Books For Littles is creating luminaries - a new generation of kind & brilliant humans
218

patrons

$1,127
per month
www.booksforlittles.com

Hi, I’m Ashia Ray of Books for Littles (BFL for short), which is a community of parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone guiding this new generation of kind and brilliant little humans.

You need help discussing hard topics with kids.

We connect you with the stories and picture books that ignite compassion and pro-social skills in young children. We also provide resources to discuss challenging topics like racial injustice, sex education, death, and trauma - all the hard stuff you’re not sure how to talk about.

A Brilliant Generation

Implicit (unconscious) bias starts in infancy - so we've got to fight bigotry from the beginning. If you're living in a bubble of privilege, you might be worried about making mistakes talking about injustice. Fighting implicit bias from infancy isn't hard! It can be simple (and even fun) with the right resources.

The world is a scary place, but the world has ALWAYS been a scary place. NOW we know how to turn that fear into good change.

I started BFL two years ago because my goal as a parent is to raise kind kids who are willing to lead the charge in equality - Luminaries. I want my kids to understand the inequity built into our society. And as they grow up, I want them to have the tools and courage it takes make proactive change.

I do this because as an autistic woman, I’ve got hyper-focus super powers that compel me to think waaaay too deeply about children’s books. But also because parents and educators need these resources - every child deserves spectacular, fun-to-read storybooks that bring us closer together.

Staying silent is a privilege.

Awareness is damaging without acceptance, and we need active accomplices, not passive allies.
Sometimes, doing the work can be as easy as reading a bedtime story.

Responsible representation matters.

Most of us don’t know where to start - we're more likely to pick up a book from our library full of ableist dogma than a book that truly teaches how to respect and accommodate classmates with Down syndrome. We're more likely to find books stereotyping the Sikh community than one written by a Sikh author.

So far, I’ve been able to create social awareness and conversation topics to start with our kids by piggybacking on book suggestions. But as the community grows, I find readers can’t keep up with our book recommendations and our archives are hard to search.

Thanks to popular demand, we're creating a searchable website with simple guides and action plans, to provide instantly accessible, helpful resources.

We’re gonna change the world!

As a mother, multiracial woman, autistic writer, and artist, I've been told that the work I do is worthless - that my voice doesn’t count. But after hearing from families saying BFL changed the way they parent, I've realized the long hours of thought, writing, and connecting with families is valuable. These conversations are vital to raise this upcoming generation of luminaries.

So this is just the beginning and we have far to go. I need to make BFL self-sustaining for this to work. I need your help.

Let’s collaborate.

BFL is a resource that helps you raise world-contributing luminaries. It should be available for free, for everyone.

And it’s an investment to deliver all the website, email, and social media posts to readers! That, plus mittens, broccoli, childcare, and all the stuff I need to keep those sticky fingers off my keyboard costs money, and I need to support my family.

Grassroots patron support is the most ethical way to keep BFL providing resources that cater to families, not publishers. If you’d like to keep BFL running, you can contribute whatever you want, either one-time or as recurring monthly support. So anything, from $500 to $1/month - reassures me that the work we’re doing matters and we should keep going.
 
With enough community support, we can even expand BFL to include reading guides, tutorials, Q&As with our favorite makers, tiny libraries in underserved neighborhoods, diversity panels for early childhood educators, support for makers from marginalized communities, and OH MY GOSH! I HAVE SO MANY PLANS!

Achieving this sustainable goal would help me provide more of what you're asking for and help more families - but even a single reader choosing to support this work is pretty mind-blowing and makes me want to give ALL. THE. HUGS.

If you’d like contribute to this movement of luminaries, become a collaborator and lend your voice so I can understand what change matter most to you.

And friends - thank you for your support, thank you for joining the movement to raise brilliant & kind luminaries, and thank you for helping other families feel less alone. We’re making big changes and we’re gettin’ LOUD with it.

www.booksforlittles.com

Tiers
COLLABORATOR
$5 or more per month 90 of 150 patrons
Want influence over our upcoming research topics & articles?


