Please Share! is the first book in a new series designed to teach toddlers about social interaction and emotional outbursts. It is a simple story about Karina, who doesn’t want to share her toy truck with her friend, Doobert. Through a light hearted rhyme, cute pictures and easy to understand language, the story introduces how fun it is to share and how it makes others happy.
As a father of two little ones I deal with emotional outbursts from my own kids everyday. Ranging from being selfish and not sharing, to biting and pinching other kids. As toddlers they’re in this stage of life where they are overwhelmed by their emotions and can’t always communicate clearly what they want or need. Usually when I try to talk to my kids about sharing, it ends up with them crying and screaming on the ground. I’ve found the most effective (and fun!) way to teach my toddlers is through story. So I’m telling Please Share to help encourage positive behavior and introduce ways to cope with selfish emotions.
What are the Little Monstrions
Both Karina and Doobert are Little Monstrions, a group of toddler monsters. They represent the emotions we all feel. And those emotions can sometimes get out of control and turn a bit…monstrous. (monstrion = monster + emotion) The series will start as five books that I’m writing and illustrating: about sharing, pinching, biting, hitting, and lying. Each will feature a different monstrion that represents and exhibits those outbursts: Karina, Doobert, Raza, Wolfus and Sawilly.
I plan on using the Little Monstrions stories to teach toddlers and preschoolers about identifying their emotions and managing them. They will act as an introduction to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with the goal to help kids to develop better communication skills, express their feelings, maintain positive relationships and deal with their feelings. I’m telling these stories in a fun, non-judgmental way, I don’t want to be preachy. I want to teach kids and help parents and hope this will be a valuable tool.
What I have done already:
Please Share has been written and fully edited. I am illustrating the book myself and have finished up the majority of the pictures. What’s left is to finish illustrating the remaining pictures, find a printer, finish the layout of the book and promote the book. In addition, I have written the next book, Please Don’t Pinch, and have begun illustrating it as well.
What I need from you:
My goal for this Kickstarter project is to raise funds to
- To print the book
- To distribute the book
- To promote the book
- Support the creation of the other of the Little Monstrion books
I’m kickstarting Please Share to generate and gauge interest in the book series. I want to get feedback from backers about what they think is the most prevalent outbursts in toddlers or what stories they would like to hear to help them teach toddlers.
Who am I:
I’m a video producer, filmmaker, illustrator, author. I’ve been creating visual stories for over 14 years and been nominated for an Emmy and Grammy for my work. I have been a big fan of children’s books since… well since I was a child myself. In fact, those are the ones that have made the biggest impact on who I am. Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss are heroes to me. I’m married to an awesome wife, Jaime, and a father of two great kids, Isadora and Boden.
I Don't Have A Kid, Though. Why Should I Pledge?
Please Share is great for any toddler or preschooler and if not for yourself or your kids, maybe support the project for your future children, your friends' kids, your nieces and nephews, your cousins, your cousins' kids… etc!
Lastly...Thank you for being awesome!
I truly appreciate everyone’s support. Seriously, you're helping make my dream of being a children’s author come true. And your support is also helping make the world a better place one less tantrum at a time.
Risks and challenges
As I mentioned, I’ve written the book and finished most of the illustrations. I’ve worked with a number of children’s authors to edit the book and I’ll need to format the book for printing. Some of the challenges are finding a printer, shipping the book and meeting the project deadlines. Like with all creative projects, setting a realistic and manageable project timeline for production is important. I haven’t dealt with shipping fulfillment before so I hope to not encounter too many problems.
But I think the biggest challenge is actually spreading the word about the project. I’m hoping to not alienate any friends during this 30 day stretch, but I’m going to be sharing this project as often and as far as I can. So I hope you’ll join me! I’m very committed to making this all happen and feel very privileged by all of your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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