Bullied kids need help. So do those who witness and participate in bullying. We're trying to help all of them by creating a book called A Goat Named Joey, and we're asking enthusiastic and kind-hearted souls like you to back us.
I wrote this story for my children. When I was young, I was bullied (as was our illustrator on this project, Zach Wideman, and our videographer, Cosmic Simon). In 2012, when my wife was pregnant with our first child, Zahra, I began this story for her, and actually read parts of it to her while she was in the womb. We are now blessed with three kids, so this poem, A Goat Named Joey, is for all of them.
Now, with your help, we can turn this story into a book, to make it available to any child anywhere.
Written as a poem, A Goat Named Joey will educate children with two main ideas.
- We teach the Golden Rule: to treat others the way we wish to be treated.
- We challenge children -- especially bullied children -- to become their own hero
What gifts does this child possess? What makes that child special? Figuring out and shining their unique light gives children courage and strength. Bullies are cowards, and don't like to bully strong spirits. When kids shine their vibrant light, they can transform themselves and others. As they overcome cruelty and hate in their personal lives, they can begin to spread compassion to all people they touch. Once you love yourself and everyone you meet, great things are possible!
As a backer, you'll receive a hardback edition of A Goat Named Joey with a pledge of $22. If you are able to pledge more and wish to further help children in your community, there are higher pledge amounts. Those pledges will allow me to travel all over the United States and Canada to read this story at any venue where we can gather children.
Primarily, this reading will be at schools and libraries.
- I will gladly visit any church, synagogue, mosque, or temple.
- Any field or park, backyard or home.
Anywhere we can safely assemble kids to teach the ideals of tolerance, respect, self reliance, fortitude, forgiveness, redemption; and most importantly, compassion.
Please join us! Let's together spread love, one book a time.
Back us and share our campaign with your friends and family. Let's give children, parents and educators a book that will help them (and us) all practice compassion over self interest, forgiveness over revenge, and love over hate.
Thanks, and God Bless you.
"I've read and love A Goat Named Joey. It’s a great children’s book to help teach our kids about the harmful and lasting effects that bullying can and does have. I highly recommend this wonderful and impactful work!"
- Kirk Smalley, President of Stand for the Silent. Kirk and his wife Laura run SFTS in honor of their fallen son, Ty Field-Smalley. Ty committed bully-driven suicide in 2010. SFTS has reached over 1.5 million kids in over 1300 schools.
Many thanks to my soulmate on this campaign, Cosmic Simon. Simon's heart pumped a life blood of compassion all over this campaign as filmmaker, music producer, and trusted advisor.
Risks and challenges
The challenges associated with this project do exist, but we are well set to create a great book. We have an agreement with an established Children's Literature publisher, Mascot Books, located in Herndon VA. The manuscript is complete and will only need minor edits. Many of the images have been created by the artist, Zach Wideman, an established children's book illustrator. If we reach our funding goal, we will be able to complete the final illustrations, edit, format, print and ship the book to you!
We hope to get this book in your hands by February 2019!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (35 days)