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Enlightening Children's Book for Young Leaders!

Mother-daughter team co-authors publishing A Heart of Gold: The Greatest Gift

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Project Description

We're excited you're here to help us independently publish and print A Heart of Gold: The Greatest Gift

A story to inspire young readers and leaders to use their shining gifts within for good, illustrated with stunning watercolor masterpieces!

Heart of Gold For Kids' mission is to encourage and support kiddos, families, and teachers by inspiring the next generation to lead their lives by the golden rule as they grow.

Illustration for the cover & additional tear-out poster embedded in the book

Book description:  "Get ready to Party with a Purpose!  Nobody is ever too old to be reminded of and inspired by a Heart of Gold.  Follow these party animals on their adventures where not everything goes as planned because we all know:  life happens.  Each character has a unique way of reaching solutions with their shining virtues!  Sam receives gifts even greater than she thought to ask for."

Bonus to the story itself

We believe that experience is the most impactful education, so there are interactive components too! 

Included in every book:

1. Full-sized tear-out poster of the cover illustration (the party scene)

2. Activity pages for your young reader to encourage their own heart of gold to shine

3. Heart of gold custom-designed award medallion to earn for the activity and a constant reminder of your heart of gold within. **Medallion are only included for those ordering here during the crowdfund.  Afterward, the book will include a custom-designed award bookmark to earn.

 

The perfect combination of enriching and entertaining!

Parents of today are raising the leaders of tomorrow, and are seeking opportunities to connect in a positive way. It's up to us Bigs to instill positive values in all Littles during the precious growing years.  The intention of this story is to create connection in families by contributing to positive conversation at home and in school.  

This story shares priceless lessons of positivity, loyalty, a sense of humor, tenacity and unconditional love, delivered in an inspiring and inviting way.  

Intended to be the debut of a series that will inspire everyone to lead life with their heart forward. 

 

Meet the characters

Tommy the butterfly, Mikey the monkey, Luca the dog, Carl the giraffe, and Sally the seal

 

Illustrations

Pages adorned with watercolor masterpieces by Lucas Nickerson.  He creates pieces that inspire unique interpretations of their meaning and he has a lot of fun with his work, as is evident in our book - A Heart of Gold:  The Greatest Gift.  With his magic, this story is coming to life. 

 

Book Details

  • 32 pages, printed on coated matte art paper so the colors will pop!
  • 8.5x11" hardcover book
  • Raised Gold Lettering foil for the title and the frame which sets off the beautiful watercolor illustration of the party scene
  • Printed on recyclable paper

 

Making a difference

Leading by example, Heart of Gold For Kids will donate a portion of profits to our sister organization, Birthday Blessings.

Not only do we learn about golden heart virtues in the book but, you are walking the talk by picking this book up! 

Birthday Blessings gifts underprivileged children with a birthday present on their special day, who otherwise wouldn't receive one. Every kid deserves to feel celebrated, which inspires to shine their light.

 

 

 

Who created this book?

Mother-daughter team, Sharon Brown and Heather Hough. 

Meet Sharon: I am the founder of the non-profit Birthday Blessings, the sister organization to A Heart of Gold For Kids.  I'm a lover of life and believe that a life well-lived is one lived in positivity with lots of love, laughter, encouragement—and unconditional love!  Children have always held a special place in my heart and I've been super blessed to have 3 of my own—Hunter, Heather and Parker and several grandpups:  Dandilion, Goddard, Gizmo, Finley and Anton!

Meet Heather:  I hope to continue to enrich the lives of children and families in all the work that I do.  Beyond the creation of this book, I have volunteered throughout Central America to support orphanages, taught ecology classes at the Boys and Girls Club and lead family-friendly yoga classes.  I have lived in Washington, DC, Hawaii, and San Diego which contributes to my belief that we learn the most through experience.  I am in school for sustainability and am driven to leave a positive legacy for all our young "sprouts"! 

This book project is one of many ways that our mother-daughter team is creating connection, even while being on opposite coasts of the country!  

 

Why Self Publishing

We're excited to self publish because it gives us more control of our story: getting to work with such a talented illustrator as Lucas, and adding components such as the poster and medallion award or custom bookmark later.  The unique design of special art paper pages within and the raised gold lettering on the cover adds to a higher quality book that we can be proud of.

With entrepreneurship comes total creative license. We also intend to grow this message into a series and do not want to limit the creative possibilities because the sky isn't the limit, it's only the view! 

 

Thank you

Thank you for helping to bring this book to life by pre-ordering and sharing our message. With your generosity, we will publish a story that promises to brighten the lives of young readers and leaders! 

 

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I purchase multiple rewards?

To purchase multiple rewards you’ll need to choose your reward, complete the purchase and then go back into the campaign at [https://ifundwomen.com/projects/enlightening-childrens-book-young-leaders] to purchase the next reward. 

If you would like to purchase rewards in bulk (i.e. set of T-shirts for the fam), please email team@heartofgoldforkids.com

Is there a minimum or limit on the reward to donate ‘Just Because I Care’?

No, there is no minimum or limit.  We sincerely appreciate any donation you make.

How do I buy books for my school/multiple books?  

To purchase more than 2 books contact Sharon and Heather at team@heartofgoldforkids.com.  And be sure to ask about our special bulk order rate for 25+ books!

When will my rewards be shipped?

We expect your rewards to be shipped to you in December and for you to receive them by the new year.

If I don't have PayPal or Stripe, how can I pay? May I give you a check?

