Digital First Multiplatform Company, Time Traveler Tours & Tales, Launches $40,000 Kickstarter Campaign


(June 1, 2015: New York, New York) – Time Traveler Tours & Tales, a ground-breaking publishing imprint that combines the traditional power of story with the magic of the touch screen to create portals to the past, made it more than halfway to its Kickstarter campaign goal of $40k in one week. Now ten days in, the campaign – which runs to June 26 – has brought in 80 backers pledging more than $25k and been named a “Kickstarter Staff Pick.” Time Traveler Tours & Tales aims to bring immersive historical tales to life in app and book form for teens and tweens.

“Our hope going into the campaign was to raise 20% in the first week. By the time our launch event at KidLit TV began, four hours after going live, we’d already hit 22%. So we decided to go for 50% in one week at which point we’d hit 60. I can’t tell you how gratifying and exciting it is to feel the crowd saying ‘Yes! We like your concept and want to help make it happen!” said Sarah Towle, founder and award-winning author and creator of TTT&T.

The Team’s initial project is In the Footsteps of Giants, the story of the making of Michelangelo’s statue, David, by international bestselling author Mary Hoffman. The story-driven app will allow users to meet the young model who posed for David, go behind the scenes touring Florence and walk the streets Michelangelo walked, view archival images, hunt for historical artifacts, and take part in interactive puzzles and games. The book will take readers on a narrative fictionalized journey of how the artist came to immortalize the biblical hero King David who became a symbol of the defense of civil liberties. When TTT&T meets its monetary goal, it will have the means to not only bring this suite of apps and book to fruition, but to create the architectural framework to enable them to bring many more stories and places to life for young readers. Future story-driven app projects include The American Revolution, The Civil War, and World War II.

Many kids (and adults) find it hard to grasp the distant past; they find history boring. But with TTT&T’s virtual tours, people and places come alive and are no longer just facts in a textbook, thereby encouraging kids to literally and figuratively turn history on. Some educators call this “Place-Based Education”—learning through the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place—, and while the apps and books will be great classroom companions, they will also be fun for readers interested in exploring the world, art and story, and for traveling families.

“History is a million stories waiting to be told. It’s cool people, great adventures, beautiful art that helps us understand who we are and where we’re going,” said Towle. “But who wants to read a text book? We immerse readers in the stories through colorful characters, and all at the tips of their fingers”

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  • Runs May 19, 2015 through June 26, 2015

  • Goal: Raise $40,000 to create the interactive “In the Footsteps of Giants” story-driven app and the framework for future apps, and print and distribute the companion book

  • Incentive gifts include but are not limited to: limited edition Roxie Munro art work, custom live tour of the App, consultations with publishing professionals, and a collection of seasonal Tuscan recipes by Florentine Chef Vincenzo Ferrera of Osteria del Porcellino

Visit the Kickstarter campaign here.


The imprint’s first title, Beware Madame la Guillotine: A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, by Sarah Towle, reveals the history of the French Revolution through the eyes and experiences of young murderess Charlotte Corday. It hit the App Store July 2011, and went on to receive numerous accolades, including:

  • A School Library Journal Top 10 App

  • A Teachers with Apps Top 10 Tried & True Classroom App

  • A World Youth and Student Educational Travel Confederation Top 10 Educational Travel App

In July 2013, Teacher With Apps honored the App again, certifying it as an “Educational App of Distinction,” one of 25 apps that “go above and beyond excellent.” The English-language interactive book version of Beware of Madame la Guillotine launched in iBookstores worldwide February 2013.

TTT&T annually donates a percentage of its profits to literacy organizations in developing nations.

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Sarah Towle writes creative nonfiction and historical fiction that bring history to life through first-person storytelling and interactive games. Her concept combines the traditional power of narrative with the latest in mobile technology to put the past at the tips of your fingers. It represents a new model in digital publishing. Sarah blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing at She has presented at industry events in Europe and North America, including SCBWI-FR, SCBWI-Europolitan, SCBWI-LA, NESCBWI, and O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing. She can also be found regularly in International Schools around the globe as a guest teacher and lecturer. Follow her @TowleSarah

Mary Hoffman is a journalist, and internationally bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Stravaganza series, a time-travel, historical adventure set in Renaissance Italy. She has three grown children and divides her time between Oxford, England, and Italy. For more information visit her at and follow her @MARYHOFFMAN

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