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A clever children's rhyming book introducing a strange new character that will inspire your child in a surprising way.
A clever children's rhyming book introducing a strange new character that will inspire your child in a surprising way.
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The Project

Baily Bug is an amazing, 40-page, full-color, smooth-flowing rhyming book with great art, fun rhymes and most importantly, a cleverly written story with a positive message (Learn how rhyming books are a brain workout for children here) We know it will encourage kids of all ages to discover who they are and how they are unique and special. We want to be able to print the first edition of Baily Bug in order to get it to as many families as possible by this year’s Christmas! Our goal is to reach $5,800 by the end of October, print the books in November, ship them to you just in time for Christmas, and start doing readings and signings at special events throughout Portland, south Washington, parts of Utah and Arizona, and we might even make our way east to Wisconsin next year.

 As a stretch goal of $7,800 (total) we would want to have a Baily Bug mascot made to take Baily Bug, the actual character, to all of these events, inspiring children to learn more about themselves and what they are good at! This project is the start of the Baily Bug revolution!

 To learn more about the actual book, the author (currently an inmate at Utah State Prison), the illustrator, and to see examples of the rewards that will be delivered to you, please continue reading below.

Here is a link to a video that shows you how to pledge on kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions?ref=faq_nav#BackAProj

So who, or what, is Baily Bug?

Well it is probably best to let Baily Bug introduce herself:

"'Let’s give a warm welcome,” teacher said with a grin, As the new little bug slowly walked in.

“The students started giggling as she came into view. Little Lucy Ladybug said, ‘Ew! What are you?’ 

The teacher was friendly, ‘Put your lunch on the shelf, then please come up front and introduce yourself.’”

 “I’m Baily Roly-Butter-Poly-Fly-Hopper-Bee, but just call me Baily Bug, that’s fine with me.’ 

 Her classmates were laughing and started to poke fun, when Miss Molly scolded, ‘That’s enough everyone!’”  

Baily Bug's first day at new school
Baily Bug's first day at new school

Yes, you read correctly. Baily Bug’s four grandparents are four different bugs: a grasshopper, a roly-poly (or potato bug depending on where you come from), a butterfly, and a bee. So, similar to each of us, and much to her dismay, Baily Bug has a little bit of each of her grandparents in her. Baily Bug has a problem though. She just moved into a new town, and therefore, a new school, and the other kid bugs don’t understand why she looks so different. Baily Bug struggles as she tries to fit in, until one day in class the teacher announces a different kind of project for each student to work on: their family tree. As Baily Bug begrudgingly works on the assignment she eventually begins to realize, with a little help from her parents, that being a little different can be a great thing, and that fitting in shouldn’t mean you have to change who you are. 

Vision for Baily Bug

To me, Baily Bug is more than a book. Baily Bug, the character, represents a little bit of all of us. She is a reminder that we need to remember who we are, and what we have to offer the world, by recognizing the gifts and talents that have been given to us. 

In order to accomplish that, I want Baily Bug to be able to go with children, and anyone for that matter, wherever they go. I want her to serve as a constant reminder to break out of their shell and be good for something. I want to have a Baily Bug keychain made, and a Baily Bug stuffed animal, and soon a Baily Bug website where children can go to find their own bug grandparents and create their own, unique "Joe" Bug, or "Jane" Bug, depending on where they come from. I want Baily Bug to serve as a sneaky way to introduce children to their ancestry and to help parents work with their children to help them recognize their own unique talents and gifts.

About the Author

The author, Kerri Brown, is a mother of five, grandmother of six and a half, extremely creative and talented, MY mother and, oh yeah, an inmate at Utah State Prison. Kerri, the author of Baily Bug, has accomplished many incredible things with the limited resources available to her.

She is a certified life skills teacher and has successfully established a parenting class for other incarcerated women to help moms learn how to write open and honest letters to their children. She also teaches them how to make funny and creative cards for their families. She was able to acquire a little bit of land within the prison walls to use for gardening, providing fresh produce, and some honest work, to many of the inmates who had never had access to fresh produce previously. She has also gotten earned her Associated degree, has become a master crochet artist, started a Zumba fitness class (which to my understanding and relief has been discontinued…I mean, have you ever tried to picture your 50 year-old mom doing Zumba in a prison suit?...Awkward…), and finally, has been able to fine-tune her writing skills. She wrote Baily Bug several years ago and has pleaded continuously for me to help get Baily Bug illustrated. 

