A picture book, a story, an exploration into the emotional world of your child ...
'The Cat Got My Tongue!' is book three in the six-part Katie-Jane series, written to encourage self-belief and personal power in children aged 3-8. You can learn more about this series on my website.
After publishing Katie-Jane's first two stories, "Am I a Chameleon?" and "Have You Seen My Tail?" I'm feeling inspired and motivated for more. These two books are now in select bookstores around New Zealand, and used as resources in schools, pre-schools and counselling practices. The feedback has been incredible from teachers, child therapists and parents.
"... your wonderful book – it can be very hard to find children’s books that have good messages that are also fun and not moralistic." Sue Bradshaw, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
"These books .. will be read and re-read for years to come because they resonate with so many people on so many levels, (it is truly a gift) to have something like this to help unlock and explore emotions in children." Kym Laing, Mum of four.
All three books are available to order from my website, http://kathrynharper.net Expected delivery for "The Cat Got My Tongue!" is December 2014.
'The Cat Got My Tongue!'
This Kickstarter project will raise the funds I need to print my third book, "The Cat Got My Tongue!". It's a story about self expression and communication - a very personal topic for me as I was selective mute as a child, but have always excelled at non-verbal communication. Here's a brief storyline, or you can listen to the whole story by clicking the SoundCloud link ...
After finding herself speechless when asked a question in class, someone suggests that maybe the cat took Katie-Jane's tongue. And so begins this adventure ...
On her way Katie-Jane observes a rabbit, a hive of bees and a bird, who each communicate in different ways. Eventually the cat makes its appearance, and Katie-Jane makes some understandings.
This is a fun story, which enables an exploration into different methods of communication - body language, dance, song, art and more - as well as into feelings of anxiety, nervousness and relaxation.
At the end of the book, 'Katie-Jane Explains' is a page that goes into more depth about the concepts explored in the story.
"The explanation page helps by offering talking points for readers to verbalize some of those intense emotions they no doubt feel. It also allows for a safety net of sorts, allowing the reader to feel safe talking about their (shyness) without the embarrassment of sharing their feelings out loud." Katherine Richardson.
My hopes and dreams for this project ...
I write my books for two reasons. The first is to satisfy my own desire to express my self. The second is to connect children - and the adults who read to them - with their feelings. I long for children to feel understood and valid in their emotional reactions, and it is also important to me that they do not feel alone with this.
When I was a child, I dreamed of a time that I might feel comfortable enough to speak to people about the way I felt. I felt extremely misunderstood as I struggled to even make a sound in response to people's questions. It was a very confusing time, and although I was loved and supported, I felt quite alone in the confusion.
I reconnected with my dream a few years ago - as I realised that the issues I faced as a child are no different to those faced by many, many other people. I have read books which helped me to accept myself, and I began to wonder how it would have been if I had found self acceptance as a child.
Perhaps you know someone who might respond to this kind of book?
How you can help ...
I love to know that my books are reaching people who can benefit from them.
It would be a great help if you could share this project with your friends, groups, email lists ... the more people that know, the more likely it is to reach the right people.
If you feel moved to pledge your support, you will be playing a massive part in helping me to reach out to others and realise my dream. I have put together a variety of rewards, valued between $10 and $1,000 ... I invite you to have a look and see what speaks to you.
Rewards range from digital copies to paperback books, hard cover books (if I reach my $9,000 stretch goal) Katie-Jane dolls, block mounted prints and original art.
Where will the money go?
My goal of NZ$5,000 will fund the printing of my third book, due for release in December 2014. Learning from the experience of my previous two books I have now changed my printers, and hope to be rewarded with reliably great quality products ... these books will be limp-bound so they are super strong and durable. The covers will be a thick 350gsm with matt laminate, and a satin-coated 150gsm for the pages inside. I am really excited about producing these next books ...
Risks and challenges
I have learned a lot through the creation of my first two books. My second threw many challenges at me, in regard to print and book quality, and I returned finished books to the print company three times before they came back at a quality that I was happy with. This put my launch back by two months ... but it still happened.
I am happy to say that I have now chosen a different company to print my books, which comes with some stunning recommendations from other publishers.
'The Cat Got My Tongue!" is ready to go to the printers already ... if this project does reach its goal, the only risk I can see is that it may be delivered slightly later than its December launch date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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