Why Bedtime Sucks: the opposite of a bedtime story is my first book. The story begins with a little girl’s witty objection to the various reasons she’s been told she needs a good night’s rest.
This book introduces readers to the creative and insightful thinking of an inspired little girl who could think of anything she’d rather do than go to sleep. The most exciting things happen after dark and maybe there are reasons she can explain to her parents about why she should stay up late.
I love, love, love to read. I especially like reading books when the main character reminds me of myself. My name is MaKayla. My friends call me Kayla. I live with my mom, dad, and little sister in New Jersey.
One of my favorite authors, Beverly Cleary, said
Mrs. Cleary inspired me to write my own stories and I found that I love to write almost as much as I love to read!
Late one night, I created the opposite of a bedtime story called Why Bedtime Sucks, because I couldn’t find a book I wanted to read for a bedtime story.
It’s a story told from a kid's point of view explaining why they do not like bedtime and disputing some of the reasons parents give us for why we should get a good night’s sleep. Starring ME. I put myself in my story, and I added my family. Now I can find the book I want to read on my bookshelf.
My story became a book at the end of the school year as a teacher appreciation gift for my first grade teacher, Mrs Kizitaff. Mrs. Kizitaff told me she'd like a copy of my first book, before I ever considered turning my story into a book. Her request sparked the idea!
Listen to more of what my 1st grade teacher and principal have to say about this project:
All the illustrations in Why Bedtime Sucks are hand created by the extremely talented artist, Isabel Rivera. Isabel lives in Cancun Mexico and we met on KICKSTARTER (after supporting one of her campaigns). She understands my ideas and we work together on character development, hopefully there’ll be an international edition some day!
We wanted to make the illustrations in this book as close to the images I first illustrated and imagined while writing the story. By working closely with Isabel my vision is becoming a reality and my character has my face and my personality in her artistic style. She made me adorable with smooth peanut butter skin, big dark chocolate almond shaped eyes and unruly curly hair.
The characters inspired by my family are still being developed, but don’t worry I’m helping Isabel create them too!
Why Bedtime Sucks is an opportunity to provide diversity into illustrated children’s books that would benefit all children. The main character represents every child who can think of a million things they rather do than go to sleep.
Writing children's books is one way I can help close the literacy gap. Another way is with book donations to an organization that has made it their mission to address the literacy gap one state at a time. The 50 States 50 Books project provides free diverse books to kids nationwide.
Every pledge level above dawn includes a book donation to the 50 states 50 books project.
Self-publishing will allow the book to stay 100% true to my vision and mission. In order to do so I need your support!
Crowdfunding will allow this project to be made as a direct result of everyone’s support.
That's where you come in:
Here’s the breakdown of what the campaign will fund
- Production cost
- Book Printing
- Distribution (Shipping cost to me and then to you)
- Kickstarter fees
A closer look at some of our rewards...
The book is currently being illustrated. We are well underway, but it is a work in progress.
Self publishing means we don't have a marketing team or a broad range of retailers to get the word out about the book prior to printing.
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