About this 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!’”
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.
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:
THE OFFICIAL BAILY BUG BOOKMARK:
THE BAILY BUG COLORING PAGES (1 SET = 2 PAGES):
THE BOY AND GIRL BAILY BUG T-SHIRTS:
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!
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!
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.
Thank you so much for supporting and believing in us!
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