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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 17 2018
$36,214
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
414
backers
57hours to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 17 2018

About

  • The Problem
  • The Solution
  • Our Cause
  • Our Goal
  • How You Can Help
  • The Books
  • The Rewards
  • About Us

We have a literacy crisis. 

Imagine not being able to read your prescriptions, your electric bill, or even a Christmas card. That's the reality for 30 million U.S. adults and nearly 15% of the world population. Now consider these sobering facts: 

This is what happens when kids miss out on reading. But there is good news: YOU can help us change this.  Here's how.

Revitalizing the book deserts.

An essential part of the literacy solution is increasing the availability of books to kids. Consider this amazing quote from a 2010 study:

"Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. This is as great an advantage as having university educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father. It holds equally in rich nations and in poor; in the past and in the present; under Communism, capitalism, and Apartheid; and most strongly in China." (—M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, Donald J. Treiman. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Volume 28, Issue 2, 2010. Pages 171-197.)

Or, put more simply:

We fight illiteracy by putting more books into more kids' hands. 

Every year, hundreds of children's publishers produce thousands of wonderful books for kids. The problem? Too many kids can't afford them. At $16.99-19.99 a piece, children's books are just too far out of reach for most of the world's families. 

The Book-for-Book Promise:

To counter that, we're building our children's book company upon our Book-for-Book Promise: for every book we sell, we donate a book to kids in need. One for one.  

How it works:

  • As a publisher, we'll sell our books in diverse sales channels all over the world (bookstores, retailers, Amazon, etc.). We've already secured distribution through one of publishing's top distributors. 
  • Every year, we'll tally the number of books that we sold across all channels. We'll then ship that exact same number of books to one or more literacy foundations. Those books will find their way to low-income neighborhoods, homeless and displaced kids, and even libraries in Africa.  
We're working with non-profits and literacy foundations like this one to put books into the hands of kids that desperately need them most. (Photo from footage licensed from Pond5)
We're working with non-profits and literacy foundations like this one to put books into the hands of kids that desperately need them most. (Photo from footage licensed from Pond5)

The gold seal:

To distinguish our line of book-for-book products from everything else in a bookstore, we're attached a gold "Book-for-Book" seal to every one of our books! 

Make a pledge today, and you'll help us launch our first line of books.

In return, you can pick one of our fantastic rewards (scroll all the way to see), including books (scroll down for book previews!), author visits, Christmas packages, and custom illustrations. Take a look below at each pledge amount, make a choice, and help us change the future for millions of kids!

How the whole Kickstarter thing works.

If you're unfamiliar with Kickstarter, here's a helpful rundown:

  • We set a goal with Kickstarter for the funds that we need to raise. The goal for us is $75,000. 
  • Backers pledge money to help us reach that goal. In return, we offer special rewards (see those reward packages below!)
  • Kickstarter is all-or-nothing: if we reach our goal, we receive the funding. If we don't, we don't get anything.
  • Backers' cards are only charged at the end of the campaign and if our goal is met. If the goal isn't met, no one is charged and that's that. 

Now, let's show the books that will be changing the world (and the ones you can earn!)

Powerful, beautiful, inspiring.

The world is tumultuous, and kids' books must rise to the occasion. We make powerful books for a new generation of powerful leaders—no mimby-pimby stuff here. Our books inspire, empower, motivate, and bring people together. But we don't stop there. Books from Bushel & Peck are gorgeous, too. We invest in high-quality art, stunning design, and beautiful treatments like gold foil and luxurious matte finishes.

Take a look at our first four titles.

50 Real Heroes for Boys

True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!

(Special thanks to @loverlees for the beautiful photo!)
(Special thanks to @loverlees for the beautiful photo!)
  • A stunning collection of stories that counters toxic masculinity and teaches our boys what real heroes really are
  • Includes portraits and stories of from all over the world
  • Includes and equal number of heroic men and women (boys can have women heroes too, and it instills respect and esteem for women and girls)
  • Counters male stereotypes and instead tells boys they can rise to become anything: a puppeteer, a designer, an artist, a leader, and more
  • Every story includes essential "Special Powers" that are the essence of real heroism: kindness, courage, compassion, forgiveness, and more
  • Beautifully packaged with heavy art-grade paper, a matte finish, gold foil, a ribbon to mark your place, and see-through die-cut holes on the front cover. 
Includes 50 portraits of incredible men and women from all over the world
Includes 50 portraits of incredible men and women from all over the world
Cover comes with velvety matte finish, die-cut holes, gold foil, embossing, and more.
Cover comes with velvety matte finish, die-cut holes, gold foil, embossing, and more.
Carefully crafted both inside and out.
Carefully crafted both inside and out.

