About this project
This is the perfect bedtime story for ages 0-8.
Keep up with Kiley!
Kiley's Purple Hat is a timeless story that touches on the core of family and spending quality time together. This is the book to tuck your little artist in with every night.
Bringing Kiley to life
The first time we talked to the author, Jaxon Barnes, about publishing Kiley’s Purple Hat, we instantly felt this was a story that young readers would love.
While brainstorming about how to bring Kiley’s story to life, we asked ourselves: How can we make the book even more precious so parents would want to pass it down to their children as a family heirloom?
- Using materials that evoke the mood of the book, so it feels special when you hold it in your hands.
- Presenting a captivating story for young readers, that parents will love too!
We’re confident we’ve created a book that has this kind of staying power.
Who is Kiley?
Kiley is a character who happily expresses herself through art.
In the book, Kiley and her mom spend quality time together. They’re sharing in the joy of making something special with their own hands. Kiley is blown away by how color, patterns and her own paintings inspire their creation.
It’s important to us that kids reading this story feel the same way Kiley felt when making the hat with her mom. As kids, our most treasured memories were working on a project with a loved one. We had to find a way to make our book feel as unique as those memories.
Kiley’s Purple Hat looks like no other book. We have traveled and visited many bookstores and we have never seen a book that looks quite like this.
The book is handmade, covered in purple fabric with foil-stamping, is Singer side-sewn and the illustrations are gorgeous. The book itself feels like a work of art!
As soon as you hold the book in your hands, you feel the passion behind it and the effort and care we’ve invested in creating a treasure for your little artist. They’ll want to read Kiley’s book with you every night.
Jaxon Barnes is an avid reader and life-long learner. Her love for picture books inspired her to write Kiley’s Purple Hat. A fashionista at heart and experienced jewelry designer, she expresses her creativity through the use of color in her wardrobe. Jaxon’s infectious passion for color shines brightly in her home with orange, red and blue walls.
Reading and writing have always been an integral part of Jaxon’s life. She has kept journals for twenty years and has been writing poetry even longer. Kiley’s Purple Hat marks her entry into the wonderful world of children’s picture books.
Before her husband passed away, he encouraged Jaxon to finish the story and get it published. With this knowledge in mind, it is extremely important for us to help carry out her vision and share Kiley’s story with the world.
We needed to find an illustrator to capture the author’s unique vision of this story and character.
Early on, some illustrators we worked with didn’t click and couldn’t quite capture Kiley’s look. We kept searching and just when we thought it was not going to happen, we found Nathalie Beauvois. She basically told us, “I am the illustrator for this book, have a look at my daughter.” She showed us a picture of her little girl and indeed, her daughter looks exactly how the author envisioned Kiley.
Nathalie is a joy to work with and specializes in illustrating fashion, women, children and everyday life. We couldn’t have found a better artist for the project and we’re very excited about the illustrations in the book!
Hello! We are Gabi and Fernando, a husband and wife team and partners at OSAAT Entertainment. We have successfully published 24 books in multiple genres and have a matchless passion for storytelling.
Our goal is to bring readers and writers together through great stories. This is our first project on Kickstarter and we are very excited to give you a first look at Kiley’s Purple Hat. Join us in bringing Kiley’s story to life!
Why it matters...
There are very few books about little girls who are artists and even fewer of them are girls of color. We decided to do something about that by publishing a story that promotes a positive role model for young girls.
This is a story that will make kids fall in love with reading while opening the door for them to be curious about art. Kiley’s Purple Hat is the type of book we would’ve loved to have when we were kids.
We need your help...
After spending a year completely dedicated to this project, we have all the pieces in order to share Kiley’s story. We have completed the illustrations and we’ve finished the interactive digital version of the book.
Now we’re at the final stage of production and the cost of printing alone is huge. We’ve dedicated so much time and effort to this project and now we need your help to have the book printed, sewn and delivered to your door!
We are reaching out to:
- Backers who are interested in supporting a project that inspires creativity and brings parents and kids together.
- Anyone who wants to see stories about girls from all backgrounds. Little girls that march to the beat of their own drum and are not afraid to be themselves.
- Mothers and fathers who want to spend quality time doing creative activities with their children.
- Parents who encourage their kids to read and want them to learn about art and color.
We have a lot of wonderful rewards for everyone who supports our project! Posters, stickers and paint sets to encourage your child’s creativity. And really fantastic rewards for backers who want to donate books to their favorite school or library. We even have a reward that includes a custom illustration of your little artist with Kiley.
The author is so excited about the project that she would love to do a personal reading of the story at your event or child’s birthday party. And of course you’ll be able to get the beautiful, side-sewn book for your family to pass down for generations to come.
We love storytelling and we know you do too. We’ve created a beautiful book for you to enjoy with your child and encourage them to do what they love. Help us bring Kiley’s story to life!
For International Backers Only!
We’ve received a lot of interest in Kiley’s Purple Hat from international backers. If you are interested in any of the rewards and live outside the US and Puerto Rico, here’s how it works:
- Add $10 to your pledge for shipping to Canada
- Add $15 to your pledge for shipping everywhere else
Please send us a message if you have any questions!
UPDATE 1: Kiley’s Purple Hat - ¡Ahora en español!
La versión digital de “Kiley’s Purple Hat” también estará disponible en español, titulada “Kiley y su sombrero morado”, para iPad y Kindle Fire.
Si ya escogiste tu recompensa en Kickstarter, no te preocupes. Al terminar la campaña, te preguntaremos que versión prefieres. Sólo déjanos saber que prefieres la versión digital en español.
UPDATE 2: T-Shirts!
You asked for it, and now you get it: T-Shirts for your little artists! We are so excited to add this new reward!
You can now grab a copy of the digital book plus a Super soft and comfortable T-Shirt for $35. Shipping is included to US & Puerto Rico.
Two things to mention:
1. If you want to upgrade your reward to get a T-Shirt, just log in and click on the “Manage Your Pledge” button.
2. If you have selected the rewards package at $75, $150, $750, $1,500 and $3,000 T-Shirts are now included in that reward!
Now the hard part is deciding on which design to use for the front of the T-Shirt! Leave a comment to let us know your favorite design!
That’s it for now. Thanks for supporting the project. We are working hard to bring Kiley’s Purple Hat to everyone soon!
Update 3: Exclusive T-Shirts for Moms, because we love you so much…
We want to do something extra special for mothers!
We have partnered with the online boutique I AM HER Apparel - iamheronline.com to provide a really fashionable shirt for moms, especially made for our campaign! Not only do they design chic apparel, I AM HER Apparel also shares a similar mission: to give women and girls the power and freedom to celebrate their unique selves.
You have 2 wonderful options:
- Get the i.am.her T-Shirt reward (plus Digital Book) for $35
- Add the i.am.her T-Shirt to any reward for $25*
* Just add $25 to your pledge and contact us to let us know you want it!
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Risks and challenges
We’ve reduced most of the risks by spending a year putting all the pieces together before the Kickstarter campaign launches. The writing and illustrations are completed and the digital versions of the book are ready to be submitted to online stores. All that’s left is your support to get the book printed, sewn, handmade and delivered to your door!
Over the years, we’ve published enough books to know that many factors can influence and delay a book release. With that in mind, we’ve padded the schedule to give us more than enough time to print and deliver Kiley’s Purple Hat to your little artist before the holidays.
We are confident in our project’s timeline and are looking forward to delivering an amazing product. As always, we will keep you updated every step of the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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