Thank you so much for your support in helping us fund Learn to Read Adventures! We’re so excited to bring this to market to help young readers love reading!
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Right now, 1 in 4 children in the U.S. will grow up without learning how to read. Is this the future we want? How do you feel when your own child lacks interest in reading? It’s time for a change.
Introducing Learn to Read Adventures, an interactive app & book series, that gives young readers the four items they need to enjoy reading. Conceptualized by a 6-year-old, the ‘choose your own path’ stories, filled with beautiful real-life images, take the reader to real places around the world. While inspiring children to love reading, this project also gives back by supporting artisans and protecting nature in the locations of the stories.
Inspire the Love of Reading
Last year, 6 year old, James O'Donnell, was frustrated by learning to read. His father, Patrick, asked him what it would take for him to enjoy reading. James named 4 things, so Patrick, a bestselling author, wrote a story with those four items. Other children, parents, teachers & focus groups validated those four items.
When the story was ready, James loved it & more importantly, he LOVED READING. Then, the entrepreneurial-minded 6 year old had the idea to turn the story into an app and book series so he could read it on his device & share it with his friends. Again, the need was validated by parents, teachers and focus groups, so Learn to Read Adventures was born.
James has always loved nature and we love being able to help out others, so then, we had the idea to help protect nature and support those in the locations of the stories.
See How the Interactive Stories Work
Click play on the video below to see how it works!
Making the Vision a Reality
Last year, when James was 6 years old, he had a vision to help children learn to read, help artisans earn a living & help protect nature. Now, a year later, you can help make that vision a reality by supporting this project on Kickstarter.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that helps bring creative projects to life. Kickstarter has received pledges from over 5 million donors to fund projects, which include new products, films, music, books, apps and other creative projects.
Those who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and special experiences in exchange for their pledges, and the rewards for backing Learn to Read Adventures are quite exciting! See the details below and then choose the level that’s right for you on the right side of this page. It's a great way to get some unique holiday gifts while supporting a project to help children love reading!
There are many different rewards from the $5 Thank You Pack to the $10,000 Ultimate Family Adventure, so scroll down and find the one that’s right for you. Also, if you would like to add-on additional rewards, simply add that amount to your pledge total. Then, at the end of the campaign, we'll send you a survey so you can specify which additional items you wanted. Thank you in advance for your support!
When the iOS app is ready, it will be free for download and the first story, The Amazon Adventure, will be included. Each additional story (to other destinations, such as the Serengeti, Mexico, Thailand, etc.) will be available for only $2 each. Therefore, we will have a "full version" of the app with all 10 stories. You can gift this full version of the app to a child or a teacher to use in the classroom. Or you may donate it to children or classrooms in need so they have unlimited free use of the app to inspire a love of reading. It's only $20 for each full version of the app that you would like to pledge.
Personalized Book Options
Each Personalized Book Pack comes with all of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure!
Adventure Gear Options
You’ll be ready for your next adventure with a t-shirt, thermal bottle & backpack. You can select one, two or all three of these items, or add them on to any other package at checkout.
The Adventure Gear Packs come with all the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs, but they do not include a copy of the book. If you want the gear and book, see Book & Gear options further below.
Book and Gear Options
The Complete Adventure Gear + Book Packs come with all the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs, plus the gear and a physical, personalized copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure!
The following special rewards come with all the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs, all three gear items, plus a physical, personalized copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure!
The Giving Back Options
You can make difference by providing books to classrooms, libraries or children in need. If you know teachers who would like these books, send them a link to this page and have them contact us. In addition to the books, the giving back packs come with all the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs, all three gear items, plus a physical, personalized copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars in the adventure!
These are the rewards for the true adventurers. You'll either set foot on your own adventure or be immortalized in future stories. Plus, all of the Ultimate Reward packs come with all the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs, all three gear items, plus a physical, personalized copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars in the adventure, plus a hammock that was handcrafted by artisans in Brazil (as featured in Book 1, The Amazon Adventure).
More on How it Works
See how the games really do help children learn words (and keep them busy while you are preparing dinner or driving around town) by clicking play on the video below:
Learn how the app and books help children learn healthy habits by clicking play on the video below:
What users are saying about Learn to Read Adventures
Here's what beta testers, teachers and moms had to say about it:
"As a homeschooler, I am always looking for fun, creative ways to get my kids reading! I have an almost 6 year-old and a 9 year old and both think this is the coolest idea ever! When a 9 year-old is interested in a "learn to read" app...now that's ingenious! Best of luck Learn to Read Adventures! I hope you are around when my 2 year old gets ready to crack the books himself!"
- Lauriann Jones, Homeschool Teacher & Mother, Tucscon, AZ
"I don't know what more awesome - the technology you are creating to help kids love to read OR the fact that a 6 year old had a vision and his Father helped him make it a reality! The project is the future of reading for kids and I'm excited to see it get off the ground!"
- Sherri Beauchamp, Mother, Calgary, Canada
“My son played on the app for an hour and loved it. We loved the option to make choices throughout the story and he reread the story several times to see all the different possible outcomes.”
- Stacey Porter, First Grade Teacher and Mother, Atlanta, GA
"I love this! We discovered my youngest son couldn't read during the summer between his 3rd and 4th grade year. He was bright and sly enough to hide his "disability." We discovered he was dyslexic and hired a tutor, along with spending countless hours helping him. This would have been ideal to keep his attention!"
- Diane Bell, Mother, Oklahoma City, OK
“The concept is great and I definitely think having the reader’s name in the story helps keep the reader’s attention. I like how you have the option to pick the story back up where you left off. I also love that each word turns green as it’s read to you. It’s fabulous that the book is set up as a ‘choose your own path’ type of story. That definitely adds interest and excitement!”
– Victoria Floyd, Kindergarten Teacher and Mother, Atlanta, GA
It’s been truly amazing to watch this project grow. It started as something simple to help our son enjoy reading. Then, he had the idea to turn it into an app to share it with others. Now, with teachers and organizations interested in the app and book series, we’re getting close to making our son’s vision a reality so we truly can inspire children to love reading!
This campaign will help to fund the rest of the app development and book printing expenses. After successful funding in mid-November, we’ll print the first book and the gear, so it will arrive to our fulfillment center by early December. These items will be shipped out in mid-December to arrive to you before Christmas.
The first version of the iOS app with the first story is scheduled to go live in Apple app store in November. The second iOS version with the next story will follow near the start of the new year. Will there be an Android version or a web-based version so teachers can use it in classrooms? Maybe. Those are some of our stretch goals for this campaign. If the funding supports it, Android first and then a web-based application. Stayed tuned for the stretch goal details.
The next version of the printed books in the series will come out in 2015.
We’ll continue to create and seek adventures as we work to inspire children to love reading!
Risks and challenges
Every project has potential obstacles, from production delays to collaborator mishaps.
In this case, we feel the biggest risk is actually what would happen if we did not complete this project. We are on a mission to inspire children to learn to read, so what would happen without this project in our world helping children and giving back in the process?
When we raise our funding goal, we do not anticipate any major challenges in completing the project. The beta version of the app is already completed. The book is ready to be printed. Now, we just need to make it happen.
As with all Kickstarter projects, there is a risk of having the rewards arrive later than planned. We have been careful to work with our vendors to map out the production and fulfillment schedule and have backups in place should something get behind. We will continue to work with them and keep you posted on any potential delays, but with our diligence we are confident everything will be delivered on schedule.
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