Yes You Can! 

1,000 Heroes for Girls Who Dream

"Though she be but little, she is fierce!"
"Though she be but little, she is fierce!"
1,000 heroes for girls who dream!
1,000 heroes for girls who dream!
  • Measures 12" x 10.75"! (it's big ;)
  • A gorgeously illustrated treasury of 1,000 pioneer women. Girls can pore over this for hours!
  • Goes beyond the traditional girl books and offers heroines in nearly every field: architecture, engineering, astronomy, design, beekeeping, politics, music, and more! If your daughter is interested in it, we probably have it covered in this book.
  • Each entry is short and simple, while a longer description is provided in the back of the book for girls who want to learn more. 
Beautiful finishes and details
Beautiful finishes and details
Filled with illustrations of 1,000 women heroes
Filled with illustrations of 1,000 women heroes

The Interactive Constitution

Packed with flaps, wheels, color-changing words, and more!

  • A fabulous way to introduce your kids to the founding principles of constitutional government
  • Fully interactive: packed with flaps, wheels, touch-and-feel spots, pullout cards, and even color-changing vocabulary words. There's never been a book like this!
  • A refreshing return to founding principles in a politically turbulent time
Packed with tons of interactive features like flaps and pull-out timelines!
Packed with tons of interactive features like flaps and pull-out timelines!
Feel what vellum (what the Constitution was written on) was like! Move the vocabulary decoder to reveal simpler meanings for formal words.
Feel what vellum (what the Constitution was written on) was like! Move the vocabulary decoder to reveal simpler meanings for formal words.
Tackle the Preamble with the vocabulary decoder, then learn about checks and balances with the movable "balance" tabs for all three branches of government.
Tackle the Preamble with the vocabulary decoder, then learn about checks and balances with the movable "balance" tabs for all three branches of government.

Songs for Sweet Dreams 

10 Original Lullabies to Make Bedtime Magical

  • Includes 10 original songs from the Grammy-nominated, 4.5-million-copy-selling, beloved CD "A Child's Gift of Lullabyes" by J. Aaron Brown
  • Stunningly illustrated
  • Created with sturdy board to withstand wear and a cover with padding for extra softness and gold foil for extra magic
  • Helps young children start life right with feelings of love, comfort, security, and confidence
Sharing bedtime stories (and songs!) builds love, connection, and security for little ones.
Sharing bedtime stories (and songs!) builds love, connection, and security for little ones.
Original, Grammy-nominated songs make this a one-of-a-kind bedtime treasure!
Original, Grammy-nominated songs make this a one-of-a-kind bedtime treasure!

Filled with beautiful artwork paired to the lyrics of the original songs:

Hear some of the original, Grammy-nominated songs (we bet you'll recognize them):

Sample Song #1: SomedayBaby

Sample Song #2: Wings

Pre-order these amazing books by picking a rewards package!

You've seen the cause. You've seen the books. Now let's get you a piece of both through our reward packages! Once you see a package you like, click "Make a Pledge" button. Then, select your package and you're off to the races! Ready to change the world?

Featured Reward: The Teacher Exclusive ($79)

Christmas Packages: ($49-$99)

 Book Packages: ($5-$1000)

About David

David is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of over 40 books. He grew up on the East Coast as one of seven kids. He started early in publishing, producing his first book at age eighteen through a contest by Landmark Editions. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer, instructor, author, illustrator, and creative director. Most recently, he was the publishing director for Familius where he helped the company become one of Publishers Weekly's 2018 Fastest Growing Independent Publishers. David was the General Management Outstanding Graduate of his BYU Marriott School class and was named a 2018 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Nominee. His favorite thing in life is being a husband and dad, because really, that's even better than donuts. 

About Stephanie

First and foremost, Stephanie is a mom to a wonderful boy named Tucker. For several years, she has worked as a preschool teacher and aid for kids with special needs. But Stephanie is also a warrior. In 2011, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). As a single mom, she worked her way through school and graduated from Fresno State with a degree in child development. Stephanie is also the author of over a dozen books for kids, including a bestselling regional board book series. In her free time, she loves to cycle, garden, decorate, and count her son's freckles.  

About Tucker

Tucker is the official Tickle Monster and product tester of Bushel & Peck Books. He loves to build, read, wrestle, and swim. His favorite food is pizza—unless you have breadsticks, because, well, breadsticks.
 

Risks and challenges

Risks are minimal. With several years of publishing experience, the Bushel & Peck Books team is familiar with creating, manufacturing, and distributing book products. We've already lined up our printer, fulfillment, distribution, and sales team—we just need you help to get the ball rolling!

Some people have wondered if our distribution of free books to kids in need will hinder or slow their receipt of the books they earned through pledges. The answer is no. Our first print run will fulfill all Kickstarter orders and retail orders. A second, separate print run with a different book format will be used to fill the book donations, and that will run several months after the commercial run.

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    The Mighty, Mighty Acorn

    Big things have small beginnings! As one of our backers, you'll earn a permanent spot on our website's Wall of Gratitude.

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    The Early Bird

    Pick any 1 of our hardcover books and save 20%! Plus we’ll donate 1 book for a child in need.

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    Mix and match any 2 hardcover books and save 5%! Plus we’ll donate 2 books for kids in need.

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    Christmas Express—Ships by 12/14!

    A lighter version of our Christmas Special ($99), but still the perfect gift for the budding young writer or artist! This limited-time pledge package includes a personalized creative notebook, a tree planted in your child's honor, and other goodies to inspire creative young minds. Ships by December 14, 2018! Even better, you'll also receive a hardcover book of your choice in August 2019. It's the gift that keeps giving! (NOTE: In order to hit the 12/14 ship date, we MUST receive your child's name by 12/10.)

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    • A tree planted in your child's honor
    • Personal letter from David and Stephanie
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    The Teacher Exclusive

    A $180 value for just $79! This teacher-priced package includes 3 hardcover books, a virtual author visit from bestselling authors of over 50 titles, a tree planted in your class's honor, and a digital printables packet of our very own "Create Your Own Character" workshop. During the author visit, we'll walk your students through the process of creating a book from character to setting to story and jumpstart their brains to create stories and characters of their own. We'll even show our messy drafts and revisions to remind them that we're ALL in the process of learning and improving. The perfect tool to inspire a love of reading, writing, creating, and imagination in your classroom! Books ship August 2019; author visits available for scheduling starting January 2019.

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    The Aspiring Author

    Interested in becoming an author or illustrator? This is the package for you! It includes a 45-minute private consultation with David Miles, the former publishing director of one of the country's fastest growing independent publishers, 2018 Publishers Weekly Rising Star Honoree, and the bestselling author/illustrator of over 40 books for kids. Get personalized advice on what publishers look for when acquiring new books, craft the perfect pitch, discover new markets, get access to insider industry contacts, and more! You'll also receive 3 manuscript reviews to help you hone your craft and make a better book. Even better, you'll also receive 3 hardcover copies of our books PLUS 3 books sent to kids in need.

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    Mix and match any 4 hardcover books and save 10%! Plus we’ll donate 4 books for kids in need.

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    The Christmas Special—Ships by 12/14!

    The perfect gift for the budding young writer or artist! This limited-time pledge package includes a personal phone/Skype call with bestselling authors David and Stephanie Miles (we love speaking with kids!), a tree planted in your child's honor, and other goodies to inspire creative young minds like personalized prints and notebooks. Ships by December 14, 2018! Even better, you'll also receive a hardcover book of your choice in August 2019. It's the gift that keeps giving! (NOTE: In order to hit the 12/14 ship date, we MUST receive your child's name and photograph by 12/10.)

    Includes:
    • A one-on-one phone call with authors David and Stephanie Miles
    • A tree planted in your child's honor
    • A personalized booklet on writing and illustrating
    • A customized hero poster with your child's photo
    • 1 hardcover book of your choice! (ships August 2019)
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    • Personal letter from David and Stephanie
    • inspiring quote cards
    • A chance to vote for the remaining heroes for two of our books
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    The Book Angels Page

    A singular honor! We'll list your name (or the name of a family, child, grandchild, school, class, etc.) on the Book Angels page (included in every copy of our first four books!). Plus pick any 10 copies of our hardcover books, plus we’ll donate 10 books for kids in need.

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    Put Me in the Story!

    A gift like no other. Send us a photo of your child (niece, grandchild, etc.), and he or she will be illustrated as one of the characters on one spread in one of our first four books! Plus, we'll list your name in the Book Angels page in all four of our new books. PLUS, pick any 10 copies of our hardcover books AND we’ll donate 10 books for kids in need!

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