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Children's books that inspire curiosity with true stories of women scientists and also teach basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Children's books that inspire curiosity with true stories of women scientists and also teach basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
3,103 backers pledged $136,520 to help bring this project to life.

Two Weeks Left, Stretch Goals, Translations, and still chugging along!

Posted by John Coveyou (Genius Games) (Creator)

Hello backers!

It's been another great week - we're almost at 1,200% funding with over 1,600 backers with two weeks still to go! Which brings me to...

Stretch Goals

We've got a couple ideas percolating for Stretch Goals and we'd definitely like to hear what YOU find most valuable. Please leave Stretch Goal suggestions in the comments below. 

We are already making the books with the highest quality reasonable. We didn't want to hold quality hostage depending on reaching a specific funding amount. 

But I'd like to hear about what other fun stretch goals backers would be interested in? 

Translations of Science Wide Open

We've had quite a few requests for translated versions of Science Wide Open so I thought I'd bring the idea up in an Update. We unfortunately don't have the bandwidth to offer physical copies of any translated versions (at least not yet :-), but we're hoping to offer translated versions of the eBooks. Is this something many backers would be interested in? We'll keep you up to date on this and reach out to you international backers for feedback if this becomes an option! 

Three our favorite media mentions from this week...

Geek Dad "I can’t wait to add these books to our library. Head over to the Kickstarter and get yourself a set!"

Black Girl Nerds "the Science Wide Open series will inspire as well as teach"

The Domestic Geek "I feel like it’s so important to educate our kids, especially girls, that they can do anything."

More artwork...

more art-in-progress from Danielle  - Women in Biology! 

We're still working on how to better incorporate the Linnean System into this illustration, but I think it's beautiful none-the-less. 

A Kickstarter that I thought was pretty cool!


I like mentioning other campaigns that I think are cool. And as a parent (and a HUGE gamer) I am always on the lookout for fun games I can play with my daughter and my friend's kiddos. Not to mention that I think playing games as a family is great for kids and parents for a million different reasons! 

With this in mind, I backed Problem Picnic as soon as I saw it! What makes this game immediately appealing to me is the contrast between chaos and carefulness, as well as action-packed yet still brainy and tactical feel. 

Thanks again for a great Week 2!

Overflowing with appreciation,


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    1. John Coveyou (Genius Games) 12-time creator

      @ All - As far as translation, we've received a number of comments and messages, and it seems like Spanish, French and German were the three translations that received the most attention. This is something that we will put on out list of items to address as we move forward with production.

      Stretch Goals - I like the idea of donating a few copies to low income libraries and such. I think this is something that we can do outside of Kickstarter, later on. Kickstarter has been very strict in the past that the platform can't be used fr giving to charities, and projects have been shut down. I think we would be fine giving them away, but maybe not worth the risk when we can just do that as a company after the Kickstarter anyway.

      I really like the idea of downloadable coloring books, or some other downloadable stretch goals, since this won't add to our production schedule or cause shipping rates to jump.

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      Natalie Gessler on

      Yes, girls can do anything! A wonderful project! Congratulations! A translation into German would be great, but I would also love seeing more books, e.g. about earth science (incl. meteorology) and one about astronomy (which is physics, I know)... :-)

    3. Kittykat

      I'd love to have them be translated into Welsh. :) Poster add-ons, donating to schools, keyring add ons, even a trading card style add-on would be great too.

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      Natalia Kennedy on

      Translations sound wonderful! I would love one in Polish.
      Let me know if you need a translator. I know a few good ones.

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      Alice Chmil on

      I am so excited for these books. I love the idea of translations, but I would also really love to see a stretch goal of donating sets of these books to libraries in schools that don't have the funds to get them otherwise.

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      Kristen Dougherty on

      Thank you so much for this great idea - I can't wait to read these to my daughter. On stretch goals, I'm not really interested in translation - there are plenty of other children's books available in other languages. What's unique about this project in my mind is the teaching of science concepts in a kid-friendly way. I'd suggest a stretch goal of a parent sheet to go with each book outlining a project or experiment we could do with our kids at home proving or further developing something taught in the book. Thanks so much!

    7. Stephen Miles

      I mentioned this in the general comments very early on, but I'll reiterate it here: I would really like the option of signed copies of the books. I pledged at that level for your Chemistry set, and was honestly a wee bit disappointed not to find the same option for this campaign as well. [I am a college professor and have the (atmittedly somewhat odd) hobby of collecting signed copies of textbooks.]

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      Catherine on

      Yes please translations into French! Can't wait to see this project come to life and feel it should also be available in other languages. Another idea for a stretch goal would be iron on decals or printable images for use on clothing. I am struggling to find clothing that is beautiful and not gendered. Finding a way to use some of your beautiful illustrations to print on clothes would be good. I am tired of tshirts for girls saying princess.. I am printing some tshirts with the likes of Honor Frost for my nieces these holidays! Thanks for the fantastic project!

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      Daniel on

      We are super Excited for these books. We cannot wait to read them to our daughter. We love the translation editions idea. We vote for Spanish. Here's my pitch: it is one of the three most common languages, I teach an increasing number of Spanish speakers as a science teacher in Georgia, and ours is a bilingual household. Okay, that was somewhat selfish, but honest. Best to all.

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      Klara Lanz on

      Hey :) I'm so looking forward to hold the books in my hands when they are done ^^
      I think it would be great to have translations of the books. They could reach and inspire many more children.
      Best wishes from a german speaking backer ^^