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I-Adventure Children's books

It's time to make reading fun for young children. Instead of passively listening to a story, they can have Interactive Adventures!

I-Adventure Children's books

It's time to make reading fun for young children. Instead of passively listening to a story, they can have Interactive Adventures!

$1,758
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 27 2014 2:47 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 27, 2014

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29% of children start using cell phones and tablets as toddlers - with 70% mastering them completely by primary school age...

Reading by children decreased by 8% points from 2012 to 2013...

Why is this an issue? Children who develop good reading habits at a young age…

      ·Develop better vocabulary

      ·Have an increased attention span

      ·Are better prepared for school

      ·Often have a lifelong love for books

      ·Develop a thirst for knowledge!

I-Adventure Reading books will be an interactive app for toddlers and young children that they can do while someone reads to them or they can do it independently.

With interactive backgrounds and choices on every page, it will feel as if they are playing a text-based game.

When they read alone, each word that is spoken by the program will be highlighted on the screen, increasing the reader's word recognition.

Instead of just passively letting someone read to them, young children will be able to start developing critical thinking skills as they take charge of where the story will go.

With several different beginnings and endings in each book, and with an immersive background filled with an array of clickable details, children will want to read these books again and again as they try to discover every possible path.

Why do we need your money?

We need to hire an app developer, and from talking to several prospective developers, it'll cost $6000-$9000 to have an app that runs like we are hoping it will.

We will also need to hire another illustrator or two to assist Andy. Each drawing on each page takes an hour or two to draw. The second book, the Froggy, the Witch, and the Hero is 103 pages long. This will also cost between $3000-$5000.

                                             I-Adventure Reading!

On a personal note, I first started doing these stories for my nieces a few years ago when they were three and four years old. They would beg me for a bedtime story, and I would say, “Once upon a time…” and then tell them stories about themselves. But, as much for my enjoyment as theirs, I started asking, “Do you climb the tree or smell the pretty flower?” And they would start whispering to one another frantically, “The flower is better. It’s pretty!” “No! He’s tricking us! Something bad will happen!!!” Meanwhile, my mind would be racing as I tried to figure out what WOULD happen if they chose the tree or the flower.

 I loved telling those stories, and they seemed to really enjoy them, and so I thought, “Why not do it as a picture book? Maybe other children will like it as well!” But when I couldn’t get any interest from children’s book publishers, I shoved the idea to the back of my mind for a couple of years, until one day I discovered that Andy would happily try to illustrate one….And since it’s 2014, why not make use of technology and try to create something that’ll have staying power?

So here we are….and I hope that with your help, we can go a bit farther with this idea and help show some children that reading can actually be as enjoyable as playing a game.

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About Andy:

Andy Kosowski is currently an English Teacher in Seoul, South Korea. He has enjoyed teaching children there for over a year. Before embarking overseas he completed his MFA from Ohio University and taught several courses including Digital Art. He has created many animations and enjoys drawing everyday.

Risks and challenges

I have a number of stories in mind that I would like to write. I think it would be fun for young children to learn about Egypt and its pyramids, explore the rain forest and start learning about how valuable it is, visit the Inuits in the north, and learn about many other cultures.

However, each one of these ideas means a ton of drawings for Andy to do, and since I am unable to draw anything beyond a stick figure, he would have a lot on his plate unless we can find another illustrator or two.

I also know quite a few people who design apps, but to design an interactive book app like I've been imagining for the last two years may require a bit of time and money for a developer to figure out at first.

However, once the initial template and program is set for the first book, it should be easier to release new books at a much quicker rate (again....thank you, hard-working illustrators!).

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