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The world's first kids activity book in invisible ink. With great stories & a top secret uv pen, back us now for kids Christmas books!
The world's first kids activity book in invisible ink. With great stories & a top secret uv pen, back us now for kids Christmas books!
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Reading UnderCover Children's Activity Book - Invisible Ink

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These children's activity books are written in invisible ink and are literally the first of their kind in the entire world.

Open the book and all you will see is empty pages! …Wait …What? Empty pages? How can I read the book?

It’s easy! Just turn on your uv light pen and watch the magic happen. Glowing words light up the page in an easy-to-read story, and there’s lots of space for you to draw your own secret, invisible illustrations.

 

Due to popular demand we have released 3 x Christmas 2017 children's book rewards. They include an invisible book, a glow in the dark secret torch pen, and are gift wrapped with a Christmas name label. Choose from:

  • Christmas Star + The Unicorn (125 available)
  • All About Planets (125 available)
  • The Farty Firefly (125 available)
Christmas activity book gifts for children
Christmas activity book gifts for children

They're being printed and packed as we speak, ready to post on the campaign end date (4th Dec).

children's Christmas books on Kickstarter
children's Christmas books on Kickstarter

 

First stretch goal has been unlocked! (5.5k funded)

Our author & illustrator Carrie Mortleman will personally sign each copy in a neon GellyRoll Moonlight Ice Cream Smooth pen. Very exclusive!

  

Children's Book Testimonial from Author & Dad
Children's Book Testimonial from Author & Dad

 

Our children's books are written and illustrated by published children's book author Carrie Mortleman the stories are short, fun, a little silly, a little sciencey and there is the occasional big word drop, because everyone knows, we’re encouraging future leaders, and big words are awesome.

This is a mock-up of our 3 titles with our 3-colour invisible ink torch pen
This is a mock-up of our 3 titles with our 3-colour invisible ink torch pen

We have 3 kids books available right now, and a 4th in production as a fun Easter book:

  • Christmas Star + The Unicorn
  • All About Planets
  • The Farty Firefly
  • Easter book (likely to be Hippity Hop just can't stop)

 

Story content of the Invisible Books:

read snippets from Reading UnderCover's glow books
read snippets from Reading UnderCover's glow books

 

Don't just trust us, trust our panel of judges who adore our kids activity book. Also trust the 100 kids we test marketed it on who loved it and demanded more.

Henry – Infant & Primary School Director

You really did an outstanding job! It's funny! But it's creative and genuine. A genuine piece of art that could become a great and a well-known collection. I simply love it. Learning through centres of interest (like your books’ invisibility!) always offers the nicest chance to learn from the pupils' perspective.

Paola – Pediatrician

Children are natural searchers. Everything that means a "discovery" is really engaging and much more fun than just reading. Your invisible ink reading & drawing books engage the left side of the brain for reading & learning, and the right side of the brain for the creative and drawing aspect. This way the learning experience is fun but also engages more of the child’s brain for a more comprehensive and effective learning experience.

Kelly – Teacher

These ‘glow in the dark’ reader books will surely be a hit with young booklovers, including the most reluctant of readers. The UV technology is a creative and fun way to reinforce reading skills, encourage independent reading and the included sections to draw your own interpretation of the text are a fantastic way for kids to cement their understanding of the stories and further spark their imaginations. The UV pen and light will appeal to both boys and girls alike, and as a mother of two boys and an experienced teacher, I am certain this sort of activity will appeal to young boys’ need for engagement and discovery in their learning experiences. A fantastic resource!

Kickstarter Kids Book Rewards:

choose from our kids books reward tiers
choose from our kids books reward tiers

Choose from our lowest reward tiers and receive a downloadable PDF bundle of 10 activities for your kids (too easy right?!) Or go for our basic book & pen package (choose from 1 of 2 titles - The Farty Firefly or All About Planets).

Pay only €1 extra and get our handmade Christmas kids book especially gift wrapped. Or why not get 3 books & UV pens packs delivered for Easter?

And the Complete Book Gift Box?

Ok, we don't have an image of this yet, but it will have:

  • 3 x books & 3 x 3-colour top secret uv pens.
  • Kids book titles include: All About Planets The Farty Firefly plus a brand new Easter book title.
  • All packed in a lovely gift box.
  • Including 5 x invisible postcards & 1 invisible ink character printed bookmark.
  • All books will be signed by author & illustrator Carrie Mortleman.

