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Develop grit, perseverance, and patience in this children's book series.
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How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas: Mental Toughness for Kids

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STRENGTHEN a child’s grit with the Mental Toughness books series. The books will arm your children with the knowledge and skill set to embrace challenges. Join Will as he shows you how he won Wimbledon in his pajamas using techniques that help him remain calm and confident under pressure.

Help your child learn to handle difficult emotions and provide a tool for lifelong confidence.

The Mental Toughness books are quick, simple to read, useful resources for children, parents, and coaches. Our goal is to help performers, sports players, and future business leaders to not only face challenges head on but embrace each struggle as an opportunity to teach us something. 

We believe this book fills a huge gap in children’s literature to help prepare children mentally when pressure and anxiety mount.

The first book in the series focuses on building mental toughness through techniques that help us face adversity. When they are dealing with frustration and anger, they will have strategies that will help them to reset. 

 We cannot tell you how much your support means to us. We hope this book series inspires children everywhere and brings out the best in them.

 Our dreams and goals for this book series:  

  •  Encourage a growth mindset: We believe it is important for kids to develop intrinsic motivation and autonomy through the development of long-term goals. Setting our sights on performance goals, rather than outcome goals provide a basis for long-term satisfaction. We hope these books give children a love for battling new challenges and that they grow up eager to explore what this big, beautiful world has to offer.
  • Cultivate kids' self-confidence: We believe it is important for kids to learn how to practice positive self-talk and positive body language. The more they understand that even mistakes and failures teach us, the more they can focus on celebrating their journey, mistakes and all. Our books will teach kids to be courageous enough to take risks and trust that the dots will someday connect. We want to teach kids how it feels to be scared and brave all at once, and how to move past fear and learn to jump. 
  •  Increase kids’ focus and attention: We all get side-tracked and that's why it's important to have rituals to reset oneself.  Our hope is that these stories will help kids get back on track and focus on the task at hand. Life itself is overwhelming. We want to help kids see that everyone faces hurdles and that we can stay focused with habits and mantras. 
  •  Develop perseverance and grit: Setbacks and failures teach us how to be graceful in the face of adversity. The books aim to encourage diligence and a hard work ethic.

THE TEAM

Kobe Nhin, author

An 8th grader, Kobe has competed in the United States Tennis Association Circuit for 3 years. He loves to hang out with his brothers and their dog, Bacon.  Kobe is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. He is the co-founder of Nhinjo Press, a company who's mission is to help people become the best possible version of themselves. Sign up for free parent/coach resources at Kobenhin.com

website: kobenhin

instagram: @mentaltoughnesstips

facebook: Mental Toughness Tips 


Mary Nhin, co-author

A wife of 22 years and mom of 3 boys, Mary loves being the guinea pig for all her husband's kitchen creations. For 20 years, she and Kang have been enriching people's lives through their co-founded companies. These include a sushi chain Nhinja Sushi and the Lean CEO. Their companies have been awarded the Forty under 40 award, Best Sushi Award, and Inc 5000. 

website: marynhin

instagram: @marynhin

facebook: marynhin 

The Story Behind the Book

The story from How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas took Kobe a few months to write, despite maintaining his National Junior Honor Society status and juggling a competitive tennis schedule that includes two tournaments a month. His mother helped him refine his ideas and is listed as a co-author.

Nhin points to his own struggles as a particular source of inspiration for his book. He has played competitive tennis since he was 10 years old. In the beginning, he won a lot but then as he reached new levels it became more and more difficult to close out matches. Nhin went through a phase where he was losing the really tight matches. 

He began researching mental toughness through books, took a course to help him develop necessary skills, and took time to work with coaches to overcome his plateau. The investment paid off. He started winning again, but more importantly the love of the sport came back to him. He enjoyed playing after learning how to be calm and carefree. 

Nhin was motivated to help others overcome their own self-limiting beliefs during a high school course he took during eighth grade. The course required Nhin to write a research paper. He chose the subject of finding the zone and increasing mental toughness so that he could further his understanding of key concepts. From his research and from what he had learned firsthand on the court, he wrote How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas. The children’s book is the first in a series on mental toughness Nhin has planned. He is already writing his next books in the mental toughness series, How to Win the World Cup in Pajamas and How to Win the Masters Barefoot.

