As one of the founding members behind the nonprofit Invisible Children, Jason Russell has teamed up with his wife, Danica, to create a book empowering children to start thinking about kindness and pro-active problem solving from a young age.
"We wanted to write this book for our own children, Gavin Danger & Everley Darling, as a way of explaining to them what we believe is worth fighting for, while teaching and empowering them to do the same. That they may realize: We are doing our best as parents – to give them the world, and we are doing our best as people – to make that world something worth having," wrote the couple on the project's Kickstarter page.
The couple goes on to explain that, "after spending over a decade teaching people to fight injustice by taking action, we decided to write about our lessons learned, in the form of a fun children’s book. It is our hope that this book will also prompt questions, conversations, (and more!) in your home."
I have had the pleasure of meeting Jason and listening to him speak on multiple occasions, and I cannot say enough about how wonderful he is. He's a dreamer – and more importantly, a doer – in a world where people consistently tell you to play it safe and go with the norm. The fact that he has found a way to incorporate his whole family into this project is truly a statement of his character.
Jason and Danica have decided to create this book without using a publisher because they, "believe a book about grassroots needs be grassroots," and I couldn't agree more.
If you could spare any amount of money, this is an excellent and extremely important project to support. Not only is it a children's book (which I obviously love), but the book has a message that I think is grossly underrepresented in books – for all ages – in today's literary world.
The Russells still have six more days to raise the remaining $11,748 to meet their fundraising goal. To help fund this project and show your support, click here.