Toddler Book of Shapes & Colors

$785 of $1,300 goal

Raised by 30 people in 41 months


Hello everyone and welcome to my Gofundme page.

I'm Tawanna Cullen, a stay at home, homeschooling mother, mommy blogger and by degree, a Graphic Designer  who is headed on a new book publishing adventure!

I have been a homeschooling mother for the past 13 or so years. Over the years I have created a few books for my children to learn. Sometimes we don't have the things at the tip of our hands or the time to run to the library. In those times I have taken to making my own books, flash cards, worksheets, games etc. As a mother of five children, I have a passion to see them learn and excel in the areas they were meant to excel in. In early childhood it is very important to teach them in an environment from which is comfortable to learn. My desire was and still is to provide this for my children, but my budget did not allow me to buy any and everything I wanted, so I started creating games and fun things for them to learn with. The early years are the very foundation of their learning years. They will establish habits and thoughts that will affect them for the rest of their lives. During this time I saw my children excited to learn and I wanted to keep that excitement. Little children are such a delight to teach! They are fun and excited about learning.

One of the books I created was a book I called Shapes and Colors to help my little ones to learn to recognize their colors and shapes as well as practice matching skills in a simple yet interactive format. You can see it in action in the video above. I wanted a book that was simple and to the point. We had a few books on colors, shapes, numbers etc. that would help children a little older, but I wanted a bright simple book for my little ones. I made it easy for me to teach by simply putting different shapes in vibrate basic colors, one on each page. I could point to the shape and they would learn the color as well as the shape. It was simple so that nothing else on the page to distract them or it would be too busy. As a parent I knew that kids like to touch things, and with babies those things usually go straight into the mouth! My board books would get wet and mushy at times. So I created matching felt shapes for them to touch and explore. Some children are visual, some learn by auditory, and some are kinesthetic learners. This book covers all three areas. Visually, children see big vibrantly colored shapes, their auditory senses hear the sound of the words we are telling them as we point and show them the shape and color, the felt shapes provide our kinesthetic learners with a touch and feel aspect. I found that the little ones get the most enjoyment by matching the felt shapes to the correct pages, but you can teach colors and shapes without the felt shapes.

This book covers the basic shapes your child will need to learn before they reach kindergarten! As you can see from the home video, she learned! Our little one was 18 months old in this video. I used this book for teaching basic shapes and matching skills, but I also used this book for fun games. If you have more than one little one learning, play a color and shapes relay game by seeing who can guess the right color and/or shape first.

I was encouraged by other parents to create this book to be available for purchase. I believe all parents love to see their children learn, this book will make it simple for all parents to be their children’s first teachers! This simple book will help allow parents to have opportunities to have a hands on experience teaching their babies and for babies to have hands on resources that they can read over and over again!

I would like to have Shapes and Colors printed in English, Spanish and French. The cost for me to be able to get the book printed would be as follows.

For 250 books printed in English the costs would be $1,300.00 

250 books printed in English ($1,300) and
250 books printed in Spanish ($1,300)
the costs would be $2600.00 for (500 books total)


250 books printed in English ($1,300)
250 books printed in Spanish ($1,300)
250 books printed in French, ($1,300)
the costs would be $3900.00 (for 750 books total)

*I need your help with this project so, all rewards will be sent after we reach our goal of $1,300.00 and the books are printed!*

The felt pieces will be handmade! The Shapes and Colors book will be available for purchase at www.ourseventulips.com I will update the site with a link and ISBN number when we progress to printing. Please check this site for updates on the book.

Would you please join me in helping me self-publish my first book? Thank you so much for helping my vision come to! I appreciate each and every donation of any size! No really I rejoice at every donation. I smile real big until my cheeks hurts (lol), do a happy dance and have to call and tell someone, announce it on facebook, and the website. It's such a heartwarming surprise to see donations appear!! I'm honored that someone has supported me.
Gofundme allows donations as low as $5.00, which is a great amount to make a huge difference to me! It all adds up and makes a huge difference.

Please look at the rewards for donating. I want to give back to those who gave to me. 

If you are not willing to donate, we understand that everyone may not be able to so would you please help me by praying we reach our goal and sharing the link to my page?
Thank you Very much!

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Hey everyone! I'm at $600 out of $1300 raised!! I'm so excited I'm a little under halfway there!! Every donation gets me closer to my goal! I am so thankful and appreciative of you!!
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Hello Everyone! An update was requested and here it goes! I've been quiet on this project not because I've lost the passion to publish this book, but because some loved ones had gofundme accounts that were pretty serious. I felt that helping them get the funds they needed was more of a priority. We also are dealing with being a family of seven on one income so funding my own projects have taken a back seat to my girls who are both graduating high school this year. As you know Senior Year in Highschool is no joke and pretty expensive now days. Ours is x2 with having twins. So that's why I haven't promoted my gofundme page as much. It's not going as fast as I'd like and I do apologize for that. If any of you who have donated would like a refund I would be happy to request one for you from Gofundme. As you can see the amount raised has remained in the account. I will not withdraw any funds until my goal is met. This is strictly for publishing my book. If you will, please donate $5.00 and share the link. Thank you! Many blessings and I hope you all are doing well!
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Hi everyone! I wanted to show you the book cover for the Shapes and Colors book! I hope you all like it! I hope to get the book published this year. Please share the link :)
Official Book cover for the book!
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Hi everyone, I'm still going with the book campaign. I've slowed down on posting so much because a couple of friends had gofundme accounts for medical issues I wanted to help them with. Priorities. It's still here accumulating! I'm still every excited about this book and I am hoping it will happen within the next 6 months. Any size donation will help me reach my goal. With each 10.00 denomination I will send you a book! I plan to sign each copy and thank you for helping me. Each donation made gets a thank you on my websites for the book.
( http://ourseventulips.com/colors-and-shapes-book) As I said earlier, I haven't posted due to a friends having a greater need. Please say a prayer, share their links, and if possible, donate to my friends who also are in greater need. Here are their Gofundme pages

Michelle is battling Cancer and Recovery from a 21 hour surgery. http://www.gofundme.com/fv6bng and
http://www.gofundme.com/fgfc5k Little 11 month old Kyngst'n is battling a tumor.

Have a great day! I just wanted to touch basis with you!
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Tawanna Cullen
21 months ago

Hello Natalie, The campaign is still here, as you see the amount is still there, and not withdrawn. I haven't given up on it. I just haven't attracted many interested. I didn't constantly post via facebook because I know people will get a bit annoyed with it. If you wish I can refund your contribution. I do appreciate your support and checking in for an update. I understand that it's been a while so, I'm willing to issue refunds. I'm sorry the books haven't been published as quickly as we hoped for.

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Natalie Epler
21 months ago

I'd really like a status update. I really would like my books but a year with nothing changing is making me wonder if you decided to drop the concept or something.

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Raised by 30 people in 41 months
Created September 22, 2014
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Cathy Schulenburg
20 months ago

I'm very happy to help you get your book published

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TERI STEVENS
33 months ago

Keep going!

Tawanna Cullen
21 months ago

Hello Natalie, The campaign is still here, as you see the amount is still there, and not withdrawn. I haven't given up on it. I just haven't attracted many interested. I didn't constantly post via facebook because I know people will get a bit annoyed with it. If you wish I can refund your contribution. I do appreciate your support and checking in for an update. I understand that it's been a while so, I'm willing to issue refunds. I'm sorry the books haven't been published as quickly as we hoped for.

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Natalie Epler
21 months ago

I'd really like a status update. I really would like my books but a year with nothing changing is making me wonder if you decided to drop the concept or something.

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