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An introduction to the beauty of exploring the outdoors in Bend, Oregon with colorful illustrations, rhyming words, and sturdy pages.
An introduction to the beauty of exploring the outdoors in Bend, Oregon with colorful illustrations, rhyming words, and sturdy pages.
76 backers pledged $5,875 to help bring this project to life.

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Help bring this Bend-inspired board book to print!

The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! is a bright, cheerful, and engaging board book to help introduce the beauty of the nature that surrounds us in Central Oregon. It's full of rhyming words, colorful pages, and is designed for babies to be able to hold and enjoy whether they are snuggled up in bed or out exploring the outdoors!  

Photo rendering of the book. There may be some slight differences in the final product.
Photo rendering of the book. There may be some slight differences in the final product.
"Hello, mountains. Hello, buttes." Book Spread
"Hello, mountains. Hello, buttes." Book Spread
"Hello to the River we call Deschutes!" Book Spread
"Hello to the River we call Deschutes!" Book Spread

Bend is full of adventures and it's never too early to get inspired to greet the world around us with a friendly "hello" : )

Book Specs

How this book came about?

The journey all started when I combined my love of writing fun little poems with my quirky bird illustrations called The Busy Birds. Then, a series of Bend-inspired Busy Bird paintings turned into my first picture book called Little Bird Explores Bend! for kids ages 3-8. After talking to many parents in town who had kids too young for a standard picture book, I thought "How fun would it be to give Little Bird Explores Bend a baby sister?!" Then The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! was born. I made it specifically for families who love the outdoors and believe it's never too early to teach their 0-3 year olds about all the adventures that are yet to come! 

Time-lapse of painting progress
Time-lapse of painting progress

Rewards Available:

If you're a local store and want to discuss a pre-order, email me at info@thebusybirds.com!

Meet the Creators

I am Kristen Riggle, an artist living in Bend, Oregon. My work is all about encouraging creativity, exploration, and doing what you love. I wrote and illustrated this book!

Jacob Riggle is my husband, a designer, who does the book layout and all the digital things necessary in getting the book ready for print. It's a team effort!

Kristen and Jacob Riggle at Tam McArthur Rim, Bend
Kristen and Jacob Riggle at Tam McArthur Rim, Bend

Kickstarter Budget Breakdown + Timeline

All the funds will be going into printing our first run of 1,000 books (aside from the 10% that will go to Kickstarter fees). Since the artwork for all 24 pages and cover have already been completed, digitized, and ready for print, once the campaign ends, the book can go right into production. Our current timeline estimates shipping books to you by September 2019.

Your help is needed to successfully fund the first print run of this book. If you're not familiar, Kickstarter's policy is all or nothing, so we must reach our financial goal or no one will be charged for a pledge. 

Risks and challenges

Risks are low because I have been through the printing process with a hardcover and softcover book so far and have overcome every challenge that came my way with determination and accountability. This is very straightforward since all the creative work is finished and ready to be sent to the printing press.

This is my first board book and Kickstarter campaign, however. With the various moving parts involved with coordinating the publication and shipping of so many books, please keep in mind that delays are a possibility. We will proactively keep everyone informed if there are any unforeseen setbacks with our intended publication and shipping schedule.

Thanks, everyone! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions, concerns or ideas.

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    "Hello, Trees" Download

    Receive a Pacific Northwest inspired digital download which happens to be the painting that appears on page 6 of this board book. Enjoy this "Hello, Trees" 8x8" art print and bring a little bit of the outdoors in!

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    1 Board Book

    Receive 1 signed, first edition copy of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! (Shipping Included)

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    2 Board Books

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    3 Board Books

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    4 Board Books

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    5 Board Books

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    One-On-One Creative Conversation

    Let's meet up somewhere in Bend for an in-person conversation (or via Skype!) about whatever your creative venture is. Writing a children's book? Starting a blog or creative business? I will brainstorm, strategize, and answer any questions you may have. I am all about having an abundant mindset especially when it comes to sharing experiences, knowledge, and lifting each other up as we navigate through creative projects + entrepreneurship : )

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    Custom Busy Bird Acrylic Painting

    Receive your very own custom Busy Bird illustration by me, Kristen Riggle! It will be an original acrylic painting, unframed, on an 8x10" Stonehenge archival paper, 100% cotton with a slightly textured natural white matte finish. You choose the activity/profession/hobby/etc. along with the color palette. Keep in mind, I'll only paint what I feel comfortable with : ) Feel free to contact me with any questions about your very own customized Busy Bird!

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    "Hello, Mountains" Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 1 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Buttes" Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 2 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Lakes" Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 5 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Trees" Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 6 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Waterfall" Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 9 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Lava Cave" Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 10 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Birdies " Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 13 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    "Hello, Bikers " Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 14 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Little Bird Original Work

    Receive the one-of-a-kind painting from page 12 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Made with acrylic paints on an 8"x8" wood panel. The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Deschutes River Original Diptych

    Receive the one-of-a-kind paintings from page 3 and 4 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. It is made with acrylic paints on two 8"x8" wood panels and titled "Hello to the river we call Deschutes." The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Fish Original Diptych

    Receive the one-of-a-kind paintings from page 7 and 8 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. It is made with acrylic paints on two 8"x8" wood panels and titled "Hello to all the little fishies." The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Happy Hikers Original Diptych

    Receive the one-of-a-kind paintings from page 15 and 16 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. It is made with acrylic paints on two 8"x8" wood panels and titled "Hello to all the happy hikers." The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Geese & Ducks Original Diptych

    Receive the one-of-a-kind paintings from page 17 and 18 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. It is made with acrylic paints on two 8"x8" wood panels and titled "Hello Geese, Hello Ducks." The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Rock Chucks Original Diptych

    Receive the one-of-a-kind paintings from page 19 and 20 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. It is made with acrylic paints on two 8"x8" wood panels and titled "Hello hungry little rock chucks." The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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    Hello Bend Original Diptych

    Receive the one-of-a-kind paintings from page 21 and 22 of The Busy Birds Adventures: Hello, Bend! Board Book. Along with being the final two images in the book, the cover was also created from these 2 panels and embodies the spirit of the book's message. It is made with acrylic paints on two 8"x8" wood panels and titled "Now let's all say Hello, Bend!" The original paintings do not have any text from the book. See each original work pictured in my profile section.

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