10 Stories to Make a Difference

by Pop Up Projects in London, England, United Kingdom

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On 4th January 2021 we successfully raised £42,854 with 639 supporters in 41 days

Help us publish 10 new illustrated children’s books & support our charitable work with schools & communities, writers & illustrators.

by Pop Up Projects in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we surpass our target we can:

  • sell-out our first print-run before it's even printed - and maybe produce a second!
  • increase earnings for the new, emerging authors involved
  • provide our subsidised learning-through-literature programme for more deprived schools
  • deliver more free community projects for isolated and at-risk children and young people - including those with SEN and disabilities, and who are LGBTQ+, refugees and asylum seekers 
  • train more talented writers and illustrators of colour and from deprived backgrounds to work in children's publishing
  • take our work into new places across the whole of the UK
  • sustain our organisation as we navigate through this unpredictable Covid-19 era

It’s Pop Up's 10th Birthday in 2021!

For 10 years we've been delivering reading, writing and illustration experiences for over 100,000 children and young people, many in deprived areas and challenging circumstances. We’re also working to build a more diverse next generation of children’s writers and illustrators through talent development and publishing opportunities. 

We're celebrating our 10th birthday by publishing 10 Stories to Make a Difference: a collection of original illustrated stories for young readers, all inspired by the theme of ‘Difference’. This beautifully illustrated collection of picture books, poetry and short stories for 5 to 25 year-olds supports our mission to promote a rich diversity of voices, experiences and themes in children's books, and features under-represented people of colour, LGBTQ+ and disabled characters.

These beautifully designed, limited edition (1,000 per title), hard-back books are created through unique collaborations between well-known and brand-new writers and illustrators, bringing new voices into print for the first time. The well-known authors include former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, YA novelist Marcus Sedgwick, Coram Boy author Jamila Gavin, writer and performer Laura Dockrill, Dirty Bertie illustrator David Roberts, and Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Philip Ardagh, among others. 10 of the writers and illustrators have never been published before - including four under-26 year-old winners of our international writing competition!  

Help us to bring these books to life!

By making a pledge you’ll help fund production of the books and launch the careers of the emerging writers and illustrators involved - and you’ll be first to receive the books when they’re published in April 2021. Every pledge also includes a donation to Pop Up to support our not-for-profit work with schools, communities, writers and illustrators. 

10 Stories to Make a Difference includes:

  • Magnificent! (age 5+) - a life-affirming rhyming poem about embracing the new kid in school. Written by Laura Dockrill, illustrated by Ria Dastidar.
  • Indigo Takes Flight (5+) - a fantastical tale about a boy with an incredible secret who’s surprised to find acceptance from those who love him. Written by Krista Lambert, illustrated by Chris Riddell
  • A Match for a Mermaid (7+) - a funny, underwater tale about finding the courage to fall in love with whoever you want. Written by Eleanor Cullen, illustrated by David Roberts.  
  • Swallow's Kiss (7+) - a girl finds a bag of paper birds with wishes written on them and sets out to discover who made them. Written by Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Jane Ray.* 
  • Here Be Monsters (7+) - a richly metaphorical poem about an out-of-place dragon who finally discovers who she really is. Written by Jay Hulme, illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
  • Mistaken for a Bear (9+) - a true story set in the melting pot of London, 1839, where there’s a tiger on the loose. Written by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jamie Beard
  • In Her Element (9+) - a deep-dive into the world of Sophie, who has cerebral palsy and daydreams of swimming in the ocean with the whales. Written by Jamila Gavin, illustrated by Jacinta Read
  • That Thing (9+) - a close encounter with an intelligent octopus provides a lesson in the value of curiosity and kindness to animals. Written by Avital Balwit, illustrated by Alexis Deacon
  • Forbidden (12+) - two girls, divided by their very different lives, are drawn into an intense and passionate friendship. Written by Anjali Tiwari, illustrated by Danica Da Silva Pereira
  • Together We Win (12+) - a mysterious narrator recounts three change-making moments of rebellion and revolution, and one of them is now. Written by Marcus Sedgwick, illustrated by Daniel Ido

*NB. Swallow's Kiss has replaced Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé's book The Doomsday Date; if you would like to choose Swallow's Kiss, please select The Doomsday Date in the dropdown when you make your pledge.

