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Last updated May 23, 2017

Eat With Us: An Illustration for a Fun Eating Experience

Eat With Us! is a lift-the-flap children's board book that helps all parents and children with a healthy and happy eating experience.

Eat With Us: An Illustration for a Fun Eating Experience

Eat With Us! is a lift-the-flap children's board book that helps all parents and children with a healthy and happy eating experience.

$657
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 23 2017 5:19 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 23, 2017

About

Our Story

Eat With Us! is my solution to help families with little, picky eaters. We are parents who are struggling with feeding our daughter, regardless whether it is healthy foods or sweets. We had our daughter about two years ago and feeding has always been a difficult time for us. When she was around one year old, she spit out almost every bite of food we gave her regardless of the lure of unlimited TV options or toys. For about 3 months, we kept our hope going into mealtime, thinking she might appreciate our new recipe. But our bubble got burst every time. Milk and formula contributed to 90% of her nutrient intake, which is unusual for kids of her age at the time. 

If you are parents who struggle with feeding your kids, you probably hear the following advice from doctors or blogs; let them starve or just keep offering various different types of food. However, the reality is parents couldn't bare the idea of starving their kids and parents don't have all the time and patience in the world even if it's for their precious little ones.

One day, we were reading a flip-the-flap book with a monkey eating a banana. All of sudden, our daughter was interested in eating bananas. When repeating this same book, she took one bite every time she saw the monkey eating a banana! She had over half a banana, which was a record for her at the time. I started to search for books dedicated on showing animals at mealtime but couldn't find anything on the market. So I decide to make my own book!

About This Book

Eat With Us! is a 16 page, full colored, lift-the-flap round cornered board book. The flaps are the most common habitats for each animal, and each animal is enjoying their meal behind the flaps. By illustrating children with yummy mealtime pictures of their favorite animals and the fun of finding the animals behind the flap, the aim of the book is to trigger children's desire of imitation and to have a healthy and happy feeding experience.

The choice of animals and food is chosen by taking nutrients, potential allergy, and popularity among children into account. There are way more delicious healthy foods out there. We hope to have a second series of this book if it's a success. 

Why Crowdfund?

We are the true believer of the decentralized, peer-to-peer economy. We think it improves the efficiency and cost for both sides, backers and pledgers. There's no need for middlemen or authorities to decide what's a good product and what's a bad product. Normal people likes ourselves and our backers are informed enough to make our own choice with the power of Google! Additionally, direct communications between us and our backers is very important to us. We would like to know the honest opinions from the readers and potentially incorporate those suggestions into the project. On top of that, we have no expertise in publishing nor any connection in the Children' book space. It's very logical for us to reach the potential readers directly through crowdfunding.

What Do We Have? 

The book is fully complete and has been laid out for printing. Due to the complication involved in the flap feature of the book, we have narrowed it down to a few printing companies who are experts in printing lift-the-flap board books. The eBook is 100% done and published on Amazon. The design for the sticker sheet and coloring book are also ready for printing.

Sample Sticker Set
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What Do We Need? 

Our initial goal of the fund will go to:

  • Book printing, need to meet the minimum of 1000 copies in order to make the book economically feasible. 
  • Sample book printing. So we can make sure we get the best quality for the price. 
  • ISBN registration for the printed book.
  • Shipping requirements, including postage, packaging, labeling, etc. 
  • Sticker printing. 
  • Coloring book printing.

FAQs

What is the target age for Eat With Us?

This book is aimed for ages 0-3 years old. The vibrant colors makes the book attractive to babies less than 6 months old. The flap feature is creating fun for toddlers. 

What is lift-the-flap book?

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Will the book look like the book in the video?

I printed the sample you see in the video using photo book printing service, which is missing the lift-the-flap and round cornered features. If I reach my funding goal here, I will be able to get samples that will look like the finishing product with lift-the-flap and round cornered feature from the selected printers and I will be able to share the photo of the sample afterwards. 

Why do you think this book works?

Although we are no expert in early childhood education, from our observation, eating involves more than just sense of taste and smell. It's the full experience that makes her more exciting. The analogy for adult would be going to a restaurant with a good friend versus with an unpleasant date. The tastefulness of the food itself becomes less important. 

What do we do with additional printed books if there are any left after all pledgers got their rewards?

We will donate the additional printed books to public libraries, daycare, and schools for small children. 

More Questions 

If you’re not sure how this whole Kickstarter thing works, check out their FAQ page. If you have any questions at all about the project, about where your money will go, or if you have ideas or suggestions of ways to collaborate please get in touch. You can email Michelle and Gary at eatwithus.book@gmail.com. 

Risks and challenges

This is our first time publishing anything and first time for crowdfunding. Please be patient with us and we accept all words of encouragement and advice if you have them. Thankfully, there are many online resources that gave us very good advice on how to make a KickStarter video, how to estimate the shipping cost, etc. So we can get the kinks sorted out in a fairly short and limited time.

I know there are still uncertainties around actually getting the book printed. I did my best to pick few printing companies ahead of time and gave out my best estimation delivery time.

I am sorry that there's extra shipping charge ranging from $2-$20 for international backers. It's not easy to find an affordable shipping channel for everywhere in the world.

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    Glass of Water

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    Blueberry Smoothie

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    Banana Bread

    You will receive everything above + a set of stickers with animal friends enjoying their mealtime. We all know how much kids love stickers!

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    A Bowl of Salad

    A printed lift-the-flap version of Eat With Us + a set of stickers + a big Thank You from all our animal friends!

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    Mango Lassi

    Both printed and digital version of the book + set of stickers + a big Thank You from all our animal friends!

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    Carrot Cake

    All of above + Eat With Us coloring book + a big Thank You from all our animal friends!

    * With an option of listing your name on the Thank You wall on the book's website when the campaign is complete.

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    Apple Pie

    Twin pack! Two printed version + two set of stickers + a big Thank You from all our animal friends!

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    Salmon Cake

    Triplets! Three printed version + three coloring books + three set of stickers + a big Thank You from all our animal friends!

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    • Eat With Us: coloring book
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    Feast at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Triplets and more! Three printed version + bunch of coloring books + multiple set of stickers + a big Thank You from all our animal friends!

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    • Eat With Us: coloring book
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Funding period

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