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As we’re writing this there are only 36 precious hours to go. The team is now almost 300 strong and we’re $4,500 away from our Kickstarter goal… TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!

Just in case you need some help convincing your friends to be a part of the action, have a look at what some of our friends had to say about Imaginary Friends.

Imaginary Friends: An Interactive Storytelling Experience
by Mike Reynolds, Puzzling Posts
…My creativity level was low so I kind of just dropped it on the ground when the kids weren’t look before breakfast one morning and somehow it turned into an exciting discovery for them. From there we took to the laptop where there was a personal greeting asking for my girls by name to help the heroes of the book. MORE…

Bringing Stories to Life with Imaginary Friends
by Jenn, Sweet T Makes Three
This is Sweet T’s last summer before Kindergarten, and we’ve been busy making memories. Hopefully some of them are good ones. Ha! Today we visited the library and Burger King afterward for kid’s meals. Both my kids love trips to the library (with or without the promise of fast food) and enjoy being read to. I’m hoping to instil my love for reading in them! Imaginary Friends wants to help your cultivate that love of books in your child with their series of interactive books…that are so much more than just books. MORE…

Learning with Adventure Delivered to Your Doorstep – Imaginary Friends @IFBooks #readandexplore
by Leigh Mitchell, GtaParent
As a mom of two boys I can share with you my struggles to keep learning exciting for my boys. Adventure is everything to my guys but their growing up in a technology abundant world has made good old fashion play a challenge. MORE…
(Read Leigh’s other post on WomeninBizNetwork)

Two Chances to Win a Limited Edition Capes in the Family Print

There are two chances to win a signed print of the Capes in the Family Chapter 1 cover illustrated by Remie Geoffroi

WIN – Signed Print of the Capes in the Family Chapter 1 Cover
By Trisha Novotny, 24/7 Moms

Bring Stories to Life with Imaginary Friends
By Maria Lianos-Carbone, amotherworld


What would make Imaginary Friends even better? Share your ideas in the comments.

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We’re down to the last stretch of our Kickstarter campaign journey. Only four days left, 231 backers and almost 80% funded, yet we’re still not quite ready to celebrate. We’re getting a bit closer every day… but we still need your help!

Have a look at what some of our friends have been saying about us recently:

15secTech Wk1506c: Suspend Chrome Tabs, Imaginary Friends, Twitter Lightning, Mac Tips & More!
by Amber Mac, Lara Killian, Jeff MacArthur, 15secTech
The days of seeing a kid get lost in a book sometimes seem far away when gadgets and screens are ubiquitous. This awesome transmedia Kickstarter called Imaginary Friends plans to integrate the fun of digital with the magic of storytelling. The adventure kits have packs of chapter books with activities that you can plan into your kids routines to weave the stories into their lives in a unique way.  MORE…

Interactive books for kids that let you play alternate reality games at home
by Mark Frauenfelder, boingboing
Imaginary Friends is a series of interactive books for kids that involves online and real-world puzzles that parents set up. I just got a sample from the creator, and the art and stories looks excellent. I am looking forward to trying it out. Check out the video for the Kickstarter.  MORE…

Imaginary Friends: Taking reading to a new level!
by Lara Wellman, Kids in the Capital
My son is an avid reader, sometimes it’s hard to get him out of his room. The pause between each chapter for an activity had him up and running around and excited to take on another task. (I haven’t seen him this enthusiastic about anything other than Minecraft in a long time!)  MORE…

See what others have been saying too!

It’s not too late to be a part of our community and get in on the action early. Pre-order your Imaginary Friends Books today by backing us on Kickstarter now!

Have any questions about Imaginary Friends you’d like Evan to answer? Please leave it in the comments.


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Are you still looking for the perfect Father’s Day card for your child to give their amazing dad this Father’s Day? Well, you don’t need to look any further because we’re offering five fabulous Father’s Day cards that you can download for free!

Simply select one or more of the following Father’s Day cards below, featuring some of our favourite Imaginary Friends Books characters. Click the card you want to view and a PDF version will open, print it and fold it. Voilà, you’re latest mission is complete.

Imaginary Friends Father’s Day Card 1

Imaginary Friends Father’s Day Card 2

Imaginary Friends Father’s Day Card 3

Imaginary Friends Father’s Day Card 4

Imaginary Friends Father’s Day Card 5

For more information on Imaginary Friends Books and how you can become a part of our community, please visit Kickstarter or download a FREE sample kit.

What’s your favourite story time memory with your dad? Share it with us in the comments.


Capes in the Family cover

We have TEN days left in our campaign and we’re going to hit 200 backers any day now.

To boost awareness and understanding, we’ve been working overtime to create a FREE sample of our first book, Capes in the Family by Gregg Taylor and Remie Geoffroi. The sample kit includes the first two chapters with a scavenger hunt in between, we hope you – and the children in your life – agree it’s lots of fun!

Download the free sample!

Remember this is still in beta (or alpha, as the Imaginary Friends team likes to say) so it may not be perfect just yet – it’s impossible to test on 200 different computers/tablets/phones without a lot of help – and we want to make sure it’s perfect for the official release in the fall.

Please, please, please get in touch with us with your questions, thoughts and/or reactions by leaving a comment. We truly value your opinion and will reply.

