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A photo book for children all about Burning Man.
A photo book for children all about Burning Man.
A photo book for children all about Burning Man.
142 backers pledged $10,003 to help bring this project to life.

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WE MADE IT! Thank You for supporting and backing our book!

This is still the best way to get the book and other rewards first. And the more we raise above our goal the more books we can gift to children!

A children's book about Burning Man?

Of course! Why should the grown-ups have all the fun? Children have been going to Burning Man since its inception in San Francisco in 1986. The kids already get it. It’s the rest of us who have to remember to have fun as we walk through life. And there’s no better place to learn that than Burning Man - The World’s Biggest Playground!

Playground Indeed!
Playground Indeed!

This is, as far as I know, the first children's book about Burning Man. For the last three years I have been making personal books for my daughter Veronica (who is now 4) after each burn since she was not with us. It was that effort that evolved into this book for children everywhere.

Gifting this book

If we are successfully funded we will gift at least 10% of our books to kids and schools in need of some Burning Man love. And we will gift an even greater percentage the higher we go over our goal! This is a great way to bring Burning Man culture to those who may be unfamiliar with our Ten Principles ethos.

About me

My wife and I have been going to Burning Man since 2008, in fact we got married there in 2010. And with your help we can bring the beauty, joy, exhilaration, hard work, and most of all the FUN of Burning Man to kids far and wide, inside the Burning Man community and not.

Peter and Gretchen Married on Playa in 2010.
Peter and Gretchen Married on Playa in 2010.

As a photographer who has traveled the world shooting in over 40 countries, I went to Burning Man every year as a participant first, the camera always came second. But I could never, quite put it down...

Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Varanasi, India   -   Anhuei Provence, China
Varanasi, India - Anhuei Provence, China
That Thing In The Desert
That Thing In The Desert
  

About the book

I have been working with the approval of the Burning Man organization to produce a book that honestly reveals what Burning Man is in a format that will be acceptable and enlightening to children. This will be a professionally printed and bound hardcover edition, as durable and lovable as any book on a child's bookshelf.

Welcome to Burning Man!
Welcome to Burning Man!

The book will measure 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. The perfect size for adults and little hands alike. Its 56 pages will be full of colorful and engaging photographs that tell the story of what Burning Man is in a tasteful manner that nobody could find offensive, whether they are a Burner or not.

Fun and engaging text throughout the book.
Fun and engaging text throughout the book.

Here's what some folks are saying:

“Kids have been coming to Burning Man since a few friends and I burnt the first man on Baker Beach in 1986.” — Larry Harvey, co-founder of Burning Man

“As you can see, Pigpen is right at home at Burning Man, and this book is a great introduction for the rest of The Gang and your li’l folks as well.” — Jeannie Schulz, wife of Charles M. Schulz

“What a fun revelation. Burning Man sounds like the ultimate Free Range playground for kids.” Lenore Skenazy, author/founder of Free Range Kids

That's right, we make it great!
That's right, we make it great!

A children's book may seem like a simple thing, but there's so much careful work that goes into a book like this, from securing permissions for people and art, photo editing, design, and the logistics of printing, storage and distribution - and of course getting the word out.

That's where you can help make this book a success.

Please consider supporting my project not just as way to get a great gift for a child you may know, but also for a unique way to further an ethos and a culture we love.

And yes Veronica, this year you are coming with us!

With all my gratitude,

Peter

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Risks and challenges

The selection of the images, writing, and the design of the book have been done. That alone took quite a bit of time and effort.

Now it must be printed in a large enough a quantity to make the book affordable. That's where this campaign and your support are invaluable.

And once I have a pallet of books, I need to get them into the hands of kids ready to be blown away by all that Burning Man is.

So the biggest risk is in getting the word out before we run out of money.

Convincing people that Burning Man is an acceptable topic for a children's book will be one of the marketing challenges, and one of the joys of this project. This will be an opportunity to present the whole of Burning Man culture to those who think it's merely a drunken, sex-crazed, drug fest in the desert. If you have been there you know, that's not the Burning Man we experience. Well ok, not usually...

And of course shooting at Burning Man takes a toll on one's equipment as I can attest to the sorry state of my cameras at the moment.

But with your help, and Veronica's enthusiasm, I won't be putting my cameras down any time soon.

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    GREETING CARDS

    We say THANK YOU with your choice of six WORLDVIEW blank or holiday greeting cards featuring my photography.

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    FINE ART PRINT

    We say THANK YOU with a limited edition 8x10 fine art print of your choice, Burning Man related or not.

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    THE BOOK!

    We say THANK YOU with a copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground!

    The first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    THE BOOK (Signed) + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with a copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground!

    A signed copy of the first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

    + What better bookmark than the limited edition Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground postcard.

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    2 BOOKS + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with TWO copies of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground!

    A signed copy of the first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    THE BOOK (Signed) + FINE ART PRINT + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with a signed copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground!

    A signed copy of the first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

    + A limited edition 8x10 fine art print.

    + The limited edition Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground postcard.

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    3 BOOKS + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with THREE copies of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground!

    A signed copy of the first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    4 BOOKS + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with FOUR copies of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground!

    A signed copy of the first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    CALENDAR + THE BOOK (Signed) + FINE ART PRINT + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with a very limited edition 2016 World's Biggest Playground calendar.

    + A signed copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground! The first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

    + A limited edition 8x10 fine art print.

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    4 HOUR PHOTO SHOOT + THE BOOK (Signed) + FINE ART PRINT + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with a portrait session or documentary photo coverage of any event, destination, or activity you can throw at me. All edited images will be digitally delivered and ready for printing. Travel outside the New York City metro area not included.

    + A signed copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground! The first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    FULL DAY PHOTO SHOOT + THE BOOK (Signed) + FINE ART PRINT + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with a full day of documentary photo coverage of any event, destination, or activity you can throw at me. All edited images will be digitally delivered and ready for printing. Travel outside the New York City metro area not included.

    + A signed copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground! The first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    LONG WEEKEND PHOTO SHOOT (three days) + THE BOOK (Signed) + FINE ART PRINT + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with THREE full days of documentary photo coverage of any event, destination, or activity you can throw at me. All edited images will be digitally delivered and ready for printing. Travel outside the New York City metro area not included.

    + A signed copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground! The first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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    A CUSTOM PHOTO BOOK ABOUT YOU (your organization, or whatever you like) with a full week of photography + THE BOOK (Signed) + FINE ART PRINT + POSTCARD

    We say THANK YOU with a CUSTOM PHOTO BOOK and a FULL WEEK of documentary photo coverage of you, your organization, or anything you can throw at me. Travel outside the New York City metro area not included.

    + A signed copy of Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground! The first children's book about Burning Man. An 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 hard cover first edition of the book. This will stand out on any child's bookshelf.

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