About this project
New Stretch Goals Announced. Let's shout from the rooftops together with stickers and pins, "I supported Historical Heroines!" See below for more details.
Welcome! My name is Elizabeth Lorayne and I am passionate about creating books and projects that are empowering, exciting and educational. In the summer of 2016, I had this idea for a coloring book featuring inspiring, brilliant, pioneering women in science from the 18th and 19th centuries. Before I could delve into the logistics, I first needed to finalize the production of the sequel to my award-winning children's picture book series, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly (White Wave Press, 2015 and 2017). Now, I am eager to seize the opportunity through Kickstarter to get this inspirational coloring book into the hands of children, teens and adults.
As a mother, I often think about books and tools that I would have loved as a child – activities that would have inspired my curiosity, creativity and love of nature and science – in hopes of then sharing them with my own daughter (and beyond!). I grew up exploring the shorelines of the Pacific Northwest, sailing, writing stories, and wanting to save the earth. As I became more exposed to science (particularly primatology, paleontology, anthropology, and psychology), the creative arts, and then had my own daughter; I soon found a way to morph all of those passions into one – through creating and publishing empowering, science-minded books and therefore launching White Wave Press.
The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries will celebrate 30+ women scientists from a time when women couldn't readily go to college, let alone enter a field in science. These women are powerful role models – women who broke with tradition and pursued their own passions. I'm selecting an assortment of women, some of whom are better known and many who aren't as well known. Some of the women I'll be including are Marie and Irene Curie, Alice Ball, Ellen Swallow Richards, Inge Lehmann, Roger Arliner Young, Wang Zhenyi, Ada Lovelace, and Mary Treat. As shown in the video, I imagine the coloring book to even spark imaginative play, enticing kids to pretend to be the very scientists they color and learn about!
The plan is to feature each woman on a double page spread. On the lefthand side, there will be a short biography that highlights some of what she is known for and on the righthand side, the coloring image itself. Each coloring image will showcase an aspect of her accomplishments. I also plan to include a glossary of terms in the back of the book.
I chose Kickstarter primarily because I want to share the opportunity with people to be a part of this particular project – a project that I feel is both exciting and educational, while also being for the entire family. The funds I'm asking for cover about 60% of the actual costs, while the rest is self-funded. The support I'm asking for will go directly towards paying the artist, the researcher/editor and to printing 1,000 copies locally in Massachusetts.
Through my publishing journey, I've met some wonderfully talented people. Kendra Shedenhelm is the artist behind these whimsical and edgy coloring pages. She even did the logo for White Wave Press. She is an accomplished artist and illustrator, who is such fun to work with. I encourage you to view her personal site here. I will also be employing research and editing help from science historian, Michael Barton. He contributed to the educational biography on Charles Darwin in both of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly books. You can read more about his work here.
The book itself will be over 30 pages, printed on beautiful 80 lb. paper with perforation for easy viewing outside of the book. The cover will be a sturdy 110 lb cover-stock and the binding is saddle-stitched.
Once the project is backed, I expect the artwork and research to take 12-15 weeks and the printing in Massachusetts another 4-6 weeks. I expect to ship the coloring books in August.
Thank you! And please be sure to check out all of the reward levels.
Let's shout from the rooftops together: "I Supported Historical Heroines!" New STRETCH Goal.
At the 6k mark each supporter of $5 or more will receive a kiss-cut sticker!
At the 7k mark, we'll be sending everyone who has pledged a book or more in the past and going forward a limited edition enamel pin – Woohoo!
Yippee! Everyone who has pledged $5 or more will get a kiss-cut sticker with their pledge!
Risks and challenges
As I've published 2 children's picture books in a multitude of formats, I feel good about taking on this project. That said, there is always a chance something might get stalled. I believe printing locally to me will be more timely and I've also given the project extra padding with the timeframe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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