As a minority, growing up my parents were hard pressed to find books with main characters that looked like me. Even now, there aren’t many books with diverse main characters. And, I’m just talking about race. Now, imagine you’re a child with a disability. How awesome would it be to find a book where the main character has the same disability as you?
Tim Osterbuhr, Kai Schmittat and Friederike Geiken at Crayon Crunch have done just that. Their book, My Magical Adventure is a gender-neutral, personalized printed children’s adventure story set in an imaginary world. In the book, the lead character can be customized to look like any child, including all ethnicities and disabilities.
Some of the lead character customization choices include:
- Hair Color and Style
- Eye Color
- Skin Tone
- Facial Features
- Special Needs like Wheelchair, Glasses, Prosthetics, Cane, etc.
I am so excited for this book and I think kids will love it. The story is about your child who finds a magical box in the attic with a keyhole in the shape of the first letter of their name. Because the key is nowhere in sight, your child goes on an adventure where they meet many interesting characters that help them find the key. When your child finally unlocks the box there is a surprise. Inside the box is a personal letter from a parent, family member or friend who purchased the book.
Now that you’ve read all about this wonderful book, the creators need your help. I’m sure you know, making a book isn’t cheap. Crayon Crunch has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. So, if this book sounds as cool to you as it does to me, head over and donate.