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A 32-page, full-color, hardback picture book & love poem with quilt art illustrations. Written by a mom & her 6-year-old daughter.
A 32-page, full-color, hardback picture book & love poem with quilt art illustrations. Written by a mom & her 6-year-old daughter.
165 backers pledged $10,836 to help bring this project to life.
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"Snail I Love You" is a book that is best suited for giving away or reading aloud to the kids that you love.

Thanks to incredible support from our backers, we've blasted through our goals and have turned our focus to getting our book out to the world and finding ways to make it a force for good in the universe. 

We're now pledging to give away 5 books to libraries for every $1,000 we raise over $10,000. 

If you'd like to order books later, please visit us at www.snaililoveyou.com.

***OUR PROJECT***

Hello! We have created a children's book, Snail, I Love You. It's a nerdy lovefest written by a mom and daughter, Tevah Platt and Willa Thiel, and illustrated by a fabric artist named Becky Grover.

Between the ages of 3 and 6, Willa came up with amazing ways of expressing her love. "I love you as much as I love cheese," she'd say. Or, "I love you as endless as numbers." This book began when Tevah picked a selection of these phrases and started writing poems around them. Each is linked to an idea Willa was exploring and mastering as she got oriented here in the universe, and many of the poems subtly elaborate on scientific concepts like sound or gravity:

Note! Layout is currently underway. Pictured images show mockups and/or the work in progress.

Becky created a quilted illustration for each poem that has been photographed for the book. The pictures celebrate nature, diversity, and girls, and a snail is hidden in each one.

Mostly, this book is about love and how it can beautifully frame our experiences and infuse the way that we see the world. It is a children's book that also works as a book for grown ups. Love is for everyone.

We've finished writing and illustrating the story, and the book is being edited, laid out, and prepared for printing through Fifth Avenue Press, an incredible program of the Ann Arbor District Library. We have selected a local printer, Thomson Shore, and are planning to have books ready for distribution by fall 2018.

These hardback books will be 8.25 x 10.5 inches, Smyth sewn, full-color, and printed on 100# paper. (This book was illustrated using fabric but it is not a cloth or fabric book!)

Even with the October buffer, we expect to ship in time for the holidays!
Even with the October buffer, we expect to ship in time for the holidays!

The economics of creating and distributing a high-quality, offset full-color picture book make it super challenging for creators to break even on the cost of a small print run.

If we hit our funding goal of $2,500, we'll offset our printing cost and be able to offer the book through Amazon and traditional distributors without taking a loss.

Our stretch goal is $7,500-- this would fully cover our printing and set-up costs. If we hit that mark, we'll add some deluxe features to the printing and we will donate a portion of future profits to support diverse books, education and kids in need. If we hit the $7,500 goal, we'll also add a 1" snail pin to all backers who've pledged $25 or more.

ADD ON BOOKS: Do you want additional copies of the book? Make a pledge at the $25+ pledge level or higher, then hit the "manage your pledge" button and cover the cost of additional books in the "pledge amount" box. Just add $19.99 to your total for each additional book you'd like to add ($29.99 for international). Shipping for add-ons is included in these prices. You don't need to change your reward tier.

Tevah is a public health communicator, science blogger and former news journalist who enjoys documenting the world in every medium. It has been her dream since childhood to publish a children's book.

As a first grader Willa has made an almost daily practice of writing and illustrating her own stories. Working on this project has been satisfying, encouraging and joyful. Maybe our book will inspire other kids and families to write and be creative together?!

Becky is a fabric artist, and also a neighbor. One day, Becky offered to create a sewn version of something Willa had created, so we asked her to stitch out a note that Willa had written: "I love you more than wagon rides." This kernel of generosity led to our partnership on this project.

You can find us through our permanent website at www.snaililoveyou.com, and if you like our project, please do share it on social media!

Backers receiving a quilted panel can pick this "meteor" image, the yellow surfer pictured above, or the cover (pink snail) illustration for their one-of-a-kind reward.  Fabrics will vary slightly.
Backers receiving a quilted panel can pick this "meteor" image, the yellow surfer pictured above, or the cover (pink snail) illustration for their one-of-a-kind reward. Fabrics will vary slightly.

Thank you so much for supporting our dream project!

Risks and challenges

We're certain this book will be created, and, thanks to the Ann Arbor District Library, we have support through the process and a launch party planned for November. We are accounting for the possibility of delays in the manufacturing process by making conservative delivery estimates for the rewards. If an unforeseen challenge arises, we promise full transparency and proactive communication to keep you apprised of the issue and progress addressing it.