What can you get for your pledges?

  • signed or unsigned copies of the books - with options ranging from 1 to all 10 titles to a super special slipcased collection
  • a variety of tote bags featuring illustrated versions of our Pop Up logo by Emily Hughes, Takayo Akiyama, Sarah Dyer and Roberts Rurans
  • special edition A5 prints of illustrations from the books
  • opportunity to gift the collection to or commission an author workshop in a school of your choice (or we can pick a school for you!)
  • a chance to commission an artwork or super short story or poem by 10 Stories authors
  • credits in the books including a thank you, or as a named patron or supporter 
  • invitations to Pop Up's 10th Birthday Party (and 10 Stories launch) as well as to a private dinner with some of the authors
  • for the highest pledge, a one-off small print run of all 10 books with the names of characters changed to children you know

With every pledge you're also donating to Pop Up's work - with the reward of knowing your money is supporting literature projects and programmes transforming the lives of children, young people, and talented writers and illustrators. You can make a pledge anonymously, and can also opt to make a pledge without receiving a reward, if you prefer.

There has never been a more urgent time to support what we do!

Covid-19 has dramatically affected our work and the people we support. The gap in education and experiences during the pandemic will have lasting effects on children and young people's literacy, mental health and wellbeing, progression into further and higher education, future employability and social mobility. Evidence shows that vulnerable and deprived communities are being especially impacted. We know that our work to develop children and young people's creativity and learning through literature transforms their lives - through increased confidence and skills, raised aspirations, and improved life chances. Children’s authors have seen their already low incomes dramatically reduced by Covid-19, so our work will continue to support authors’ incomes and invest in the wider children’s literature economy.

To date we’ve spent £2 million on:

  • providing 7,000 hours of author workshops and 50,000 books to schools
  • presenting over 500 hours of free children’s literature events and activities
  • publishing 180 young writers and illustrators for the first time
  • providing 300 days of tutoring, mentoring and learning provided for talented aspiring illustrators

YOUR pledges AND sales from 10 Stories will help us continue to provide this kind of impact over the NEXT five years!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

Bespoke Reward

Create your own unique reward! Maybe you'd like to donate the 10 Stories collection to local schools and libraries, or host your own author event. We'll help turn your ideas into reality AND credit you as a supporter in the books. Perfect for businesses, organisations and teams.

£28 or more

1 x book & 1 x tote bag

Choose 1 x first edition title from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection AND get 1 x illustrated Pop Up tote bag / This pledge includes a £12 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage

£38 or more

1 x SIGNED book & 1 x tote bag & 1 x print

Choose 1 x first edition title from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection and we'll get it signed for you AND get 1 x illustrated Pop Up tote bag AND we'll give you 1 x beautiful colour print (A5) of one of the illustrations from your book / This pledge includes a £20 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage

£53 or more

2 books & 1 tote bag

Choose 2 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection AND get 1 x illustrated Pop Up tote bag / This pledge includes a £25 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd choice title!

£60 or more

2 x SIGNED books & 1 x tote bag & 1 x print

Choose 2 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection and we'll get them signed for you AND get 1 x illustrated Pop Up tote bag AND we'll give you 1 x beautiful colour print (A5) of one of the illustrations from your book / This pledge includes a £28 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd choice title!

£75 or more

3 x books & 2 x tote bags

Choose 3 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection AND get 2 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags / This pledge includes a £37 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd & 3rd choice title!

