Little Beaver Builds a Bed is a short, illustrated children’s book focused on the importance of making things by hand, doing things well, and working together to get the job done. This book will be beautifully hand-illustrated and will be great for kids on an age 3 - 5 reading level. Through the book I hope to connect more kids with the craft of woodworking and introduce them to the value of making things with your hands.
In this delightful story, you'll follow Little Beaver as he follows his curiosity about the amazing things his father builds in his woodland shop. Little Beaver will learn a lot about patience, making something from scratch, and will get to build a special project with his Dad.
"Little Beaver thought his Dad was great. He had a workshop in the woods, too.
Little Beaver wanted to know how his Dad could build such awesome things. Little Beaver went over to his father’s workshop and knocked on the door. “Come in!” he heard.
When Little Beaver opened the door he was amazed at the many tools and the fresh smelling wood stacked up high against the walls."
I am an artist, designer, writer, and maker living in the swamps outside of Charleston, SC. My husband I make our living handcrafting wood furniture, jewelry, and other wood products.
With over 14 years of writing experience, writing a children’s book has always been a goal of mine. As a maker with so many friends and family members who build and create amazing things with their hands, I am enjoying seeing the returning surge in interest in buying and producing handmade items.
I feel that it is important to encourage an appreciation for making things and hard work and what better way to teach young children those ideas than through an exciting and whimsically illustrated children’s book. I originally developed this idea as I thought of ways to help foster and grow the making community. I am also pregnant with my first child and wanted to create a unique way to teach these valuable life lessons.
Research and Production
After a year of development and consulting colleagues in the publishing world, I have decided to self publish this book. I have found a fantastic illustrator, Kristen Solecki of Charleston who is busy hand-drawing Little Beaver’s woodland home as we speak. She has great experience in illustrating for kids and also working with children in an educational capacity. I have consulted friends with young children as well as former elementary school teachers to help guide the content and format of this book.
My goal for this campaign is to raise $3,500. This will be enough money to print at least 101 softcover copies of this book, pay for the illustration and production costs, and cover some small marketing needs for the book. I am reaching out to you, my Kickstarter supporters, to back this project and help Little Beaver’s world come alive.
My plan, if successfully funded, is to go to print in November and have the first round of books shipped out to my backers by Christmas. The best way you can help make this happen is to buy a book!
Think of your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors, your nieces and nephews, and yourself! Also think about your schools, preschools, churches, library, any place that would benefit from a great children's story that emphasizes hard work and a passion for making things well.
I am offering a variety of rewards for your support in this project. Each book purchased through this Kickstarter campaign will be signed by the author, your's truly. I am also offering multiple book packages, woodworking classes for both kids and adults, color print illustrations from the book, an opportunity to arrange a special reading at your school or event, and many more exciting ways you, your family, school or business can engage with the project and Little Beaver’s world. All shippable rewards will be shipped using USPS Priority Shipping and will include a tracking number.
You can view more of Kristen Solecki's work at kristensolecki.com.
Risks and challenges
As I mentioned before I have been working on this project for quite some time and believe that any hurdles that I may approach can easily be overcome with the proper funding, marketing of this campaign, and a little elbow grease. I have consulted my publisher for accurate printing times, my illustrator for accurate completion times, and I will be shipping the rewards myself.
I also have already had a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign for my jewelry business completed in November 2014, so I am well aware and prepared for the amount of work and effort needed to make this campaign a great one.
Barring a natural disaster or an act of God, I can personally guarantee that if this project is successful I will make sure your reward is fulfilled. If this project is overwhelmingly successful, a second grouping of book orders will be made and the shipping time may be a bit later than the first round of books. If you have any questions, please send me a message through my Kickstarter campaign.
I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration of this project. Together, I believe we can create an educational and engaging way to teach kids that they too can create beautiful things with their own two hands. Thank you for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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