Yes! Please contact Sharon or Heather at team@heartofgoldforkids.com for the mailing address to send a check.  

May I get the authors to do a book reading/signing at my school?

Yes!  We’d be delighted to come and read for you.  Select our ‘Book Party’ reward and we’ll even bring 10 copies of our book autographed for your children. 

*If you want a zoom reading of our book, please contact us at team@heartofgoldforkids.com

How can I stay in the loop with Heart of Gold's happenings?  

Like our facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/heartofgoldforkids] and subscribe to our email list at heartofgoldforkids.com

How will you celebrate your book being published?   

We're having a Book Launch Tour - dates and locations to be announced.  Hopefully, we're coming to your town!

How do I learn more about Birthday Blessings, Inc.?

Thank you in advance for your support!  Because of you, Birthday Blessings will be receiving a portion of our profits to help a child in need feel loved and celebrated with a birthday present on their special day.  Be sure to visit https://www.birthdayblessings.org/ to learn more about Birthday Blessings. 

How do I contact the authors, Sharon and Heather?  

We would LOVE to hear from you!!!  Please email us at team@heartofgoldforkids.com

Lauren Howell
10/15/2021
Back to school bundle
$75
Amy Dagliano
10/13/2021
2 Books - many littles in your life?
$45
Matthew Henry
10/10/2021
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$25
Sarah Brown
10/04/2021
2 Books - many littles in your life?
$45
Cathy Hall
10/01/2021
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$25
Lynda Orzen
09/25/2021
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Lynda Orzen
09/25/2021
Monetary Contribution
$200
Leora Hoffman
09/21/2021
2 Books - many littles in your life?
$45
Bobbie Wilton
09/20/2021
2 Books - many littles in your life?
$45
Leticia Renderos
09/19/2021
2 Books - many littles in your life?
$45
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care - any amount

4 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Pre-order the book!

Receive one of the very first copies of A Heart of Gold: The Greatest Gift personally signed by the authors

Included in the book:

1. Full-sized tear-out poster of the cover illustration

2. Activity page for your young reader to encourage their own heart of gold to shine

3. Heart of gold custom-designed Award Medallion to present for the activity and constant reminder of your heart of gold within. **The Award Medallion is only included for those ordering here during the crowdfund.  Afterward, the book will include a custom-designed award bookmark to earn.

31 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Back to school bundle

1. One of the first copies of the book, autographed by the authors

2. T-shirt (size of your choosing) featuring all characters

3. Set of 10 notecards with envelopes (2 of each character).  Notecards are blank inside so use these notecards to encourage thank you notes, or birthday cards, or just because.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
Party in a bag!

Party with a purpose!

Bundled in a limited edition Heart of Gold For Kids tote bag:

1. An autographed copy of the book

2. T-shirt featuring the characters

3. Party supplies for 8, for a fun day (randomly assorted bubbles, plates, party hats, etc)

4. Set of 10 note cards with envelopes (2 of each character)

Bonus: Pianogram

Send a song to someone you love (even if that someone is yourself!) Heather's Granddaddy is a musical wizard—he will call at a time you choose to play Happy Birthday or another requested tune.  

0 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Book Party

The authors will come to you to do an in-person, live reading of A Heart of Gold: The Greatest Gift + an autographed book for all in your group (up to 10)

Perfect event for birthday parties, school events, church Sunday school events or family reunions.

*Available to travel along the East coast, Maryland to South Carolina

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
The Artist Angel

As a huge thank you for supporting our mission we will add your child's unique drawing of a heart of gold to a dedicated page in the published book.

That's right your child's masterpiece will be featured and credited in every copy!

The Artist Angel will also receive a signed copy of the book.

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0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care - any amount

4 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Pre-order the book!

Receive one of the very first copies of A Heart of Gold: The Greatest Gift personally signed by the authors

Included in the book:

1. Full-sized tear-out poster of the cover illustration

2. Activity page for your young reader to encourage their own heart of gold to shine

3. Heart of gold custom-designed Award Medallion to present for the activity and constant reminder of your heart of gold within. **The Award Medallion is only included for those ordering here during the crowdfund.  Afterward, the book will include a custom-designed award bookmark to earn.

31 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Back to school bundle

1. One of the first copies of the book, autographed by the authors

2. T-shirt (size of your choosing) featuring all characters

3. Set of 10 notecards with envelopes (2 of each character).  Notecards are blank inside so use these notecards to encourage thank you notes, or birthday cards, or just because.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
Party in a bag!

Party with a purpose!

Bundled in a limited edition Heart of Gold For Kids tote bag:

1. An autographed copy of the book

2. T-shirt featuring the characters

3. Party supplies for 8, for a fun day (randomly assorted bubbles, plates, party hats, etc)

4. Set of 10 note cards with envelopes (2 of each character)

Bonus: Pianogram

Send a song to someone you love (even if that someone is yourself!) Heather's Granddaddy is a musical wizard—he will call at a time you choose to play Happy Birthday or another requested tune.  

0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Book Party

The authors will come to you to do an in-person, live reading of A Heart of Gold: The Greatest Gift + an autographed book for all in your group (up to 10)

Perfect event for birthday parties, school events, church Sunday school events or family reunions.

*Available to travel along the East coast, Maryland to South Carolina

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
The Artist Angel

As a huge thank you for supporting our mission we will add your child's unique drawing of a heart of gold to a dedicated page in the published book.

That's right your child's masterpiece will be featured and credited in every copy!

The Artist Angel will also receive a signed copy of the book.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward