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From head to toe, heart and soul, this book reminds kids that they aren't "just cute," but also imaginative, powerful, loving beings.
From head to toe, heart and soul, this book reminds kids that they aren't "just cute," but also imaginative, powerful, loving beings.
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STRETCH GOAL #2--$21,000

When we reach $21,000 by the end of the campaign, I will write and record an original song that embodies the message of "And So Much More". All backers will receive an mp3 they can download and rock out to with their little loved one.

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STRETCH GOAL--$20,000

Almost $4,000 worth of our contributions were made by backers who opted out of taking a reward in exchange for their pledge. I added up how many books that would be had they taken their rewards. If we can get the backing to $20,000, I will take the 60 books that would have been rewards and donate them to Los Angeles Children's Hospital and educational non-profits for preschoolers.

The extra contributions will help me off-set any unforeseen shipping costs and give me a leg-up on getting "And So Much More reviewed and promoted.

"She's so cute!" "What a cute baby!" "Aren't you adorable?" These were all well-intentioned things I heard about my kids as I ushered them through their early years. 

My inner-voice always responded, "Yes, they're cute—and so much more". 

It has always been important to me that my kids could speak kindly about themselves and that they knew that, sure ... they were cute, but their bodies were tools they could use to express creativity, generosity, joy, and wonder. I struggled to find books that would reflect these ideas—books that were engaging and entertaining with beautiful artwork—so I began writing my own.

The Book:

"And So Much More," a picture book for readers ages 2-to-6, encourages self-appreciation as children see that they are more than just what's on the outside. From head to toe, heart and soul, this simple book helps kids articulate that they aren't "just cute," but also imaginative, powerful, loving beings. 

Set against an urban backdrop with vibrant street art as its theme, "And So Much More" celebrates the true melting pot of cultures, families, generations, and body types. I'm really excited to give readers a chance to see their own unique families included in the pages of our book and to celebrate the beauty of diversity.  

Illustrations:

Paul Cohen (www.paulcohenart.com) will take you on a journey through the city, showing you vibrant scenarios of kids expressing playfulness, joy, and kindness.   

Examples of Paul's previous work
Examples of Paul's previous work

 

Curious about the manuscript? 

CLICK HERE to download a copy! Read it to your kids, preschoolers, and grandkids to see how much they enjoy this book—one that helps them connect their outsides with their insides by giving them words to say "my arms give loving hugs, my heart is full of joy, my mind grows wiser."

Where will it be printed?

"And So Much More" will be printed by an employee-owned, American company that services powerhouse publishers in the industry. The book will be printed on FSC materials using soy-based ink and low-impact coatings. 

Have you published any other books?

In 2013, Shine Your Light Books published its first title, "Firenze's Light." It was also a Kickstarter campaign, through which over 200 people backed our project. We delivered our beautiful, hardcover books and rewards on time. Parents, educators, and organizations have praised "Firenze's Light" for giving readers positive tools with which to build their self-worth, as well as for its inspiring message.

Images from "Firenze's Light"
Images from "Firenze's Light"

 

Thank you for supporting our project. If you have any questions about Shine Your Light Books, our Kickstarter, or are interested in collaboration or promoting our crowdfunding, please inquire at firefly@shineyourlightbooks.com.

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

• Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we don't meet our goal, we don't receive any of the contributions, so our book could not get made.

• Printing delays of a few weeks can occur depending on how many projects the printer is working on ahead of ours. This could potentially push the delivery date of our rewards back slightly.

This is the second time we have used Kickstarter to create a book. We were able to deliver our rewards on time, but because of our previous experience we have a more realistic idea of how long it takes to package and send rewards out.

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    I Am Grateful

    An eBook version of "And So Much More" (PDF) plus a magnet featuring the book's cover.

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    You'll get everything at the I Am Reading level ($25) for $5 less when you are one of of the first 50 people to back at this level. After 50 people, this level will be gone.

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    You'll get everything at the I Am Grateful level ($15) + a first-edition, hardcover copy of "And So Much More". Shipped FREE to a U.S. address.

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    I Am Generous

    You'll get everything from the I Am Reading level + you get a second copy of the book to gift to a special child in your life, your favorite preschool teacher, or we will deliver it to a bookmobile, shelter, parenting group or library. Shipped FREE to a U.S. address.

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    You'll get everything from the I Am Reading level + you get a second copy of the book to gift to a special child in your life, your favorite preschool teacher, or we will deliver it to a bookmobile, shelter, parenting group or library.

    ADDITIONALLY, you'll get a 5x7 print of original "Inktober" art by Adriane Moxley Eckles inspired by "And So Much More." Shipped FREE to a U.S. address.

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    I Am Wise

    You'll get everything from the I Am Generous level + Author and Illustrator will sign both copies of your books + add a THIRD signed copy + zero shipping cost no matter where in the world you live!

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    I Am Learning

    You'll get everything from the I Am Generous level + Author and Illustrator will sign both copies of your books + add a THIRD signed copy.

    ADDITIONALLY--You'll receive a 1 Hour Consultation with Author, Jessica Collaço (live or Skype). Jessica will look at your children's book or crowdfunding idea and help you with formatting, process and strategies. Can be used by you or gifted to a creative adult or child in your life.

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    I Am Listening

    You'll get everything from the I Am Wise level + one more book for a total of 4 signed books PLUS we'll send you the pre-release of our downloadable AUDIO version of "And So Much More". Shipped free to a US address.

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    I Am Inspired

    You'll get everything from the I Am Listening level + one more book for a total of 5 signed books PLUS a one hour self-publishing consultation with Author Jessica Collaço, which can be used by the backer or gifted to another budding author you love. Shipped free to a U.S. address. Consultation can be in-person or via Skype.

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    I Am Included

    You'll get everything from the I Am Inspired level + 5 more books (making it a total of 10 books which can be shipped anywhere on your behalf) PLUS your name will appear on the book's Thank You page PLUS you can choose a favorite child, parent or loved one to be drawn into one of the book's illustrations. Shipped free to a US address.

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    I Am Kindhearted

    You'll get everything at the I Am Included level (ebook, magnet, 10 signed books, audio book, your name on the Thank You page, consultation with Author Jessica Collaço, loved one's illustration in the book) PLUS WE WILL DONATE 50 COPIES of "And So Much More" to one or more education-oriented nonprofits (or a nonprofit of your choice); AND Paul will illustrate up to three children, parents or future philanthropists of your choice into an illustration in the book. (And we will ship anywhere in the world for free).

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