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Thank you to our Kickstarter Backers


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Thank you to the 72 Kickstarter Backers who helped us bring Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story to life.

Back in April 2023, we tried something a little different. We soft launched our children’s picture book on Kickstarter with a goal of funding our first edition printing of Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story.


We set the fundraising goal at $2,024—a nod to the big eclipse in 2024—and crossed our fingers. If we didn’t reach that number, we would be back where we started: $0.


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From the moment we launched our Kickstarter campaign, generosity, encouragement, and enthusiasm flooded in. We hit our goal on day one and earned Kickstarter's coveted "Project We Love" badge on day two. In the end, we pre-sold 170 books and raised $5,171 overall in four weeks.


This group of backers and supporters didn't just help fund our first print run; they became a vital part of our story. Our #StellarLaunchTeam was formed!


Our project has come to life and we have created a beautiful, engaging, and fun children's picture book that helps people of all ages prepare for and remember the solar eclipse events of October 2023, April 2024, and beyond.


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Author Jayme Sandberg shows off the new book.

Sincerest thanks to each and every one of you who supported the campaign, shared it with your friends and family, and provided valuable feedback. Your support goes far beyond the financial aspect; it's a testament to our collective power when we work toward a common goal.


Together we shine!


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Outer Space Level

The Lewis Family

Mary McGinty

Rich Quigley


Exosphere Level

The Springs family


Thermosphere Level

Billie Reed

Bruce & Sherri Fetterhoff

Cheng Family

Jadie Beam

Kim Luke

Sarah Steph

Stephanie Mohl

Vickie Olsen


Mesosphere Level

Aimee Lyon

Alexa Smith

Bridget O’Leary

The Calahans

Carol Bozarth

The Coburn Family

Darcy Wallace

Dax Garner

The Del Barto family

Duerk Family

The Ellisons

Emily Vereen

Gary & Suzanne Grant

The Gavras Family

George Family Kids

The Hazard Family

The Heaberlin Family

Helgoth Family

The Hickox Family

Janis Lofing

Jaylen Avila

Jennifer Lipp-Oster

Johnson Family

Julie, Tim, and Ryan Read

Kathy Hickox

Kevin and Karla Sandberg

Maggie Francis

Melissa Moore

The Peterson Family

Pfingsten Family

Pressley-Leigh Family

The Price Family

Ryan Sandberg

Strotman family

The Yuan Family


Stratosphere Level

The Brand Clan

Jamie Schn

Jodi Adams, Young At Heart Publishing

Kelly Brakenhoff

Kevin Walker

Leslie Silvestriz

Luz Varela

Matthias and Stephanie Weichert

Nikki Bates-Rush

Phil and Mary Harris

Shelly Nosbisch

Stacy, Jeremy, Carson, & Roslyn Spale

Tracie Bertaut

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