Roller Girl by Raina Telgemeier
Unshelved strip for 4/20/2015

Let Kids Read What They Want

Let Kids Read What They Want

This weekend our picture book Kickstarter passed 150 backers and $5000, but we need a lot more help to get to the point where we can afford to make these books.

The Best Book will be a lot of fun to read, but it also teaches an important lesson to kids and adults alike, one that seems to resonate with a lot of librarians, as in this comment posted on our Kickstarter by backer Margaret Rutledge:

Just last weekend I was talking to a school librarian who told me children in reading programs who tested beyond their grade levels were being discouraged from reading books at their grade level. She'd seen teachers and parents taking books away from children.

When I heard about your book I just had to sign up. I picked the 3 hardcover books, one for my family the others for my nieces.

I hope this campaign succeeds. It's a great idea.

Exactly. Please pledge for your copy today.

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Unshelved Book Club

This week's Unshelved Book Club features author's first books. They're about ordinary Pakistanis, an AI that used to inhabit a ship and many bodies (but now has just one), a tale of information security and code breaking in China, a mortician, how to bake pie, a dragon slayer, a young girl facing a witch to try to save her parents, and a young man who uses martial arts to work through his anger, despair, and sadness.

The Best Book, update 1

The Best Book family

After two days the Kickstarter for our first picture book is off to a solid start. We have almost 100 backers, and the good people at Kickstarter made us a Staff Pick! Here in Austin, the attendees at TxLA have really responded to the message of our book: Let Kids Read What They Want.

We've got a long way to go. In order to pay our artist and cover the costs of the books we'll need about a thousand more backers. Please consider pledging for your copy today. We have options for every budget, starting from $10 for a DRM-free digital version to $50 for a deluxe artist edition.

Thank you!

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This week's sponsor is Equinox, the Open Source Experts. They can help you understand what it would mean to move your library's software to an open source solution like Evergreen (which they invented). Open your library today!

The Best Book

The Best Book

We wrote a picture book! It's about letting kids read what they want, and it's funny and sweet and absolutely beautiful.

Will you please head over to Kickstarter and check it out today and, if it seems as wonderful to you as it does to us, help by pledging for a copy today?

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