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Goodnight Server Room is a children's book about computers and data written for kids ages one to five.
Goodnight Server Room is a children's book about computers and data written for kids ages one to five.
Goodnight Server Room is a children's book about computers and data written for kids ages one to five.
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The world needs approachable, kid friendly books about computers. 

Goodnight Server Room Cover Art
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I am a software engineer. I'm also a father who loves reading to his kids. They have piles and piles of books about trucks, animals, and trains - lots of fun and interesting topics and stories about hard working people, but nothing about what their dad does all day.

Page 3 - Keyboard (Sketch)
Page 3 - Keyboard (Sketch)

I searched for kids books about my computers and came up empty handed, so I wrote this book.  Goodnight Server Room is a lighthearted exploration of computer terms, written to be pleasant to read the hundredth time as it is the first time. 

Goodnight Server Room is written in verse in the tradition of the great children's books that came before it, notably Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Construction Site. Following in their style, Goodnight Server Room meanders through a whirring world of computers, pausing on each page to introduce a new word or concept.

Page 9 - Processor (Sketch)
Page 9 - Processor (Sketch)

Data are a running theme in Goodnight Server Room. After all, computers are really just engines for data. 

One bit
One bit

 

Goodnight Server Room presents data in a non-technical light, illustrating two key concepts:

  • Data (bits/bytes/packets/etc) are composable. Packets are made of bytes, bytes are made of bits. 
  • Data are the most important things in computers. They carry the messages, store the pictures, and tell the computer what to do.

I recruited Emily Krueger to illustrate this project. Her background is in art and her focus is in organics - trees, animals, moss - the soft, approachable things of the world. If I'd set out to illustrate this book myself, it would have ended up looking like a textbook for two year olds. 

Emily Krueger is an Awesome Artist
Emily Krueger is an Awesome Artist

Together Emily and I took the rigid world of computers and softened the lines. We let data be silly and fun. This is not a study guide. This is a playful romp through a server that will introduce some new words and give moms and dads a good chuckle. 

If the base funding target is met, Goodnight Server Room will be printed as a paperback book. If the stretch goal of $3,500 is met, Goodnight Server Room will be printed as a board book. 

Server room where data zoom

Your admin team will be back soon

Keep working hard to send each byte

Keep blinking bright, all through the night

Thanks!

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Copyright 2017 Tyler D. Smith, All Rights Reserved

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Printing a board book requires a minimum of about 500 copies. Our base funding target assumes a paperback book. Reaching our stretch goal of $3,500 will allow us to switch to a board book.

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    Goodnight Server Room App

    I will create an open source (GPL) Goodnight Server Room Android Application allowing kids to interact with bits, bytes, and packets in a server room.

    This app will be released for free on the Android App Store and F-Droid

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