Make your voice heard. 


You're raising the next generation of kind & brilliant leaders, and the resources on BFL save you time, energy, and remind you that you're not alone.


Includes:


  • The full archive of our Patreon-only posts, including our book-in-progress about smashing wealth inequality.
  • Monthly reading lists lists on the BooksForLittles.com website.
  • Articles & calls-to-action to help you smash the kyriarchy from the Raising Luminaries Facebook page
  • Post updates and the latest BFL-related news in the Books For Littles Facebook group.
  • A quick kick in the tuchus from our monthly Benevolent Incendiary Newsletter reminding you about what matters, and motivating you to keep fighting for it. 
  • *Recently unlocked!* - Access to the Collaborator Laboratory. Submit requests and vote for the topics and challenges you'd like to see us tackle next.
  • *Even more recently unlocked (!)* Rough-draft book lists with my scribbly-scrabbly notes on popular topics from our Collaborator Laboratory.
  • My warm and squishy feelings of adoration.
  • Oh oh oh - AND, on our 1-year anniversary, maybe I'll send you a SURPRISE MAIL THING because I'm so happy we get to be in cahoots.


99% of our content is free and accessible to the public, and  the lowest pledge unlocks a ton of quality, in-depth content.


LUMINARY
$15 or more per month 20 of 30 patrons
Want to connect with a community willing to get messy in the fight for hope and love and justice?


We are the boots on the ground.


Shenanigans include:

  • The same rewards as lower tiers, plus…  

  • *NEW since 11/25/18*
    Access to The Luminary Brain Trust, an exclusive Facebook group where we'll connect over in-depth discussions, troubleshoot challenges, and work together in solidarity.

  • I'm sending our first 30 Luminary-level patrons a postcard (with a scientist on it!) featuring a poorly-drawn illustration from the Terribly Drawn Robots series.

  • Also maybe some nice messages every few months from me, featuring my wide-eyed appreciation and adulation, reminding you how awesome you are.
CO-CONSPIRATOR
$50 or more per month 6 of 10 patrons
Want to keep BFL free and accessible for all?

Spend less time on redundant research and more time smashing the kyriarchy.


I tend to freak out when you guys support BFL at this above-and-beyond level. I tell all my friends about you.



Shenanigans include:

  • The same rewards as lower tiers, plus…

  • Warm fuzzy feelings: Have a clear conscience when you use the stuff you learn in BFL for your personal and professional life.

  • Optional: Once a month, send me private requests for advice or book lists and I'll get back to you within 72 hours. (I'll remind you with a monthly patreon post.)

  • If we’re ever in the same city, let’s get together over coffee (or whatever) to brainstorm how BFL can become even more mega-awesome!   


*IN THE WORKS* 


Once we hit our 1.5K Patreon goal
, we'll schedule monthly open office hours where Co-Conspirators can all hang out via group video chat. I'll answer your questions and maybe make my cat wave at you.


Illuminati
$175 or more per month 0 patrons
1 of 2 spots available

Want 1-on-1 guidance?


We're in cahoots.

You're running an organization, small business, school, or library and need private, 1-on-1 consulting. 


Shenanigans include:


  • 30 minutes of my undivided attention each month on a topic of your choice, via chat/email/video, or whatever.

  • Confidence that you're taking steps to create an inclusive organization. I'll give you gentle, honest advice when your material or policies need tweaking.

  • Access to a range of tailored business and marketing services. Learn more on the BFL services page.

  • This tier is also offered for allistic parents of autistic kids who want guidance on how to de-center themselves in their parenting.


This is mostly contract-style work outside of patreon, but I have it listed here for reference. Contact me for availability and to find out how becoming an Illuminati can work for you.

