This engaging book teaches kids about the science of digestion and poop. Help us take it to science classrooms all over the country! Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 2, 2012.
About this project
**UPDATE!** We are translating the book to Spanish, German and whatever you suggest! Pledge $500 or more to be involved in the process and get a book credit, plus your own dedication!**
Where does poop come from and what happens to it when we flush it down the pipes? Most kids don't know the answers to these questions, and yet the topic fascinates them. It's a perfect teachable moment, an opportunity to get kids excited about science, and most parents miss out on it because, well, there aren't many good resources to teach kids about this stuff.
That's why we are so excited about All About Poop! (Here is a sneak peek of the whole book!)
Yes, it's a book about poop, but it's NOT your typical book about the fact that we all poop, nor is it a book about going to the potty. All About Poop is a fun, yet educational children's book (grades K-3) that teaches kids about the digestive system and what happens to poop when we flush it down the pipes.
What's even better: we have partnered with Jason Lindsey, a.k.a "Mr. Science," and the founder of Hooked on Science, to design a teacher and parent guide that will expand upon the concepts discussed in All About Poop and will include really cool experiments about the digestive system and poop!
So Why do we need your help?
Pinwheel Books is a small, independent and very passionate publishing house for children's books. We've been around a little bit over a year and have published two books on a relatively small scale (local bookstores, some online outlets and Amazon). But for our next project, we want to go BIG. It won’t be easy, since we have to compete with big publishing houses with deep marketing pockets.
As you probably know, publishing costs a lot of money--it's thousands of dollars in printing and distribution costs. Pinwheel Books is not some big, powerful publisher: it's a tiny publishing house working tirelessly with a very tight budget to make books come to life.
We want to make sure that parents and teachers all over the country hear about this fantastic book that turns the science of digestion and poop into a fun learning experience. But with our current budget, it's a big stretch for us to do the kind of marketing campaign we think this book deserves. We are working with a publicity firm in NY which will be helping us with our media outreach--they'll help us pitch the big newspapers and magazines, and hopefully they'll get us some pretty awesome radio interviews, so we can spread the word about this magical book. But all of this is going to be very costly for Pinwheel Books: over $14,000!
We are coming to you in hopes that we can raise half of that money--$7000--via Kickstarter. If we are able to raise this amount, it will make a huge difference to Pinwheel. First, we'll be able to allocate more of our current budget to our upcoming projects, which are equally deserving (visit our web site to learn about our next book, Dylan's Day). With your help, we won't have to put all of our eggs in one basket! And if we raise more than our goal, it will help us cover some of the costs of printing the book and hopefully help us finance a book tour.
Who Are We? (Or, How Do I Know You're Serious About This?)
Pinwheel Books was founded by Sylvia Pagán Westphal, an award-winning journalist and mom of five kids who realized how rewarding, yet difficult, it was to get a book published. Sylvia’s right hand (and illustrator extraordinaire, queen animatrix, blog maven, and so much more) is Nicole Gsell, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Together, Sylvia and Nicole work hard to further Pinwheel’s MISSION: to find undiscovered, talented authors and illustrators and give them a chance to get their first book out.
The book was written by mom blogger Kate Hayes, and it was masterfully illustrated by artist Brenna Vaughan. This is their first children's book.
Here are some snapshots:
And we are already hard at work developing the All About Poop animated app, which we can't wait to share with our supporters when the book launches in September. To take a look at how we bring books to life, check out our video of our first animated app, Sam and Ben:
Those of you who support us at the POOP MASTER level will get your very own, hand-painted "doodle" from Nicole Gsell. To get a sense of what one of these look like, check out her "doodle" or Brenna Vaughan, the illustrator of All About Poop:
Also, our All About Poop poster, which is included in some of our rewards, will look similar to this (we are resizing it, but it's pretty similar to this page from the book):
**UPDATE!!! We will thank ALL of our backers in a poster (8.5 x 11) in heavy card stock that will have the cover of our book, a list of all our backers’ names and a header saying: “Our Kickstarter Hall of Fame”. If our campaign gets funded, we will mail one of these to each backer, and for pledges $20 and above we will send the poster signed by publisher Sylvia Westphal, author Kate Hayes and illustrator Brenna Vaughan!***
Thanks SO MUCH to all our supporters--every penny counts and we are extremely grateful for your help!
Thanks for asking! It's easy!
We have heard from some of you that you want to pre-order multiple copies of the book but can't figure out how. Sorry about not being clearer! We will go back to the SHARE THE LOVE description to clarify that.
Here's what you need to do: if you want extra copies just add $19.95 (or $20 if easier) to the $75 reward for each additional book you want. So, here goes:
$75 + $20= $95 equals 1 extra book (so 3 total, because SHARE THE LOVE gives you 2 already). [If outside the US you add an extra $5 for shipping for a total of $100]
$75 + $200= $275 or 10 extra books (so 12 total). And so on and so forth.
