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Be part of the quiet revolution, back our mindfulness-inspired picture book collection and help raise a generation of conscious kids.
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Our world is an exciting place to be a kid. There's so much to see/experience/wonder at. But this 'so-muchness' can be overwhelming too. From a very young age technology is everywhere and hard to ignore and so is the pressure to succeed.     

Mindfulness practice is a great way to deal with these challenges. It's a technique for reducing stress by helping you understand and accept your thoughts and feelings better. 

And it's now being taught to millions of schoolchildren worldwide. Helping them feel more calm and in-control, giving them tools to last a lifetime. Stories for Being is our own small contribution to this quiet revolution: a collection of seven picture books inspired by mindfulness. Here they are:

Each book focuses on a positive quality you can develop through being more present. 

For example, there's a story for Being Grounded, and another for Being Open-minded. Other stories in the collection deal with Being Emotional, Being Loving, Being Brave, Being Amazing and Being Present.    

A page from Here You Are: A Story for Being Present
A page from Here You Are: A Story for Being Present

We've worked with some incredible illustrators to create seven stories that we hope will not only teach children but will also delight and entertain them. 

Stories for Being will take readers on inter-galactic space journeys, on trips around their own bodies and introduce a cast of characters that include sweet-natured cows, curious kids and fearsome gods.

A page from Etty's Dream: A Story for Being Loving
A page from Etty's Dream: A Story for Being Loving

The work is nearly done. Now all we need is to raise the money to print the collection.  

A page from Oliver's Angry: A Story for Being Emotional
A page from Oliver's Angry: A Story for Being Emotional

This bedtime book takes children on a magical trip around their bodies, from their busy feet to their clever fingers. Courtesy of some warm, friendly animals it reminds children how lovely and grounding it can be to simply sense your physical body. 

Marco can't believe his eyes. Is that a gorilla or is it dad? And doesn't that rock look a lot like grandma! This playful book uses tricks-of-the-eye to remind kids there’s a difference between appearance and reality, challenging them to stay open to experience.   

Oliver is having a hard time dealing with his feelings. To escape them he jets off in to space. But his feelings follow, chasing him across the galaxy in the form of asteroids and aliens. This space adventure is intended to teach kids the value of emotional intelligence. 

Etty lives happily until the day the farm is sold and the herd taken away. But this unstoppable cow sings her way through her troubles and, even in the dark, finds her way to the light. Etty's Dream is all about the extraordinary and transformative power of love.   

Bea is afraid to speak up in school until an unconventional creature comes to her aid. This fifth book borrows imagery from Tibetan art and from the New York streets to show kids that getting things done sometimes means channeling your own inner monster.

One definition of prayer is an earnest hope or wish. This inspirational book uses simple affirmations and dreamy imagery to express the heartfelt wish that you fulfill your full potential in life and be amazing.   

This final book in the collection is also where it all begin. It's composed of a series of mantra-like poems, easily understandable to kids, that build to a simple but powerful message about the value of living in the present moment.  

It's true that kids generally are way more present to experience than adults. But that doesn't mean they're always present. They also get swept away by thoughts and feelings, and they also get hung-up on stuff they can't let go.  

There’s a lot of scientific research showing the benefits of mindfulness for kids, particularly the role it can play in the development of skills like self-regulation, judgment and patience. And it’s now being taught to millions of schoolchildren worldwide.   

Each book contains a prologue inviting you to take a conscious breath and an end note explaining an aspect of mindfulness.
Each book contains a prologue inviting you to take a conscious breath and an end note explaining an aspect of mindfulness.

But we don't want Stories for Being to only be about introducing mindfulness to children. It's also about reminding parents to stay present. 

We published a picture book of mindful messages a couple of years ago and by far the most consistent feedback we got was how much adults felt it helped them. That's why each story begins with a prologue inviting you to take a few conscious breaths together and ends with a short note explaining how you can mindfully develop the positive quality that is the book's theme. 

We're Conscious Cuts, a New York-based indie publisher. More specifically, we're Edie Pijpers and Paul Willis, a visual artist and a writer.  

Edie sells her paintings at art fairs in New York City. Her work has also appeared on greeting cards, murals, in galleries and museums, and at film festivals worldwide. As a journalist Paul's writing has appeared in media across the English-speaking world as well as in translation. 

