Today, I found 3 Children’s Books on Kickstarter that I will probably end up supporting.
As a child, my family and I moved a lot between Colombia and Connecticut, and it was the hardest thing ever. The most difficult move was when we all left our friends in the States and headed to Bogota at the tender and difficult ages of 16, 13, and 11. While we all turned out okay in the end (!), in the moment we were culture shocked, lost, and quite frankly missing our Dad (whose eventual transfer to Bogota never happened).
Anyways, “Vivian The Dog Moves to Brooklyn” is a book about a big dog moving from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Brooklyn, New York. In the book, Vivian is a giant dog, and she loves big spaces. When she learns that she and her human will be moving to NYC, she’s ecstatic and thinks that everyone will be as big as she is…
Except she soon discovers that she’s the only giant dog around and that Brooklyn is pretty cramped.
This is a book that will help kids (and adults), deal with giant-sized changes. Looking back, having a book like this would have totally made our experience of moving less lonely.
When James’ wife was pregnant with their first child, he read a book called The Luck Factor, which detailed that lucky people share a certain attitude and way of approaching life. The author said that if you taught people that attitude, and got them to incorporate it, they could, in essence, become luckier.
That’s where The Boy and The Lemon comes in – a rhyming story that teaches kids the secrets of being lucky. What’s great about this campaign is that for every book bought by someone, a second book will be donated to a school, a library, or a less advantaged family.
We are raising Colin to be bilingual and we only speak to him in Spanish. But because we live in the UK and he’s exposed to English at daycare, all over Greenwich, and when Evan and I speak it, he speaks more English than he does Spanish, even though he understands everything we say to him in Spanish.
Alex and Jonny, co-founders of One Third Stories, are on a mission to inspire more children to love and learn foreign languages, and they’ve created a beautiful book that starts in English and ends in a different language. You get to choose whether the ending is in Spanish, French, or Italian. How cool is that?
Curious to hear…Which is your favorite project?