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Building Voices | NO VOICE SHOULD GO UNHEARD

Our mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders by encouraging children around the world through reading.

Building Voices | NO VOICE SHOULD GO UNHEARD

Our mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders by encouraging children around the world through reading.

$450
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11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 28 2014 10:24 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 9, 2014

About

GIVE EVERY KID A CHANCE TO READ AND THEY WILL SUCCEED!!!

What is Building Voices?

Building Voices ® is an independent publishing company that specializes in Children's Fiction and related resources for home and school.  We publish picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA.  Our goal is to publish high interest, educational, humorous and inspiring children's books that will encourage more children to turn off the television and pick up a book to read. 

Why Should I Back This Project?

1. Because you are a visionary and believe all great ideas should be manifested.

2. Because you want to support a new publishing company that publishes Children's Fiction.

3. Because you are tired of illiteracy and want more children to read.

4. Because Broccoli Chronicles is an interesting book and you can't wait to read it.

What Inspired This Project?

I've been a teacher for over ten years and one of the major issues that children face is their inability and lack of passion to read. I've discovered that reading builds character and character opens the door to more creativity.  We must change the mindset of our children at any early age by incorporating reading into their daily regimen. It's never too early to start building a stable foundation of reading for your child.  My newborn loves when I read various stories to her. Sometimes, I simply put the book in her lap and let her explore the pages.

 

WELL, I WOULD LOVE FOR US TO READ BROCCOLI CHRONICLES, BUT IT'S NOT OUT YET.  I PROMISE I WILL READ IT TO YOU ONCE IT IS PUBLISHED!

YAY!!!!!! THANKS MOMMY!

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Now Let's Take a Peek at Broccoli Chronicles ©

Broccoli Chronicles © is the first book in the Little Kids, Big Voices ™ series which highlight different children and their unique gifts.

Broccoli Chronicles is filled with secret clubs, rivalry, broccoli experiments and more. This chapter book emphasizes how despite opposition, a quirky nerd can discover an innovative way to persevere, move forward and leave her stamp on the world. Broccoli Chronicles is the first book in a series called Little Kids, Big Voices which proves that the voice of a child should never be ignored. Ten-year-old MYRTLE BECKLE is the smartest kid in her class, but her big red glasses and nerdy demeanor position her as an outcast. Free time is spent in the backyard divulging her inner-most secrets to a bird that watches over her. Myrtle is not the name of a princess, right? And what’s worse is that she celebrates yet another birthday without her mother who recently passed away from cancer. Myrtle’s mother used to say, “A broccoli a day takes the sickness away.” Therefore, Myrtle uses her birthday money to purchase broccoli seeds and then plants them in her backyard. Part of Myrtle’s quirkiness is in mixing the broccoli with healthy ingredients such as purple cough syrup and low fat popcorn in hopes of curing cancer. BLABBERMOUTH SAMANTHA, president of the No Eating Vegetable Club, forbids the kids on Sugarbird Lane from eating any vegetables. All ten club members including MARIA DIARRHEA, BART THE FART and LACEY PIMPLE FACEY constantly tease Myrtle because of her awkward fascination towards broccoli. Samantha deviously steals Myrtle’s broccoli seeds which forces her to take matters into her own hands i.e. flicking a juicy green booger in Samantha’s face. Despite Samantha’s continuous hostility, she is later exposed as an undercover broccoli fanatic. Myrtle uses Samantha to her advantage by blackmailing Samantha into helping her with her experiments. All the while, Myrtle is visited by the very persistent bird and later discovers the bird’s connection to her mother.

Myrtle brings four pickle jars filled with random broccoli experiments to MR. ARVIS, a local scientist, who spent the last ten years of his life looking for a cure for cancer. At first, he thinks Myrtle is pulling his leg, but is later intrigued by her tenacity and the fact that she even dares to seek a cure. After a few test runs, Mr. Arvis notices that Myrtle is on to something. Jar number one is it! They uncover the missing link and are one step closer towards finding the cure.

Meet Our Main Character

My name is Myrtle Beckle and I'm ten years old.  Everyone treats me like a kid, but I have a big voice!  Please contribute so that the world will hear my story.

How Funds Will Be Used

With your help, we can produce our first book Little Kids, Big Voices: Broccoli Chronicles for Fall 2014. If we exceed our fundraising goal, then we will use offset printing versus print on demand services.  If we supersede our goal, then we can acquire new authors and publish even more fantastic books!!

  • Publish our first book - editing, illustration, formatting, binding, etc
  • Business license, etc
  • ISBN numbers and registration fees
  • Supporter rewards
  • Printing costs

About Me

I have over ten years' experience teaching English to students with learning disabilities.  I am a member of SCBWI and an online writing group.  Also, I have taken several creative writing courses through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.  In my spare time, I love writing children’s books, volunteering at my church and giving back to the community.

View full bio at www.buildingvoices.com or www.buildingvoices.com/blog.

Testimonials

“Taneeka is knowledgeable, professional and caring.  She inspires her students to think and compose various genres of literature despite their learning disabilities.  I was very impressed when her students presented their work at Open House.” --Dr. Erica Pan, Education Specialist

“Taneeka is adept at edifying and inspiring students.  Her commitment to excellence in education extends beyond the classroom.” --Sherri Huff, MA

“Taneeka is a leader, a team player and an amazing teacher who is abreast of her field.  Her presentation and writing abilities are original and fresh.  She possesses the necessary skills to rescue any struggling writer.”--Sheneska Jackson, Published Author

“Taneeka is a passionate and creative writer.  She speaks to the heart, whether teaching or writing, and addresses issues and concerns, according to what is best for each individual student.”--Sharon Lee, MA in Education

“Taneeka’s publication of her book for children is a good reminder to look on the various sides of our daily challenges.  I have shared her story with other children and they have all found delight in it.  I want to thank her personally for her thought-provoking, yet practical insights.  Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have worked so hard to refine.  I trust your book will soon be on the best sellers list.”-- Pastor Nate Quiveors

Various Speaking Events

More Information

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, SCBWI, Goodreads,Youtube and Linkedin or visit http://www.buildingvoices.com for more information. 

Thank you for all your support :-)

 "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -Helen Keller

Risks and challenges

I wear multiple hats - new mom, wife, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, etc so if there is a high demand for Little Kids, Big Voices: Broccoli Chronicles or any of the services offered by Building Voices, I will need to enlist the help of my family and friends. Please be patient with me and thank you for your support!!

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