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A board book that introduces chemistry to toddlers and babies through use of comparison activities. #ChemistryForToddlers #STEM
A board book that introduces chemistry to toddlers and babies through use of comparison activities. #ChemistryForToddlers #STEM
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Let's Learn About Chemistry: A Chemistry Book for Toddlers

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Let's Learn about Chemistry: A Chemistry Book for Toddlers is a board book for children ages 0+. It has kids find "Which of these things is not like the other?" to introduce them to chemistry concepts. This game is played by four children: Charlie, Oscar, Lydia and Elizabeth. They take turns by guessing and explaining throughout the book. It is a fun, colorful, engaging, and educational way to read about science!

This book was inspired by the author's son, Charlie, when he was playing and noticed things that are similar and different. She realized that many general chemistry concepts are based on categorical descriptions that could be shown to kids at an earlier age. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have introduced molecular level reasoning at earlier ages, and this book introduces it even earlier through play! As a mother, the author enjoyed the science books for babies genre, but none of them approached the content from this angle using children's natural tendencies to compare things that are similar and different. 

The illustrations are of the actual kids (with their parents' permissions of course!) and of them playing with their real-life favorite toys. The goal of this book is to introduce science language early, but with everyday examples. 

WHY A BOARD BOOK

Let's face it. Kids are tough on books. Because this book involves a lot of interaction with the pages, the board book format will last longer and hold up to slobber better! Another benefit of this board book? It is going to be printed in the USA using Pint Size Productions!

WHO IS THIS BOOK'S AUDIENCE?

This book is designed to be educational and fun for ages 0+, with older kids interacting more with the book and understanding more of the content. The illustrations are bright and colorful and incorporate fun activities from every day life. These books are intended to be read together with an adult, but no worries- a science background is not required! The author encourages your child to be descriptive in their answers of why things are different and why they are the same too. The answer might not be about chemistry, but that is ok!


WHY KICKSTARTER?

The book has been written and illustrated. There are still a few steps that the author needs to take before publishing it that have costs associated with them.

  • Feedback from parents and teachers need incorporated into the text and illustrations.
  • The book needs to be edited by  a professional editor.
  • An ISBN and barcode need to be purchased for the board book version.
  • An ISBN needs purchased for the ebook version.
  • The book needs converted into ebook format by a professional organization.
  • Hire a self-publishing manager to make sure the process is moving forward.
  • The printing of board books requires many copies at a time (minimum of 1500!). 

The author has come to Kickstarter to help cover the costs of authoring, illustrating, printing, and distributing copies of the book so that it can reach as many people as possible.

POST KICKSTARTER TIMELINE

Meet the Author

Stephanie Ryan has a strong background in chemistry and biology and enjoys applying her background to develop superior educational products. She is also interested in how mathematics and science intertwine. She has experience in curriculum development, assessment and training people how to use technology and software. She has taught science in formal and informal settings from K-16 in the USA. 

Stephanie has a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, an M.S. in Chemistry, and a B.S. in Chemistry. She owns her own Education Consulting company called Ryan Education Consulting LLC. Stephanie has several publications in the academic world and this is her first children's book publication.

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk project. I have a fully finished manuscript ready right now and this funding will be used to complete the already researched publishing process.

I will do everything I can to meet the timeline. In case of any problems or delays, I will make sure to inform contributors so that they are aware.

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