We hope you’ll enjoy a little taste of Capes in the Family and join our community on Kickstarter!

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 Characters from Capes in the Family Celebrating
We’re over the hump! Halfway there, yay!

The past few days have been huge.

Last Thursday morning Evan was featured on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning with Wei Chen. Have a listen at the 42:35 minute mark. Along with some new published reviews and your help, we’re halfway to our goal. It’s cause for celebration and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!

We’ve got 12 days left to make our goal and we’ve got to keep pushing ahead, so we could really use your help. Do you realize that if you talked to ONE person about Imaginary Friends this week, we’d get there in no time?!

If you have any questions about Imaginary Friends books or you’ve spoken with friends or family and they have questions, please ask them in the comment section or check the FAQs on the bottom of our Kickstarter campaign page where they’re constantly being updated.

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Imaginary Friends group hug from Hairball Heroics

We’re getting near the halfway point on our Kickstarter campaign. We’re 14 days in, now have 157 backers supporting us and at almost 50% funded, we’re not quite ready to do our happy dance but we’re getting a bit closer every day… thanks to help from our friends.

Here’s a taste of what some of them have been saying about us:

Imaginary Friends Come to Life
by Sonja Davidson, Canadian Reviewer
Reading just got cooler for kids with the launch of new book series that blends print, online and real life. Imagine reading a storybook and suddenly was able to launch into the world online. Even as adults we’ve sometimes wished we could be living the moment from the pages we read. That would be pretty amazing! MORE…

Imaginary Friends
by Caroline Fernandez, Parent Club
As a Mom and author – I am a big fan of reading. However, I’m finding with the digital age my kids look for engagement beyond the printed page. Especially with my son – who wants engagement – and Mommy – both together at reading time. Imaginary Friends is for families – like mine – who like to use reading time as family time… MORE…

Imaginary Friends: Kickstarting The Imagination And Reading Skills Of Kids!
by Sandy, Canadian Blog House
…Combining two important aspects of childhood, imagination and reading, Imaginary Friends was created from the imagination of two-time Emmy Award Winner, Evan Jones. Evan and his team of writers and illustrators have come up with this 21st century collection of cool, interactive books designed to attract the attention of all kids – even those heavily into video games and electronics, and not so heavily into reading. So how exactly does Imaginary Friends work? MORE…

Is creating a wonderful memory for your child important enough for 20 minutes of your time? Read what Evan has to say and share your thoughts in the comments?

It’s not too late to be a part of our community and get in on the action early. Pre-order your Imaginary Friends now!

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Imaginary Friends Adventure Kit

When getting ready to share Imaginary Friends with the world, the team got together and tried anticipating every question someone might ask. The FAQ list was prepared and between our website and Kickstarter page, the team thought all bases were covered. But like any new product, it’s a learning curve and there are questions we didn’t anticipate.

For those of you wondering if Imaginary Friends books and activities can be played more than once, “Yes, they can!”

Each activity between book chapters can be replayed. The first time the child ‘wins’ it will trigger the next part of the storyline but if he/she wants to play it again, it will work for repeated play. Some of the activities require setup like the ‘Hot/Cold Game’ but you can go back and edit locations or data to add variety to replay.

Several more questions came up during week one. Perhaps you’ve been wondering some of the same things yourself. Evan provides answers for you in these brief videos:

How much work is Imaginary Friends for parents?

What’s the perfect age for a child using Imaginary Friends?

How will Imaginary Friends work EXACTLY?

How long is one Adventure Kit experience?

Have any burning questions about Imaginary Friends or our Kickstarter Campaign? Please ask them in the comments.


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Join the celebration and get a free Imaginary Friends Birthday Adventure Kit - Happy Birthday Evan

Today’s Evan’s birthday and the team behind Imaginary Friends is celebrating with a free bonus gift for you and your child!

Become a backer of our Kickstarter Campaign and receive an added bonus at the end of the campaign: an Imaginary Friends Birthday Adventure Kit

What you’ll get:

  • A special story with two chapters – one for the night before and one for the night of your child’s birthday
  • An online game to be played in between the two chapters
  • A party game designed for 4-10 players, including written instructions and diagrams of how to play
  • You’ll receive a link allowing you to download the story, party game and instructions at the end of the campaign

Who is eligible?

  • All existing backers and all new backers who make a pledge. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET (Monday, June 1.)

For as little as $5, you can get in on all the fun and make your child’s next birthday that much more awesome. Please help make Evan’s birthday awesome today too.

Happy Birthday, Evan!

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Imagine if your child opened a book and was suddenly whisked on a roller coaster of an adventure that was all around them and popped up in unexpected places.

Imaginary Friends is a cool and inventive collection of interactive books for eight to 12 year olds that take children on exciting missions while their parents play along behind the scenes.

“We make reading spill off the page and into amazing adventures that feature all the things kids love to do everyday,” says Evan Jones, creator of Imaginary Friends. “And we need your help to become one of our advisors and take us to the next level.”
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Imaginary Friends is a collection of interactive books that come to life with a little help from grownups. The child becomes part of the story as you help create the treasure hunts, digital clues, and cute coincidences that bring the story to life.