“Blue Bear and Snow Toad”: Pre-Order a Copy on Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/308107807/blue-bear-and-snow-toad-picture-book

The Blue Bear and Snow Toad Kickstarter campaign has officially launched!  Please help turn this dream into reality and pre-order a copy today for a child in your life.

The campaign only has 20 days to fully fund, so don’t delay. There are lots of goodies to thank you: a copy of the book (of course), bookmarks, winter hats, embroidered fleece blankets, puzzles, and limited edition giclee prints. There are reward levels for everyone.

I thank you in advance. And so do Blue Bear and Snow Toad.

Dreams Do Come True: Kickstarter to Kick Off

Blank book cover vector template isolated on white background.Some years back, I wrote Blue Bear and Snow Toad, a rhyming children’s picture book about a young bear and toad who resist hibernating, so they can experience the sights and sounds of winter. Like every child, they just want to stay up a bit longer, just in case they miss out on something exciting.

My dream now is to see it in print.

I’ve paired up with a talented illustrator who brings the words to life with his charming, playful art. Richard Svensson, an artist from Sweden, brings a long list of publishing and film credits to the table, and you can see why. His illustrations are beautiful, and many make me laugh.

Blue Bear and Snow Toad is now ready to go out into the world. We’re currently planning a limited run of 1,000 copies of the 8.5″ X 8.5″ hard-bound picture book to be available in time for Winter 2017 and holiday gift giving. The picture book will be full color, coffee table quality. After all, it will be a work of art, in the vein of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Toward that end, I’m setting up a Kickstarter page, complete with some fun goodies at various reward levels, including copies of the book.

As you may already know with Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing. If the goal is met, the project goes forward. If not, your money is refunded.

Hopefully, there is a reward level right for you or a child in your life. So, watch out for news in the next few days of this project going live, and please, please help the dream come alive.

I’m Dreaming Of…

Blue Bear and Snow Toad illustration

Blue Bear and Snow Toad illustrationWho says dreams don’t come true?

Over a decade ago, I wrote “Blue Bear and Snow Toad,” a short story about a young bear and toad who resist hibernating so they can experience the sights and sounds of winter. Like every child, they just want to stay up a bit longer, just in case they miss out on something exciting.

The story saw publication in a children’s literary magazine (Confetti Magazine), accompanied by illustrations from my dear friend, Judith Laning.  While thrilled to see it in print, the magazine had a small readership and magazines, of course, have short shelf lives.

Blue Bear and Snow Toad illustrationI tweaked the story over the years, dreaming of it becoming a children’s picture book. Now, that vision is on the verge of becoming reality. I’ve paired up with an illustrator who brings the words to life with his charming, playful art.

The artist brings a long list of publishing credits to the table, and you can see why. His illustrations are beautiful, and many make me laugh.