Help us bring this important and fun children's book that teaches us all how to be present, and in the moment, to the world by backing our campaign and helping us reach our goal and beyond! Your pledge goes towards the final illustration costs and the printing and delivery of 2,500 beautiful hardcover Land of NOW books.
In addition, your support can also help us get books into schools in need. We will happily send your books to a school of your choice, or we can pick one of the many underfunded schools to send them to.
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Below are a few sample pages from Land of NOW.
Land of NOW is a journey to a place that we always are, and never leave – the NOW. But because our minds are so full of useless thoughts, we can’t see the beauty of Land of NOW.
Let me tell you about the time I found myself
Feeling lost and so very befuddled.
I was stuck in a place full of chaos and haze
With my mind all distorted and muddled.
But thanks to our Guide, we learn that the chaos and haze that is blocking the NOW comes from our own thoughts.
There is never a time when you’re not here in NOW,
It’s a place that you will always be.
But because your mind is somewhere SO far away,
It ruins the NOW that you see.
Our Guide teaches us how to recognize that we are actually thinking all the time, and from there we can become separate and distinct from our thoughts.
To uncover the NOW and get rid of this noise
You need to stay quiet and hear
All of the thoughts that you’re constantly having
And let them begin to appear.
As these thoughts begin to take shape, we learn where they come from, what to do with them, and how to let them pass by.
The first thoughts I saw looming there in the haze
Brought with them worry and fret.
They made me quite nervous of what was to come,
Of a FUTURE that wasn’t here yet.
But what you can do is begin to let go
Of this time that is over and gone.
Only then can you truly be here in the NOW
When the PAST has released and moved on.
Instead of just longing for things to be different,
Why don’t you try to embrace
All that actually IS, and allow what is real,
To enjoy what you have in this space?
And once the useless thoughts have moved on, the beauty and wonder of NOW can appear.
“What you see,” said the guide, “it has always been here,
But the splendor of NOW wouldn’t show
Until you had become very present and still,
And could let all the useless thoughts go."
"What's a Yabbut?" you ask. When you say "yeah but" these sly creatures always show up, usually to point out excuses. Learn more about the Yabbut at: TheYabbut.com
Land of NOW will be an 8.5” x 11”, full-color, 32-page, hardcover book.
"This is a must-read book for almost all ages (9-99), and one I highly recommend for the urban family especially, for now more than ever our children are overwhelmed with complicated and contradictory messages flooding their soft, impressionable brains. In this book, kids and parents are given powerful tools to fend off those mental monsters, and through the wondrous tradition of storytelling, utilize simple, logical steps to return to our peaceful, natural mental state." Read more on our website....
“It is hard to stay in the Land of NOW when we are constantly anticipating another book from the Land of…children’s series. Katie and Toby are my classroom heroes. I am continually amazed by their ability to create such engaging and visually stunning books that teach valuable life skills to students AND their teachers." Read more on our website....
“The Land of NOW inspires us through its beautiful illustrations and valuable lessons. We appreciated learning that we shouldn’t worry about things that our out of our control. Thanks Katie and Toby for helping us learn new ways to handle our worries and the stress that can come from being a kid. As a class we always love being transported into the Land of...children’s books." Read more on our website....
"Another amazing book! My kids and I have a hard time choosing our favorite (out of all 4 books), but the Land of NOW does not disappoint! Being mindful and present is probably one of the greatest struggles in our society; not just for adults, but for our children as well—learning how to be present and enjoy the moment we’re given is a process, and this book definitely walks you through that process." Read more on our website....
"Katie Mullaly’s newest addition to her “Land of…” series, Land of NOW, is eye-opening, imaginative, and deeply touching. Mullaly has brought to light another aspect of human imperfection, one that is ingrained especially deep into us at a very young age. As humans, our thoughts stop us from becoming and choosing who we want to be." Read more on our website....
"The Land of NOW is a MUST read for everyone! No matter your age, the message in this sweet, poignant book is priceless. As a life coach, I will recommend this to all my clients." Read more on our website....
"This book will be a great tool to teach my children how to find an inner peace amongst the negative thoughts and words they face in their lives." Read more on our website....
We are all constantly distracted and stressed in this day and age, especially kids, and don’t have the time, incentive, or tools to stop and appreciate the NOW. Most of us probably don’t even recognize our own constant mental chatter that is keeping us from the only moment we truly have – the NOW.
Travelers (readers) into Land of NOW gain the knowledge and resources necessary to A) realize they are NOT in the NOW because their mind is yammering away, and B) let the thoughts they don’t need clear out so they can enjoy the NOW. These lessons are all taught with beautiful illustrations, fun rhymes, and understandable tools for being present.
The Land of… Children’s Books® Series
Land of NOW is the fourth book in the Land of… Children’s Books® series. With our stories, lessons, and Lands we are creating A Kid’s Atlas for Living™ for all ages. Learn more at https://landofchildrensbooks.com/
As part of our Rewards, backers can pledge to receive all four books for yourself and your family, or we can send them to a school library of your choosing.
Our other three books:
Not just a bedtime story…
Our lands all come with a Travel Guide and other resources to keep the conversations going about the journey you and your young readers just went on. From ways to think about the journey yourself, to how to implement parts of the Land into your child’s life, we have printable guides, coloring sheets, lesson plans, and other fun resources to remember your adventure, all available on our website, https://landofchildrensbooks.com/
We have added some GREAT stretch goals!!!
Make your pledge and support our campaign and choose from some great levels.