And don't worry, as soon as we get your pledge we will check back with you via e-mail to make sure we've got the correct number of books pre-ordered from you.
If any of you already tried to order extra but couldn't, just send us a quick note and we will figure it out with you! You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! Several of you have asked! Once the campaign is over we will ask anyone who pledged and who wants their book to be signed to let us know and we will send them a signed copy!
All right! Here it is! We have posted a sneak peek of the entire book on our web site. We are sure that once you read it, you'll love it and you'll want to order one for yourself, your kids and every kid you know. And if you're really inspired, you might even help us out with a little extra cash! Thanks for looking, and sharing!
Just go to http://pinwheelbooks.com/poop-sneak-peek/
Pledge $5 or more
CHEERLEADER. Every penny counts, and we are so grateful for your support! So Thank YOU! We will send you an All About Poop bookmark and your name will be included in our kickstarter gratitude wall on All About Poop's facebook page.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
APP-RECIATED! Same as above plus we will send you (or the e-mail address of your choice) the All About Poop animated app for the iPad when it launches in September. [Note: you or the person you gift the app to must have an iPad or iPhone to use the app.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
BOOK PRE-ORDER. With this reward, you help us by pre-ordering the book! The book will retail for $14.95 plus $5.00 shipping/handling, and your pledge at this level lets us know you want our book! You will get our book the moment it hits bookstores, and you'll be helping Pinwheel Books by ordering directly form us!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
BOOK SPONSOR. You get a bookmark, your name on our gratitude wall, and we mail you a paperback copy of All About Poop when it launches in September. This reward is like pre-ordering the book with a little extra love, which means a lot!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
ELECTRIC BOOKWORM. You get the same as BOOK SPONSOR plus the All About Poop animated app sent to the e-mail address of your choice [recipient must have an iPad or iPhone to see the app].Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
INTERIOR DESIGNER. For those of you in need of a little bathroom revamp! An awesome 12 x 12 FRAMED CANVAS of Brenna's hilarious "5 Things to Know about Poop" page (see image in project description), ready to hang above your toilet! You won't find this in stores! Makes a great gift!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
SHARE THE LOVE. Same as BOOK SPONSOR plus we will mail an additional copy of the book and bookmark to the person/school/library of your choice. [NOTE: SHARE THE LOVE contributors may order additional copies of All About Poop for $14.95 plus $5 shipping/handling per U.S. address. Just let us know where to mail them. International pledges please add $5.00 more to shipping.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
*CORPORATE* BRONZE SPONSOR. We'll add your 125 x 125 px logo and the link to your business on our All About Poop Facebook page (we'll have a "kickstarted by:" tag on our page, currently under construction).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
POOP AMBASSADOR. Your name on the gratitude wall, two copies of All About Poop with bookmarks (can be sent to separate addresses within the US), the All About Poop interactive iPad app (to be gifted to the e-mail address of your choice) PLUS a 12X12 FRAMED CANVAS PRINT of our awesome "5 Things To Remember About Poop" (see image on project description) ready for you to hang in your bathroom!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
*CORPORATE* SILVER SPONSOR. We'll add your 450 x 120 px logo and the link to your business on our All About Poop Facebook page (we'll have a "kickstarted by:" tag on our page, currently under construction).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $350 or more
1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)
POOP MASTER. Same as POOP AMBASSADOR plus you get a hand-painted watercolor portrait of your kids/grandkids/yourself in a 5x7 size, illustrated by our most talented, RISD alumna, senior creative associate Nicole Gsell. (See an example of her portraits in our project description). This is a unique and very special portrait, and when Nicole wins the Caldecott medal one day, you'll be able to brag even more about it!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
CLASSROOM BENEFACTOR. We will ship 25 copies of All About Poop to your classroom of choice along with 25 All About Poop Teacher and Parent guides, produced by Hooked on Science, plus 25 "I Know All About Poop" buttons.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
INTERNATIONAL SPONSOR. Collaborate with Pinwheel Books to get All About Poop translated into different languages. Our current plans are for Spanish and German (that's our in-house expertise) but give us your choice and we will add it to the queue! You get: Your name on the book's credits (so if anyone searchers on Amazon.com, you appear as a contributor) AND you get to dedicate the book as well.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,500 or more
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
*CORPORATE* GOLD SPONSOR. We will create a version of All About Poop that will have your logo on the cover and will say "X Corp edition," along with a full page ad inside. (This reward is just for producing the branded version of the book. Details regarding the purchasing of copies of this version would be worked out separately.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
HOOKED ON SCIENCE: You get Jason Lindsey, a.k.a. "Mr. Science" to visit your school/church/venue of choice to read All About Poop and do a fantastic lecture about the digestive system and the science behind poop. Jason will do hands-on demonstrations of experiments described in the All About Poop teacher guide. This is an experience kids will never forget!Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)