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A beautiful book of kid-authored tales to transport, delight and inspire the storytellers in your life.
A beautiful book of kid-authored tales to transport, delight and inspire the storytellers in your life.
164 backers pledged £18,492 to help bring this project to life.

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The Future is Make Believe: Stories By Kids, For Everyone

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THE FUTURE IS MAKE BELIEVE: A TREASURY, A HANDBOOK, A MANIFESTO! 

Kids have the best stories never told. Until now....

Welcome to 'The Future Is Make Believe'. A book of stories BY Kids, FOR Everyone. 

Inspire the kids in your life, and the one you've forgotten inside yourself. 

A mock-up of the front cover of the book
A mock-up of the front cover of the book

Powered by submissions from www.fabledkids.com and beyond* this beautifully illustrated anthology will be one of a kind. A collection of fables for our times, from the authors of our future.  

A mock up of book page - story by Felix, Age 9
A mock up of book page - story by Felix, Age 9

A treasury of kid-authored tales to awaken, amaze, delight and transport. Bedtime reading and creative inspiration for generations to come (plus all Birthday, Christmas & mid-year Wednesday gifting conundrums solved). Showcasing the freshest talent age 2 - 11, and we're not done yet*!  

A mock up of a book page
A mock up of a book page

You’ll be supporting a book to give, treasure and enjoy. But you'll also be supporting a movement - The Future Is Make Believe. 

Join us. Save the green space in kids’ heads where the wild things live.

Bring back the fairies and flying carpets. 

Pledge for the Future Is Make Believe. Vote for magic. Vote for wonder.  Vote for the kids.   

A mock up of book page - story by Tristan, age 7
A mock up of book page - story by Tristan, age 7

 *(CALLING ALL KIDS - send me your stories! We want even more submissions for the book & I love seeing them!)  

Mock up of a  book page - quote from Fiamma, Age 7
Mock up of a book page - quote from Fiamma, Age 7

THE POWER BEHIND IT: FABLED   

I started Fabled to help kids tell their stories.  Since releasing it 18 months ago, I've been blown away by seeing what can happen when you just listen to, inspire and celebrate kids' imaginations. 

Some Fabled kids' story extracts and advice
Some Fabled kids' story extracts and advice

Kids have lots to say, and not enough spaces to be heard. That's why we built www.fabledkids.com, and then the newsletter, social media, and a podcast - but I wanted a louder speaker for kids' voices - so that's when the idea for the book was born! 

We've already got a bunch of stories to publish, but we'd love more. Kids can create stories to submit on Fabled (which is free) & share with me on laura@fabledkids.com (they'll need a Grown-Up to create secure story sharing links from adult Fabled accounts) or they can email me stories they've written/ told anywhere else!

THE REWARDS 

Mock up of book-bag (available in kid and adult sizes)
Mock up of book-bag (available in kid and adult sizes)

Our gorgeous book and poster will both be printed by Calverts a workers cooperative and one of the last of their kind in London. The heavenly kids and adult book bags by Re-Wrap who produce their own seed-to-shop cotton, investing in farmer partnerships and working with artisans in India to empower & support. And our merry pin-badges from another great ethical and environmental manufacturer, Rocket Badge.  

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Mock up of poster

THE TEAM 

I'm Laura Hamm, founder of Fabled. I'm a recovering bureaucrat. After working in 10 Downing Street, The Treasury, and the National Security Secretariat, I'm now tackling a new policy problem - the global imagination deficit! Here is where I twitter.  

I am beyond super-lucky to have an incredible team working with me. They are why you can have absolute confidence this book will be the best it can be: 

Andy Gott and Loz Ives at Fieldwork - the inspired, obscenely creative, brilliant mission-driven design & technology studio who have brought Fabled so joyously to life and to whom I am more grateful than I'll ever be able to convey. Andy will continue to handle all the tech aspects of Fabled and Loz is leading on the design and illustration for The Future Is Make Believe.

We're also lucky to have the also ludicrously-talented Jane Bowyer who, like Fieldwork, uses her incredible powers for good, and whose illustrations for Fabled have inspired thousands already, and will delight (we hope) thousands more with this book. 

BUDGET AND TIMELINE 


THE LAST WORD

Make Believe can’t be taught, but it can be forgotten.

So don’t.

Join us, and together let's raise the most imaginative generation the world has ever known!

Risks and challenges

I haven't created a book before. But I'm working with brilliant people who have, and I have a great set of advisors and supporters. Fabled has been in development for a few years, so I now have good experience of working with this wider network to deliver lovely things.

The illustration and design will be stunningly produced by Loz, Andy and Jane, and we've already lined up great printers, producers and fulfilment folk.

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    The Pin-Badge and Promise

    Get a badge to show your support! Commit to listen to, inspire & celebrate young imaginations. And send us your stories so we can do the same! (You can also do all this for free - but no badge sorry! - on www.fabledkids.com).

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    The Poster

    A gorgeous 50 x 70cm poster with our soon-to-be-iconic 'The Future Is Make Believe' design to enliven any room and spark imaginations house-wide!

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    The Book

    Our gorgeous hardback anthology of kid-authored tales with specially commissioned original illustrations. Make your coffee-table more beautiful, and your bedtime reading more delightful!

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    The Book & Bookbag

    Get the book itself AND a sturdy canvas bag for all your needs, bookish and otherwise, emblazoned with our glorious campaign logo. Choose from adult or kid size bags. Printed on organic cotton by re-wrap, a lovely sustainable cooperative working in India.

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    The Book & Donation Book

    Buy one give one - get a book and we'll donate another to a library, school, hospital or home - with a focus on disadvantaged kids.

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    The Bag-full

    A book for you, a book to donate to a school, library, hospital or home, with a focus on reaching disadvantaged kids. You'll also get the poster, the badge and a book-bag (your choice of size) - plus a discount by way of thanks.

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    The Table-full

    A bundle of 10 books - keep one and we'll donate the other 9 to libraries, schools, hospitals, homes - with a focus on reaching disadvantaged kids. And we'll throw in the poster, adult and kid book bags and pin-badge for you to say thank you!

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    The Shelf-full

    An acknowledgement in the book itself as a super-supporter, either in your name or someone else's. 20 books donated to libraries, schools, hospitals, homes - with a focus on reaching disadvantaged kids. And we'll throw in the full bag of rewards by way of thanks: poster, adult and kid-sized book bag, badge, book itself.

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