We are the team of Kathryn Kemp Guylay and Alex Guylay, and we want to publish a fun and whimsical full color book titled "Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow". It is a picture book for young children that will get them excited to eat a colorful variety of fruits and veggies.
We'll need $5,000 to print a nice hardcover full color book, so we're coming to Kickstarter to get the funds to pay for printing. Thanks for your time and please consider pledging to help fund this project. If you'd like to keep up with this project and our work we'll be posting updates here.
Kathryn's website for her nonprofit work at Nurture:www.nurtureyourfamily.org
Kathryn's blog on healthy eating for kids: www.healthykidsideas.com
Kathryn's website for speaking and coaching:www.makewellnessfun.com
Alexander's Instagram account for illustrations:www.instagram.com/math_sketches/
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For the last 10 years Kathryn has been working as the Founding Executive Director of the nonprofit Nurture to teach kids and parents fun and simple ways to eat healthier. She is also a writer, speaker and coach and acts as a passionate agent of change to make the world a healthier place.
While doing Rainbow Days at schools and with groups to get kids excited about eating a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, Kathryn noticed that there were no kids books that featured real fruits and veggies along with an engaging story that would hold kids' interest. So she decided to create a book herself. She enlisted the help of Art Educator Cara Frost and designer Colleen Quindlen, who supported the idea of using a design concept called "Augmented Reality", which combines real life photography with whimsical, hand drawn images.
And who to create the illustrations? We enlisted the help of Kathryn's 12-year old son, Alexander.
Alexander created the character Blake, who feels low energy at the start of the book. (Yes, because Blake is eating lots of sugary junk foods!).
With the help of a friendly Leprechaun, Blake shrinks down to a tiny size to learn about the wonders of fruits and veggies.
The reader is asked, "Do you want to help Blake reach the pot of gold?". The answer: YES!
Moving through red, orange/yellow, green, blue/purple and white, we see that we are getting closer to the pot of gold.
When we reach our treasure, we realize that it is inside ALL of us. Our good health!
Size - The book is slightly longer that the average kids picture book at 54 pages. It will be 8 inches tall by 8 inches wide, a perfect size for little hands.
Let's talk money - we need $5,000 to help with the printing costs. We want this to be a nice, full color, hardcover book. We found a reasonably priced but high quality printer who does some beautifully printed books. That amount will cover printing expense for our first print run.
Risks and challenges
Children's books are a highly competitive market, and most agents and New York publishers are reluctant to take on the costs associated with bringing a new product to market (believe us, we talked to many). We've been able to cover design costs, the costs of a beta reader group, and much of the meeting time by being efficient and donating a lot of time, given our passion for the project. We feel that we are in a great position to take on future challenges including scaling up on printing as well as trade distribution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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