We have some really cool stretch goals planned if we exceed our targets including:

  • A6 sheet of 6 x ltd ed Kickstarter only stickers
  • A5 sheet of 6 x ltd ed Kickstarter only tattoos
  • donation of 100 books to the Barcelona Children's Hospital
  • Exclusive Kickstarter iron-on clothing badge
  • Exclusive Kickstarter pin-on character badge
  • Blank secret writing & drawing journal
  • UV mini torchlight on a keychain
  • ...and... well... lets see how far we can stretch and what else we can afford to offer!

Children's Book Press Coverage:

 Yesterday we received the world's first, invisible ink, reading and drawing book for children and as my son is currently learning to read I was very excited to see what he would make of it. He was delighted!

Logical Advice

Our UV pen lights are CE certified. But please use common sense. Don’t shine them in your eyes. Parents, don’t let children use them for long periods of time. And yes, they will run out of ink, and the batteries will run out.

Reading UnderCover invisible books are short, simple activity books of approximately 10 to 15 minutes per session. They are aimed at learn-to-readers aged 3-5years. But we’ve found that readers as high as 8-10years love the invisible quirkiness and drawing fun.

We're still working on perfecting the prototype, so if you are one of the Christmas buyers, try to encourage children to draw within the boxes (hard I know). Just so it doesn't interfere with the story.

Warmest and most sincere thanks for your support.

Our goal is to use this as a base, to kickstart our business ;)

We want to further develop this great children's activity book with thicker pages and ring-bound to hold the pen beautifully. Perhaps blister packs for book & toyshops. There are so many ways we can develop it. Thanks once again for your support in getting us off the ground.

Photo Credits: https://www.facebook.com/Tereza-Studecka-Bonitos-recuerdos-490168501155488/ with huge thanks for your great photos, encouragement and support.

And http://cazamwebdesign.com product shots.

Risks and challenges

Risks are low. Carrie has worked in the print and design industry on an international scale for +10 years. Our greatest challenge is getting the Christmas reward out in time as the timing is tight. But as they are handmade and we have all the materials and tech ready to go only the postman could let us down. ... or the printer could break... or there could be an earthquake... but very little could stand in the way of our hard work and enthusiasm.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge €2 or more About US$ 2.24

    PDF Bundle of 10 Activities

    Grab our great PDF Bundle with 10 pages of A4 activities for kids:
    1) colouring in pages with characters from our 3 books.
    2) dot-to-dot drawing to help the little ones learn how to draw.
    3) Mnemonic suggestions and exercises to help you remember the order of the planets.

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    Book & Pen

    Receive 1 x book + 1 x 3-colour invisible ink torch pen.
    Choose from 2 titles:
    The Farty Firefly
    All About Planets
    (please comment which title you would like when you select this reward).
    Includes free worldwide postage (standard airmail).

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    Ltd Ed Handmade Christmas Pack

    Receive 1 x book (Christmas Star + The Unicorn) + 1 x 3-colour invisible ink torch pen in time for Christmas.
    Get in fast because time & quantity of books available is limited!
    Christmas wrapped in holographic bag with a Christmas name tag sticker.
    These are handmade with love.
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    Pledge €15 or more About US$ 17

    All About Planets Christmas book

    Ltd Ed Handmade Christmas Pack

    Receive 1 x book (All About Planets) + 1 x 3-colour invisible ink torch pen in time for Christmas.
    Get in fast because time & quantity of books available is limited!
    Christmas wrapped in holographic bag with a Christmas name tag sticker.
    These are handmade with love.
    Includes free worldwide postage (standard airmail).

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    Pledge €15 or more About US$ 17

    The Firefly Firefly Christmas Book

    Ltd Ed Handmade Christmas Pack

    Receive 1 x book (The Farty Firefly) + 1 x 3-colour invisible ink torch pen in time for Christmas.
    Get in fast because time & quantity of books available is limited!
    Christmas wrapped in holographic bag with a Christmas name tag sticker.
    These are handmade with love.
    Includes free worldwide postage (standard airmail).

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    Pledge €30 or more About US$ 34

    3 book & 3 pen Easter Pack

    Receive a bumper pack of 3 x books & 3 x 3-colour invisible ink pens:
    All About Planets
    The Farty Firefly
    plus a brand new Easter title
    Includes free worldwide postage (standard airmail).

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    Pledge €40 or more About US$ 45

    Complete Gift Box

    Receive a bumper pack of 3 x books & 3 x 3-colour invisible ink pens. Titles include:
    All About Planets
    The Farty Firefly
    plus a brand new Easter title.
    All packed in a lovely gift box including 5 x invisible ink printed postcards & 1 x invisible ink printed bookmark.
    All books will be signed by author & illustrator Carrie Mortleman.
    Includes free worldwide postage (standard airmail).

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