£90 or more

3 x SIGNED books & 2 x tote bags & 2 x prints

Choose 3 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection and we'll get them signed for you AND get 2 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags AND we'll give you 2 x beautiful colour print (A5) of one of the illustrations from each of your books / This pledge includes a £43 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd & 3rd choice title!

£100 or more

4 x books & 2 x tote bags

Choose 4 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection AND get 2 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags / This pledge includes a £47 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd, 3rd & 4th choice title!

£120 or more

4 x SIGNED books & 2 x tote bags & 2 x prints

Choose 4 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection and we'll get them signed for you AND get 2 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags AND we'll give you 2 x beautiful colour print (A5) of one of the illustrations from each of your books / This pledge includes a £61 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd, 3rd & 4th choice title!

£130 or more

5 x books & 3 x tote bags

Choose 5 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection AND get 3 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags / This pledge includes a £64 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th choice title!

£150 or more

5 x SIGNED books & 3 x tote bags & 3 x prints

Choose 5 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection and we'll get them signed for you AND get 3 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags AND we'll give you 3 x beautiful colour print (A5) of one of the illustrations from each of your books / This pledge includes a £77 donation to Pop Up & £3 UK postage / Choose 1 title & email [email protected] with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th choice title!

£225 or more

The whole 10 Stories collection & 4 x tote bags

Choose all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection AND get all 4 x illustrated Pop Up tote bags / This pledge includes a £91 donation to Pop Up

£275 or more

The whole 10 Stories collection SIGNED & 10 prints

Choose all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection and we'll get them signed for you AND we'll give you all 10 x beautiful colour prints (A5) of illustrations from each of your books / This pledge includes a £130 donation to Pop Up

£325 or more

The whole 10 Stories collection in ltd ed slipcase

Get all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection in a limited edition slipcase AND we'll give you all 10 x beautiful colour prints (A5) of illustrations from each of your books / This pledge includes a £161 donation to Pop Up

£500 or more

10 Stories SIGNED & SLIPCASED & Birthday Invite

Get all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection in a limited edition slipcase and we'll get them all signed for you AND we'll give you all 10 x beautiful colour prints (A5) of illustrations from each of your books AND a special invitation to our 10th Birthday Party in London April 2021 / This pledge includes a £336 donation to Pop Up

£750 or more

10 Stories collection for you & for a school

Get all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection in a limited edition slipcase AND we'll donate another whole collection to a school of your choice AND invite you to our 10th Birthday Party in London April 2021 / This pledge includes a £466 donation to Pop Up

£1,250 or more

Whole collection for you & a school + author visit

Get all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection in a limited edition slipcase AND we'll donate another whole collection to a school of your choice AND we'll commission a half-day author workshop in that school AND thank you in the books AND invite you to our 10th Birthday Party in London April 2021 / This pledge includes a £616 donation to Pop Up & £350 author commission

£2,000 or more

10 Stories SIGNED & SLIPCASED & author commission

Get all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection in a limited edition slipcase and we'll get them all signed for you AND we'll commission an author to produce an original artwork or writing AND we'll credit you as a supporter in the books AND invite you to our 10th Birthday Party & private dinner in London April 2021 / This pledge includes a £1,336 donation to Pop Up & a £500 author commission

£3,000 or more

10 Stories SIGNED & SLIPCASED & author commissions

Get all 10 x first edition titles from the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection in a ltd edition slipcase and we'll get them all signed for you AND we'll commission an author to produce an original artwork or writing & deliver an event AND we'll credit you as a supporter in the books AND invite you to our 10th Birthday Party & private dinner in London April 2021 / This pledge includes a £1,886 donation to Pop Up & a £850 author commission

£5,000 or more

Private edition collection & re-named characters

We'll produce a small print-run private edition of all 10 stories with characters renamed by YOU plus we'll organise a special event with some of the authors. As our top donor you'll be acknowledged as a patron or sponsor in the public editions of all 10 books / This includes a £3,526 donation to Pop Up & a £700 author commission

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