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    HEY, THANKS!

    For a $5 pledge we’ll send you a thank you note on a postcard featuring the cover image. We'll send it to you SNAIL mail! (get it?!) and we'll also give you a digital shout-out!

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    E-BOOK

    For a $20 pledge you’ll get the e-book (.epub), a digital shout-out, and a personal thank you note.

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    THE 1-SNAIL PACKAGE (1 REAL HARDCOVER!)

    For $25+ you get the real, first edition hardcover, a mailable blank postcard featuring an image from the book, plus the e-book, digital shout-out and thank you note!

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    THE BURSTING THUNDER THANK YOU PACKAGE

    For $50+ we will send you a signed, hardcover copy of the book. For your generosity, we will also mention you on a thank you page printed in the first edition of the book. This pledge level also comes with the e-book, coloring pages, mailable postcard, a digital shout-out and a personal thank you note.

    Includes:
    • Signed hardcover book
    • Mention in the book
    • .epub e-book
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
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    TWO-SNAIL LOVE PACKAGE (2 HARDCOVERS!)

    Want to give this book to someone you love? We’ll send you two, signed copies of the hardcover and we'll print your names together (e.g., Mama + Willa, George + Martha, Bob + Juan, etc.) on the thank-you/mention page of the first edition. Comes with all the listed swag!

    Includes:
    • Signed hardcover book
    • Two-person mention
    • .epub e-book
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • Thank you postcard
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    MOONS OF JUPITER BOOKS/ART PRINT PACK

    For $100+ we will send TWO signed, hardcover books, mention you and someone you love on our thank you page AND a high-quality 8x10 print of the cover illustration.

    Includes:
    • Signed hardcover book
    • Two-person mention
    • 8x10 illustration print
    • .epub e-book
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Thank you postcard
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    NAME A SNAIL

    With a snail hidden in each picture of the book, we'd be happy to let you name one of them. Perhaps your name or that of a loved one would befit one of these lovely molluscs. Tevah will write a haiku about your particular snail and post it to Facebook.

    Includes:
    • Custom-haiku delivered on social media
    • Signed hardcover book
    • Special mention in the book
    • .epub e-book
    • 8x10 illustration print
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Thank you postcard
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    THE WARMEST QUILT POSTER PACK

    Now that they've been photographed for the book, Becky is currently sewing each of the book's 12 illustrated panels into a quilt. At this tier you can get a poster of the completed quilt: 24x36"

    Includes:
    • Quilt poster
    • Signed hardcover book
    • .epub e-book
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • Mention in the book
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Thank you postcard
    • Digital shout-out
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    THE BEDTIME STORY PACK

    How plush! Includes decorative pillow made with printed fabric that features either the book cover's snail image or the soaring meteor.

    Includes:
    • Pillow
    • Signed hardcover book
    • .epub e-book
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Thank you postcard
    • Digital shout-out
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    A SNAIL FOR YOUR WALL

    Becky will recreate a small wall quilt based on one of 3 illustrations from the book!

    Dimensions of the quilt will be approx 18"x 15" and include a sleeve sewn on the back for easy hanging. You'll also get a signed hard copy of the book. You'll have an opportunity at the end of the campaign to choose from 3 quilt designs: The cover snail, the meteor, or the surfing snail. Note: Fabrics will vary from the originals-- your artwork will be one-of-a-kind!

    Includes:
    • "Snail, I Love You" quilted panel wall-hanging
    • Signed hardcover book
    • .epub e-book
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Mention in the book
    • Thank you postcard
    • Digital shout-out
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    THE LIGHTNING BRAIN PACK

    Five signed books in a snail tote bag delivered to a school or location of your choice. Comes with a worksheet for learning about similes.

    Includes:
    • Signed hardcover book
    • Snail tote bag
    • Simile worksheets
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • .epub e-book
    • Mention in the book
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Thank you postcard
    • Digital shout-out
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    CUSTOM ANIMAL CARE PACKAGE

    Give us your favorite animal, your three favorite colors, and a name (if you'd like these personalized), and Becky will make you a custom-made quilted animal panel (18x15") with a sleeve on the back for hanging. Tevah and Willa will also make a poem and drawing to your special care package. Comes with so many fixings.

    Includes:
    • Custom quilted panel
    • Personalized poem and drawing
    • Signed hardcover book
    • Mention in the book
    • .epub e-book
    • Snail tote bag
    • 3 coloring pages created from book illustrations
    • 8x10 illustration print
    • Blank, mailable postcard featuring a book illustration
    • Thank you postcard
    • Digital shout-out
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Funding period

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