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Empowering children's book about three brave Super Tubies who use their feeding tubes to gain super powers and heroically save the day!
Empowering children's book about three brave Super Tubies who use their feeding tubes to gain super powers and heroically save the day!
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The Adventures of Team Super Tubie is a new book which depicts children with feeding tubes as superheroes who use their feeding tubes to heroically save the day!
The Adventures of Team Super Tubie is a new book which depicts children with feeding tubes as superheroes who use their feeding tubes to heroically save the day!

Who am I?       My name is Kristi Meyer and I am the author of a new empowering book called The Adventures of Team Super Tubie.  I am the mother of four incredible sons, including one who uses a feeding tube for his nutritional needs due to an autoimmune disease that affects his GI system.

What am I making?  I have created a children’s book in which kids with a feeding tube are superheroes known as Super Tubies and use their feeding tubes to help save the day.

Were did the inspiration for the book come from?

The inspiration to write The Adventures of Team Super Tubie, came from my son, Camden.  Diagnosed as a baby with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, which led to poor weight gain, Camden had a G-tube placed when he was two-and-a-half years old. The decision to place the tube was difficult, but necessary, and ultimately the best decision for his health and wellbeing.

Being thrust into the world of chronic disease and feeding tubes left our family anxious to find resources and support wherever possible. The feeding tube community was instrumental in this learning process. 

 I wanted to write this book to help other kids with feeding tubes, and other special needs, see themselves as the brave super heroes that they are, and to feel proud that the thing that makes them different, is also where they can find their greatest strength!

Lola is a girl Super Tubie who uses her TPN tube to wrangle bank robbers in the Wild West!
Lola is a girl Super Tubie who uses her TPN tube to wrangle bank robbers in the Wild West!

What is the schedule for this book/ kickstarter campaign?      The book, including the beautiful illustrations by Kevin Cannon, is complete in its design.  I am launching this campaign to help bring the book to print and share the adventure with the other amazing Super Tubie families around the world.

Text, illustrations, editing, and design are all complete. I will use the funds to assist with  the proofing, printing, and distribution of the first 1000 print run of the book.

Why is this book important?  I want all kids, and especially those with special medical needs, to identify with the characters in the book and feel empowered and special in their own lives.

The book depicts kids of different genders, different races, and with different types of feeding tubes.

They are all super heroes, all special, and all very brave!

There are three different stories in The Adventures of Team Super Tubie in which each character has a different type of feeding tube and uses their tube in a unique way to heroically save the day!
There are three different stories in The Adventures of Team Super Tubie in which each character has a different type of feeding tube and uses their tube in a unique way to heroically save the day!

 

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge with this project is the distribution of the book once printed. My dream is that this book will find its way into the homes of all families who have a child who currently uses or previously has used a feeding tube for their nutritional needs. I hope this book helps these Super Tubies, feel empowered and proud. I will have to work hard to connect to the proper distribution channels that aren't easily accessible to self-published authors.

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    Super Tubie "Thank You" postcard

    Super Tubies always use their manners! We want to say a huge "Thank You!" for supporting the book by sending a personal postcard of the beautiful cover image from the book.

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    Autographed book!

    Super Tubies are fast! With a pledge of $35 or more you can be among the first to own an autographed copy of The Adventures of Team Super Tubie!

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    Book and personalized team message!

    Super Tubies use teamwork! Pledge at $40 or more and you will receive the book with a personalized message for your Super Tubie from the superhero team!

    Note: Please indicate the name to which you would like the team to address their message.

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    Book and Super Tubie cape!

    Super Tubies have capes! Pledge at this level and in addition to the autographed book, receive your very own superhero cape with the bold Team Super Tubie logo!

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    Get one give one for new Tubie families!

    Super Tubies are helpful! Pledge at this level and at the same time you receive a book, we will donate a book to the local children's hospital to be shared with new Tubie families when their children receive a feeding tube!

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    Three books to share

    Super Tubies share! A pledge at this level allows you to get three books, one to keep and two to share with your friends!

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    Book and canvas print of cover

    Super Tubies are proud! Pledge at this level you will receive the book and a 16x20 inch canvas print of the cover image to proudly display on the wall of your brave Super Tubie's room!

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    Skype interview with author

    Super Tubies are social! A pledge at this level will get you a 30 minute Skype interview with the author of The Adventures of Team Super Tubie for your social group (ie: girlscout/ boyscout troop, youth group...) and three copies of the book for the group.

    Note: book delivery in December, Skype interviews scheduled in the new year.

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    School or library visit

    Super Tubies are community members! Pledge at this level and you can bring the author into your school or library for a reading of the book and Q &A session about living with a feeding tube, writing a children's book, or being a superhero! In addition you will receive 3 copies of the book for your school/ library circulation.

    Note: this reward is only available in locations near east central Iowa

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    Superhero gift to new Super Tubies

    Super Tubies are super heroes! A generous pledge at this level will make you a hero in the eyes of new Super Tubies with a donation of 10 books to a local Children's Hospital to give to new Tubie families with children receiving a feeding tube. Amazing!

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