We are blown away by your support in getting us to our funding goal so quickly! Ultimately, the goal of Sunny is to introduce sun safety practices to as many children as possible as early as possible. As a result, we are announcing stretch goals aimed at children's education:
If we raise $14,000 before the close of the funding window (the end of March), we will donate 30 copies of Sunny Goes to the Beach to Los Angeles area public libraries, and 20 copies to the public libraries of the city (other than LA) with the most backers. Currently, that is Austin, Texas (you can check backer location under the "Community" tab).
If we raise $19,000 before the close of the funding window, we will donate an additional 50 copies of the book to the Skin Cancer Foundation, as a special thanks for being the source of Sunny's Sun Facts!
Sunny is a young girl who loves to play outdoors, especially the beach. Fortunately for Sunny, her parents are sun savvy, modeling and reinforcing best practices of sun protection, including use of sunscreen, sun-protective apparel, and sun gear.
Sunny asks to bring her friend, Isla, to the beach. Isla has less experience with sun safety. During this rhyming tale about sand and surf fun, Sunny's parents educate Sunny and Isla on sun safety through words and actions.
As an added bonus, the book contains "Sun Facts" for parents and caregivers that address common issues, questions, and misconceptions about sun safety. These Sun Facts appear in the margins and provide practical tips for parents and caregivers to protect themselves and their children. The Sun Facts are all derived from guidance from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
The book is intended for children three to eight years old and their adult readers.
Why This Matters?
My son, a toddler, has books on tooth brushing, potty training, sharing, tying his shoes. But in my searching, I found few children's books that teach children about specific sun-protective measures beyond putting on sunscreen. In my practice as a dermatology nurse practitioner, it was clear that most people do not know best practices for sun protection.
We know that early childhood is a formative time for developing habits. Children model their behavior after parents, caregivers, and mentors, as well as from what they see and hear in stories. This book serves as another source to help guide and reinforce children's' behavior. Like brushing our teeth, protecting our skin from the sun and its consequences could and should be second nature.
Kickstarter: The What, How, and Why
Kickstarter campaigns fund and launch novel ideas, from children's books to films to tech inventions. When creators can't finance their projects independently, Kickstarter offers the opportunity to crowdfund, or obtain small amounts of financial backing from the public. You can check out this link for more details on how Kickstarter works.
We plan to self-publish and distribute a minimum of 250 copies of Sunny Goes to the Beach using Kickstarter contributions. We have set a fundraising goal of $9,000, the amount required to cover the initial costs of production. We cannot collect any pledged contributions unless we successfully meet our goal. If the campaign fails to raise $9,000, all pledged contributions will be non-binding.
While Kickstarter campaigns rely on altruism, they also utilize a tiered reward system, customized by project organizers, to motivate supporters. Please take a look at our reward section.
Sunny Goes to the Beach will be a 32-page, 10x8-inch, hardcover book containing Davinia's beautiful watercolor paintings on high quality stock.
By contributing any amount, you will become an integral part of the journey of a first-time author and first-time illustrator. With a $20 pledge, you will get your own first edition hardcover copy. If we reach our fundraising target, we will realize our ultimate goal of self-publishing - but more importantly, get this book, and the vital information in it, into little, eager hands and onto book shelves around the world.
Breakdown of the Budget
We have done virtually all of the heavy lifting ourselves to keep down expenses, but there are certain unavoidable costs, including:
-Obtaining ISBN numbers, registration fees, and costs associated with making the book accessible for e-readers, like iPads and Kindles
-Production of the first edition of the book
-Shipping and handling to fulfill rewards. International shipping is especially pricey, and unfortunately unavoidable.
We have researched options for these tasks, seeking to find the most cost-effective service providers. Based on this, we believe our budget is as lean as possible.
Risks and challenges
Publishing a book is no easy feat. We recognize that meeting our Kickstarter goal and publishing/delivering the book represent key challenges.
However, we have worked hard to eliminate or reduce these risks and challenges. The writing, illustrations, design, and layout are complete, all resulting from extensive research on writing and publishing. We have printed a proof of the book. We have evaluated numerous approaches to self-publishing and printers, selecting a printer with a proven track record of delivering a quality product. We have also spent numerous hours researching Kickstarter proposals to develop a strategy aimed at fulfilling our funding target. While we are proceeding with our eyes open, we believe our advance planning and research will lessen, if not eliminate, these risks and challenges.
We are fully committed to this project and to our contributors. We feel privileged by all of your support, and we consider you to be part of our team. That said, we acknowledge the importance of open communication, and we pledge to act expeditiously and provide routine updates on the site. Thank you.
Special thanks to Ian Mattingly (film) and Tom Morgan, Jr. (score) for their great work on the video!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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