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Parakeet Books will make inclusive, unforgettable, diverse, original children’s stories for modern children
Parakeet Books are making inclusive, unforgettable, diverse, original children’s stories for modern children
Parakeet Books are making inclusive, unforgettable, diverse, original children’s stories for modern children
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Compelling. Stimulating. Inclusive. 

Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. 1% of kids books published in the UK in 2017 had a BAME main character, there are still huge gender imbalances and books featuring LGBTQ characters are almost non-existent. We are publishing fantastic stories where the main characters represent all genders, ethnicities and abilities. Starting here with Buddy's Pancakes!

Our 4year-old with Buddy's Pancakes
Our 4year-old with Buddy's Pancakes

Since we started buying kids books we realised how few of them show kids who look like our kids or families who looked like our family. But we also wanted a broad range of stories featuring characters with a broad range of backgrounds and abilities for our kids. We couldn't find them. So we decided to make our own. 

Some background to us: Judy Skidmore has been a graphic designer for the past 15 or so years and is branching out after having kids. Sheju John has worked in tech for 20 years, Sheju loves creating stuff and is loving this new challenge. Inclusivity has always been an issue we have felt to be important to everyone and has become even more so since we now have a family with mixed heritage.

This kickstarter is to fund the company: Parakeet Books. We need MORE diverse children's books and we are going to make them. 

I'd be massively grateful for any help you can give me in starting the business and covering initial printing and illustration costs. Have a look at the pledge options and rewards - you can opt for books, postcards, prints and there are a couple of wild prizes on there too. 

We're launching with three books: Buddy's Pancakes; Alice and Judy and their amazing snowball adventure; Alice and Judy and their incredible tree house adventure. 

Buddy's Pancakes is a beautifully illustrated story about love, families and food. A perfect book to share with small children. And pancake lovers!

And I have two adventure books written and illustrated by the renowned artist Alan Skidmore. He dreamed up these exciting stories for his own children and grandchildren. Alice and Judy are the heroes of these books - they are fearless adventurers who don't hesitate when their help is needed ... to save the world!

"Let's make a really BIG snowball!"
"Let's make a really BIG snowball!"

Risks and challenges

It’s possible that unforeseeable snags could delay the production and delivery of the books. We intend to get them into print this month (July). If we do encounter delays, we’ll be sure to post prompt updates and keep you up-to-date, with the intention to deliver the books and other the rewards as soon as possible.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Pack of postcards

    A pack of 6 postcards showing scenes from all three books

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    A4 framed artwork

    A4 framed artwork from one of the books

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    One book

    Choose whichever book you like:
    Buddy's Pancakes
    Alice and Judy and their amazing snowball adventure
    Alice and Judy and their incredible tree house adventure

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    Two books

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    Buddy's pancakes or one of the Alice and Judy adventure books

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    All three books

    All three

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    Buddy's special pancake hamper

    All three books plus a lovely hamper with pancake goodies inside

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    YOUR NAME in the next book

    Three books, three framed prints, YOUR NAME in the next book.
    One of our future books is about Zora's bedtime - And you! could be immortalised in print!! as one of Zora's toys!!! (who come alive)!!!!

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