Or, if you just want to support our campaign by donating, without receiving anything, our eternal gratitude will be your reward!
Kickstarter is "ALL OR NOTHING" so we only get funded if we reach our goal.
Not only will our backers be able to help bring Land of NOW and its important mindfulness tools to the world, but you will also be given the opportunity to share these books with schools around the United States or in your home country.
So we are turning to YOU, the wonderfully supportive Kickstarter community to not only help us fund the illustrations and printing of this important book, but to also provide schools in need with these life lessons and tools.
The funding goal amount is to cover the printing of 2,500 copies of Land of NOW in a hardcover, 32-page, full-color format, and will be printed in the USA. In addition, the final costs for the illustrations will be covered as well. The fabulous Toby Allen deserves to be paid for his incredible work.
Our funding goal breakdown:
- $7,250: printing 2,500 copies (plus shipping)
- $2,000: illustration costs (for final payments to Toby)
- $750: buffer for fees and shipping
Our timing and delivery estimations:
- The writing is finished and the illustrations are 90% complete at the time of launch.
- We are planning on going to print by October 26th and plan on receiving the books back to us by December 5th. If there are any changes to that date, we will let you know.
- So for our first 200 backers (in the US), we are set on a delivery by Christmas (unless there is some unavoidable issue we didn’t see coming).
- We will keep all our backers updated on our schedule and their expected delivery dates.
- For our overseas backers, we cannot guarantee a holiday delivery, sorry.
- And for books to schools, they will be mailed out after the holidays so we can focus on getting books directly to our backers.
Katie Mullaly, Author and Publisher
As a lover of rhyme, rhythm and reason, Katie Mullaly continues to share her passion for teaching, creating greater awareness and living a conscious life through the Land of… Children’s Books®.
Katie is the author and publisher, and the creator of these lands. It is through these fantastical places that she gets to share her messages and inspirations with readers everywhere. She is passionate about making a positive impact. With the brilliant Toby Allen creating the visual representations of her vision, these books, and her creativity and message are continually being pushed to the next level.
The Land of… Children’s Books® series came about from years of Katie’s soul-searching, seeking her purpose and wanting to create something meaningful that incorporated her passion for mindful living. This series allows Katie to find new sources of creativity that she didn’t know she had. It also allows her to share her experiences of trying to be a better human with her readers.
Katie has a BS in Science Communication and an MS in Professional Master of Science and Technology, both from the University of Utah, and is working on a “PhD” in being a better human. She will be working on her dissertation on being a conscious, caring person for the rest of her life, and looks forward to sharing that work with anyone who will read her books.
Toby Allen, Illustrator
Illustrator Toby Allen’s whole life has been about drawing and he’s had a pen in his hand since he can remember. With a zest for the fantastic and an ability to create worlds no one has ever seen, he brings new life to children’s books.
As the illustrator, otherwise dubbed "The Grand Architect," Toby helps craft the worlds and characters that you see in the Land of… Children’s Books®. Working hand in hand with Katie, he offers ideas, support and motivation in a visual format to help create the unique representation of each book's theme. This collaboration results in the fantastic characters and lands you now see.
Toby believes these books are important for readers young and old. They help remind us about the simple things we often forget; little things that can make for a friendlier and more hospitable community. He knows that these lands can also help on a personal level, building confidence and self-awareness. Plus, with Toby’s illustrations, they are also beautiful to look at and a joy to read!
Toby holds a BA Honors Degree in Illustration from Plymouth College of Art located in Plymouth, England. He has pursued a creative education since high school, with that pen always in hand. Since he has started working professionally, he always takes the opportunity to learn a new skill along the way.
Other works by Toby include “Real Monsters,” his physical representations of mental illnesses aimed at educating and reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues. He also illustrated Charlie's Choices, a children's book that aids selectively mute children and their parents. Find out more at Toby’s website: http://zestydoesthings.tumblr.com/
Together they are creating mindfulness tools that are fun, memorable, and presented in a simple, applicable format. By taking important life lessons and disguising them with Katie’s engaging rhymes and Toby’s brilliant illustrations, they are making these personal growth tools accessible for readers of all ages.
We want to thank some special people for helping us with the FABULOUS video:
Owen Mullaly (Katie's brother): for helping with the filming and figuring out how to tape the microphone to the stand so we could still use it.
Conner & Parker Mullaly (Katie's nephews): for the Yabbut wrangling and providing assistance and cupcakes for the video shoot.
Park City Library: for providing the video room (including the green screen) camera, lighting and microphone.
But mostly, Toby Allen: for being the best creative partner and "Grand Architect" any writer could ever hope for!
Information about Kickstarter
Kickstarter is an online funding platform for creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. I have spent weeks building my project page, shooting the video, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers.
I set the project's funding goal (to cover printing and some illustration costs) and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Risks and challenges
LAND OF NOW is our fourth book. We are an established publishing house, owned by the author, that has a proven record of sales and order fulfillment, with legions of fans around the world. So the risk is very low.
The writing is finished and the illustrations are 90% complete at the time of launch and we are planning on going to print by October 26th and expect to receive the books back to us by December 5th. So for our first 200 backers, we are set on a delivery by Christmas (unless there is some unavoidable issue we didn’t see coming). We will keep all our backers updated on our schedule and their expected delivery dates.
For our overseas backers, we cannot guarantee a holiday delivery, sorry. And for books to schools, they will be mailed out after the holidays so we can focus on getting books directly to our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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