The book is complete. Now we need your help.

The story and illustrations are complete. We went through 3 rounds of professional edits and spent months with beta-readers, children, parents, teachers, coaches getting feedback on the design and story. 

If you are not able to contribute at this time, there are other ways to help out. Please consider sharing this campaign.

 Development and Pages of How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas 

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Where is Your Money Going? 

There are a lot of upfront costs in publishing your own book.

The money we raise here will be combined with Kobe's own personal funding. It will go to paying for the following expenses:

  • Commissioning the illustrator for the first book in the "Mental Toughness" series 
  • Printing, packaging, and possible shipping for books 
  • Graphic Design, ISBN, and copyright fees
  • Marketing and promotion 
  • 5% Kickstarter fees and 3-5% Payment processing fees

We sincerely appreciate everybody who helps make this project a reality. We've received a very enthusiastic response by a number of communities that believe in our vision for these books, and we're excited to make this publishing entity a reality. Thank you in advance for your help and support!

 What people are saying:

"Magical book that encourages kids to pursue their dreams."-Craig Webster, German National Coach and coach of Stefi Graf

"The tips in this book will be useful to all intense competitors. Nerves and anxiety are the most common problems of nearly everyone involved in sports. Severe self criticism is almost universal among athletes."-John Poarch, Psychiatrist

"A whimsical, fun adventure of child empowerment!" - J.R. Becker, Best-selling author of the Annabelle & Aiden children's book series

“Our mental skills are the foundation for everything that we experience in this world. This book exposes children to the mental skills they should consider to perform at their best on and off the tennis court.” -Dave Mullins, Mental Performance Coach and former NCAA Division 1 Coach

 "A fun and creative book. It inspires young athletes to be the best they can be." -Gracie Epps, U.S.National Junior champion

Paperback Book

  • 8.5"x8.5" durable paperback with glossy cover that lays flat when opened.
  • 32 full-color pages with matte, high-quality paper.
  • Beautiful illustrations by Milena Salieri, a unique, talented artist who has many years experience in the children's books arena.  

E-BOOK

  • 32 full-color pages with high resolution illustrations throughout.
  • Beautiful illustrations by Milena Salieri, a unique, talented artist who has many years experience in the children's books arena.  

Bookmark PDF

  • High-resolution PDF for printing your own bookmark for your home or classroom
  • Checklist of Mental Toughness Tips 
bookmark front
bookmark front
Bookmark back
Bookmark back

Book Donations

I’m excited to include book donations as a part of the rewards. The donations will go to Pajama Program, an organization that brings caring bedtime rituals to children living in shelters by offering them the magical gifts of pajamas and books.  

Donate to Pajama Program
Donate to Pajama Program

STRETCH GOALS

$6000 -If we reach this goal, everyone will receive an detailed, animated character video book. 

$7500- If we reach this goal, we'll make your copy a hardcover book.

$10,000- If we reach this goal, Kobe will play tennis in his pajamas at his tennis academy for an entire day.

How Does Kickstarter Crowdfunding Work

If our initial goal, isn't met your credit card will not be charged. Crowdfunding is similar to a pre-order platform. It's a great way to connect with our audience members and offer exclusive benefits and attention to each backer.

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Press

April 14, 209 | LoveTennisBlog

April 21, 2019 | Mother-Son duo determined to equip children with essential life skills come up with brand new book series called Mental Toughness for Kids

April 24, 2019 | Edmond Eighth-Grader Writes Motivational Book For Children

April 26, 2019 | Edmond Teen Pens Book with Mom

Risks and challenges

The only risk here is not meeting the funding goal—and, if it goes really well, some fatigue/minor repetitive use injuries packing and shipping books from our home office in Edmond this summer :)

That being said, if any issues arise during the production of the book or rewards that push the delivery date of your pledge back, we will be transparent as possible and update you accordingly.

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    Because of your generosity, a child will have more potential to see his self-confidence and esteem soar high into they sky.

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