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Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade Book Launch!

Help publish and launch the much-anticipated children's book, Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade, by author-illustrator, Anna Gilchrist!

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Project Description

 

I'm Anna Gilchrist and I am the author and illustrator of the children's book, Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade,  my second book in a series that focuses on diversity and children's human rights. My mission with this book is to allow children to be more aware of their rights as young people, and with the proper funding, have it reach as many families and schools as possible. 

 

As for me, I have both clinical and practical experience working with children both in education and nonprofits in the US and abroad, and I hold a Masters in Childhood Studies. Since this is my second book, I have learned a ton about self-publishing, and even founded my own publishing company called Sandfish Publishing. 

I wrote this book and my first one of the series for two reasons: first, there is a  lack of children's books  involving protagonists of color being written by actual authors of color.  Many books are being published by white authors where the characters are "melaniated" or "choco-fied"  to make them appear multicultural, but their stories tend to lack authenticity and misrepresent the cultural experience of those characters.

According to the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about 24% of children's books  that were published in 2018 were multicultural, an increase from previous years. However, less than half of those were actually created by authors/illustrators of color.

Illustration demonstrates data from the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. 

Secondly, there are very few books available in the U.S. about children's rights, as listed in the 54 articles of theUnited Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This international agreement established in 1989 lists the political, religious, social, and cultural rights of children, and stipulates how our world  governments should protect them. Unfortunately, the U.S. is currently the only nation that has yet to ratify this agreement, setting an unsettling precedent of children's lives being unprotected. 

In Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade, a young girl of color named Daffodil and her cat , Teacake, show some twin brothers that making friends with children who are different in appearance, beliefs, and abilities can be fun! With this book, I hope to bring children's rights to the forefront, focusing particularly on a child's right to freedom of expressing one's beliefs and associating with other children. These two rights, along with others, are significant for a child's social development.

 

My target audience is elementary school-aged children ages 5-10 years. The National Center for Educational Statistics states there are currently 32.5 million school-aged children in the US, so I believe there is a real opportunity to reach many young minds, with adults willing to share this book and its message with their young ones.    

With my first book, The Extraordinary Day of Daffodil Grey, I had just finished my Masters and needless to say, I was broke!  Although I still managed to self-publish my book with minimal resources - and even received 5 stars on Amazon - I had a ton of trouble getting it printed and distributed to various libraries and bookstores. This time around, I want to make sure I have the funding necessary to ensure my message of love and diversity gets into as many classrooms, bookstores, and libraries as possible.

There are some really cool, fun rewards for you to take advantage of her on my campaign page including swag filled backpacks and a family getaway! Of course, no contribution is too small and is well appreciated.

Thank you so much for your support in helping me launch my new book, Daffodil Grey and Colorful Parade... 

And remember, like Daffodil Grey, make every day EXTRAORDINARY!

The Campaign FAQs

 

 

 

John Lianoglou
05/22/2020
BOOK LAUNCH VIP!
$100
Supporters
05/16/2020
THE PHILANTHROPIST
$60
Winston carter
04/12/2020
THE EXTRAORDINARY ALLY
$25
AM
04/08/2020
THE PHILANTHROPIST
$100
Sandreya
04/03/2020
THE EXTRAORDINARY ALLY
$25
03/29/2020
THE PHILANTHROPIST
$50
Kate Quarfordt
03/29/2020
Monetary Contribution
$250
Hannah Rosenzweig
03/29/2020
THE PHILANTHROPIST
$50
Lenora Grice
03/28/2020
THE EXTRAORDINARY ALLY
$30
Linette Luna
03/28/2020
BOOK LAUNCH VIP!
$100
Monetary Contribution
"Just Because I Care..." 
If you have a heart as big as this girl, and just want to give what you can, please feel free to do so here. 
No contribution is too big or too small, and I am more than grateful for your help in making my dreams of publishing Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade a reality! 
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10.00 USD or more
THE KIND SPONSOR
A Huge "THANK YOU"!
Thank you for your support!
Your contribution will go towards helping children understand their human rights and spreading the message of love and diversity.
For your generosity, you will receive a “Thank you! Shout-out” on the Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages of the author, and well as a sponsor credit at the program of the official book launch event in NYC this Fall 2020! 
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0 Supporters
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25.00 USD or more
THE EXTRAORDINARY ALLY
Daffi and Friends Spotify Playlist + signed book!
Thank you! Your contribution gets you an exclusive Spotify playlist to get your family moving, and includes an intro from Daffodil Grey herself!
You will also receive your copy of Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade signed by the author, Anna Gilchrist. 
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3 Supporters
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35.00 USD or more
THE ACTIVE LISTENER
Audiobook of Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade!
Get an exclusive Audiobook version of Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade, including the voices of the characters and narrated by the author herself!
Plus, you'll receive a signed copy of the book so your little ones can follow along. Being an active listener never was so much fun! 

 

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45.00 USD or more
THE LOVE PROMOTER
The "DAFFI and FRIENDS" T-Shirt
Get the T-shirt that promotes love, diversity, and being extraordinary! 
Made of 100% Cotton, it's designed by the author-illustrator, Anna Gilchrist,  with the phrase, “Make Everyday Extraordinary!” so you and your little one can promote Daffi’s positive message wherever you go!
Available in both Child and Adult sizes (S, M, Lg, XL)!

