The Glitterbomb - Explaining Covid-19 to toddlers

by Louise Ryder in Woolton, England, United Kingdom

The Glitterbomb - Explaining Covid-19 to toddlers
We did it
On 19th May 2020 we successfully raised £2,147 with 68 supporters in 28 days

The Glitterbomb is a children's book which explains the spread of coronavirus. The campaign will fund illustration, publishing and marketing

by Louise Ryder in Woolton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The initial money is what I need to pay the illustrator and to pay for publishing. The additional money will help me to market the book and help to put it in more homes!


The story of the Glitterbomb started with a broken heart. At the onset of the coronavirus crisis, my fiancé and I lost our jobs on an international touring show. Always looking on the bright side, we figured this would be the perfect opportunity to hang out with our nieces who are one and three, but as the crisis worsened, we realized this wasn’t an option.

We Facetimed regularly and it became apparent that three-year-old Imogen thought this whole thing was her fault. “Can mummy and daddy still come close to me?” she asked, after we droned some snacks into their back garden and then ran away. The next day she told us a rash on her face had healed, so we could come over now. 

I couldn’t bear the thought of her thinking SHE was the problem and I wondered how I could help make sense of this madness to her when the clever(er)est grown-ups couldn’t even make sense of it.

A meme about glitter started circulating. Think of how it gets on everything and it seems impossible to get rid of: ‘coronavirus is glitter’. It was so relatable; everyone has had a ‘where did that even come from?’ moment and I loved the idea of glitter as a non-threatening, understandable metaphor that could help the little ones to understand.

So I wrote a rhyming book about the whole world being COVERED in glitter. It becomes such a problem that everyone has to stay home whilst the streets are hoovered, mopped and cleaned.

It turned out to be quite good, so I shared it with some parent-friends. If the toddlers I know are struggling, this must be coming up for parents everywhere. After all, the world seems very small when you’re little.

And so… The Glitterbomb was born.

I posted on Facebook to find an illustrator who could bring my story to life. Folks from all over the world responded, but after a Skype call watching Aljon Intertia draw as I talked, I was hooked.

As of today: Aljon is contracted and drawing the characters.

Most traditional publishers have a “we’ll get back to you in three months, maybe never” line on their submission pages and honestly, I don’t want to wait that long. I feel like parents and toddlers need this book yesterday, so I’m self-publishing.

The book will be available to purchase on my website, on Amazon across the world and online through various booksellers.

Of course, there are costs associated with doing all of this and remember at the top when I said I’d lost my job? This is where I need a little help.

I know I’m not the only one in this boat right now, so I’m keeping my fundraising goal small in relation to what I will actually need. Anything over the initial fundraising costs will go towards marketing the book and getting it into as many young homes as possible!

The costs 

Illustration - £550

Publishing cost - £650

Initial print run and shipping: £300

Marketing costs: £500+

I'm doing everything else for the lowest possible cost (did you know some book illustrations cost upwards of £15,000?!) but the marketing will make the biggest difference to the book's success.  Any money I raise over the initial £2,000 will go towards the marketing campaign which will include a significant print-run, entry fees to competitions, paid listings and paid advertising.

Will I get paid?

Not from this campaign, but once the book is commercially available, I will receive a royalty of £1.23 per book. 

What's in it for you?

You can see all of the available rewards at the side of this page. As we get into the higher range of contributions, we will start donating books to children's hospitals, hospices and foster homes. If you wish to donate one book, or if you would like to make a different level of contribution for a different number of books, please do reach out and I'll be happy to make that happen!

Thank you for whatever you contribute. I hope this book will really make a difference to you, your children and every child who reads it. Thank you for helping me to make it happen!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

Buy one - Give one to a friend

Two first edition, author-signed books hot off the press AND the full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail

£10 or more

The Glitterbomb e-book

The full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail.

£20 or more

Printed copy of The Glitterbomb

One first edition, author-signed book hot off the press! AND the full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail.

£50 or more

Buy one - Give two to a children's hospital

One first edition, author-signed book hot off the press, the full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail AND we will donate two books to a children's hospital or hospice in your name. We will also thank you on the donor's page of my website.

£100 or more

Local superstar bundle

Two first edition, author-signed books hot off the press for you to keep, the full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail AND we will donate five books to a children's hospital or hospice in your name. We will also thank you on the donor's page of my website and include a printed thank you in the book. Thank YOU!

£200 or more

Absolute hero bundle

Five first edition, author-signed books hot off the press for you to keep, the full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail AND we will donate ten books to a children's hospital or hospice in your name. We will also thank you on the donor's page of my website and include a printed thank you in the book. Thank YOU!

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Early-bird - Printed copy of The Glitterbomb

Early-bird! One first edition, author-signed book hot off the press! AND the full electronic copy of the book in pdf format delivered via e-mail. Discounted price for the first 24 hours!

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