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Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide

Fly with Raven across Alaska to visit burly polar bears, massive moose, shy lynx and other Alaska animals. Learn cool facts as you go!

Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide

Fly with Raven across Alaska to visit burly polar bears, massive moose, shy lynx and other Alaska animals. Learn cool facts as you go!

$1,691
pledged of $4,000pledged of $4,000 goal
29
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 24 2016 12:18 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 24, 2016

About

The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to print 1,000 hardcover copies of Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide. Estimated release date for this new edition, printed in the USA, is March 2017.

My original idea for this book came from pretty simple thinking. When I was a kid, I used to love learning about the animals around me (luckily my dad worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, so I had mounds of information at my fingertips). I never lost my love of animals as I grew up. And then, just as now, I love drawing, painting and creating art.

'Serenade' - charcoal by Kim Sherry
'Serenade' - charcoal by Kim Sherry

How did I combine my love of animals and art? I wrote a children's book, of course! In 2012, Raven's Friends was born.

Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide
Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide

 Throughout this book, Raven guides children around Alaska and teaches them about Alaska animals. Raven's Friends is filled with beautiful animal illustrations that are simple, yet bold, and not too busy. Each page is written in prose that is fun to read and easy to follow. There are great vocabulary words, too, with definitions included. There also are many cool animal facts throughout the book, as well as a full 'animal facts' page at the end.

Wolf Page
Wolf Page

 

Lynx Page
Lynx Page

 

Polar Bear Page
Polar Bear Page

I originally printed 1,500 copies of this book in softcover in 2012. Children ages 3-9 have enjoyed it so much that I only have 30 copies left! My customers include tourists to Alaska, elementary school teachers, home-school entities, local and statewide bookstores and gift shops, LOTS of parents and grandparents, and just about anyone who thinks Alaska is cool! I do not work with a book distributor, so I know all about the hard work it takes to get a book sold. While my book has sold well, and I'm very proud of its content, I've never been happy with its flimsy cover and thin pages. I want to match up its great inside with a great outside. I want this book printed in hardcover with sturdier pages. To do that, I need your help.

Why do I need $4,000 for this project?

First, I want my books printed in America. That is more expensive than printing overseas, but I do not want to be responsible for another American losing his or her job. There also are additional fees, rewards and miscellaneous costs. Here’s the breakdown:

$3,600 to print and ship 1,000 books to Alaska

$180 for set up fees

$220 in rewards and miscellaneous expenses

One of my rewards for helping me out with this Kickstarter project is another children’s book that I published in 2013. Titled Raven's Friends: Tails Along Alaska's Trails, it’s as great as my first book, but its softcover is stronger and the pages are thicker. If this campaign goes well, I have two other children's books that I've already written and have almost finished illustrating. I've tested both books in elementary school classrooms in Anchorage and both have received great responses, just like Raven’s Friends. It would be exciting to share them on Kickstarter, too!

Thank you for supporting this campaign and Raven's Friends!

Risks and challenges

While I have never done a Kickstarter campaign in the past, I have done all of the work associated with writing, illustrating, laying out and publishing two children's books in the past few years. Both books have been a commercial success.

I have made a few small edits and updates to this book, so everything is ready to go to print as soon as the project is funded. And at this time, I don't see anything holding up the project.

My estimated delivery date for the book and my Kickstarter backer rewards is March 2017. But, if shipping is faster than we estimate, we could have books by February!

I'm so excited to share this book with all of you, and I look forward to having you as part of this Kickstarter team for the hardcover printing of Raven’s Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide!

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    Receive the hardcover edition of Raven's Friends, signed by the artist!
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    You will receive my second book from the Raven's Friends Series - Raven's Friends: Tails Along Alaska's Trails
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    - Softcover edition of Raven's Friends: Raven's Friends: Tails Along Alaska's Trails
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    You will receive an 8 1/2"x11" surprise print from my Rogue Raven Alaska gallery
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    - Softcover edition of Raven's Friends: Raven's Friends: Tails Along Alaska's Trails
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    You will receive a limited edition surprise print from my Rogue Raven Alaska Gallery in 11"x14" or larger.
    - Hardcover edition of Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide signed by artist
    - Softcover edition of Raven's Friends: Raven's Friends: Tails Along Alaska's Trails signed by artist.
    - A limited edition coloring page print from Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide signed by artist.
    - An 8 1/2"x11" surprise print of artwork from my Rogue Raven Alaska Gallery
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    You will receive an original piece of framed artwork of your choice from the Rogue Raven Alaska gallery
    - Hardcover edition of Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide signed by artist
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    - A limited edition coloring page print from Raven's Friends: Alaska Animals Far and Wide signed by artist.
    - An 8 1/2"x11" surprise print of artwork from my Rogue Raven Alaska Gallery
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