 She has already written the second Baily Bug book and is working on the third, as well as a prison food cookbook and a book geared toward teenagers whose parents are in prison. She is an amazing person, a wonderful mother and grandmother, and an extremely talented writer. Her first grandchild, Baily, inspired her to write this book. This is her way of reaching out to her grandchildren, and children everywhere, regardless of their background, and regardless of her current situation. She wants to do more good from where she is and try, at least in some small way, to give back. 

About the Illustrator

Breeze Kruse is a talented artist, mother of one and a half, my sister-in-law, and the illustrator of Baily Bug. We had been searching for the right illustrator for a few years when we approached Breeze with the project. These are some of the first sketches of Baily Bug that she drew up just a day or two after she read the manuscript. When we saw these we knew she had what we were looking for. 

First few concepts of Baily Bug
First few concepts of Baily Bug

To see more of Breeze’s work, click on the following link: http://kirei-kaze.deviantart.com

Rewards (What YOU Get)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with kickstarter.com, the way it works is you choose to pledge a certain dollar amount towards the completion of this project, which in this case is printing the first edition of Baily Bug. For each pledge level (as listed along the right-hand side of this page) there is a corresponding reward that you will receive once our project is successfully funded. Now, if for some crazy insane and depressing reason our project is not successfully funded (as in we do not reach our goal amount), then you will never be charged anything and our Baily Bug dream will have to be put on hold until we figure out another way to make it happen. So the following are examples of the rewards you will get depending on your pledge amount:

Here is a link to a video that shows you how to pledge on kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions?ref=faq_nav#BackAProj

THE OFFICIAL BAILY BUG BOOKMARK:

THE BAILY BUG COLORING PAGES (1 SET = 2 PAGES):

THE BOY AND GIRL BAILY BUG T-SHIRTS:

(You will have a chance to specify sizes later.  If you want the black adult size shirt seen in the video please add $5 to the total)
(You will have a chance to specify sizes later. If you want the black adult size shirt seen in the video please add $5 to the total)

THE BAILY BUG BABY BLANKET: You can choose this one or any of the author's other blankets that have already been made. Pictures will be posted soon!

The Official Baily Bug blanket! (This is a baby blanket, so it is about a baby crib size)
The Official Baily Bug blanket! (This is a baby blanket, so it is about a baby crib size)

This blanket is NOW AVAILABLE! We have decided that if you would like any of the other blankets that my mom has already made then just pledge either $500 or $1000 and you get to choose! First come first serve though. Once you have made your pledge I will contact you so you can tell me which one you want. Pictures to be posted soon!

Elvis. Author's original work.
Elvis. Author's original work.

Risks and challenges

While we would like to see this thing go off without a hitch, we understand the way of business and how sometimes things just don’t move forward as quickly as we would like. We have every intention of sending out and delivering the rewards on time and as promised, however, production times and shipping may take longer than we were told. We will always strive to immediately communicate with our backers regarding any hiccups or delays we may face in the printing and distributing process.
Also, working with and through a prison is a challenge in and of itself. We were told that getting the applicable rewards through prison security and prison mail would not be an issue, however as prison policy has a tendency to change at any moment it may end up being more difficult than we anticipated to have multiple copies of the book signed by the author.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
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    • Be the first to get the illustrator-signed hardcover copy of Baily Bug, and the Baily Bug bookmark.
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    SHARE THE LOVE!!
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    • For just ten dollars more you can get 2 illustrator-signed hardcover copies of Baily Bug, 1 for you and 1 to share, give, frame, or use as a backup copy (we know how kids can be with their books :).
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    BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK!
    • 2 BOOKS
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    • Yes, this is the exact same reward as the “SHARE THE LOVE” reward bracket above,which includes TWO illustrator-signed hardcover Baily Bug books, but for those who don’t take time to do the math I just wanted to clarify that at this reward level you get the signed books at the best price possible at $17.50 per book and you still get FREE SHIPPING! And you help us reach our goal even quicker! That’s what we like to call WIN-WIN! With the books being delivered before Christmas, I think most people know someone with a child to whom they could give the second book as a gift ;) Again, WIN-WIN…you get to give a great gift and our Baily Bug message gets spread even further!

