Adventures with Jade: An Interactive Children's Book Series
Adventures with Jade: An Interactive Children's Book Series
The first ever original interactive superhero children's book story created for both print and iPhone/iPad
The first ever original interactive superhero children's book story created for both print and iPhone/iPad Read more
About this project
Adventures with Jade is the first-ever, original interactive superhero children's book made both as a print book and a mobile app, which is jam-packed with music, mystery, games, superpowers, and of course, adventure.
Follow alongside our six-year-old hero, Jade and her stuffed panda, Rhythm as they embark on an epic awesomesauce superhero adventure to find the Microphone of Friendship and save the day… all before dinner.
This is a mockup image of what the book will look like.
Growing up, I consumed anything surrounding anime, manga, comics, or superheroes, it was my life.
These heroes featured in the books and shows I watched and read were more than just a story for me – they taught me life lessons. Things such as how to choose right from wrong, the importance of friendship, hard work, and determination, to name a few things.
Over time I began to notice that not many of these characters looked like me or had situations that I could relate to. This made me sometimes doubt that I, too, could be a hero.
So I started a company to create the next generation of superhero stories for kids, so that any child who wants to be a hero, would know that they could be one. The stories would include quality apps, diverse and engaging characters, fun games, and innovative narratives.
So why did I write a superhero series about a young girl? Well, here are some numbers for you.
In a 2011 Florida State University study of 6,000 picture books published between 1900 and 2000, researchers found that only 31% of those books featured female characters as the protagonist or central character.
31% over 100 years, that's crazy right!!??
"But, what about diversity in publishing?"
I'm glad you asked!
In a 2016 study conducted by Cooperative Children's Book Center School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, out of 3,400 children’s books published in the U.S., only 12% were written by minorities.
What message does this send to hundreds of thousands of children around the world that enjoy reading and may one day wish to become an author or better yet, a superhero?
I know I'm not alone in feeling this way, so I did what any hero would do...I made my own heroes.
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It is my belief that every child should be able to see a hero that they can relate to, but also an adventure that they can experience.
Adventures with Jade: The Microphone of Friendship is the first book in the Adventures with Jade interactive series.
This first book introduces you to Jade, a six-year-old girl who on a rainy day is bored and needs something to do. Thanks to her imagination, she brings her stuffed panda, Rhythm to life. Together, they embark on an epic awesomesauce superhero adventure in another galaxy, where they use their superpowers to save the day.
We approach each story from a technology standpoint. By combining technology and traditional stories, we are pushing into the new age of storytelling.
All our books come with a mobile app for children to both read the story and play games.
Hello! I am Chris Coleman, founder of Hero Nation. It's super to meet you!
This picture is from my time working at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures in Los Angeles back in 2015. During my time at BuzzFeed, I developed the idea to write these superhero stories.
I eventually decided to take a leap of faith and left BuzzFeed in order to strike out on my own to create this world I visualized.
Fast forward to 2017, I make videos for clients by day and write children's stories by night.
So...yes, I am Batman.
My desire is to have a copy of Adventures with Jade in every school around the country and one day, the world.
If you are an educator that wishes to expose your students to diverse stories, then this is the reward for you. You can get the School Kit for your children's school, or for a school in your neighborhood. Or for a community center, a library, a club...you name it!
With this package you'll receive:
- 20 signed copies of the "Adventures with Jade" book
- 20 copies of the Adventures with Jade mobile app (especially good for schools that are 1:1)
- 20 personalized digital Superhero certificates
- 20 Adventures with Jade digital coloring books
- 20 copies of the Adventures with Jade official single
- A lesson plan on how students can be heroes in both the classroom and in their community
- A Skype session or in-person visit with me, the author of Adventures with Jade, to talk about the importance of reading, writing, and of course, Jade
Over the past year, I used my own money creating Adventures with Jade. I hired an illustrator to handle the visuals for the book, an editor to make sure my book passed the sniff test with children, and a singer, songwriter, and producer to create a single for the book.
Now, I need your help to print the first 1,000 signed copies, finish the mobile app, and get this awesomeness into your hands.
Just as I believe that every child should be able to see a hero they can relate to, I also believe that every child should have access to books.
Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty have no books at home, and the number of families living in poverty is on the rise. Many public and school libraries are being forced to close or reduce their operating hours.
The numbers don't lie, children who do not have access to books and do not read regularly are among the most vulnerable Americans. That's why I'm teaming up with Readers Create Leaders – a reading and literacy program to help close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged students and their peers.
Maybe you have children, neices, nephews or little cousins who could enjoy this book or maybe you just want to give to a good cause, by supporting this Kickstarter you also are supporting the future leaders of tomorrow. Proceeds from this campaign will be used to provide brand new children's books to the thousands of youth around the country that take part in events created by Readers Create Leaders.
Help us fight child illiteracy.
Risks and challenges
Risks are low, I have experience publishing projects for kids both in the digital and physical space.
To further minimize risk, I've been working on this project for over 6 months and the book (including illustrations and layout are already completed and paid for).
The only thing left to do now bring the Adventure with Jade experience to millions of children around the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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