Thirteen months ago I started with an idea, and that idea turned into a story. A story about a cardinal named Kevin. Inspired by the children’s books my wife and I received as gifts after our son was born, I set out to tell a story of my own that I could one day read with him.
I decided to use a cardinal as the central character of the story because of the positivity and strength the cardinal represents. Whether it is on a cold winter day when the sight of its bright red feathers brings a moment of warmth; or when a cardinal is singing outside the window on an early spring morning, we all can relate to the emotions a cardinal brings throughout the year.
Kevin’s First Flight is a children’s picture book that uses rhyme and watercolor illustrations to tell the story of Kevin the cardinal and his first adventure after leaving the nest. Kevin’s day starts quickly. He soars among the clouds, discovers adventure upon landing on the ground, and he even weathers a thunderstorm! By the book's final page, you will learn how Kevin the cardinal comes of age during his first flight.
Kevin the cardinal starts stretching his wings.
He’s getting ready for what the day brings.
Kevin is a bird,
with bright red feathers.
Today he will try to fly,
so on a branch he tethers.
Noah Emery was born and raised in Knoxville, IL. He attended Knoxville High School and then went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Monmouth College. He lives in Hamilton, Ohio with his wife, son and two golden retrievers. Kevin's First Flight is Noah's debut children’s book.
Lindsay Cocquit was born and raised in Burlington, IA. She went to Monmouth College and double majored in art and education. She currently teaches high school art in Peoria, IL. Outside of teaching high school students, she hones her talents at Art at the Bodega (Washington, IL). It is fair to say that when Lindsay's not spending time with her family or teaching art, she’s creating it. Here's a look at one of her illustrations for Kevin's First Flight from sketch to painting:
Suggested Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Level: Grade School
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Orange Frazer Press (Wilmington, OH)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 inches
We are bringing this project to Kickstarter to help cover initial costs related to self-publishing a children’s book. We are seeking to raise at least $2,250. The funding will be used on professional page design and formatting, an original cover design, high quality binding and the initial print run.
The book’s manuscript is finished and edited. The illustrations are in progress and will be completed by the end of summer.
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The perception in the publishing industry that comes with launching a self-published book. Hopefully, what we have shared provides an insight that this endeavor is serious and we are working to produce a polished, professional product. Your involvement is vital in our success and we thank you for all the support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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