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    AUTHOR’S AUTOGRAPH
    • 1 BOOK
    • 1 BOOKMARK
    • 1 CLEVER KERRI CARD (humorous hand-made card made by the author)
    • It is not an easy thing to get an inmate’s autograph, so we have to limit how many books will have it. For pledging this amount you will get the illustrator and author-signed copy of Baily Bug, the Baily Bug bookmark, and a Clever Kerri Card.
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    BAILY BUG BONUS!
    • 2 BOOKS
    • 1 SHIRT
    • 2 BOOKMARKS
    • 2 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • You get two illustrator-signed hardcover copies of the book, one kickstarter edition, custom designed Baily Bug T-shirt (any size), two bookmarks, and two sets of Baily Bug coloring pages (each set has two pages).
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    BAILY BUG BONUS #2 !!
    • 1 BOOK
    • 2 SHIRTS
    • 2 BOOKMARKS
    • 2 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • You will get one illustrator-signed hardcover copy of Baily Bug, TWO kickstarter edition Baily Bug shirts (any size), TWO bookmarks, and TWO sets of coloring pages

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    DOUBLE OR NOTHIN'!!
    • 2 BOOKS
    • 2 SHIRTS
    • 2 BOOKMARKS
    • 2 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • You get TWO illustrator-signed hardcover copies of Baily Bug, TWO custom designed, kickstarter edition Baily Bug T-shirts, TWO bookmarks, and TWO sets of Baily Bug coloring pages.
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    GRANDMA’S SPECIAL
    • 3 BOOKS
    • 2 SHIRTS
    • 1 HANDKERCHIEF
    • 3 BOOKMARKS
    • 3 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • For pledging $100 you will get a total of THREE illustrator-signed hardcover Baily Bug books, TWO Baily Bug T-shirts (any size), one handmade Baily Bug handkerchief (made by the author) THREE bookmarks, and THREE sets of Baily Bug coloring pages. All sent out just in time for Christmas!
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    FAMILY SPECIAL
    • 1 BOOK
    • 4 SHIRTS
    • 1 HANDKERCHIEF
    • 4 BOOKMARKS
    • 4 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • Each of your children can be reminded that their differences make them beautiful by wearing their own Baily Bug shirt. You get one illustrator-signed hardcover copy of Baily Bug, FOUR kickstarter edition Baily Bug shirts (Any size), one Baily Bug handkerchief, FOUR Bookmarks, and FOUR sets of coloring pages (1 set = 2 pages)

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    YOU GET TO CHOOSE!
    • AT LEAST 2 BOOKS
    • Then you choose to receive up to FIVE more books, OR five shirts, OR five handkerchiefs, OR any combination of those three (ie. 3 more books and 2 shirts, OR 4 shirts and 1 handkerchief, OR ANYTHING!) AND you will also get
    • 7 BOOKMARKS
    • 7 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • You will have a chance once the project is funded to specify what you want and sizes of shirts (if any). You will get at least TWO illustrator-signed copies of Baily Bug PLUS FIVE of what you choose, PLUS 7 bookmarks PLUS 7 sets of coloring pages. Thank YOU!
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    THE BOMB DIGGITY OF REWARDS!
    • 1 HAND-CROCHETED BLANKET OF YOUR CHOICE
    • 2 AUTHOR-SIGNED BOOKS
    • 2 SHIRTS
    • 4 BOOKMARKS
    • 4 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • 1 PERSONALIZED CLEVER KERRI CARD
    • You get an original, beautiful Baily Bug blanket (OR ANY BLANKET YOU CHOOSE) crocheted by the talented hands of the author herself! (See pictures to the left) You will also receive TWO of the hard-to-get author-signed Baily Bug books, TWO illustrator-signed copies of the book (so you get FOUR books total),TWO custom Baily Bug T-Shirts (any size), FOUR Baily Bug bookmarks, FOUR sets of Baily Bug coloring pages, and a personalized Clever Kerri Card made just for you!
    • Free shipping (while all the other rewards in this tier will be delivered in December, please allow more time for the blanket to be delivered as they are not pre-made)

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    THE SO-GOOD-IT’S-CRIMINAL SPECIAL!
    • YOUR NAME IS PRINTED IN EVERY BOOK ON THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PAGE AND A PERSONAL MESSAGE WRITTEN TO YOU IN THE BOOK.
    • 1 BAILY BUG BLANKET
    • 3 AUTHOR-SIGNED BOOKS
    • 3 SHIRTS
    • 2 HANDKERCHIEFS
    • 3 BOOKMARKS
    • 3 SETS OF COLORING PAGES
    • 1 PERSONALIZED CLEVER KERRI CARD
    • You will be given a special thanks printed in every Baily Bug book, the hand-crocheted Baily Bug blanket made by the author herself, THREE author-signed books, THREE illustrator-signed books, THREE custom Baily Bug shirts, TWO hand-made Baily Bug handkerchiefs, SIX Baily Bug bookmarks, SIX sets of Baily Bug coloring pages, and a personalized Clever Kerri Card.
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