Success Principles Children's Book

 Icannots Can Children's Book
Written by Damali Allen
Cover Art by Percival Tonha
The cover art was first sketched by my son Percival when he was ten years old. He is a contributing illustrator in Icannots Can.

Successful children are not successful by accident.
Successful children are not successful by accident. They use specific principles to achieve success; some children are completely unaware that they are doing this. These principles are so simple they oftentimes elude us.   These specific principles are revealed in this wonderfully entertaining, inspirational, empowering and educational children’s book Icannots Can, as the story chronicles the adventures of a tiny boy, Conception, who has an enormous dream to achieve.  

Though the plot in this exciting narrative is fictional, the principles Conception uses to achieve success are very real and can be taught by parents, caregivers, and educators to children to help them achieve success.  Imagine the possibilities if all children intentionally use these principles?! 

Icannots Can may also be used as an instructional tool by persons who value education, are invested in children’s future success, and are 100% committed to assisting children succeed in every area of their lives. 

Why Icannots Can?
Icannots Can
was written with the purpose of encouraging children to dare to dream big and fervently pursue their dreams.  It builds self-esteem, courage, hope, and faith, and it promotes persistence and a sense of charity, as children learn the importance of helping others so they too can be self-sufficient and successful. Additionally, Icannots Can is geared towards raising children to realize and maximize their true potential.  Children will absolutely, positively love it!  It’s an eye-opener to these principles of success.  Icannots Can is most suitable for children from ages 8 to 11 (depending on the maturity level and socialization), but it can be read to or by younger children as well.  In this book, success is considered the achievement of a goal.   As a result, Icannots Can is not merely suited for application to academics, but also for application to every area of a child’s life. 

How do I know these principles work? 
For many years, I was completely unaware that I was observing that successful children (some of whom were from the most adverse circumstances one could imagine) all had certain similarities. They all used the principles Icannots Can teaches to achieve success.  Having been a caregiver to many children, I again noted that the children who were successful used these principles to achieve success.  In addition, I have interviewed educators and parents as to their findings regarding the characteristics of successful children, and they confirm that these are definitely specific principles that successful children use. I have assisted educators in classrooms, witnessed successful children in my own family, and seen my own son use these principles to excel in his endeavors in spite of challenges, one of which is physical.  Successful children are not successful by accident. They use specific principles to achieve success.

Your support makes all the difference!
By supporting my dream to bring Icannots Can to fruition, you will give your child the tools needed to succeed early in life and leave a legacy of courage, hope, faith, perseverance, literacy, and charity.

Thank you so much for helping to make this dream a reality for many.  Your contributions will go toward turning this manuscript into an actual children’s book.  This includes copyediting, custom interior page design, cover text refinement, color illustrations, paperback and hardback publication, an ISBN number, LCCN and Library of Congress filing, official copyright registration, marketing, and distribution via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertram, and others just to name a few.  In addition, I will need to pay GoFundMe fees, pay the publisher to print copies of the book for the donors specified below, and purchase shipping supplies and postage to mail each book.  

Every contribution is important regardless of the amount.  If you flip a sofa cushion and find a penny and that’s all you have, send it our way.  We appreciate it!  If you only know one person who uses social media, please ask him/her to post this fundraising campaign on their Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.  Please text or email a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc., the link to this campaign.  If you want to just send some love and support, we’ll gladly accept that too.  Just click the little envelope icon on the top right of this campaign to message me.

Paying it forward!
Additionally, my goal is to be able to eventually donate Icannots Can to less fortunate children, as I strongly believe a child’s inability to afford a book or an education should not be a barrier to learning and thriving. There are many talented children whose gifts remain buried like precious diamonds just waiting to be unearthed.

Need to purchase additional copies of Icannots Can once it’s printed?  Please click the little envelope icon at the top right of this campaign page to get an email notification by sending your email address and a note to put you on the mailing list.

Donors can contribute less than the amount shown in the rewards section.

Please note that books will only be shipped to donors of $100 and $200 if the set goal amount is met or exceeded.  Donors of $150 and $200 cannot have their names printed unless the goal amount is met as well.  There will not be any refunds as the amount collected will still go towards helping to complete some steps in the publishing process.  Thank you for understanding.

Please check this campaign page frequently for updates.

Cover art subject to change.

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  • Douglas Allen 
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
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    • $200 
    • 16 mos
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    • $50 
    • 19 mos
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    • $200 
    • 21 mos
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    • $75 
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Damali Allen 
Washington, DC
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