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Last updated September 20, 2019

Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep

A children's bedtime book

Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep

A children's bedtime book

$357
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 20 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 20, 2019

About

Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page.  I'm super excited about my first children's book and the impact on children, parents and the bedtime experience.


Bed Time Bear says "It's time to say good night."

Put on your pajamas and tuck in tight.


   I am very excited to announce my first children's book.  Hopefully it will be the first of many.  I previously published a book for adults on the subject of creating,  building and maintaining interpersonal relationships in 2014.  My idea for  using a basic hypnosis technique to create "Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep" derived from necessity and research.  I have never seen a children's book like it. I hope you enjoy the experience and the results with your children, as much as I did.

After having the privilege of being the bedtime story teller nightly for little Noah, I started to run out of original ideas for short stories.  I also noticed that while I was telling stories to Noah he was very engaged and was staying awake to hear the endings.  He was not getting relaxed or sleepy by listening to them.  My goal was a five to seven minute story while he was tucked in that would help him to drift off to sleep effortlessly.  I knew there had to be a better method, I just had to find it.

Many children have anxiety about going to bed and most children have been exposed to extremely high amounts of mental stimulus throughout the day.  So getting them to lay in bed and shift to a calmer state for sleep can be dramatic (as many tired parents know).

I got the idea to start researching relaxation and sleep.  I came across a very basic hypnosis technique that I had known about previously. That's when I came up with the idea to incorporate the hypnosis technique into a story.  I created a story that I could read at bedtime that would help him relax and naturally drift off into a deeper sleep, more quickly and more naturally.

The colorful pages include soothing characters (animals and objects) that are easily recognizable so a wide age range of children will be able to relate to the story.  Spend quality time and help your child fall asleep faster.  Hearing your soothing voice telling this story will engage your child’s imagination and calm them for a good night’s sleep. Ideally the the book is for the 3yr-9yr old age range.  

Picture from the book
Picture from the book

I have conducted local market testing and the results have been very positive.  Children like the story and parents appreciate the easier bedtime transition.  Parents have also commented on an increase of emotional bonding when reading to their children nightly.

In the video above you will see, Noah never knew there was an underlying characteristic behind the story. 


The Illustrator:

I am lucky enough to be working with an experienced and incredibly talented illustrator named Frank Zampino.  Frank, who has worked on other children's books as well, is  dedicated to the smallest details of each and every illustration.  I will be doing a video later about some "Fun Hidden Facts" within the pictures.  (Hint; in the picture above, did you notice what book Bed Time Bear is holding.)

Picture from the book - Two slow turtles having a race
Picture from the book - Two slow turtles having a race

  Backers of this project should expect their first run copy of the book and rewards by November 2019. 

 Also, please remember Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture.  If  we don't meet the goal amount nobody can receive the Rewards, get cool "Limited Edition" books or have the Opportunity to work with us to Help the Community.  So please take this opportunity to make your child happy and help other children as well. 


Thank you all for your support on this project.  I am looking forward to sharing this unique story book with you and the world.  


STRETCH GOALS - If we can raise more money than the goal amount before the Kickstarter ends, this is how we plan to give back to the community.

$25,000 - Donate 30 copies of Bed Time Bear to local Foster Care Charities 

$50,000 - Donate 75 copies of Bed Time Bear to local Foster Care Charities

$100,000 -  Donate an additional 75 copies of Bed Time Bear to local underprivileged schools 

$150,000 - Donate an additional 100 copies of Bed Time Bear to Foster Care Charities and Domestic Violence Shelters

$200,000 - Donate an additional 100 copies of Bed Time Bear to St Jude's Hospitals around the country

$250,000 - Donate an additional 200 copies of Bed Time Bear to Toys for Tots charity

$300,000 - Donate an additional 200 copies of Bed Time Bear to Shriner's Hospital for Children and Save the Children charities

$400,000 - Donate an additional 400 books to First Book charity

I wish I could donate all these books myself to these great organizations but I need your help and support to make it happen. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

The story and the the illustrations are finished. The graphics (adding text to pictures) is almost complete. Everything will be completed very quickly after the Kickstarter ends. So there is really no risk to this project.

The biggest challenge I can foresee is hopefully requiring extra help to process all the backers rewards. You have my promise that I will do whatever it takes to deliver everything in a timely fashion. I have the support of good friends and family that will be helping me ship out the books as soon as they are ready.

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    Virtual High Fives from the Author

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    First run copy of Bed Time Bear + Photos

    You will receive a first run edition of Bed Time Bear, Count Down to Sleep soft cover book + (2) fun 8x10 color photos from the book.
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    Signed copy of Bed Time Bear + Photos

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    Single Run "Limited Edition" Hard Cover

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    Plus, you will have my deepest gratitude for your generous support to launch this exciting project. If you take a chance and this becomes a bestseller, you’ll have a book that you can pass down for generations and will grow substantially in value.

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    2 Single Run Limited Edition Hard Covers

    You will receive (2)single run edition of Bed Time Bear, Count Down to Sleep “Limited Edition for Kickstarter Only” Hard Cover Books, signed by the author + (4) fun 8x10 photos from the book. A great opportunity if you have multiple children or wish to donate one to a library or school.

    Along with my deepest gratitude for your generous support to launch this exciting project. If you take a chance and this becomes a bestseller, you’ll have a book that you can pass down for generations and will grow substantially in value.

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    Ambassador Support Program

    “Ambassador Support Program” You get you or your child’s name listed on the Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep Ambassador Support page inside the book. A chance to have you or your child's name immortalized as a literary supporter. Plus (2) first run edition of Bed Time Bear, Count Down to Sleep “Limited Edition for Kickstarter Only” Hard Cover Books, signed by the author + (4) fun photos from the book.

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    “Help a School in Need or Charitable Organization” I will donate 60 soft cover editions of Bed Time Bear Countdown to sleep to an underprivileged school or charitable organization of your choice, in your name. Plus, you get you or your child’s name listed on the Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep "Ambassador Support" page inside the book + (4) first run edition of Bed Time Bear, Count Down to Sleep “Limited Edition for Kickstarter Only” Hard Cover Books, signed by the author + (8) fun photos from the book.

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    Take an Author to School Day

    “Take an Author to School Day” I will come to your child’s school/classroom. Have the opportunity to hear the author read Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep to your child and their classmates. This also includes classroom time for questions from the kids. Plus, 30 signed soft cover copies of Bed Time Bear for their classmates + (4) first run edition of Bed Time Bear, Count Down to Sleep “Limited Edition for Kickstarter Only” Hard Cover Book, signed by the author + you or your child’s name listed on the Bed Time Bear Countdown to Sleep "Ambassador Support" page inside the book + (8) fun photos from the book .

    In addition, you will have my deepest gratitude for your most generous support to launch this exciting project. (This does not include travel, transportation or accommodation costs if necessary). – Unlimited backers. USA only. Classroom visits will be coordinated with backer per availability.

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