What if we taught our children early on that no matter where they go in life amazing things await them? What if we could teach kids to believe that they already have everything they need inside of them to successfully take any journey?
Being your own superhero means living a life that is...
There are countless people who grew up limited by their inability to recognize the vast possibilities for their life beyond their immediate surroundings. But, imagine if they had learned to dream bigger? Go further?
Far Beyond the Treetops is a poetic affirmational book to inspire young readers to become confident in their greatness...and so much more.
Over the last decade only 10% of all published children's books featured a main character of color, and less than half of those books were written by an author of the same background.
We need YOUR HELP to get this book into the hands of kids everywhere!
TOGETHER WE CAN TEACH YOUNG MINDS TO WELCOME ADVENTURE AND DREAM BIGGER!
The principle behind Far Beyond the Treetops is that ALL kids deserve to know emphatically that they were born to win just as they are, that no dream is too big to achieve, and that the adventure of traveling into the big world beyond their local treetops, although sometimes challenging, is completely worth taking.
Even in the toughest times and the roughest environments, I have always tried to glean all I can from the world around me. My hope is to pass those lessons on with this book. The first half of my life was spent growing up in a modest house in a neighborhood outside of Cleveland, but I lived for the joy of new experiences. Even if it was just a ride a couple towns over on the marching band bus, I was ready to GO. My mom's favorite advice for everything was, "Just try it and see what happens." So, when I finally got the opportunity to move far away to the big city beyond the treetops I would see from my window each morning, I took it and couldn't wait to see what would happen out there.
Fast forward 13 moving vans later... I am now the mom of two beautiful little girls who absolutely love books, and want to see and do everything they read about. My hope is that they will learn to have the courage, curiosity, and determination to try whatever they want. Unfortunately, I've found it very challenging to locate diverse stories that motivate them to go after a life filled with the adventures they desire.
Far Beyond the Treetops actually grew from a simple poem that I wrote for my daughters. Along the way I decided to take it a step further and share it with all children, particularly those who may need extra encouragement to navigate through the challenges of life. Representation in books is key, so with the help of award-winning illustrator, Charity Russell, Far Above the Treetops was created to inspire children everywhere, especially African-American children of color, to believe they are on a journey toward greatness. Working with an illustrator who is a globetrotter that has lived in Zambia, South Africa, Australia, and England was perfect fate.
New adventures have found me at every turn of life whether I was road tripping from Howard University with my sorority sisters, skiing my way to my graduate classes at Syracuse University, selling all my stuff to defrost as an intern in Houston, or simply taking my daughter's Girl Scouts troop on a hike in our community. (By the way...I came back to that same small town where I grew up...and it's awesome!) Creating this book is an adventure as well.
The goal for this Kickstarter Campaign is to take this passion project to the finish line. I have personally poured myself and my resources into getting the story written and illustrated. Charity has wrapped up the colorization of the illustrations. Now, it's off to the presses. I need your help for: manufacturing, shipping, and fees. That's all! Everything else thus far has been taken care of by me and I will continue to handle marketing myself (it's my real day job). I just really need your help to get the book produced.
The greater the success of the campaign, the more books I can print. For that reason this Kickstarter campaign doubles as a social enterprise to help kids of all races and socio-economic statuses learn that they are in control of their own journey through life. Should we exceed our goal we will be able to donate a select number of books to an economically disadvantaged Title 1 school.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk with this project is in relation to the cost of production. I would like to use a high quality printer to run the first lot of books, and have been tirelessly researching how best to make that happen. If the funding falls short, I will defer to a simple print on demand option and the public reach may be limited.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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