UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the latest pre-order prices for ebook and paperback.
Help me publish Benji the Bear's Bedtime Stories, a collection of 22 bedtime stories about Benji the Bear.
Inspired by the example of others, we started reading stories to our baby boy (Benji) before bedtime when he was just a baby.
After we started this habit, we found out that a 70-year study on human development done in the UK has shown that parenting is extremely important to a child's well-being, even trumping the negative effects of poverty which the study also highlighted. Two things which were specifically mentioned are reading to children every day and regular bedtimes. (Read the article or watch the TED talk.)
Our habit and all the little, special things in our son's life were the inspiration for writing these stories. The love for reading, children and their well-being is the inspiration for putting them together into a collection so that you can create some more special moments with your little ones.
The stories follow Benji the Bear during the first year of his bear life - which covers the first few years of a human's life!
You will love reading and rereading these stories about bath time and bed time, spending time in nature, family, milestones and so much more to your little one.
The collection will include at least one colour illustration per story.
To give you a taster of what is to come, here is the first story. You can also sign up to receive four more stories here: http://eepurl.com/dCuLnj.
Benji's Story Time
“Daddy, it’s story time!” Benji calls out, running to Daddy Bear on the couch. Benji is squeaky clean after his bath and he is wearing his pyjamas.
“Then go fetch your story book, my boy,” Daddy Bear laughs.
Benji takes the story book out of the book case and climbs onto Daddy Bear’s lap.
Every evening Daddy Bear reads a bit more from Benji’s bedtime storybook.
“Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there lived a little bear in a great, green forest. He lived with his mommy and his daddy who loved him very, very much.”
Benji listens attentively to Daddy Bear’s voice while looking at the pictures. It is his job to turn the pages when Daddy Bear says so.
“And that is all for tonight,” Daddy Bear says when the story is done.
“Can’t we read another one?” Benji asks, just like he does every evening.
“We are stopping here for now so that there are stories left for all the evenings to come,” Daddy Bear explains.
Benji feels good knowing that there are still many evenings of stories with Daddy Bear.
He closes the book and says, “OK, so that there can be another one for tomorrow evening.”
As Daddy Bear carries him off to bed, he nestles his head again Daddy Bear’s chest, thinking about the little bear in his bedtime storybook. He can’t wait to hear another story tomorrow evening.
Pre-order prices (rewards)
The rewards on this site function as pre-order prices for the ebook and printed paperback. See the breakdown below.
The different bundles for the paperback listed here are the best pricec you will ever pay - because it is cost price! I may in future do promotions on the ebook, but the paperback will never be this cheap again.
So make your donation (i.e. place your order) before 7 January to get these great prices.
US Dollars (GoGetFunding)
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South African Rand (EFT or cash)
If you are South African, you can contact me at elzetkirsten at gmail dot comto donate offline in South African Rand. Because I save on Paypal and conversion fees, this option is the more affordable one for South Africans.
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If you donate on or before 14 December, you will be listed in the book as a funder who made this project possible. Thank you! You are amazing!
Ebook + paperback combo
If you donate more than $3 / R30, you will automatically also receive a copy of the ebook.
Shipping / postage
All amounts exclude shipping.
If you would like to include shipping, please contact me at elzetkirsten at gmail dot com so that we can arrange shipping separately.
International shipping is available at $8 - $12. If you live in the US, it may be cheaper for you to order the paperback via Amazon's print-on-demand service once the book is listed there, as you can then get shipping for free.
South African postage options are available for R99 or less.
Have you already donated and want to "top up"? No problem! You can do so here via GoGetFunding or offline to me directly in South African Rand. Your pre-order will be determined based on the total amount you gave.
If you are not yet on the Benji the Bear mailing list, remember to sign up here to get updates: http://eepurl.com/dCuLnj.
There will be some go-live promotions coming up too.