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An illustrated picture book about families of all kinds! With a focus on embracing diversity and touching on a variety of topics.
An illustrated picture book about families of all kinds! With a focus on embracing diversity and touching on a variety of topics.
47 backers pledged $3,048 to help bring this project to life.

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Families, Families Everywhere! (a children's book)

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The Project

We live in a world with an increasingly diverse array of family structures.  From single parents to step families, from nannies to same-sex parents, the configurations are endless.  And at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you live in a city apartment, rural trailer, or suburban house.  It doesn't matter if your family is short or tall, messy or neat, adopted or related.  At the end of the day, it is love that defines a family. 

We all have different beliefs, celebrate different holidays, and eat different foods.  And it's differences like these that make each family so uniquely perfect.  This illustrated children's book is a celebration of diversity, a conversation starter, and a fun read!  

I believe that reading is an important way that children learn about the world and that it can be used not only to teach, but also to cultivate feelings of compassion, understanding, and acceptance. The earlier we expose kids to different family structures, the more likely they are to lovingly accept their classmates and friends, regardless of their differences. 

Plus, reading with an adult can give children a safe space to ask questions about their own family structure and talk about the things they have seen or experienced. In this way, reading is not only a learning activity but also a relationship strengthening exercise. 

I hope for this book to help us all to remember the beauty in diversity and to encourage us to act with compassion toward our fellow human beings. I hope we can inspire love and acceptance in the next generation while continuing to cultivate it within ourselves. 

 We are not so different, after all.  

We all want to be loved and accepted.  We all have hard days and good days.  We laugh and we cry, experience heartache and joy.  None of us want to be judged based upon the color of our skin, the clothes we wear, the food we eat.  We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves; we all want to be part of a family.  

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."   (Mahatma Gandhi)

The Process

This book has been underway for many months.  It started as the seed of an idea and has blossomed into a full-grown book!  As with my last book, this one also began with the text.  I wrote out the couplets in a matter of weeks and then set to work on sketching. 

Once I have an idea in my head for a particular drawing, I sketch out a rough idea... always in pencil!  It gets a lot of edits at this stage...lots of erasing and redrawing.  When I am happy with it, I transition to the creation of a hard line drawing.  Then watercolor.  Finally, (if it all went to plan and doesn't need to be redone) it gets scanned in and final edits are made digitally.
Once I have an idea in my head for a particular drawing, I sketch out a rough idea... always in pencil! It gets a lot of edits at this stage...lots of erasing and redrawing. When I am happy with it, I transition to the creation of a hard line drawing. Then watercolor. Finally, (if it all went to plan and doesn't need to be redone) it gets scanned in and final edits are made digitally.

As the book developed, it grew in length, sustained edits, and hit some stumbling blocks.  I am happy to report, however, that it is now complete and ready to be printed!  Which is where you come in!  

Funding & Rewards

Printing and marketing are expensive and given that I am self-publishing I don't have the same resources at my disposal that the large publishing companies do.  I do already have ISBNs that were purchased as a result of the last Kickstarter project (see more info below) which is awesome!  However, this book needs some of its own funding for things such as:

  •  Printing Costs (this is a bulk of what your donation will be going towards!)
  •  Marketing (to reach families and kids who could use a book like this in their lives)
  •  IngramSpark Title Set-Up (allowing the book to be available to 39,000+ retailers, libraries, schools and universities)  
  •  Kickstarter's Cut (5%) and Payment Processing Fee (3-5%)

There are multiple levels of rewards available so be sure to check those out!  Keep in mind that any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!  

Also, just a reminder that Kickstarter projects are always all-or-nothing.  If I don't make my funding goal by the final day, you won't get charged and the books won't be sent out... So if you're thinking about getting a book, better to do it now and not miss the deadline! 

Besides choosing the reward that includes DONATED BOOKS, you can also help spread the love by SHARING this Kickstarter project on social media and with friends/family! Use the hashtag #FamiliesFamiliesEverywhere in your posts and to see who else is loving and supporting the book! 

The Creator 

Just a little about myself:  my name is Megan.  I live in Blacksburg, Virginia (USA) with my husband.  I graduated from Virginia Tech's architecture program in 2016 (Go Hokies!) and then nannied for a year.  I had always loved babysitting and children, but it was during this year that I cemented my passion for children's books.  I got to see the girl I was nannying light up when we went to the library, learn and make connections because of the books we read together, and generally develop a passion for reading.  I still do some part-time architecture work, but am trying to forge a path for myself in the illustration and publishing industries. 

I also love making pottery, blogging, being in the sunshine, going on walks, kayaking, jumping to Enter Sandman, collaging, and of course, reading! 

If you would like to connect, you can visit my website or follow me on social media!

My Kickstarter & Self-Publishing Experience 

I was able to publish my previous children's book, Meggoline, because of awesome Kickstarter backers like you! This means that I have previously gone through both the Kickstarter funding process and the self-publishing process.  Because of this, I feel I have a good idea of what the journey will entail: from costs to timelines, from shipping to FAQ's. That being said, there is always the possibility for delays or human error.  Of course, I will inform you along the way if there are any unforeseen issues and will make sure that everything is done to meet the deadlines set.  

Here is an image of my previous book (if you don't already own a copy!) to show the anticipated print quality.  I will be printing through Ingram Spark again, as I did with Meggoline. Click here if you want to see more about that Kickstarter journey! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of the Families, Families Everywhere Kickstarter journey! 

Risks and challenges

As mentioned above, I have successfully been through this process before and therefore feel that I have a solid grasp on the budget, timeline, and potential setbacks. In the event that something does go amiss, I will be sure to keep all backers informed and to remedy the situation as conscientiously as possible.

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