Goals
$1,127 of $1,500 per month
Open Office Hours

At this level, I'll schedule open office hours where Co-Conspirator-level Patrons ($50+) can join us in a real-time video chat to ask questions, bounce ideas around, troubleshoot challenges, and discuss the future of BFL.
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www.booksforlittles.com

Hi, I’m Ashia Ray of Books for Littles (BFL for short), which is a community of parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone guiding this new generation of kind and brilliant little humans.

You need help discussing hard topics with kids.

We connect you with the stories and picture books that ignite compassion and pro-social skills in young children. We also provide resources to discuss challenging topics like racial injustice, sex education, death, and trauma - all the hard stuff you’re not sure how to talk about.

A Brilliant Generation

Implicit (unconscious) bias starts in infancy - so we've got to fight bigotry from the beginning. If you're living in a bubble of privilege, you might be worried about making mistakes talking about injustice. Fighting implicit bias from infancy isn't hard! It can be simple (and even fun) with the right resources.

The world is a scary place, but the world has ALWAYS been a scary place. NOW we know how to turn that fear into good change.

I started BFL two years ago because my goal as a parent is to raise kind kids who are willing to lead the charge in equality - Luminaries. I want my kids to understand the inequity built into our society. And as they grow up, I want them to have the tools and courage it takes make proactive change.

I do this because as an autistic woman, I’ve got hyper-focus super powers that compel me to think waaaay too deeply about children’s books. But also because parents and educators need these resources - every child deserves spectacular, fun-to-read storybooks that bring us closer together.

Staying silent is a privilege.

Awareness is damaging without acceptance, and we need active accomplices, not passive allies.
Sometimes, doing the work can be as easy as reading a bedtime story.

Responsible representation matters.

Most of us don’t know where to start - we're more likely to pick up a book from our library full of ableist dogma than a book that truly teaches how to respect and accommodate classmates with Down syndrome. We're more likely to find books stereotyping the Sikh community than one written by a Sikh author.

So far, I’ve been able to create social awareness and conversation topics to start with our kids by piggybacking on book suggestions. But as the community grows, I find readers can’t keep up with our book recommendations and our archives are hard to search.

Thanks to popular demand, we're creating a searchable website with simple guides and action plans, to provide instantly accessible, helpful resources.

We’re gonna change the world!

As a mother, multiracial woman, autistic writer, and artist, I've been told that the work I do is worthless - that my voice doesn’t count. But after hearing from families saying BFL changed the way they parent, I've realized the long hours of thought, writing, and connecting with families is valuable. These conversations are vital to raise this upcoming generation of luminaries.

So this is just the beginning and we have far to go. I need to make BFL self-sustaining for this to work. I need your help.

Let’s collaborate.

BFL is a resource that helps you raise world-contributing luminaries. It should be available for free, for everyone.

And it’s an investment to deliver all the website, email, and social media posts to readers! That, plus mittens, broccoli, childcare, and all the stuff I need to keep those sticky fingers off my keyboard costs money, and I need to support my family.

Grassroots patron support is the most ethical way to keep BFL providing resources that cater to families, not publishers. If you’d like to keep BFL running, you can contribute whatever you want, either one-time or as recurring monthly support. So anything, from $500 to $1/month - reassures me that the work we’re doing matters and we should keep going.
 
With enough community support, we can even expand BFL to include reading guides, tutorials, Q&As with our favorite makers, tiny libraries in underserved neighborhoods, diversity panels for early childhood educators, support for makers from marginalized communities, and OH MY GOSH! I HAVE SO MANY PLANS!

Achieving this sustainable goal would help me provide more of what you're asking for and help more families - but even a single reader choosing to support this work is pretty mind-blowing and makes me want to give ALL. THE. HUGS.

If you’d like contribute to this movement of luminaries, become a collaborator and lend your voice so I can understand what change matter most to you.

