My Little Geek is all about educating pre-school kids in a tech-savvy world. Our first book taught kids the alphabet using Electromagnetism and Zombies and sold thousands of copies all over the world. Now that we've proven this can be a success we are ready for something even bigger but we need your help!
We are creating two new books called Nerdy Numbers and Sci-fi Shapes, plus an iPad app. The app will have digital versions of these two new books and the original My Little Geek alphabet book, plus a dozen educational mini-games.
Nerdy Numbers Board Book
We'll be starting with 1 through 10 as those are somewhat important, but then get onto the really great numbers like pi, the speed of light, and of course 42.
Sci-fi Shapes Board Book
Take your child on a sci-fi adventure where they'll meet a dodecahedron, twin helix and even an elusive tesseract.
The iPad App
The iPad app will contain a copy of all three books: Nerdy Numbers, Sci-fi Shapes and our original My Little Geek alphabet book. There will also be four mini-games per book, each focussing on four different aspects of your child's development: reflexes, fine motor skills, memory and creativity.
The app has an RPG game feel, complete with leveling up and achievements. The app will be free with access to the first half of all our books, but will require an in-app purchase to unlock the rest of the books and mini-games.
Here are some early screenshots:
We've worked on a range of rewards for different pledges, take a browse and see what best suits you. Also note that you can add $10 to any pledge and we'll donate one free book to a school in need. Click here for more information on our buy-one-give-one policy and how you can nominate a school to receive one of the giveaways.
Buy One, Give One
As we worked through this campaign we kept hearing from schools and kindergartens who would love to stock these books but just don't have the budget. So we've decided to help do something about that with our buy-one-give-one approach.
For every $10 you add above your standard pledge, we'll be able to give a book to a school in need. So you'll still get a reward for yourself and you'll be helping kids in need - everybody wins! Please consider adding an extra $10 to your pledge and help us help schools in need :)
We think it would be amazing to reach $10k and build all of the above, but what if we could get more? We have some other huge plans that we'd love to see fulfilled if we can raise even more money from this campaign:
$10k - Our initial goal, we produce both books and the iPad app
$16k - Double the number of books we can print
$22k - We'll create an Android version of the app
$32k - Go on a USA pre-school book tour! We'll be reading to the kids, signing books and a percentage of book sales go back to the schools. We will even let our Kickstarter supporters vote for the schools we should visit.
Risks and challenges
We know these books will be going in children's mouths and safety is of huge importance to us. We will be getting the books independently safety tested to American, Australian and European standards to ensure they're 100% safe for kids of any age.
Creative projects such as these books and software development such as the iPad app are notorious for taking longer than expected. We conquered those challenges the first time so there will be much less chance of issues this time around. However if we did encounter any issues which could hold up delivery we will contact everyone affected, explain the situation and provide a new delivery date.
Keeping You In The Loop
We have already started a blog which allows us to share the journey of producing this book with our backers. We will continue to use this to transparently keep everyone up to date with the evolution of the illustrations, app development and final printing and delivery. You can check out our progress so far at www.mylittlegeek.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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