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Reading Rainbow Team Raises $5M+ on Kickstarter

RainbowLeVar Burton (pictured, via) and his collaborators have raised $5 million in 35 days.

In addition to crowdfunded money, actor Seth MacFarlane has agreed to donate $1 million which brings the total to more than $6 million. Now that the campaign has ended, the Reading Rainbow team plans to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library (for the web, mobile devices, game consoles, and Over the Top boxes) and allow 7,500 classrooms to access this library free of charge.

24 hours after the Kickstarter venture launched, supporters had pledged more than $1 million. Follow this link to watch Burton’s reaction video towards the first million. What do you think?

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‘Moby Dick’ Marathon Reading Featured On Kickstarter


Polly Bresnick, Amanda Bullock, and Molly Rose Quinn will come together to host a marathon reading of Herman Melville’s beloved novel, Moby Dick. The trio has raised more than $5,000 through crowdfunding to pull off this event.

The group first launched this event back in 2012 with the participation of more than 150 readers. Last year, they presented a Moby Dick-themed variety show. This year, they plan to have this reading from November 14th to November 16th. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The funding will help pay for the aforementioned expenses (printing and providing spoons and such) but it will also allow us to make the whole marathon bigger and better: color programs, hiring a designer to create print and online materials, higher quality print souvenirs, more chowder spoons, and the countless miscellaneous expenses that producing an event of this magnitude requires. We not only hope to fund this year’s marathon, but also to grow the MDMNYC community.”

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Ralph McQuarrie Coffee Table Book Featured on Kickstarter

Are you a fan of Ralph McQuarrie’s artwork for the original Star Wars film trilogy? Over the years, he has also created pieces outside of Star Wars.

Dreams and Visions Press hopes to raise $50,000 for their coffee table book, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES. The executives at this publishing house intend to feature “a career-spanning retrospective of Ralph McQuarrie’s non-Star Wars artwork” with this book. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES contains examples of Ralph’s work in each of the following areas: Early technical illustration, movie posters, book covers, film and television production, other commercial illustration and a selection of personal pieces. In many cases we have examples of work that demonstrate Ralph’s process, from his tiniest thumbnails to larger sketches, color comps and ultimately his finished paintings.”

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A Writing Lifestyle Book is Featured on Kickstarter

Jodi and Owen Egerton hope to raise $20,000.00 for their book, This Word Now. They plan to use the funds to cover the costs of editing and self-publishing.

The Egertons have written down their thoughts and tips on writing and living a creative lifestyle. Readers will find essays and exercises throughout the book. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We view writing not just as a craft or a profession, but as a way of interacting with the world. The title This Word Now captures the focus on presence and passion that we aim to bring to our writing, teaching, and our day to day approach to life. We’re excited to share this part of who we are in this book.”

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Kickstarter’s Creator Handbook

kickstartercreatorhandbookAre you thinking about creating a Kickstarter project to help fund your book? The crowd sourced funding site has published a Creator Handbook online with lots of tips and tricks about creating a successful project.

The guide walks users through every step along the way of a Kickstarter project from figuring out how to tell your story and what kinds of rewards to offer to advice on promotions and fulfillment.

Check it out: “This guide is based on everything we’ve learned from watching over 150,000 projects, each of them created by someone like you. We hope it’ll help you get started with shaping your own project, whether it’s to make a movie, an album, a game, a design, a play, a restaurant, or pretty much anything else that springs from the imagination.”

Shebooks Team on Kickstarter for the 2014 Equal Writes Campaign

The Shebooks Team hopes to raise $50,000 for the 2014 Equal Writes Campaign. The group behind this project aims to use the funds to cover the costs of publishing pieces authored by female writers.

The team plans to release at least 100 eBooks this year. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Not enough women are able to get their work published today—even the best women writers. Almost three-quarters of the bylines in leading print and digital publications belong to men. What’s up with that? Amazingly, that gender disparity is nearly the same as it was 100 years ago. What’s up with that?”

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Reading Rainbow Team Raises $1.4M on Kickstarter For a Digital Library

LeVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow team have raised more than $1.4 million on Kickstarter in one day. With these funds, Burton and his colleagues plan to “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.”

The collaborators plan to use the first million to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library and to allow 1,500+ classrooms to access this library free of charge. The surplus will go towards “stretch goals” that have not-yet-been revealed. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Below, we’ve embedded a video featuring a Media Beat interview with Burton. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Reading Rainbow’s digital collection already contains hundreds of books and video field trips… but with your help, we’ll be able to make the Reading Rainbow library available on more of the devices modern kids use to consume content. When we meet our initial goal of $1,000,000, we will launch a new version of Reading Rainbow on the single most-used digital platform: the web.”

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‘A Cape!’ Picture Book Featured on Kickstarter

Marty Kelley hopes to raise $7,500 for his picture book project, A Cape!. The story follows a young boy who dons a cape and learns all about what it means to have super powers.

The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing 1,000 books. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This project is much more than a picture book, however. I’m a former second grade teacher and I love visiting schools. I get to talk to tens of thousands of kids at 50-75 schools each year to talk about how I create my books. I have developed a new presentation called ‘Imagination Is A Superpower’ based on A Cape!. I am working hard to promote the idea that imagination is as important as knowledge to young learners. If this project is funded, I will be able to promote the ‘Imagination Is A Superpower’ program at all the schools I visit.”

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Story Time From Space is on Kickstarter

A group of literacy advocates hope to raise $35,000 for their project, Story Time From Space.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of video editing projects and starting up a digital library. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Story Time From Space is a completely unique, inventive and fun educational program that builds on the fantastic adventure of space flight to encourage families & students to participate in reading and science. Story Time From Space interweaves two of the basic educational building blocks: reading and science to develop interest and strengthen skills in both literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).”

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Books on Bikes Featured On Kickstarter

A group of school librarians and teachers from Charlottesville City hope to raise $5,000 for their literacy program, Books on Bikes.

Last summer, the organizers launched this initiative by partnering with the Jefferson Madison Regional Library and delivering books to students within the community. Every week, students received one to three books to read. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The positive impact of the Books on Bikes program was felt each week when we returned to the neighborhoods. Students told us about the books they had received the previous week, looked for similar titles, or for titles that their friends were reading. This year we would like to visit more Charlottesville neighborhoods and deliver more books.”

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