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I’d like to expand the Explore Books series by adding three new travel activity titles based on the historical, Eastern United States!

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About Explore Books 

This activity book series takes a fun approach to teaching History, Geography, Social Studies, Language and Art by placing them into a ‘travel’ theme. Explore Books presents different cultures, places, events, landmarks and monuments as engaging, interactive activities for kids, ages 6-12. ‘Playful Learning’ is the key.

Great for road trips & airborne travel, kids can get familiar with Europe & Asia while on the go. Engaging the kids during the trip makes for a higher quality experience and will lead to more interesting conversation and interaction. These books are appropriate for the classroom or home-school, on-the-go towards your destination, and for time well spent unplugged.

Unique in execution, the activities bring out the essence of the content, so kids will step into the moment and absorb the material better.

Step into da Vinci’s shoes to finish and paint the Mona Lisa
Step into da Vinci’s shoes to finish and paint the Mona Lisa

 

Finish the drawing & make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, Rome
Finish the drawing & make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, Rome

 

Memory game with a second page to fill-in
Memory game with a second page to fill-in

 

Color-by-number this temple window from Vietnam
Color-by-number this temple window from Vietnam

 

Simple and standard introduction to Languages
Simple and standard introduction to Languages

I’ve recently added digital interaction, which brings the activities to life through the iBook format (Best viewed on iPad).

Paint your masterpiece, get introduced to a new language, learn about Beethoven, find all the capitals and more!
Paint your masterpiece, get introduced to a new language, learn about Beethoven, find all the capitals and more!

 

Kid tested & teacher approved

Explorer workshops are a huge success with kids & teachers alike
Explorer workshops are a huge success with kids & teachers alike

My proposal: To explore the USA’s East Coast

I would like to create the next three books in the series, exploring the rich history of the Eastern United States.

To become a teacher of something, I believe you need to have experienced it yourself. To achieve this, like all the other books of the series, I have researched the area and designated the most important places of interest. My proposal is to visit all these areas, in one trip, lasting twenty-seven days10 August to 05 September 2014.

Upon return, I will bring this newfound wealth of experience and local knowledge together to create:

Sample covers are general direction only, as they will be illustrated
Sample covers are general direction only, as they will be illustrated
  • Explore New England - Beauty - From Mark Twain and Plymouth Rock, to Acadia National Park and the Appalachian Trail, these states steward early US and epitomise east coast culture.
  • Explore New York State - Melting Pot - From world class museums and the Statue of Liberty, to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Adirondacks, this state a vast and special world unto itself with Rip van Winkel and Sleepy Hollow, in the Hudson Valley, being yet one more additional aspect of New York that every child should be exposed to! 
  • Explore The Capital Region - Historic - The City of Brotherly Love and Civil War Gettysburg, these states are where the nation’s history was written. Washington D.C., is on the same stage as London and Beijing with what it has to offer. Add to that: Arlington, Mt. Vernon, Monticello, the Shenandoah Valley and Williamsburg and we will have captured the essence of America’s beginnings.
The book’s spine design brings the three together as a set with a possible fourth to come.
The book’s spine design brings the three together as a set with a possible fourth to come.

Each book will be between thirty-six and fourty-four pages and include:

  • Travel Activities: Twenty-five to thirty pages filled with more than fifteen different types of cultural activities from dot-to-dot, language speak and write, mazes, drawing, memory games and more. (Most activity books only provide four or five different activities, disconnected from the subject)
  • Teachers Guide: Small paragraphs of text explaining the history and origin of each activity is provided. Thus creating a deeper learning experience. History, Geography, Social Studies and fun facts are expanded on here. The book’s owner can also read this section as part of an assignment to fully understand the subject matter.
  • Answers Section: Make sure you can get it right and test yourself in the process. Some activities have more than one right answer and originality is encouraged.

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 What are the costs?

Why I need your support

To get the needed content, I need to experience the many different places and local activities. This comes at a high price. Travelling through the states is expensive, and driving during the summer peak will influence cost even more. A rental car, hotels (hostels where available) and flights will be the major costs. 

Yet the rewards will be endless, not only for children around the globe and the Explore series, but also for myself (I will have seen fourty-four states!) and those of you who enable and support this epic celebration of America.

And now, the Rewards!

The rewards come in many different shapes and sizes, check ‘em out:

A PERSONAL THANK YOU PRINTED IN EACH BOOK

A personal thank you in the back of each book will be printed and you will be legendary. Who will read your name? Where will it travel to? They will know one thing, your pretty cool! YEA

POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD

They will be signed and sent off with a personal message, from a random destination on the trip. What will you get?! How fun! These will also have exclusive Explore Books stamps attached. How cool is that? 

Postcards from random destinations on the trip plus exclusive Explore Books stamps, SWEET!
Postcards from random destinations on the trip plus exclusive Explore Books stamps, SWEET!

SIGNED BOOKS, HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

How does a signed copy of either one or all three of the books sound? Any collector will love to have this set in their collection. How many signed books do you have? Not enough. Grab three more right here! You’ll love them as a set.

Signed books from the author are the coolest. How does a set of three sound? Even better, I know!
Signed books from the author are the coolest. How does a set of three sound? Even better, I know!

PICS FROM THE ROAD - SIGNED!

The best photos from the trip will be posted in an album on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Choose the one you love the most, leave your pick in the Comments tab above, and I will sign the A3 (11x17") glossy print and send it directly to you! SWEET

NEW USA SKATEBOARD DESIGNS FROM THE TRIP - SIGNED!

I create skateboards based on countries I’ve visited from around the world. I have four available at the moment based on Southeast Asian designs, and USA can be next! Skateboard designs can be really cool, but signed boards, come on, that’s AWESOME! You won’t want to ride around on these boards, you’ll want to display them on your wall. Your cool factor would go through the roof! IMAGINE!

Signed skateboards (in varying sizes) will be signed by me and sent to your house!
Signed skateboards (in varying sizes) will be signed by me and sent to your house!

 

The newest designs to choose from will be posted in an album on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Take your pick, and tell me in the Comments tab above, and I will sign it and send it to you. That simple

ONE-OF-A-KIND SKETCHES FROM THE ROAD

The sketches up for grabs will be posted in an album on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Take your pick, and tell me in the Comments tab above, and I will sign the back of it and send it to you. So easy.

CO-CREATE AN ACTIVITY WITH ME

If you’ve got a great idea for an activity, or want to have an extra special part of this process, then co-create an activity with me! We will be in direct contact before, during and after the trip. We will come together to bring about the activity that best represents the subject you have in mind and make it all it can be! We start with a general area and then do the on location research and communicate the findings. When back in the studio, we’ll create a unique together that will go into one of the books and you will have a credit in the book. NOW THATS COOL.

And lastly, 

A PERSONAL VISIT

After this is all said and done, there’s going to be one last stop to make on the journey to this lucky backer. I will come with gifts aplenty from the road, signed rewards of your choice and with all the stories and fun tales and pictures to show from an outstanding journey through America. We will relive the best and worse of times and you will be amazed by the things that will have occurred. I can’t wait to share all this! Sounds like a great ’ol time to me! Let’s dance!

Risks and challenges

Challenge: Not feeling rushed. I’ve budgeted a flexible final departure ticket so the end of the trip can be extended (maximum 7 days) if needed, granting more flexibility if needed.

Challenge: Taking a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Rental cars in the US come equipped with GPS as does my smart phone, so I’m covered. If disaster strikes, I can always look up to the sun or navigate via the stars also, the way we did in Laos, so bring it on ;-)

Challenge: Accidents can happen. Much of the trip will take place through some very remote places and driving will be avoided in New York City, the subway system there will save significant capital, avoiding parking and car rental fees. Between the coverage for the rental car and travel insurance for myself and my belongings, there will be little to worry about.

Challenge: Road Fatigue. My body is built for long haul driving, hiking, museum tours and the like. For intense travel, I am tried and true, and get loads of energy from being in the air and on the road. :D

Challenge: Producing three books and reward delivery. This is the fun part. I am working on this project full-time, so this has 100% of my attention. I have been designing for more than a decade and working within this concept for most of that time.

I Produce. I’ve never missed a deadline in my design career.

I generally work twelve to fourteen hour days, depending on the workload, happily going about my creative day, achieving results with a smile.

I will provide progress reports, keeping you up to speed the entire way! With your investment and subsequent support, I know we will do it! Together with your feedback and encouragement, we will finish strong providing you and the kids the best quality books and rewards possible!

Let’s do this! Hallelujah!

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  • How’s this work exactly?
    I have a worthwhile yet expensive project that needs funding. Kickstarter gives me the global platform to raise awareness and the funds with the best (secure) crowdfunding website on the planet.

    Updates
    I will be sending out updates through the campaign page giving project highlights and special news. If it get’s funded, then I will continue to leave project updates from the road and back at the studio. Check out the Updates tab above.

    Time limit
    This campaign will only run 30 days. It’s all-or-nothing funding, so do or die. If I reach my goal, (hallelujah) then I get the money after 14 days and can begin the project (buying flights, reserving the rental car, entrance tickets, etc… ). If I miss the target by €1, the project is dead. All the money raised stays in the pockets of the potential supporters / backers. Then it’s back to the drawing board. = Lose Lose :( Don’t let that happen! And NO, I cannot fund my own campaign ;-)

    How can I help?
    Watch the movie. Read the description. Get involved by sharing this on your social media pages. Email the link to your friends. Connect to Explore Books on social media. Share the updates. And finally, when your ready to join in, click Back this project above and grab some of the exclusive rewards YEA!

    Rewards
    Choose the reward level that best suits your wants and financial capability. If nothing is of interest to you, yet you want to support the project, choose any amount plus ‘no reward’ at pledge stage. Any questions, ask away in the Comments tab above.

    Deliverables
    I will be sending out all the reward deliverables to you once they’re ready. If your looking for signed artwork, they will first deliver to me and then to you. This will add some time for delivery. For photos, make your selection from the albums on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage (/explorebks) and tell me in the Comments tab above. I will keep great records and double-check before sending. Any unforeseen delays will be communicated through the Updates tab (hopefully none).

    Payment
    Kickstarter is connected with Amazon payments, so it’s secure. Works with MOST major credit cards and Paypal. [Sorry no Discover]

    You will have to create an account on Kickstarter first, then you can back the project. You’ll receive an email towards the end of the campaign when time is running out and when it’s reached the goal. :) When it’s successful, you’ll receive an email from Amazon Payments saying they billed your credit card/paypal the amount you’ve chosen. Shortly after, another email will arrive confirming the payment went through. DONE & DONE.

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    Thanks for the support and let’s make this happen!

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  • I sure can! Kickstarter will convert any currency into Euros automatically. The US to Euro equivalent is approx. $1.30 to €1 at the start of the campaign (03 june 14).

    The reward levels were built for USD conversion. Rough translations:
    €36 = $50, €75 = $100, €180 = $250 and so on...

    But to be sure, check out www.xe.com for your countries currency and pledge level. It’s the online standard.

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  • Four weeks is enough to get the job done. I also have an eight year old son at home, so it's the longest I feel comfortable going without him. Next time he will come with me on these epic journeys. (USA West or OZ? :)

    Also, this east coast trip is quite intense and fast-paced. So it’s better left to the travel professionals ;-)

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    You’ll receive fun, interesting updates from the road & studio as they develop.

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    €5 reward

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    A personal thanks for the support on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Every little bit helps!

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    €10 reward

    5 backers

    A personal thank you printed in the back of the three books and a shout-out on Facebook.

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    €15 reward

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    A personal postcard from the road, sent straight to your house, during the trip. A personal thank you printed in each book and a shout-out on Facebook.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    €36 reward

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    Do you collect exclusive, signed artwork? Then you’ll like this reward. You’ll receive 1 signed copy of a book of your choice, with a personal message included. Also a personal thank you in print and web included. Delivery dates varies depending on the book title chosen.

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    €75 reward

    2 backers

    Do you collect exclusive, signed artwork? Then you’ll like this reward. Includes 1 signed copy of the 3 books, with a personal message to you. Also a personal thank you in print and web included. Separate Items may ship when ready.

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    €180 reward

    1 backer

    The exclusive signed gear gets even better at this level. How about a sweet lookin’ board? Pick any SKATEBOARD design from the Facebook ‘EXPLORE BOARDS’ photo album. I will personally sign it and send it to you along with 1 signed color print (A3 size, approx. 11"x17") from the road. Choose any photo from the Facebook ‘EXP BKS USA’ photo album. Photograph themes can include landscape, landmark, macro and documentary style photography. Your choice :) This also includes a signed copy of each book (3) and a personal thank you in print & web. Separate Items may ship when ready.

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    €360 reward

    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    Would you like a one-of-a-kind drawing from the trip? This reward includes 1 exclusive, A5 sketch from the road (approx. 6"x 8"). Choose any sketch from the Facebook ‘EXP BKS USA Sketches’ photo album. The sketches will be drawn throughout the trip and themes can include: museum masterpieces, sculptures, natural landscapes, urban areas, abstract ideas & art, activity ideas, etc... Your choice :) Signed copies of the 3 books, the personal thank you in print and web are also included. Separate Items may ship when ready.

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    €720 reward

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    Cant decide? Get both. At this level, you will receive two framed A3 color prints and 1 exclusive, original sketch from the trip. And of course the signed copies of the 3 books and the personal thank you in print and web. Separate Items may ship when ready.

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    €1,800 reward

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    Would you like to co-create an activity for the newest Explore Books titles? I will personally get in touch before, during & after the trip to co-create an activity for one of the three books with you. I can visit your special location (if it’s on the route), and send you a postcard. Based on sketches and brainstorming ideas together, we will create this activity! This also includes a personal thank you in print and web.

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    How would you like me to show up on your doorstep and share this amazing adventure together? That’s the idea at this reward level. I will either stop by during the trip, if you live along the route, or after the trip has concluded, if further afoot. I will present the up’s & down’s of the trip, activity origin stories, a behind-the-scenes of the creative process and the funny things that’ve happened along the way. This includes 1 signed copy of each book and a personal thank you in print and web.

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    The whole shebang: everything in the list.

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