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Jump in and explore the exotic world of an African Bush Baby named Junior, and meet his family and friends!
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OUR PROJECT

Jumbo Minds is so excited to introduce a book that has STEAM in its heart. We are collaborating with a dynamic group of talented teachers, collectively called Jumpin’ Junior, to publish their first book, Jumpin’ Junior – A Bush Baby’s Tale

This rhyming and activity book introduces children to the world of African animals, focusing on the nocturnal African Bush Baby. The paperback book is packed with vivid illustrations, an energetic song and dance, science facts, crafts, and hands-on activities that will keep kids engaged for hours! 

Thanks for checking out our project! We are committed to increasing science literacy in our world one book at a time. 

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Jump in and explore the exotic world of an African Bush Baby named Junior! This beautifully illustrated book is a journey through one night in the life of a bush baby family. Children learn about how bush babies eat, move, and play.  

Activity-Packed

These books are rich in facts and activities, including:

  • Bush Baby fact page
  • African Plants and Animals pages – seek, find, and learn activity
  • Activities page - enrich learning through song, dance, crafts, pretending, critical thinking, and more
  • Song with sheet music
  • Bush Baby Junior dance instruction
  • Coloring sheet
  • Bush Baby and Me – enrichment worksheet

Science-Based

Books teach when children are actively engaged. The terminology, facts, and art in Jumpin’ Junior – A Bush Baby’s Tale are all accurate. This book has been reviewed by science professionals.

Multi-tiered learning opportunities 

Performing, creating and responding to music are the fundamental music processes in which humans engage. Students, particularly in grades K-4, learn by doing. Singing, playing instruments, moving to music, and creating music enable them to acquire musical skills and knowledge that can be developed in no other way.

In addition to Core and NGSS applications, this book addresses the following National Standards for Music Education:

  • Standard 1: Singing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Standard 3: Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  • Standard 8: Understanding the relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

Engaging Artwork

Vibrant illustrations help readers connect with Junior’s world. We’re thrilled to include the beautiful artwork of artist and professor Margaret Pence, whose work has been published in science educational resources and featured in a variety of gallery shows. 

Book Specs

· 8.5 x 8.5 inches

· High quality materials for durability

· Gloss UV coated paperback cover

· Thick 100# coated paper

We are really excited about the rewards that we are able to offer supporters!

In addition to our fantastic book and eBook, we have an Exclusive poster from A Bush Baby’s Tale that only backers of this Kickstarter project will receive. This 12"x18” poster will be a bright addition to children’s rooms or classrooms, and a great way to initiate discussions of the world around us. 

EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Poster
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 A Bush Baby’s Tale coloring pages are a fun way to engage children with south African animals through zoology and physiology, and reinforce the science introduced by the books.  You can even choose a Jumpin' Junior t-shirt! 

For the top-level reward, you can also have your name, or the name of a designated family member, printed on the ‘Thank You’ page of one of the books. 

Please note that the eBooks will be emailed only after we receive the results of your survey, confirming your format. If you choose Kindle/ MOBI format, you’ll need email functioning on your Kindle. EPUB format may be used for either iOS or Android.

The rewards make wonderful gifts and will be sent in September, in time for the fall learning season. For shipments outside the US, we can’t guarantee shipping/ delivery time.


STRETCH GOALS

We would love to hit some stretch goals with this campaign.  Anything raised above the goal will go into producing the book.  As a THANK YOU for helping us reach out goals, we will add the following to every parcel:

==UNLOCKED==  If we reach $2,500, we will include a Jumpin' Junior STICKER:


Thank you - your support means so much!!

We’ve been thrilled with the initial responses to this book! These books are being read to babies as well as elementary-aged children.  

  •  Delightful! (grandparent)

Delightfully refreshing. I loved watching the faces of the little ones listening to this lovely book... It's a fun book to read and sing and dance over and over again!


  •  Children will clamor to sing and dance again and again (K-5 librarian/media specialist)

...Rhyming couplets set the tone for the lively text and vivid illustrations within a circular frame capture the antics of the curious bush babies. The story is followed by bush baby facts and a colorful glossary of the wildlife encountered in the story... PreSchool teachers, homeschoolers and parents will get a lot of mileage from this little book...


  • (From Educator, “Kate”)

This book is the whole package for my young reader. It is filled with eye-catching graphics, fun and educational content, plus the added bonus of a catchy song!

The Jumpin’ Junior Team

These authors and illustrators love to teach children! With over 50 years of combined classroom experience, they are excited to share their passions with children, parents, and teachers.

Margaret Pence

Margaret is an amazing artist! She is a professional illustrator for medical and science education publications. As an adjunct professor, she shares her knowledge and skills with college students as well.  Her love of animals, wildlife and nature is evident in the beautiful illustrations found in our Jumpin' Junior books.

Young readers will love the friendly critters that Margaret brings to life in our books. 

Tiffany Polino

An elementary and middle school music teacher, Tiffany was inspired to begin writing music after the birth of her first child.  She and her family have enjoyed performing her playful animal tunes at the zoo.  She has recorded her songs with husband Jeff, and the singles are available for download.

Tiff's positive energy is contagious, and her original children's songs found in our books get everyone jumping, smiling, and singing.

Jennifer Cahall

Jennifer has always had a passion for nature and animals. She has experience in the fields of education, science and advertising. Most recently, Jennifer has developed multimedia science education modules and other science materials for K-12 students. 

Jenny writes the fun science facts for our Jumpin' Junior books, and also contributes to writing our stories. 

The story of Jumpin’ Junior was inspired by an energetic bush baby named Junior who lived at Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester NY. He was an ambassador for the Zoo’s outreach and education program. 

Tiff wrote an original children’s song and dance about Junior, and performed it with her husband Jeff during special events at the Seneca Park Zoo. Then, Jenny, a science writer and Margaret, an animal illustrator, joined with Tiff to create the book Jumpin’ Junior: A Bush Baby’s tale. This is the first book in their Science, Story and Song series. 

In fact, here's the music video of the Bush Baby song that inspired the book.  Watch for Jumpin' Junior's animal friends!

Look for more books in the future!

With the funds raised, we’ll print and distribute the Jumpin’ Junior - A Bush Baby’s Tale books and rewards. 

· July – Kickstarter campaign launched

· August – Kickstarter campaign ends and funds released

· August/September – Book ordered from printer

· September – Rewards fulfilled and shipped

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US INSPIRE YOUNG LEARNERS! 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for this project are extremely low. This book is complete with the exception of the copyright page and dedication page. We’ve tried to address all of the details up front in order to reduce risk. All the processes are established and all the pieces have been fit together. We want to ensure these rewards get to you at the beginning of the fall school year. The books are laid out and ready to go to the printer!

FAQ
What’s the target age? 2 to 8 years old, but we read this book to all ages, including preschool and elementary-aged children at home and in classrooms.

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