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A story about a boy with a birthmark and how every child in the world is unique and special in their own way.
A story about a boy with a birthmark and how every child in the world is unique and special in their own way.
454 backers pledged $31,763 to help bring this project to life.

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We are funded thanks to all the backers who believe in Sam's Birthmark! Please note that supporters can still pledge. The more money raised the more books we can print and spread the message.

About the Project

 We were inspired to write the children's book, Sam’s Birthmark,  when our son Barron was born with a port wine stain on his face. Every child in the world is unique and special in their own way, and certain special characteristics make them shine as an individual. We want to show this message through a  book with the child having a birthmark. 

What We Have

Illustrations:

Mary Anne Smiley is  one of the top designers in Dallas.  However, her passion is illustrating a childrens book and she did the watercolor drawings for us. Here is a sample:

Mary Anne Smiley Illustration
Mary Anne Smiley Illustration

Copy:

The copy was written by Martha and Grant Griffin & Edited by Carole Rice. Here is a sample of the copy  illustrating Sam's mother's confidence building words.

"At bedtime Sam asked his Mom, “Do I look different than the other kids do?” She replied, “Yes, you have a birthmark. It is one of the many things we love about you.”

“Every child has something about them that truly makes them shine. Will has freckles and Lydia can’t eat peanuts - they are also one-of-a kind.”

“Cousin Elise wears glasses, and Beck has a birthmark, too. Your birthmark is what your friends and family find special about YOU!"

What an elementary school teacher said about Sam's Birthmark:

"If you know anyone with a birthmark or know someone who has something different about them... this is an excellent book to share with them!  I highly recommend every teacher buy a copy. It is a wonderful story to share with your students and it teaches them to accept everyone for who they are and not what they look like...it has touched my heart!"  - Amber Spencer

What We Need From You

  • Cover the cost of the first run print of 3,000 (And shipping to all of you)
  • Cover the costs of our graphic designer for the layout.
  • Pay our amazing illustrator.

Questions?

If you’re not sure how this whole Kickstarter thing works, check out their FAQ page. If you have any questions at all about the project,  you can e-mail Martha Griffin at martha@samsbirthmark.com

Risks and challenges

We know our friends and family will be great supporters. But our biggest challenge is reaching school teachers and the birthmark community so they are aware of Sam's Birthmark. We are contacting as many organizations as possible.

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    Hardover copy of Sam's Birthmark. (Add $10 for international orders)
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    2 hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark (Add $10 for international orders) , I am Unique Button, Sam's face on a fan, 2 tickets to book signing party.

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    1 Signed hardcover copy of Sam's Birthmark by author and illustrator. (Add $10 for international orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's Face on a Fan, 2 tickets to book signing party.

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    5 signed hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark shipped up to three addresses (Add $20 for international orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's face on a fan, two tickets to book signing party

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    Supporter acknowledgement inside First Edition of Sam's Birthmark, 5 signed hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark shipped up to to two addresses (Add $20 for International Orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's face on a fan,two tickets to book signing party

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    Benefactor Acknowledgement inside First Edition of Sam's Birthmark, 10 signed hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark shipped up to to three addresses (Add $20 for International Orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's Face on a Fan, two tickets to book signing party

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    Watercolor original artwork of Sam's Birthmark Cover, Benefactor Acknowledgement inside First Edition of Sam's Birthmark, 10 signed hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark shipped up to to three addresses (Add $20 for International Orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's face on a fan, two tickets to book signing party

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    Lunch with the authors, Gold Benefactor Acknowledgement inside First Edition of Sam's Birthmark, 10 signed hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark shipped up to to three addresses (Add $20 for International Orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's face on a fan, 2 tickets to book signing party

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    Dinner with the Authors. Platnium Benefactor Acknowledgement inside First Edition of Sam's Birthmark, 10 signed hardcover copies of Sam's Birthmark shipped up to to three addresses (Add $20 for International Orders), I am Unique Button, Sam's face on a fan, 2 tickets to book signing party

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