For what ages are Have a Plan Books?
Our books are for all ages and stages, because we all need little BLUEPRINTS in our lives to thrive. Have a Plan Books are useful for toddlers through teens, and adults find them interesting too! For the youngest children, parents read our books to teach kids how to face a new milestone or challenge in a healthy way. Children understand the subject matter in new and more complex ways each year, and for some subjects, fun facts are introduced to appeal to older children and adults. Certain topics are very important for particular stages of life, such as To Keep My Body Safe, I Have a Plan, which is critical for all school-age children. Each book will specify if there is an age or stage for which the book is most useful, but all books are appropriate for all ages.
How long does it take to get them?
You can get a book the SAME WEEK you order it! That’s FAST, especially for a personalized product. Our books ship from our printer no more than 72-hours after the order is placed. Depending on the type of shipping chosen, the book can arrive no more than 4 days to 2 weeks after purchase.
What is the Have a Plan autobiographical storytelling approach?
Our plan-based approach is based on brain science and the experience of thousands of educators, therapists, and parents. At little BLUEPRINT, we believe that instead of giving children plans to help them today, we can teach children to be a part of creating their own plans to help themselves for a lifetime, one small step at a time. Have a Plan Books empower children through autobiographical storytelling, which connects the left and right sides of the brain, giving children the skills they need to use their reasoning and emotions to thrive through anything they encounter in life. Dr. Dan Siegel’s ground-breaking research on the brain supports and illustrates the benefits of this method of storytelling for children. For a short clip of Dr. Siegel discussing children, storytelling, and connecting both sides of the brain, please go to: http://drdansiegel.com/resources/video_clips/parenting/. Our autobiographical storytelling incorporates four steps, teaching children to L.E.A.D.: logic, emotions, analysis, decision making. For more information on our approach, please go to Our Blueprint.
Can I submit a concept for a book, suggestions, or a child’s plan?
Yes, please do! With your help, we can teach each other and improve for you! We are always learning something new, especially from kids. little BLUEPRINT develops and creates books from within our company based on our research, guidance from our team of experts, and the needs of parents and children. We love to hear from you! Before submitting your ideas, blueprints, or other material to us, please make sure you have reviewed and approved our Submissions Policy, under Terms and Conditions, which will apply to any submission(s) you make.
What if no characters exactly match the book recipient?
We have created eight “universal” children for little BLUEPRINT books, but we understand there are aspects of these characters that will not exactly resemble the reader. Our hope is that one of the characters sufficiently resembles the reader to allow him or her to identify with the child in the book. This is also why we offer the option of uploading photos.
What if I don’t know the answer on the questionnaire form for a personalized book?
No problem! We offer several levels of personalization for all of our personalized books, with optional questions and photo uploads. You can personalize as little or as much as you want from the available choices. Feel free to simply skip any questions or photo uploads, and you will be able to view a sample preview of your book with your personalization (for the questions you answered), and ready-made text and illustrations (for the questions you skipped). If you prefer not to personalize a book with a name, details, and/or photos–but you love the subject and want a child to benefit from the book–please order a ready-made book.
How big should my pictures be that I upload?
Don’t worry, even photos taken on phones are usually suitable for our books. While our books are beautiful (if we don’t say so ourselves!), they are principally about helping children. Regardless of the quality of a photograph, when children see themselves in a book, it increases recall and helps children identify with the subject. And they love it! There is an optimal size listed on the page where you upload your photos. Of course, the larger the original photo, the better. Our software will try to optimize the photo when you upload it. As a general rule, an uploaded photo should be at least 1200×1200 (300dpi for a 4″x4″ insert). If your photo is not high enough resolution, we’ll let you know during your upload. Any photo less than the optimal target resolution will be a little bit fuzzy on the printed page. You can decide if that’s okay when you preview the page. Finally, the insertion area in the books are generally square to accommodate your horizontal and vertical photos. Our software will show you how your photo will need to be cropped, and will allow you to select the area of your photo that will best fit the insertion area.
Is there a customer satisfaction guarantee?
Yes! We want you to love our books, and we think you will. Children have been known to carry around our books for days. If you are not satisfied with our product, we will replace it for you or give you a refund. Please email us at email@example.com, and we will help you. Shipping costs are not refundable, but of course, if anything is damaged before arrival, it is on us.
Can I buy your books at retailers?
You can find our ready-made books at retailers too, with locations growing every day! If you are a retailer and would like to sell our books, or you know of a retailer that absolutely must sell our books, hooray! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I am encountering annoying technical difficulties?
That’s the worst. So sorry. Here are a few tips, and please feel free to email us with your issues. We will work very hard to help you solve the problems quickly. Try this:
- I keep seeing the same preview despite making changes: For Mac users, try going to your internet menu, under “Develop,” and select “Empty Cache”;
- My awesome BLUEPRINT won’t upload: It may be a TIFF file, whatever that means. Try going to “save as” and change the extension to “JPEG”. Then it should upload.
- I cropped my photo, now how do I save it: No need, it will automatically place your photo into the book the way you cropped it once you finish the questions you choose to answer, just select “Generate Preview.”
- I can’t get anything to work right: when in doubt, REBOOT. That often works.
What is the cost of domestic shipping and handling?
Ground delivery (4-12 business days):
$4.99, 1 book
$7.99, more than 1 book
$17.99, one book
$20.99, more than one book
$29.99, one book
$32.99, more than one book
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we do!
$15.99 standard to Canada
$26.99 2-day to Canada
$39.99 standard international*
*delivery times vary based on location and customs processing