And friends - thank you for your support, thank you for joining the movement to raise brilliant & kind luminaries, and thank you for helping other families feel less alone. We’re making big changes and we’re gettin’ LOUD with it.

www.booksforlittles.com

Recent posts by Books For Littles

Tiers
COLLABORATOR
$5 or more per month 90 of 150 patrons
Want influence over our upcoming research topics & articles?


Make your voice heard. 


You're raising the next generation of kind & brilliant leaders, and the resources on BFL save you time, energy, and remind you that you're not alone.


Includes:


  • The full archive of our Patreon-only posts, including our book-in-progress about smashing wealth inequality.
  • Monthly reading lists lists on the BooksForLittles.com website.
  • Articles & calls-to-action to help you smash the kyriarchy from the Raising Luminaries Facebook page
  • Post updates and the latest BFL-related news in the Books For Littles Facebook group.
  • A quick kick in the tuchus from our monthly Benevolent Incendiary Newsletter reminding you about what matters, and motivating you to keep fighting for it. 
  • *Recently unlocked!* - Access to the Collaborator Laboratory. Submit requests and vote for the topics and challenges you'd like to see us tackle next.
  • *Even more recently unlocked (!)* Rough-draft book lists with my scribbly-scrabbly notes on popular topics from our Collaborator Laboratory.
  • My warm and squishy feelings of adoration.
  • Oh oh oh - AND, on our 1-year anniversary, maybe I'll send you a SURPRISE MAIL THING because I'm so happy we get to be in cahoots.


99% of our content is free and accessible to the public, and  the lowest pledge unlocks a ton of quality, in-depth content.


LUMINARY
$15 or more per month 20 of 30 patrons
Want to connect with a community willing to get messy in the fight for hope and love and justice?


We are the boots on the ground.


Shenanigans include:

  • The same rewards as lower tiers, plus…  

  • *NEW since 11/25/18*
    Access to The Luminary Brain Trust, an exclusive Facebook group where we'll connect over in-depth discussions, troubleshoot challenges, and work together in solidarity.

  • I'm sending our first 30 Luminary-level patrons a postcard (with a scientist on it!) featuring a poorly-drawn illustration from the Terribly Drawn Robots series.

  • Also maybe some nice messages every few months from me, featuring my wide-eyed appreciation and adulation, reminding you how awesome you are.
CO-CONSPIRATOR
$50 or more per month 6 of 10 patrons
Want to keep BFL free and accessible for all?

Spend less time on redundant research and more time smashing the kyriarchy.


I tend to freak out when you guys support BFL at this above-and-beyond level. I tell all my friends about you.



Shenanigans include:

  • The same rewards as lower tiers, plus…

  • Warm fuzzy feelings: Have a clear conscience when you use the stuff you learn in BFL for your personal and professional life.

  • Optional: Once a month, send me private requests for advice or book lists and I'll get back to you within 72 hours. (I'll remind you with a monthly patreon post.)

  • If we’re ever in the same city, let’s get together over coffee (or whatever) to brainstorm how BFL can become even more mega-awesome!   


*IN THE WORKS* 


Once we hit our 1.5K Patreon goal
, we'll schedule monthly open office hours where Co-Conspirators can all hang out via group video chat. I'll answer your questions and maybe make my cat wave at you.


Illuminati
$175 or more per month 0 patrons
1 of 2 spots available

Want 1-on-1 guidance?


We're in cahoots.

You're running an organization, small business, school, or library and need private, 1-on-1 consulting. 


Shenanigans include:


  • 30 minutes of my undivided attention each month on a topic of your choice, via chat/email/video, or whatever.

  • Confidence that you're taking steps to create an inclusive organization. I'll give you gentle, honest advice when your material or policies need tweaking.

  • Access to a range of tailored business and marketing services. Learn more on the BFL services page.

  • This tier is also offered for allistic parents of autistic kids who want guidance on how to de-center themselves in their parenting.


This is mostly contract-style work outside of patreon, but I have it listed here for reference. Contact me for availability and to find out how becoming an Illuminati can work for you.