 

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THE LITTLE SCHOLAR
A "Daffi and Friends" Bookbag, complete with Daffodil Grey School Swag and personalized book!
All their classmates will be asking how they got such a cool bag!
Your gift gets your little scholar an exclusive “Daffi and Friends” book bag, filled with school supplies and an autographed copy of the new book, Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade! 
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0 Supporters
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100.00 USD or more
BOOK LAUNCH VIP!
Ticket to Official Book Launch Event + Gift Bag!
You are invited to the Official Book Launch in NYC!
For your contribution, you receive a 1 ticket for one adult (+1 child) to the official launch.  Upon arrival, you will receive a gift bag filled with Sandfish Publishing swag,  and a copy of the new book, Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade.  
Best of all, you get the chance to meet have your book signed by the author-illustrator, Anna Gilchrist! Books and T-shirts will also be available for purchase and signing at the event, along with food, drinks, a raffle, and entertainment.
So, make it a family affair! Hope to see you there!

 

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2 Supporters
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150.00 USD or more
THE CARING CITIZEN
Care BearTM X BOY MEETS GIRL Swag!
Thank you for showing you care! 
For your gift, you will receive a Care BearsTM x BOYS MEETS GIRL collaborative kids’ collection package. Exclusively from Saks Fifth Avenue, it includes a Care BearsTM sweatshirt, 2 purses, and 2 iPhone covers! All this Care BearsTM swag will make one caring kid very happy, and very cool! 
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0 Supporters
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500.00 USD or more
CHILD RIGHTS CHAMPION
Book the Author to Speak or Entertain at Your Event!
Want to be a champion for children’s rights and diversity?
Help get the message out by inviting the author, Anna Gilchrist, to speak at your next event or entertain at your school or child’s party with a theatrical and interactive book reading!
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6,000.00 USD or more
THE INCREDIBLE FAMILY
Family Vacay Getaway!
Every family deserves a getaway! For your generous contribution, the author will send a family of four to a summer weekend retreat at the award-winning Woodloch Pines Family Resort in Hawley, PA!

For more information on the family resort, please visit www.woodloch.com.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution
"Just Because I Care..." 
If you have a heart as big as this girl, and just want to give what you can, please feel free to do so here. 
No contribution is too big or too small, and I am more than grateful for your help in making my dreams of publishing Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade a reality! 
1 Supporter
Select this reward
10.00 USD or more
THE KIND SPONSOR
A Huge "THANK YOU"!
Thank you for your support!
Your contribution will go towards helping children understand their human rights and spreading the message of love and diversity.
For your generosity, you will receive a “Thank you! Shout-out” on the Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages of the author, and well as a sponsor credit at the program of the official book launch event in NYC this Fall 2020! 
500 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD or more
THE EXTRAORDINARY ALLY
Daffi and Friends Spotify Playlist + signed book!
Thank you! Your contribution gets you an exclusive Spotify playlist to get your family moving, and includes an intro from Daffodil Grey herself!
You will also receive your copy of Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade signed by the author, Anna Gilchrist. 
97 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
35.00 USD or more
THE ACTIVE LISTENER
Audiobook of Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade!
Get an exclusive Audiobook version of Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade, including the voices of the characters and narrated by the author herself!
Plus, you'll receive a signed copy of the book so your little ones can follow along. Being an active listener never was so much fun! 

 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
45.00 USD or more
THE LOVE PROMOTER
The "DAFFI and FRIENDS" T-Shirt
Get the T-shirt that promotes love, diversity, and being extraordinary! 
Made of 100% Cotton, it's designed by the author-illustrator, Anna Gilchrist,  with the phrase, “Make Everyday Extraordinary!” so you and your little one can promote Daffi’s positive message wherever you go!
Available in both Child and Adult sizes (S, M, Lg, XL)!

 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD or more
THE LITTLE SCHOLAR
A "Daffi and Friends" Bookbag, complete with Daffodil Grey School Swag and personalized book!
All their classmates will be asking how they got such a cool bag!
Your gift gets your little scholar an exclusive “Daffi and Friends” book bag, filled with school supplies and an autographed copy of the new book, Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade! 
25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD or more
BOOK LAUNCH VIP!
Ticket to Official Book Launch Event + Gift Bag!
You are invited to the Official Book Launch in NYC!
For your contribution, you receive a 1 ticket for one adult (+1 child) to the official launch.  Upon arrival, you will receive a gift bag filled with Sandfish Publishing swag,  and a copy of the new book, Daffodil Grey and the Colorful Parade.  
Best of all, you get the chance to meet have your book signed by the author-illustrator, Anna Gilchrist! Books and T-shirts will also be available for purchase and signing at the event, along with food, drinks, a raffle, and entertainment.
So, make it a family affair! Hope to see you there!

 

58 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD or more
THE CARING CITIZEN
Care BearTM X BOY MEETS GIRL Swag!
Thank you for showing you care! 
For your gift, you will receive a Care BearsTM x BOYS MEETS GIRL collaborative kids’ collection package. Exclusively from Saks Fifth Avenue, it includes a Care BearsTM sweatshirt, 2 purses, and 2 iPhone covers! All this Care BearsTM swag will make one caring kid very happy, and very cool! 
1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD or more
CHILD RIGHTS CHAMPION
Book the Author to Speak or Entertain at Your Event!
Want to be a champion for children’s rights and diversity?
Help get the message out by inviting the author, Anna Gilchrist, to speak at your next event or entertain at your school or child’s party with a theatrical and interactive book reading!
5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
6,000.00 USD or more
THE INCREDIBLE FAMILY
Family Vacay Getaway!
Every family deserves a getaway! For your generous contribution, the author will send a family of four to a summer weekend retreat at the award-winning Woodloch Pines Family Resort in Hawley, PA!

For more information on the family resort, please visit www.woodloch.com.

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward