£1,709
pledged of £3,500pledged of £3,500 goal
56
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 11 2018
Jonathan BeacherBy Jonathan Beacher
First created
Jonathan BeacherBy Jonathan Beacher
First created
£1,709
pledged of £3,500pledged of £3,500 goal
56
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 11 2018

About

The idea began when I was reading my daughter nursery rhymes for a bedtime story. As I said the words aloud I suddenly wondered: 'Wouldn't it be fun if we read or sang our favourite pop song lyrics together instead?' 

I got in touch with the largest music publisher in the world, Sony/ATV, and pitched them the idea, they loved it and agreed to give me the official song license to create childrens books! 

Sony/ATV - The worlds largest Music Publisher
Sony/ATV - The worlds largest Music Publisher
'I wish it could be Christmas Everyday' cover
'I wish it could be Christmas Everyday' cover

I've chosen songs I think my girls will love, like 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' and 'ABC', but also songs I love too and will enjoy sharing with them. 'Can I Kick It?' is a classic from my younger days and 'Race For the Prize' is by one of my favourite bands 'The Flaming Lips'.

'ABC' - "you went to school to learn..."
'ABC' - "you went to school to learn..."
'Perfect Day' - "Feed animals in the zoo..."
'Perfect Day' - "Feed animals in the zoo..."

I'm looking to raise enough funds to be able to get this first set of books printed and the records pressed. 

Each book uses the exact lyrics from the song, which I've bought to life with fun characters. For example 'ABC' by the Jackson 5, has been turned into a pirate themed adventure that follows the 5 Jackson pirates as they hunt for buried treasure. Whilst 'Can I kick it' by Tribe Called Quest uses graffiti inspired graphics to follow our tribe as they wander through a surreal world.

I've already illustrated each book and I've sourced all the printing and production partners I need to be able to produce these books and get them delivered in time for Christmas.  

'Race for the Prize' - "Locked in heated battle..."
'Race for the Prize' - "Locked in heated battle..."
'Can I kick it?' - "as you inhale like a breath of fresh air"
'Can I kick it?' - "as you inhale like a breath of fresh air"

Creating this set of books has been real fun, road testing them on the little one has been even more fun. You know a character or style isn’t going to meet the toddler seal of approval when she screws up her nose and just flatly says ‘No Daddy!' With such insightful creative feedback I’ve been able to play with a whole range of styles to bring the songs to life, and take them in a direction that makes it fun for both grown ups and kids alike.

'I wish it could be Christmas everyday' - "when the snowman brings the snow..."
'I wish it could be Christmas everyday' - "when the snowman brings the snow..."
Each song has been re-recorded and pressed to vinyl
Each song has been re-recorded and pressed to vinyl

I love a bit of vinyl, and have been record collecting since I was young ('The Final Countdown' by 'Europe' was my first single). I thought it would be awesome to share this love of vinyl with my children. That's why we've re-recorded each of these iconic tracks to be pressed to 7inch vinyl to create your child's very first record! Working with some excellent professional musicians we've created the tracks to be fun, we've got guitars, bells, gazoos, harmonicas, bongos and everything in-between so that the tracks work with the books and are great for little ears. Now you can pop the record on, have a little dance or read along with the book. Have a listen to a little snippet of some of the tracks here.

'ABC' by The Jackson 5

'Can I kick it?' by Tribe Called Quest

'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' made famous by Cyndi Lauper

'I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday' by Wizzard

'Perfect Day' by Lou Reed

'Race for the Prize' by The Flaming Lips

All of the hard work to get to this point is done, and all the favours from friends I've pulled in means we can get everything made and delivered to you as soon as possible. It takes a little while to print good quality books, but having everything in place ready to go means that we will deliver to all our backers in time for Christmas.

The Pop Reads Timeline
The Pop Reads Timeline

All the money we raise is going into producing these books. We've printers, record pressing companies and delivery people to pay and all the other fees that come with production costs (who knew you had to buy a book code to create a barcode from?!). And being officially licensed by Sony/ATV means I also have to pay for using each and every song lyric. 

I hope you like the idea of what I am trying to do here and that you like the books I've designed. I've so many ideas for the next books and some amazing songs to choose from so it would be awesome if you backed my project and help me share some of our favourite hit songs with our kids.

Cheers, Jonathan.

Risks and challenges

The main challenge (apart from pleasing a picky 3 year old) is being able to deliver these books in time for Christmas. That’s why I’ve everything in place before we launch, the printers, the vinyl pressing, the postage and everything else is ready for me to give the go ahead and get produced.

