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Children’s books about Chemistry! Like textbooks, but way more fun for kids. Highly educational, highly memorable - and funny, too!
Children’s books about Chemistry! Like textbooks, but way more fun for kids. Highly educational, highly memorable - and funny, too!
Children’s books about Chemistry! Like textbooks, but way more fun for kids. Highly educational, highly memorable - and funny, too!
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  • They spark scientific curiosity and wonder in children
  • They help start family conversations about how the world works
  • They provide a framework from which it becomes easy to teach kids about science!

My First Chemistry Textbooks are hardcover children's books, each with 32 or more full color paper pages. Our goal is to add a  few additional workbook pages at the end of the books so adults and kids can play, interact and discuss the content covered throughout the books. 

Now is your chance to share this scientific goodness with your children, grandchildren, students, nieces, nephews… or any other children in the vicinity. Bonus: it rhymes.

The first book follows Pete the Proton and Ned the Neutron as they get together to build…

EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE!!!

In fact, YOU are built out protons and neutrons. See? You’re already learning about how awesome subatomic particles are.

But wait, we’re missing one VERY important subatomic particle; the electron!

Ellie is our sparky little electron! And she’s the subject of the second book!

I spend a lot of time reading to my two-year old daughter and am amazed at how quickly she soaks up information about the world around her; colors, numbers, and even incredible detail about the characters in stories...

I’ve also spent a lot of time teaching chemistry, and no matter what age my students are, they all face similar difficulties - the most common hurdle hindering their progress is a perception of science and chemistry as intimidating. 

I wanted to find a fun and memorable way to introduce my daughter to this same content, before she developed that perception!

Whether I’m teaching 5th grade, or teaching a college course, the basics of chemistry are all the same.The world we live in is made out of essentially three tiny particles: Protons, Neutrons and Electrons. 

I know it might sound crazy, but I’m convinced that even a toddler can begin to understand some of these basics of chemistry and science. . . there’s just currently no context in which to teach it to them!

The My First Chemistry Textbook series provides that context to introduce science and chemistry to kids of all ages!

These are stories about those three tiny particles and how they make up the world that we experience everyday.

But don't let me take all the credit. We put together an INCREDIBLY talented team that helped to bring this project to life. I worked with a very talented local writer named Mary Wissinger, who blogs and cultivates creativity over at Chin Up Heart Open. Of course Shelley has been working tirelessly to coordinate all the moving parts and managing a wonderfully talented illustrator named Harriet Kim Anh Rodis.

This is the fifth project I've personally published through Kickstarter. The previous four were tabletop games and were all MUCH more complicated and expensive to produce than these books. But we're happy to say that our first three Kickstarter successes are in backer's hands, and our fourth will be shipping out in May!

With each project we've had our setbacks, but we've also made sure to turn them into learning opportunities. We feel very confident that we can produce and deliver these books with a high level of quality and transparency. 
If you're interested in any of my previous science-themed games you can check out Linkage: A DNA Card Game, Peptide: A Protein Building Game and Ion: A Compound Building Game on Amazon.com. It would be helpful if you selected the "Add to Cart" button next to Genius Games so that we make the profit from your purchase. :-) 

Covalence: A Molecule Building Game will be released to the public in May of this year (2016) and you can pre-order it here if you're interested. 


Risks and challenges

All projects have some level of risk, and ours is no different. In an effort to reduce the overall cost of production (and ultimately lower our funding goal) we are continuing to work with the same overseas manufacturing company we did with our previously published games. We had a great experience working with them and are excited to continue building on our connections.

Our turnaround for delivery will be even shorter than our game projects as the book production process is simpler. We do not expect delays, but anything can happen half a world away, just as it could domestically. We rely on our suppliers just as you rely on us, and hope for a relationship of mutual understanding.

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