Books For Littles

Books For Littles

is creating luminaries - a new generation of kind & brilliant humans

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patrons
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


Help me create resources for everyone
 

99% of my work is free and accessible to the public for parents and educators who can't afford a paywall. And the lowest pledge delicious articles that will make your brain do somersaults.

Collaborator-Supporters get:

  • Exclusive content and access to our insiders-only feed  

    Get access to all of the patron-only locked posts, such as the Smashing Wealth Inequality series, scripts for handling fragile teachers and parents, and occasional bonus book lists when I wan to gush about great books that don't fit within the BFL monthly themes.
     
  • Inbox updates

    Get email updates 1-4x/month straight to your inbox whenever I create new content.
  • Early Access

    Beat the library rush! When I create a new book collection on the BFL website, you'll get sneak-peeks first.


  • Unpolished Booklist Bonus Content

    Get access to my ever-growing content library of notes and book reviews that I can't fit into our monthly public book collections. This unfiltered, unpolished content library is where I rant, compile rough-draft collections, and analyze problematic books that don't fit in our monthly website collections.

    Check it out here!
    https://booksforlittles.com/unpolished-booklist/


LUMINARY
$15 or more per month

Connect with Dedicated Kyriarchy-Smashers

We built Raising Luminaries to support all parents and educators raising kind and brilliant kids. But the Luminary community, we're building that to support each other.


Luminary-Supporters get:

  • You get the same rewards as lower tiers, plus...
  • Join The Luminary Brain Trust

    Welcome to The Luminary Brain Trust, a private Facebook group where we're tacking in-depth discussions, troubleshoot challenges, and work together.

    Together we decide on the content, guidance, and support we need to keep up the good trouble of raising kyriarchy smashers.

    Twice a week, connect with me while we explore and reaffirm ways to keep our personal activism worm sustainable. Find solidarity and a place to share your challenges and accomplishments. Help me figure out how to make BFL sustainable and accountable, and also... uhh, there are lots of goofy gifs.

    If you want to connect with me, this is the place to ask questions, get advice from some of the smartest folks I know, and find a community of support.

    I check in at least once a week to connect with everyone who posts, comments, and asks for suggestions.
CO-CONSPIRATOR
$50 or more per month

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…

  • Ethical Peace Of Mind
    Have a clear conscience when you repackage, find inspiration, and spin off the stuff you learn in BFL in your personal blog and career assignments.

  • Super-Priority Attention
    This could go unsaid, but OBVIOUSLY I'll prioritize your requests. Once a month, send me private requests for advice or book lists and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

    I'm not just willing to hear from you, I am eager to help! Because you are a rockstar and I like you.

  • Let's meet up, if that's your thing

    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!   


Illuminati
$175 or more per month (sold out!)

1 of 2 spots available

Want 1-on-1 guidance?


We're in cahoots.

You're an author, consultant, educator, librarian, literary specialist,   running an organization, or are a parent who needs private, 1-on-1 consulting. 


Shenanigans include:


  • 1-on-1 Consulting
    30 minutes of my undivided attention each month on a topic of your choice, via chat/email/video, or whatever.

  • Ethical Accountability Guidance
    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.

  • I Shall Sing Your Praises
    Did you see how many things I do? A LOT OF THINGS. And I'm happy to boost your organization and tell everyone about it (with full transparency, and only if your organization really is awesome and right for readers).
    Learn more on the BFL services page.

  • Emotional Labor & Experienced Guidance
    I get a LOT of people who just want to connect with me for phone calls 1-on-1 but GOSH I have childcare to pay for while you pick my brain.

    This covers my expenses while I give you access to years of my expertise, research, and do the emotional labor dance of gently addressing all your questions.

    From there, we'll create a plan for how you can move forward with your project.

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.

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


Help me create resources for everyone
 

99% of my work is free and accessible to the public for parents and educators who can't afford a paywall. And the lowest pledge delicious articles that will make your brain do somersaults.

Collaborator-Supporters get:

  • Exclusive content and access to our insiders-only feed  

    Get access to all of the patron-only locked posts, such as the Smashing Wealth Inequality series, scripts for handling fragile teachers and parents, and occasional bonus book lists when I wan to gush about great books that don't fit within the BFL monthly themes.
     
  • Inbox updates

    Get email updates 1-4x/month straight to your inbox whenever I create new content.
  • Early Access

    Beat the library rush! When I create a new book collection on the BFL website, you'll get sneak-peeks first.


  • Unpolished Booklist Bonus Content

    Get access to my ever-growing content library of notes and book reviews that I can't fit into our monthly public book collections. This unfiltered, unpolished content library is where I rant, compile rough-draft collections, and analyze problematic books that don't fit in our monthly website collections.

    Check it out here!
    https://booksforlittles.com/unpolished-booklist/


LUMINARY
$15 or more per month

Connect with Dedicated Kyriarchy-Smashers

We built Raising Luminaries to support all parents and educators raising kind and brilliant kids. But the Luminary community, we're building that to support each other.


Luminary-Supporters get:

  • You get the same rewards as lower tiers, plus...
  • Join The Luminary Brain Trust

    Welcome to The Luminary Brain Trust, a private Facebook group where we're tacking in-depth discussions, troubleshoot challenges, and work together.

    Together we decide on the content, guidance, and support we need to keep up the good trouble of raising kyriarchy smashers.

    Twice a week, connect with me while we explore and reaffirm ways to keep our personal activism worm sustainable. Find solidarity and a place to share your challenges and accomplishments. Help me figure out how to make BFL sustainable and accountable, and also... uhh, there are lots of goofy gifs.

    If you want to connect with me, this is the place to ask questions, get advice from some of the smartest folks I know, and find a community of support.

    I check in at least once a week to connect with everyone who posts, comments, and asks for suggestions.
CO-CONSPIRATOR
$50 or more per month

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…

  • Ethical Peace Of Mind
    Have a clear conscience when you repackage, find inspiration, and spin off the stuff you learn in BFL in your personal blog and career assignments.

  • Super-Priority Attention
    This could go unsaid, but OBVIOUSLY I'll prioritize your requests. Once a month, send me private requests for advice or book lists and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

    I'm not just willing to hear from you, I am eager to help! Because you are a rockstar and I like you.

  • Let's meet up, if that's your thing

    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!   


Illuminati
$175 or more per month (sold out!)

1 of 2 spots available

Want 1-on-1 guidance?


We're in cahoots.

You're an author, consultant, educator, librarian, literary specialist,   running an organization, or are a parent who needs private, 1-on-1 consulting. 


Shenanigans include:


  • 1-on-1 Consulting
    30 minutes of my undivided attention each month on a topic of your choice, via chat/email/video, or whatever.

  • Ethical Accountability Guidance
    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.

  • I Shall Sing Your Praises
    Did you see how many things I do? A LOT OF THINGS. And I'm happy to boost your organization and tell everyone about it (with full transparency, and only if your organization really is awesome and right for readers).
    Learn more on the BFL services page.

  • Emotional Labor & Experienced Guidance
    I get a LOT of people who just want to connect with me for phone calls 1-on-1 but GOSH I have childcare to pay for while you pick my brain.

    This covers my expenses while I give you access to years of my expertise, research, and do the emotional labor dance of gently addressing all your questions.

    From there, we'll create a plan for how you can move forward with your project.

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.