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STORY  - bring your child's imagination to life with 'walk-in-books'!
STORY  - bring your child's imagination to life with 'walk-in-books'!
STORY - bring your child's imagination to life with 'walk-in-books'!
247 backers pledged £8,026 to help bring this project to life.

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Did you miss the campaign? Not to worry! Just head over to the STORY website and sign up for our newsletter (scroll down to the grey bit) to find out how you can get your hands on a walk-in-book.

A ‘walk-in-book’ is like a book that's been pulled apart, so you're left
with just the important bits, you know:

  • the character 
  • a map of the locations 
  • a set of ten STORY cards
  • and a mask for the child to wear { to become a character! } 
  • the STORY cards begin 10 different stories, so the child has a key starting point for their imagination to take flight.

Our limited edition walk-in-books will provide everything a child needs to create their own stories. And furthermore, they are contained within a beautiful suitcase, so you can make up stories wherever you go!

 

Embarking on a career in design, I wondered if I could encourage creativity and interaction with books & stories. Could I pull a book apart and just leave the important bits; the location, the characters and the beginnings? With just the bare bones of a book, would it be possible to fire up a child’s imagination using just maps, characters and tantalising beginnings?


The STORY cards make this project unique – they give children the beginnings of different stories, acting as the launchpad for children to create their own adventures. For children who might find the open-ended nature of STORY a little more challenging, there are five ‘quest’ cards – which provide additional prompts to help the child on their way to amazing adventures.


It’s amazing how a simple spark can fire up people’s imaginations. With a series of simple beginnings, and the map of an imaginary world, children – and especially those children who are less confident with books, or the written word – can become the authors of their own amazing stories.

We want you to be involved in this brand new idea, to encourage childrento step away from the screens and to step into their own imagined worlds. We want you to be one of the first people to get involved in this new wave of creative storytelling & play.

We would love nothing more than for you to help us in our quest to bring children’s imaginations to life. To open up amazing new worlds for them to explore and discover. New creatures, new fantasies and endless ideas.

The first limited edition walk-in-book is called Adventure to the Woods, and is pictured here:

We want you to be one of the first people to experience this brand new way of bringing imaginations to life. With your investment we can start a movement to take play away from the screen and back into the imagination. 

We've invested our own money to design and refine our product so it's ready for you to play with. Your investment will mean we can create thisfirst limited edition of 500 walk-in-books, full of everything you, your children, even your children’s children, need to begin STORY adventures.

With enough investment, and enough people who want to cheer us on, we can begin to create new walk-in-books, full of new worlds, new characters and new possibilities. We want to take to the high seas, blast off into space, travel back in time, and on to mysterious lands.

Are you ready to be part of something really special?!

And it’s not just us who are excited by what STORY can achieve with these walk-in-books, we’ve had great feedback on our prototype and have already won a few awards.

  • STORY won the Santander/University of Brighton 'Most Innovative Product award' 2014
  • Was shortlisted for the Santander UK 60 second pitch awards;
  • Lucky enough to have been awarded a UAL SEED fund.
  • Melanie Smith, STORY’s founder, was even recognised as the University of the Arts, London ‘Most Enterprising Individual 2014’

STORY has also featured on:

STORY is aiming to solve more than one problem with its walk-in-books. 

Firstly, how to encourage children to read more, write more and enjoy the thrill of creating and making their very own stories.  Despite the literacy drive in primary schools, literacy continues to be a problem both here in the UK and around the world.

And secondly, to address the decline in creative thinking and free play amongst children. 

In a recent report commissioned by DEMOS (Britain's leading cross-party think-tank), Shirley Brice Heath ( Professor of English & Linguistics at Stanford University),describes childhood as becoming ‘one prolonged stretch of spectatorship’, and she argues that ‘children miss out on the kind of learning that comes through direct experience, participation and collaboration’. The implication is clear. Spaces and places that foster young children’s creativity and imagination go against the grain of modern life – they no longer occur naturally; they need to be designed.”

The STORY walk-in-books, are creatively experiential. They combine storytelling and making with play – making literacy and self discovery fun for children, especially those who struggle with traditional learning techniques.  

We have carried out extensive research, including: 

  • focus groups with parents of our target audience 
  • reading reports from the national press and educational trusts
  • qualitative interviews with primary school teachers 
  • drawing on our own personal experience as parents.

It is our belief that STORY walk-in-books can go some way in helping to solve the problems outlined above.

Firstly a big Thank You to you,  for taking the time to watch our film and supporting our campaign.

STORY would also like to thank the following people for their support so far:

Mark Tobin for his brilliant writing skills and discerning eye, Adam Hutchison for the fantastic film and original score for our Kickstarter film, Lick Studios in Brighton for generously allowing us to use their studio for filming, Naomi Reilly, Sue Huey and Emily Carver-Prue for their time and patience whilst we filmed them. Clare Griffiths and Sam Zubaidi from Brighton University for their continued support and belief in STORY.

Risks and challenges

As with any fledgling idea, there are going to be a few risks and challenges ahead of us – some bends and bumps in the road. One of the biggest challenges is going to be:

Production, or how we make all the walk-in-books ourselves.

We’ve got the printers at the ready and they’re waiting for our order, and when it arrives, we’ll be busy sewing characters, cutting felt and folding maps. It will be a challenge for us to make these on our own without sending it off to be manufactured, but we want to hand make these limited editions especially for you, to ensure the quality you receive is of the very highest standard.

During this project we have had fantastic support from a network of skilled business & education professionals. We know we can rely on their help should we need it during this process. This, alongside the support from our small team of collaborators gives us the confidence to be able to deliver your STORY walk-in-book to you, on time and in the best possible quality.

All our proposed suppliers are ready and waiting for the go-ahead – they’re almost as excited as we are about STORY, and can’t wait to get printing!

All we really need now is you – are you ready?

Can you turn our 'Once upon a time' into a happy ending?!

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    Your very own STORY 'Adventure to the Woods' walk-in-book.
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    Share the story.

    We’ll send you a STORY ‘Adventure to the Woods’ walk-in-book, and we’ll give another copy to a library, school or children’s centre in the UK so that even more children can explore and learn about storytelling. You get one, and you give one.

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    TWO STORY 'Adventure to the Woods' walk-in-books.

    The walk-in-book contains a STORY location map, 10 STORY cards, a STORY character and a fox mask, all beautifully presented in a STORY suitcase.

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    THREE STORY 'Adventure to the Woods' walk-in-books. Perfect as gifts or for a classroom.

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    A limited edition, signed & hand screen printed STORY location map PLUS Your very own STORY 'Adventure to the Woods' walk-in-book. The walk-in-book contains a STORY location map, 10 STORY cards, a STORY character and a fox mask, all beautifully presented in a STORY suitcase.

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    A personalised bespoke STORY
    'Adventure to the Woods' limited edition, specially created with the name of your child as the STORY character. Hurry - only 10 available!

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    Your very own STORY City Guide!

    You'll receive a bespoke hand-drawn & printed map of the city or town of your choice - be it your own or a favourite destination - including some of your own special landmarks. You will get 5 STORY cards, history cards to learn about the city, a bespoke STORY character of your child, and an animal mask of your choice.

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    + A copy of 'Adventure in the Woods' donated to a local school or library

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