewards with your choice of the 1st or 2nd edition for each, so you can mix and match, plus get two 8 x 10 images of Buddy (numbered and signed by the founders). Give them to a loved one, or we'll deliver it to a child or children center, or anywhere else you tell us. Add $20 to get both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions. (If outside the United States please add $25 shipping charge).

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    5 backers
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    Pledge $1,250 or more About $1,250 USD

    INKED & LINKED: We will custom draw your child or grandchild as a cartoon character from a photo you provide and create a personal 8 X 10 framed keepsake of him/her with Buddy surrounded by the scenery of your choice. You also get the “CAPTAIN” reward and a special note from Buddy to the child recognizing him/her as a fellow traveler. We'll include both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions with this reward.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    IMMORTALIZED: A character in an upcoming adventure created and named after your child or grandchild. We will custom draw the child as a cartoon character from a photo you provide and put them in the adventure with Buddy. You also get the “CAPTAIN” reward, a special note from Buddy to the child recognizing him/her as a fellow traveler and an 8 X 10 print of the child's character signed by the illustrator and founders. All characters will be displayed on the web site and have the potential to be turned into a plush doll based on popularity. We'll include both 1st and 2nd editions of the board book, accompanying sticker badge sets and eBook versions with this reward.

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Funding period

- (35 days)