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As a kid, life is full of new experiences. This original book series helps kids and parents prepare for these adventures together.

"I love Arlo! He's elephant! He's cute!" - Lily, Age 2

"I like Arlo because he does silly stuff. We should get another Arlo book!" -Aidan, Age 4

"I am not scared of going in the airplane anymore. When I go, I am going to ask for apple juice and pretzels just like Arlo! And I'm going to bring my Arlo book in my backpack." - Sophia, Age 3

Inspiration

It was the perfect way to end a perfect day. We all climbed onto the bed and my nieces and I settled in for story time. The reading duties were always shared; I would read a page, and then they would tell me about the pictures and what they understood to be happening. They weren't yet old enough to read, so this was a great way to get them involved with books.

Bedtime stories with Helena & Ava
Bedtime stories with Helena & Ava

We were nearing the end, coming up on the last page that would tie the whole story together … and it just ended. I was confused. The kids were confused. I flipped back through to see if I had missed something; was a page torn out? Was the book incomplete?

No … it was just another colorful children’s book written with no specific purpose in mind. Whatever happened to the books that I used to read as a child? They had morals, life lessons, things that I still call upon when I find myself in tough situations. While the kids quickly lost interest, I sat there, more put off by the lack of the story than I should have been.

My sister-in-law pointed out I should write a captivating children's book that actually teaches something about life. I began to think about my nieces and nephews and how they were almost old enough for their first dentist’s visit. My oldest niece had already mentioned to me several times about how nervous she was to go. In that moment of clarity, I knew that I wanted to write books that would teach kids about day to day events that can be new, frightening, and sometimes overwhelming. Out of this thought, a little elephant named Arlo was born.

Meet Arlo.
Meet Arlo.

Arlo is the fun loving elephant who loves to learn about new things. When introduced to new adventures, he can come up with some pretty wild day dreams. This series helps kids and parents prepare for these learning opportunities together. 

Books

Arlo Goes to the Dentist, front and back covers
Arlo Goes to the Dentist, front and back covers

Arlo Goes to the Dentist (2011): This story introduces children to the dentist, teaching kids that it's not an event to be feared but an adventure to embrace. With the help of illustrations done by Edmund Boey, kids are transported into Arlo's daydream about what he believes a teeth cleaning entails. By reading this book, they will learn what to expect at the dentists office and all about the importance of good oral hygiene. 

Awards


Arlo and the Airplane, front and back covers
Arlo and the Airplane, front and back covers

Arlo and the Airplane (2012): This educational story teaches children about the adventures of airplane travel.  Before knowing what to expect, Arlo convinces himself he will fly using a superhero cape or even a bunch of balloons! He quickly discovers the excitement of flying in an airplane, helping to prepare children for their first experience of air travel.

Awards

Arlo Goes to the Farmers Market
Arlo Goes to the Farmers Market

Arlo Goes to the Farmers Market (anticipated Winter 2013): The newest book in the Arlo series introduces kids to the Farmers Market. Arlo discovers the importance of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables to help him grow big and strong. He also learns that being adventurous and trying new fruits and veggies can pay off.

Why

Karisa reading at a local preschool
Karisa reading at a local preschool

All children deserve the chance to learn about the world around them and experience new adventures. Arlo makes this learning process fun and exciting for everyone!


Goal

In order to make the printing of this series affordable and accessible to parents and children, a large order needs to be placed to minimize costs of production. This will enable the series to be available not only online but also in classrooms, libraries, and brick and mortar stores, all at a reasonable price. 

$15,000 will cover the cost of 3,500 locally printed softcover books, the time and labor to create them, and costs associated with getting them into your child's hands. This amount also covers the 8% that belongs to Kickstarter and Amazon check out and the cost of the video production and marketing. 

Stretch Goal

If we can reach $20,000 (pays for 4,500 copies, plus Kickstarter, Amazon, video and marketing fees) we will be able to print every book in HARDCOVER! All backers will receive hardcover books instead of softcover! Let's aim for this! 

Thank you for your support! You rock!

What teachers are saying

“I love using parables for teaching, and Karisa Lowe does just that with her ”Arlo” (an adorable elephant) series. Children can learn all about going to the dentist or traveling by plane for the first time through Arlo’s adventures. Mrs. Figs’ Bookworm was thrilled to have Ms. Lowe for a successful book signing event, and we look forward to more Arlo adventures!” - Mrs. Figs, Owner, Mrs. Figs Bookworm - Camarillo, California

“Karisa captured the imagination and the hearts of our students as she read her book about the adventures of Arlo the elephant. Our teachers appreciated the wealth of vocabulary that was used throughout the book. This book truly lends itself to being read in preschool and elementary classes. I would highly recommend reading Karisa’s books and sharing them with your friends and family. We would love for Karisa to visit us again.” - Reshma Morey, Director & Owner, Marina View Preschool - Laguna Niguel, California

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have purposely waited a few years before bringing my books to Kickstarter to ensure that I had a quality product to promote. Since I have been touring the first two Arlo books for a few years already, I know they are well-received by parents, teachers, and kids.

My illustrator, Edmund, and I have a great working relationship. Since we already have two books under our belt, I feel like we have worked out all of the kinks. I have already finished writing Arlo and the Farmers Market and Edmund is well on his way with the illustrations!

I have done my best to be well-prepared before launching my Kickstarter campaign, but I'm sure unforeseen things could arise. When that happens, I will keep you updated and use my team to find quick and solid solutions.

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    THE LIBRARY BENEFACTOR - Receive your own autographed set of softcover Arlo books + ebooks (+ temporary tattoo + bookmark + tote bag) AND gift a library of your choice with the complete Arlo series + 3 Arlo posters! Something the whole community can enjoy! If the stretch goal is reached all books will be hardcover!

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    THE CLASSROOM BENEFACTOR - Receive your own autographed set of softcover Arlo books + ebooks (+temporary tattoo + bookmark + tote bag) AND stock a classroom of your choice with the complete autographed Arlo series + 3 Arlo posters + 30 Arlo bookmarks +30 Arlo temporary tattoos. Fun for the whole class! If the stretch goal is reached all books will be hardcover.

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    THE PHILANTHROPIST - Receive your own autographed set of softcover Arlo books + ebooks (+ temporary tattoo + bookmark + tote bag) and TWO additional complete sets of Arlo books to stock local classrooms or libraries of your choice. PLUS 3 Arlo posters, 30 Arlo bookmarks and 30 Arlo temporary tattoos! If the stretch goal is reached all books will be hardcover.

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    THE DOCTOR - Receive a full autographed set (3 softcover books) plus 3 Arlo posters for your waiting room, PLUS 200 temporary tatoos and 100 bookmarks to give to your patients! Great for dentist and doctor offices! If the stretch goal is reached all books will be hardcover.

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    THE AGENT - Author Karisa Lowe will visit a school (up to 3 classrooms) for a reading. Each class will receive a complete set of the softcover Arlo series, 30 bookmarks, 30 temporary tattoos, and 3 posters. * Add an additional $125 per extra classroom (book set, bookmarks, tattoos, and posters included) If the stretch goal is reached all books will be hardcover. ** Visits limited to the Greater Los Angeles area.

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