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‘Why Bedtime Sucks’ will be the first of many stories to become a book written by 9-year-old author MaKayla Rose Hubbs.
168 backers pledged $12,315 to help bring this project to life.

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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.


Author MaKayla Rose (photo by  Meghann Roper)
Author MaKayla Rose (photo by Meghann Roper)

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.  

MaKayla and Brianna (photo by Meghan Roper)
MaKayla and Brianna (photo by Meghan Roper)

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:

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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!

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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...

PDF Coloring Page
PDF Coloring Page
Door Hanger (design 1)
Door Hanger (design 1)
Door Hanger (design 2)
Door Hanger (design 2)
Door Hanger (design 3)
Door Hanger (design 3)
Sticker Sheet
Sticker Sheet
Poster
Poster
Enamel Pin
Enamel Pin

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.  

Risks and challenges

We think our biggest challenge will be sharing our story and we are counting on your support for that. Please share this campaign with family, friends, colleagues, and peers. Together we can take steps to close the diversity gap in children's books.

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    eRewards and virtual hugs to thank you for your support. Every dollar gets me closer to my goal! Thank you… Thank you… eXOXO

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    Don't need a physical copy of the book for yourself, but still want to support the project. GREAT! We will donate a book in your name to the 50 States 50 Books project - They're helping to close the literacy gap one state at a time. They provide free diverse books to kids nationwide!

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    EARLY BIRDS -

    We want to offer a special thank you for being among our first backers! For showing up early. You will receive an AUTOGRAPHED copy, a bookshelf in need will receive your donation care of 50 States 50 Books AND your name will be printed on the thank you backer pages of the book!

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    Give and Receive. Get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Why Bedtime Sucks for your bookshelf and gift a book to the 50 States 50 Books project. – They’re helping to close the literacy gap and we can join their mission!

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    Collector’s Edition of Why Bedtime Sucks. Your copy of Why Bedtime Sucks will come with a custom designed bookplate AUTOGRAPHED by the Author AND Illustrator. You will also receive a limited edition Kickstarter exclusive softcover copy with original illustrations from the author. But wait… there’s more! At this level, we will also donate a hardcover copy to the 50 States 50 Books project.

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    Evening

    Your copy of Why Bedtime Sucks will come with a custom bookplate AUTOGRAPHED by the Author and Illustrator. You will also receive an AUTOGRAPHED Limited Edition Kickstarter Exclusive softcover copy with original illustrations from the author. Listen to the book read by the author herself (audiobook). As a supporter at this level, receive a shout out IN the book! Your name will be listed as a major supporter inside of the pages forever. But that’s not all… 50 States 50 Books will receive a donation in your name.

    Includes:
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    • Your name added to "Backer List" of Supporters
    • Book Donation in your name (to the 50 Book 50 States project)
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    Midnight

    In addition to everything, you would get in the previous package… You will BE IN THE BOOK. Your image will be featured in the front row of a crowd of fellow supporters, in the illustrator’s signature style. You will also receive a 15 min introduction to illustration lesson from our illustrator, Isabel. Watch the story come to life as MaKayla narrates and engages the beautiful illustrations she envisioned and Isabel created in an exclusive video book made for backers at this level. MaKayla will personally thank you with a video message. AND receive all 3 door hanger designs.

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    • Personal Thank You Video from Author
    • Illustration Tips and Tricks Video Lesson
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    Mid-night Owls

    In addition to all rewards offered at the Midnight level, the first 5 backers at this level will receive PROGRESS PREVIEWS and INPUT as we complete the illustration process. And a 15 min LIVE Q&A or lesson with Illustrator and a 15 min LIVE Q&A or reading with the author.

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