s one of six kids, Eileen Grimes says, "My parents did a wonderful job!" But with so many siblings, Grimes, now a GU education grad who lives in Spokane's South Perry District, sometimes felt a little lost in the shuffle. So when her own two kids came along, "I would make a very specific time to spend with each of them," she says.
Then along came the pandemic. "It was a moment of existential crisis, and legacy building," says Grimes. "What kind of world do I want to leave for my kids?" She says she felt a need to create something real, something to help people connect outside of the digital world, something, "that will allow us to see our kids more wholly and completely."/span">> "> click to enlarge
And so The Us Journal was born. The colorful, interactive book aimed at 5 to 9 year olds features questions and prompts for kids and their adults to reflect on and then share.
As a self-publisher, Grimes worked with The Collective Book Studio to bring her idea into a print-ready format. Then came the task of funding the publishing effort. After a successful Kickstarter, including a fortuitous boost from actress actress Kristen Bell (Frozen, The Good Place) — Grimes reached out to her on Instagram, saying "'If you're looking for someone to support...' And she did! It was incredible!" — the printed book will be available November 9. Donors have already purchased more than 100 copies in advance for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
And there's more to come, says Grimes: "The goal is to make a whole series. The next thing is going to be a teen journal."
The Us Journal ($17) is available online at thecollectivebook.studio/the-us-journal and also scheduled to be available in local bookstores.
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Source : https://www.inlander.com/spokane/first-time-local-author-eileen-grimes-took-some-lessons-from-the-pandemic-and-an-assist-from-kristen-bell-to-create-the-us-journal/Content?oid=22568734428