                                                                            Edie and Paul
Edie and Paul

Together we've created several kids books but this is our biggest project so far. We’ve been working on it for a year in collaboration with two wonderful illustrators: Kristiana Parn, a Brooklyn-based artist, and Malou Zuidema, who's based in Sydney. They are providing the artwork for Etty's Dream and Oliver's Angry respectively. 

Here's what you get for being so awesomely generous and believing in what we do.

***Scroll to bottom of page to see originals
***Scroll to bottom of page to see originals

We've spent the better part of 2018 working on these books and we are happy to say that the artwork is finished and so is the vast majority of the writing. The first three books in the series are done and ready to print. The remaining four are close behind. 

We've found a great printer in Canada who can print the collection for us on environmentally-friendly paper sourced from sustainable forests. To help spread out the workload (and give you a few nice surprises in your mailbox!) we plan to stagger the printing. The first three books will go to print as soon as the campaign is over and the funds released by Kickstarter. The four other books will go to print in early 2019. 

This means that if you order the first three books you'll get them in January. A perfect way to usher in a mindful 2019 :) 

If you order the complete collection the books will come in two installments - three in January and the remaining four in April.

The complete collection of Stories for Being.
The complete collection of Stories for Being.

Budget 

We have spent a lot of time going through the numbers. Here's a breakdown of how the Kickstarter money will be spent:

  • Printing and delivery costs
  • Shipping cost
  • ISBN and barcodes for all seven books
  • Paying our amazing illustrators

 ***The 7 originals you can choose from in the $700 reward 

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Risks and challenges

We've worked incredibly hard to ensure the books were nearly complete by the time the Kickstarter campaign began. It only remains to create the final designs for the last four books and finesse the writing. Consequently, we don't foresee any major challenges in production and we're confidant we'll get your gifts to you on time!

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    The mindfulness bundle

    A massive thank you!
    You will get the digital mindfulness bundle, a collection of goodies to inspire mindfulness. It includes a 30-day gratitude challenge, an audio visualization and screensavers of exclusive artwork from the books.

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    Ebooks of first 3 stories

    You will get ebooks of the first 3 stories from Stories for Being: My Body, My Home; I Can't Believe My Eyes! and Oliver's Angry. A trio of beautiful and mindful picture books + the mindfulness bundle

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    The first 3 books

    Here they are! This pledge gets the first 3 books of Stories for Being: My Body, My Home; I Can't Believe My Eyes! and Oliver's Angry. They are softcover 7x7" books perfect for little kids, relevant for everyone + the ebooks + the mindfulness bundle.

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    The complete collection - ALL 7 books

    You will get EVERY book from Stories for Being, our mindful picture book collection. Each book is a 7x7" softcover. The books will be sent to you in two shipments: the first three in January (Happy New Year!) and the remaining four in April (Happy Spring!)

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    All 7 books + a signed art print

    You will receive the whole collection, all 7 books of Stories for Being + a signed art print. The print is of a painting from the first book by Edie (SEE IMAGE IN REWARDS SECTION OF PAGE). It measures 5x7" and comes matted in an 8x10" mat.

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    The complete collection x 2

    Double the love! You will get the complete collection of Stories for Being, all 7 books TWICE - gift one set to your best friend, nieces, nephews, grandkids or to your school or local library + the signed art print by Edie.

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    A children's book tutorial

    This pledge will get you an hour-long online tutorial with the creators of Stories for Being, Edie and Paul, on how to write, illustrate and publish children's books. Perfect for aspiring illustrators, writers, publishers or teachers who would like to teach your students how all the books they love got made.

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    An original painting + all 7 books

    Here's your chance to own one of 7 original paintings from the Stories for Being collection. You get to pick your favorite painting from a selection of beautiful artwork (SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE) by Kristiana Parn and Edie + all 7 books. (Free shipping worldwide for original painting)

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    A mindful MURAL in your community

    Edie will come to a public space of your choosing and paint an original mural themed around children and mindfulness. It could be a playground, a school wall, a hospital, a daycare center. Anywhere you feel would benefit from the presence of a positive, colorful and imaginative visual. (Travel costs extra for anywhere outside the New York area)

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