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Let's bring LtR Adventures, an interactive children’s app and book series, to young readers who need these 4 items to love reading!
Let's bring LtR Adventures, an interactive children’s app and book series, to young readers who need these 4 items to love reading!
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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!

Rewards

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!

App Options 

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!

Special Rewards

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!

 Ultimate Rewards

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

Next Steps

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.

Thank you again for your support!

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    THANK YOU PACK – You will be listed on our thank you page, will receive behind-the-scenes updates, will be the first to be notified when the app is ready for download, and will have our eternal thanks for making this dream a reality!

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    THANK YOU + DIGITAL PHOTOS PACK – All of the above in the Thank You Pack + 3 LtR Adventures images with quotes to use as computer wallpaper or send as eCards!

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    PERSONALIZED EBOOK PACK – All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, digital copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a .pdf eBook with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure!

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    FULL APP WITH 10 STORIES PACK – Give the full version of the iOS app (with all 10 stories at only $2 each) to a child or classroom you know or gift it to a child or classroom in need (If you would like to gift the full version to additional children or classrooms, simply add $20 to the pledge amount for each you would like to add). Also, includes the items in the Thank You Pack.

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    PERSONALIZED PAPERBACK PACK – All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a paperback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure!

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    ADVENTURERS GEAR - PICK ONE PACK - All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + Pick 1 of the following: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle or backpack!

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    PERSONALIZED HARDCOVER PACK – All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a special, limited edition hardback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure!

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    ADVENTURERS GEAR - PICK TWO PACK - All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + Pick 2 of the following: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and/or backpack!

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    ADVENTURERS GEAR - PICK THREE PACK - All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + get all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    COMPLETE ADVENTURERS GEAR + PAPERBACK BOOK PACK - All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a paperback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    COMPLETE ADVENTURERS GEAR + HARDBACK BOOK PACK - All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a special, limited-edition hardback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    GIVE 50 APP STORIES TO CHILDREN IN NEED PACK – Give 5 full versions of the iOS app (with all 10 stories at only $2 each) to children or classrooms you know or gift them to children or classrooms in need (If you would like to gift the full version to additional children or classrooms, simply add $20 to the pledge amount for each you would like to add). Also, includes the items in the Thank You Pack.

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    ATLANTA PARENT/CHILD ADVENTURE RUN COMPLETE PACK - Receive entry for a parent and child into the 2015 Parent Child LtR Adventure Run in Atlanta, GA + All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a special, limited-edition hardback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    ADVENTURE READERS 6 PACK - Receive the first SIX books in the series as they are released (1. Amazon, 2. Serengeti, 3. Thailand, 4. The Treasure Coast, 5. Mexico, 6. Ireland or Italy) as personalized, paperback books with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure + All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + All three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    CONNECT WITH ADVENTURERS PACK - A 30 minute phone call (or Skype chat) with the creators of the LtR app and book series to talk about trips, Kickstarter, marketing, strategy, parenting or whatever you like + All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a special, limited-edition hardback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    RELAX & READ HANDCRAFTED HAMMOCK PACK - A hammock that was handcrafted by artisans in Brazil (as featured in Book 1, The Amazon Adventure) + All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a personalized, physical copy of Book 1, The Amazon Adventure, as a special, limited-edition hardback book with the two names of your choice in the story as the stars of the adventure + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    ONE CLASSROOM PACK - Be a hero for a classroom. Each student (up to 25 students) receives a personalized paperback book. This could be for a class of your choice or a class in need. (If you know teachers who would like these books, send them a link to this page and have them contact us). Plus, you still receive all of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs.

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    FLORIDA’S FIRST COAST ADVENTURE PACK - Make memories with your family on this unforgettable one-day adventure. On this real ‘choose your own path’ adventure, your decisions will determine where you go as you visit the sites in Book 4 around St. Augustine, FL. You set out to discover a potential hiding place of one the largest treasures ever lost at sea when the Spanish Fleet sank in 1715. With the LtR creators serving as your adventure guides, you’ll work together as a family to see if you can find the treasure. Two meals & admission fees included for a family of four. (Travel & Accommodation expenses not included. Dates to be agreed upon.) + All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + the hardback book + the handcrafted hammock + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    BE IMMORTALIZED by being featured as a lead character in a future book, or gift this to someone else + All of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + the hardback book + the handcrafted hammock + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    MAKE AN IMPACT GIVING 500 APP STORIES TO CHILDREN IN NEED – Give 50 full versions of the iOS app (with all 10 stories at only $2 each) to children or classrooms of your choice or gift them to children or classrooms in need (If you would like to gift the full version to additional children or classrooms, simply add $20 to the pledge amount for each you would like to add). Also, includes the items in the Thank You Pack.

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    CLASSROOM ADVENTURE PACK - Outfit a class with books and gear. Each student (up to 25 students) receives a personalized paperback book, t-shirt, thermos & backpack. This could be for a class of your choice or a class in need. (If you know teachers who would like these books, send them a link to this page and have them contact us). Plus, you still receive all of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs!

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    PHILANTHOPISTS PACK – Make a difference by providing 4 classroom packs (100 students would receive a personalized paperback book) OR 1,000 app stories (100 full versions of the iOS app with all 10 stories). This could be for students of your choice or students in need. Plus, you still receive all of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a special, limited-edition hardback book + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY PACK - Give back by providing 8 Classroom packs (200 students would receive a personalized paperback book) OR 2,000 App Stories (200 full versions of the iOS app with all 10 stories). This could be for students of your choice or students in need. Plus, you still receive all of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + receive a special, limited-edition hardback book + all three items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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    THE ULTIMATE FAMILY ADVENTURE - It's all about creating adventures and making memories with your family, right? Get ready for an adventure like you’ve never been on before! You and your family will set out on your own, real adventure where you will choose your own path. We’re serious. You won’t know where you are going, but you will embark on an unforgettable family adventure. Where will it be? Beach? Mountains? Canyons? See further details in the rewards section to the left. Once you arrive, everything is taken care of for you on your 7-day, 6-night trip. Includes accommodations for six nights plus all meals and all park admission fees for a family of four (two adults and two children*). Does not include airfare. Adventure dates to be agreed upon. Plus, you still receive all of the items in the Thank you & Digital Photo Packs + the hardback book + the handcrafted hammock + all three gear items: a LtR T-shirt, thermal bottle and backpack!

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