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A board book for your children in glasses featuring photos of babies and toddlers wearing glasses and rhyming text.

About this project

 The book will feature photos of toddlers and babies wearing glasses with accompanying rhyming text.  Written by Ann Zawistoski, a mom whose daughter started wearing glasses at 1 year old and the founder of Little Four Eyes.

Update - 11/16: 2 new reward levels

We've added 2 new reward levels:

  • $20 - Share the story: Send a copy of the book and a resource sheet to a childcare provider, preschool, or library of your choice.  That way the book will be there when a family needs it!
  • $25 - Canadian special: Kickstarter's international shipping costs are higher than necessary for Canadian backers.  Get a copy of the book and either the bookmarks or greeting card.  No need to add any extra amount for shipping.

Zoe's story

Zoe, shortly after getting her glasses
Zoe, shortly after getting her glasses

My daughter Zoe needed glasses at a year old.  I'm a librarian, so one of the first things we did was hit the library to look for books about kids in glasses.  Unfortunately, most books on that topic are aimed at school-aged kids with glasses.  They generally take place at school, and often include scenes where the child is teased for their glasses.

Now, many of these books are lovely, wonderful, and charming.  But they aren't aimed at young children or babies, the situations aren't ones that appeal to young kids, and they are rarely sturdy board books that can stand up to babies and toddlers.  

Shortly after Zoe got her glasses, I started LittleFourEyes.com, a website for families with young children in glasses.  One of the most popular pages on the site is the photo gallery, which features photos of kids wearing glasses.  I've heard from so many parents who have felt better about their child needing glasses after seeing the pictures.  But even better, I've heard from parents who tell me that their child is happier to wear glasses after seeing pictures of so many other kids in glasses.

just a few of the beautiful bespectacled faces in the Little Four Eyes photo gallery
just a few of the beautiful bespectacled faces in the Little Four Eyes photo gallery

And that's where the inspiration for the book came from.  "Glasses!" will feature photos of young kids in glasses doing normal things that other kids can relate to.

My "ode to glasses"

A couple of years ago on Valentine's Day, I dashed off a quick couple of lines professing my love for Zoe's glasses:

Some glasses are red,
Some glasses are blue.
I think your glasses look great on you!

I hadn't planned to do anything more with that verse, but the rhyme stuck with me and began to morph into a full-fledged ode to glasses.  It grew to be four verses long, celebrating how wonderful glasses can be in a young child's life.  I realized this would be a good text to accompany the book.

I began to investigate publishing the poem as a board book illustrated with photos of children wearing real (not photo prop) glasses.  The problem is that board books are expensive to produce.  I was told by a few publishers that unless I could make a series out of the book, or tie it to a well-known character, a publisher would be very unlikely to back such a book.  The fact that the book is unapologetically aimed at children in glasses, an admittedly small population, only makes it less likely to be published by traditional means.  

But we live in exciting times.   Books can be published and distributed in smaller quantities.  If I have some funding, I can produce and publish these books myself.  I have lined up a wonderful local photographer, Heide Woodworth, to do the photo shoots.  I am working with Kristin Ellsworth of Peeps Eyewear (and author of "Princesses Wear Glasses" and co-founder of the Great Glasses Play Day) to help with the publishing and distribution of the book and other reward items. 

The funding will help cover the costs of a professional photo shoot with local children who wear glasses.  It will also cover the printing of an initial run of the book.  Because the photos have not been taken yet, the photos that accompany this page are not those that will be featured in the book.

Take a look at our website for more information.  Or like us on Facebook or Google+.

Encouraging Others and Raising Awareness

While bringing this book to reality is my main goal, I want to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of vision issues, and to help those facing early vision problems to know that they're not alone.  While babies and toddlers in glasses are not common, according some studies, 1 in 20 preschoolers should wear glasses.

I also hope that this project encourages others to explore writing children's books, particularly for kids facing less common situations.  I especially hope this will encourage even more books about vision issues for very young children. 

Glasses for you,Glasses for me,I love that your glasses help you to see!

Rewards

Check out the $20 reward level
Check out the $20 reward level

Bookmarks: Along with the book itself, I plan to use the photography from the book to produce four different bookmarks, each with a different verse and image from the book.  

Greeting cards: I will also create a greeting card with an image from the book.  The front of the card will read: :

"Some glasses are red,
Some glasses are blue."

On the inside, the card will say:

"I think your glasses look great on you!"

This card would be great for a child just getting their first pair of glasses.

Posters: I will also produce a poster that features images from the book and the full text of the ode to glasses.  This would be suitable for framing and would be perfect for an eye care provider's office or an optical shop, as well as a child's room or play area.

Thanks!  All backers will be listed as supporters on the book's website.

Risks and challenges

I have quotes and commitments from a book printer and a photographer.

The biggest challenge is likely to be delays in the photo shoots and in putting together the final layout of the book. I have written the full text of the book and have a good idea of how I would like the final product to look, however, I have never made a book before, so may be underestimating the time needed to finish the project.

I will work with everyone to meet the deadlines as best I can, and promise to keep everyone updated on the progress.

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    6 backers

    Thank you, thank you! You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    10 backers

    As a special thank you, we'll send you a set of 4 bookmarks each featuring a different verse and different photo from the book. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    7 backers

    A greeting card that features a photo from the book and the verse: "Some glasses are red / some glasses are blue / I think your glasses look great on you!" A perfect card to send to a child who has just gotten glasses! You will be listed on our website as a supporter.

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    11 backers

    Thank you! You'll receive a pdf version of the book. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    Poster! You'll receive a high quality, 11"x17" poster featuring photos from the book and the full poem, suitable for framing. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    Early bird special! A copy of the book and a set of 4 bookmarks at a lower price for the first 30 backers! You'll receive a copy of the book and a set of 4 bookmarks featuring photos and a verse from the book. You will be listed on the website as a supporter.

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    A copy of the book. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    31 backers

    Send a copy of Glasses! and a resource sheet for parents and caregivers to your favorite preschool, library, or child care provider. It'll be there when another family needs it. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    15 backers

    New Glasses Package: A copy of the book and a greeting card with a photo from the book and the verse: "Some glasses are red / some glasses are blue / I think your glasses look great on you!" A perfect card for a child who has just gotten glasses. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    18 backers

    Book and bookmarks: A copy of the book and a set of 4 bookmarks featuring photos and a verse from the book. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    Canadian Special! For our friends in Canada, get a copy of the book and either 4 bookmarks or a greeting card.

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    Limited edition poster signed by the author! You'll receive a signed, high quality, 11"x17" poster featuring images from the book and the full text of the poem, suitable for framing. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    7 backers

    Eye Care Provider Package: A copy of the book and the high quality, 11"x17" poster featuring images from the book and the full text of the poem, suitable for framing. Your office will be listed on our website as a supporter, along with a link to your website.

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    5 backers Limited (25 left of 30)

    Limited signed copies of the book and poster. I'll send you a signed copy of the book, a signed copy of the poster featuring photos from the book and the full poem. You'll also receive the bookmark and the greeting card, both of which will feature photos from the book and part of the poem. You will be listed on our website as a supporter.

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    Eye Care Provider Plus! Two signed copies of the book, a signed copy of the high quality, 11"x17" poster that contains images from the book and the full text of the poem, suitable for framing. A set of 10 bookmarks featuring photos and a verse from the book, and 10 notecards with a photo and the verse: "Some glasses are red / some glasses are blue / I think your glasses look great on you!" Your office will be listed on our website as a supporter, along with a link to your website.

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    Give them to friends! 10 copies of the book, 10 bookmarks, and 10 note cards. You will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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