Feel A Little by Jenny Palmer, illustrated by Evie Kemp
Feel A Little by Jenny Palmer, illustrated by Evie Kemp, published by Little Love (an imprint of Mary Egan Publishing) 2017 - Launched on Kickstarter 8pm, February 26th, 2017. Link to Kickstarter: http://tinyurl.com/feelalittle
Feel A Little is a colourful, character-filled book about big feelings for little ones. It features poems by Jenny Palmer, illustrated by Evie Kemp, in their first ever collaboration. In partnership with Little Love (a brand new imprint of Mary Egan Publishing) this heartfelt project will be published as a bright and beautiful hardback book.
What is Feel A Little?
Feel A Little began as an online project; researching, discussing and interacting about a different emotion each week to inspire an original poem and illustrated character for children, distributed via social media. This project has grown, and with community support has become the book that is being shared today.
As long time friends, Jenny and Evie have been searching for the perfect project to work on together. Like most New Zealanders, they have been affected by mental and emotional health issues within their families and it’s an issue very dear to both of their hearts. “As two, quite emotional adults we talk about our feelings a lot, and yet there are still gaps in what we feel comfortable and confident sharing, or we stumble over how to express ourselves” says Evie. “This got us thinking” continues Jenny “that children's feelings are just as big, but they have no context and no natural tools to deal with them. If we can reach them and teach them from as early as possible, we have a chance at making more people able to articulate their feelings and understand them. There's a great phrase, name to tame an emotion. The Feel A Little book can be a real beginning of that from very early on.”
About the book
Feel A Little book features a rainbow of 14 important emotions explored through gorgeous ‘read along’ poetry that involves all the senses, accompanied by cute illustrated characters. Rhyme and rhythm help children remember and relate to information, while the bright characters capture their imagination. “We've created Feel A Little to use all those elements to engage kids." says Evie, “It's all very well having important messages about feelings for children, but you have to design something parents and children will actually want to look at! We want to show that books about feelings don't have to be stuffy, preachy or gloomy! They can be beautiful, fresh and spark imagination!"
Feel A Little is presented as a vibrant, hardcover book, the perfect format for little hands to hold. Ideal for reading to children from a young age, and for children aged 7 - 11 to read to you, Feel A Little is a book that will last a lifetime. "I love the thought of a child opening up a well-worn Feel A Little Book to the tab with the emotion they feel and just pointing to it. I feel like that would be such a great way to open up when you don't know how to." - Jenny Palmer. After the initial release Feel A Little will be distributed throughout NZ, and later worldwide.
About the Author
Storylines Notable Book Award winner, Jenny Palmer, wrangles A Little Ink poetic illustration, and two darling rascals, Frankie and Boe, with her amazing husband Ben and an aptly-named cat, Dread Pirate Roberts. Jenny’s award winning first book “A Little Abc” was published by Beatnik Publishing in 2015.
About the Illustrator
Evie Kemp is an artist, illustrator and designer. Known mainly for her expressive animal portraits and use of bold colour, Evie also creates graphic pattern designs and has seen her work applied to print, ceramics and textiles. Evie works predominantly with pencil drawing combined with digital techniques, from her home studio in South Auckland where she lives with her husband Sam and various pets. Her first picture book "A Dog Like That!" (Authored by Janene Cooper, published by Duck Creek Press 2010) was a NZ Post Book Awards Picture Book Finalist 2011, won a Storylines Notable Book Award 2011 and was a finalist in the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration. Feel A Little is her third children's book.
About the Kickstarter
Feel A Little is being published independently, a decision to best represent it as more than just a book, but as an ongoing conversation and community, and to reach the children who need it most. To make the project possible Feel A Little has just launched on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, with a goal to raise $10,000 over the next month to fund the initial print run, freight and import. This is also a way to grow the community around the book and make more people part of this important shift in thinking from the very start. In return for support through Kickstarter, Feel A Little is available to pre-order, including signed copies and limited edition options for custom artwork and poetry. “So much of our inspiration and motivation has come from the parents, whanau, teachers and caregivers who have contacted us and shown us that we’re not alone in wanting, and needing to talk about this stuff. It feels like the right way to do this, and make Feel A Little everyone’s success.”
Please feel free to contact Jenny, Evie or Sophia Egan-Reid from Little Love at the contacts below for more information, or comment.
Feel A Little Kickstarter: www.feelalittle.com
Feel A Little Facebook: www.facebook.com/feelalittle/