Having worked in the creative industry for over 15 years, designing and delivering projects as diverse as museums, bespoke album covers and colouring books I’ve a lot of experience in hitting production deadlines, dealing with design and production issues and delivering the final item. I'm working with a production team that not only has years of expertise but they know what’s needed, how to do it and can overcome any issue a project can come up with.

As soon as the Kickstarter is finished we go full steam into production. We've worked through the time frame for each individual item, how long they will take to proof, print, make and press, so that all the books, along with the records, will be printed and delivered in time for us to get them to you before Christmas.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £2 or more About $2.53

    I love this idea!

    I love the idea and really want it to succeed! Select this if you just want to help us launch and hopefully see one of your favourite songs illustrated one day. Along with our massive thanks we'll email you some cool colouring sheets for your kids to enjoy.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Pop Reads T-shirt

    Pick this reward if you would like one of our limited edition character T-shirts. Select from a range of different colours. From small child sizes up to (very big) kid sizes.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Book - 'ABC' by The Jackson 5 pirates

    Here's 'ABC' by The Jackson 5, re-imagined as a pirate adventure.

    With this reward you get a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book of the Jackson 5 disco classic. And don't worry, this book will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Book - 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'

    'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' made famous by Cyndi Lauper. Playing in space or dressed as a dinosaur, join our girl having lots of fun!

    With this reward you get a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book of the 80s monster hit. And don't worry, this book will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Book - 'Can I Kick It?'

    The finest 90s hip hop! 'Can I Kick It?' by Tribe Called Quest. We re-imagine this classic with crazy monsters on a mission.

    With this reward you get a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book of one of the biggest hip hop tunes ever. And don't worry, this book will be delivered in time for christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Book - 'Race for the Prize'

    I love the Flaming Lips! Here's their song 'Race for the Prize' re-imagined as a competition between two eccentric scientist characters,

    With this reward you get a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book of the Flaming Lips hit. And don't worry, this book will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Book - 'Perfect Day' by Lou Reed

    'Perfect Day' by Lou Reed is an absolute classic from one of the world's greatest songwriters. We take you on a journey with a cowboy on his colourful day out.

    With this reward you get a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book of the Lou Reed classic. And don't worry, this book will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Book 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas..'

    'I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday' by Wizzard, one of the most iconic Christmas tracks of all time.

    With this reward you get a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book of the Christmas hit. And don't worry, this book will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £11 or more About $14

    A book and a real vinyl record

    You can sing along with the stories if you buy a book with our specially recorded vinyl too.

    Along with the beautiful hard back book of your choice, the music has been re-recorded and pressed to limited edition vinyl. Show your children how music is meant to be listened to!

    The hard question is which book are you going to select?

    And don't worry, we'll get this delivered to you in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    The full set of 6 books

    Love all these songs? No worries, why not pledge for all six books to kickstart your Pop Reads library.

    With this reward you'll get all six of our launch books. Each book is a beautifully illustrated high quality hard back printed book. And don't worry, they will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    14 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge £60 or more About $76

    The full set of six books and vinyl

    A serious record collector in the making! With this reward you will get every one of our beautiful hardback books with accompanying vinyl record. Sing along while reading the book to your child, and then do it again with a different story.

    Each beautiful hard back book has the music re-recorded and pressed to limited edition vinyl. Show your children what record collecting is all about. And don't worry, they will be delivered in time for Christmas!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 4 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge £120 or more About $152

    The Limited Edition Set

    This is a special set. You'll get all of the books, with the vinyl records for you and your little ones to dance to and read. You'll get four T-shirts so you and your family can all rock the Pop Reads look. But you also get a limited edition print! This bespoke screen printed A2 poster is beautifully made on a heavy archival paper, with each poster personalised for you with your own specific cartoon and message.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,263

    Super limited Pop-tastic set of books

    With this reward you'll receive all six launch books and the vinyl records, but more importantly you'll get to help decide which song will make up the next set of books we do (from a list of thousands of songs!). You will get to have input on how the story is told and we'll illustrate your child (or children) as characters within the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,316

    Mega special one off Pop Reads book

    Choose your favourite song and we will create a beautiful hard back children's book that is truly a one off. We'll only produce up to ten copies of this unique creation for you and your family! The design will never be commercially available and you'll have complete input on every illustration over several months. We'll work with you to create bespoke characters based on you and your family and you'll have creative input at every step of the design process. We'll get the music re-recorded and pressed to vinyl, you can come along and spend a day at the recording studio to see your track being recorded (and you can even join in if you like!). This is a true one off, the book design will never be used for anything else apart from your final hard back books. And because we know you're such a Pop Reads fan you'll also receive the full set of launch books, records, print and T-shirts.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)