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180
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 1 2019 4:50 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Hello!

My name is Will Mason and I am the author/creator of the LGBTQ children's book series, called "The Boy with the Rainbow Heart." This Kickstarter is being used to launch the second book in the series, called "The Invasion of Big Angry Red."  Want to learn more? Scroll down and learn about our journey!  

Front Cover!
Front Cover!
This is me signing books before speaking at the 10th anniversary of Embrace WNY's Buffalo Brunch!
This is me signing books before speaking at the 10th anniversary of Embrace WNY's Buffalo Brunch!

A couple years ago, I created a children's book, called "The Boy with the Rainbow Heart" in an attempt to spread more love to kids who might feel different.  I was inspired to write the book because my sister had a really tough time when she came out as a kid - both at home and at school.  

Jessica and me last summer in LA together to speak about the book. There is a rainbow in this!
Jessica and me last summer in LA together to speak about the book. There is a rainbow in this!

I hated seeing what she went through so I decided to create the book to help spread more kindness to other children and LGBTQ families.  If you want to learn more about our first book, click here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2114819346/the-boy-with-the-rainbow-heart-an-lgbtq-childrens?ref=discovery&term=the%20boy%20with%20the%20rainbow%20heart. 

Now, a couple years later, we are launching the second book in the series, called "The Invasion of Big Angry Red," which is centered on bullying.  We are dedicating this book to Jamel Myles, the 9 year old  student who sadly killed himself after being bullied when he came out to his classmates this past August.  It broke my heart to see that, so we got in touch with his family, and we are dedicating this book to him - as well as donating 5% of all book-sales to GLSEN - which helps spread LGBTQ acceptance in schools across the US. GLSEN is wonderful and you can actually find our first book and K-3 lesson plans on their website, listed here: https://www.glsen.org/article/boy-rainbow-heart-lesson-plans-grades-k-3. 

Picture of Jamel Myles (from his mother)
Picture of Jamel Myles (from his mother)

SO - this June 1st (first day of gay pride month) - we are launching the sequel, in honor of Jamel, and all LGBTQ youth.  If you're interested in making a social media post, sharing our book-launch during the month of June, please know how grateful I am.  

The above picture is from "The Invasion of Big Angry Red" which showcases The Boy defending the Town of Shine against the darkness of the bully, Big Angry Red.  

In this story, Big Angry Red abrupty enters the Town of Shine, and after teasing the townspeople, and causing fear everywhere - the Boy is left watching and wondering how he can help Red become less angry.

Want to find out how the story ends and what happens to Big Angry Red and the Boy? 

some of the fun rewards - the original book and a plush of the boy!
some of the fun rewards - the original book and a plush of the boy!

HELP ME BRING THIS TO LIFE BY SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND TELLING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.  Let's keep spreading the message of LOVE! 

Want to learn a bit more? 

Who is involved?

  • I (Will Mason) am the creator and author of the project, Cody Weiler is responsible for the book formatting/editing/typography and Anna Au is our main illustrator.  Cody and Anna are incredibly talented artists/graphic designers and we are fortunate to have them involved with the project! 
  • A special thanks to Brianna Blank for creating the Kickstarter video & a special thanks to Ray Ganoe - our lead sponsor from Evergreen Health!  

Costs/Funding Goal?

We need to raise $10,000 to cover the following: 

  • illustration costs
  • packaging costs
  • reward fulfillment costs
  • ordering the hardcover print copies of the books!

What’s our schedule/timeline? 

  • June - Kickstarter Launch
  • July - Kickstarter End
  • July - Order books!
  • August/September - Receive books and begin packaging rewards
  • September/October - Send reward packages & books!

What do the books look/feel like?

  • 8.5 by 11 hardcover, full & vibrant colored, 32 page children's book!

Rewards: 

  • Rainbow Heart T-Shirts
  • Original Hardcover Book 
  • Sequel Hardcover Book (photo to come soon!)
  • Rainbow Heart Bracelets
  • Plush Dolls of The Boy and Big Angry Red
these were the books I signed for Jamel's school - we donate 19 hardcover books with kind messages for the students.
these were the books I signed for Jamel's school - we donate 19 hardcover books with kind messages for the students.

 Here are some pictures of the journey thus far!

make sure to check out the awesome lesson plans teachers have done with this book!
make sure to check out the awesome lesson plans teachers have done with this book!
This is me donating 80 copies to every school psychologist at Cleveland Public Schools! :)
This is me donating 80 copies to every school psychologist at Cleveland Public Schools! :)

Listed below are several links to articles, interviews, and videos that have been recorded about the book/project over the last several months. The top couple are #1 from NPR Buffalo/Toronto and #2 - Buffalo News.

  1. http://wbfo.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/lgbtq-children-s-book-offers-sensitive-lesson
  2. https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/16/rainbow-heart-storybook-inspired-by-familys-rainbow-sheep/
  3. http://www.amherstbee.com/news/2018-01-24/Lifestyles/LGBTQ_childrens_book_offers_ray_of_light.html
  4. http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/01/mason_ganza_ikins_cassanolochman_cny_books_and_authors.html
  5. https://canisiusgriffin.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/spreading-rainbow-hearts/
  6. https://www.wkbw.com/news/-the-boy-with-the-rainbow-heart-moves-young-readers-towards-embracing-diversity
  7. https://sweetbuffalo716.com/the-boy-with-the-rainbow-heart-childrens-book-supports-lbgt-community/
  8. https://blogs.canisius.edu/the-dome/2017/12/06/mason-authors-first-childrens-book/
  9. https://issuu.com/dailypublic.com/docs/loopdec17web (page 4)
  10. https://www.gayswithkids.com/help-make-a-new-lgbtq-childrens-book-happen-2475894050.html
  11. http://www.kickstartchildrensbooks.com/how-to-publish-a-childrens-book-blog/learn-from-the-best-how-kickstarter-childrens-book-creator-will-mason-got-his-project-funded-in-24-hours
  12. http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2017/08/27/the-boy-with-the-rainbow-heart-lgbtq-youth-self-acceptance-love-differences-kindness-will-mason-author-kids-schools-buffalo 
a picture of my mom at a gay pride parade - this would have never happened years ago! She is awesome, isn't she?
a picture of my mom at a gay pride parade - this would have never happened years ago! She is awesome, isn't she?

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    5 Books and a BONUS T-Shirt!

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    Rainbow Heart PRIDE + BONUS PLUSH DOLL!

    Receive signed hardcover books of both the original book + the sequel AND receive a limited-edition 10 inch plush doll of the Boy from the series! A perfect gift for your children or friends + it is SUPER cute!

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    SCHOOL/CORPORATE VISIT + 20 BOOKS

    Receive a full-day school visit (6 presentations) where I will travel to your school, read the books, and speak about my family, the series and our mission. Travel will dictate availability. Plus, receive 25 additional books of your choice for your school/business.

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