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A Somersaultilicious Summer Ahead!

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4-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser holds a copy of Kika the Upside Down Girl, which she graciously endorsed on the back cover – I hold her gold medal from Sochi. Very Inspiring!!

It is indeed exciting times for Jessica, Kika the Upside Down Girl and the FL!P movement!  Spring has been full of wonderful opportunities to engage with students, athletes, coaches, publishing & literary professionals, festival guests and happy Kika the Upside Down readers.

As we look ahead, I am thrilled to be engaging in so many amazing events that will undoubtedly build our community of confident, creative and fliptastic fans! 

Highlights:

The Art of Leadership for Women Conference - attendee & Hayley Wickenheiser fan (see photo above!). May 29, Toronto.

Gymnastics Ontario’s National Acro Cup - Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter and vendor  at inaugural competition.  June 6-7, Humber College, Toronto.

Pickering Invitational Gymnastics Competition - Kika the Upside Down Girl speaker and author signing.  June 21, Pickering.

Pan Am Games one year countdown - athlete representative & speaker. July 12, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Camp Woodward - Guest coach, physical literacy expert & FL!P presenter. June 28 – July 5, Woodward, PA, USA.

Literature for Life - Reading Circle facilitator & FL!P Approach presenter. August, Toronto.

Seneca College - lecturer/speaker. July & August, Seneca College, Toronto.

Word on the Street - Kika the Upside Down Girl kids stage presenter & author signing. September 21, Queen’s Park Circle, Toronto.

Chapters Indigo Yorkdale – Kika the Upside Down Girl reading & book signing. TBA September, Toronto.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair - Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter & author signing. November 13 – 16, Toronto.

Reading for the Love of It Conference – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter & author signing. TBA February 2015, Toronto.

3 Reasons to Fling into Spring with Kika!

Revolution girlsSo many reasons to celebrate spring – warmer weather, more outdoor play, lots of Easter chocolate & new opportunities to hang with Kika the Upside Down Girl!

# 1.  Kika has a few new homes to share with you, including a permanent spot in the Archives of Canada Library, which I feel honoured and grateful for.  Books are now for sale @ CHAPTERS / INDIGO Bay/Bloor and at the amazing TYPE BOOKS. Books also for sale @ amazon.ca and through Jessica directly for organizations/bulk orders.

What should we do next? Having sold 750 of my original 1000 books, I’m going to Continue reading

Why Living Upside Down is Fliptastic!

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“Kids like me, just wanna be free, upside down, you and me!”This tune, Kika the Upside Down Girl’s theme song, is central to the story of an adventurous girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world.

Geared to 4-10 year olds, with a message that transcends age, Kika the Upside Down Girl is an entertaining and empowering story that will inspire kids to explore their unique interests, despite the pressure they may feel to conform. Some incredible upside down adventures and heartfelt explorations at home, school, outside and in a “fliptastic place” are shown in vibrant and quirky detail in this 32-page hardcover picture book.

As an Olympian, educator & Mom, I created this story to Continue reading

Inspiring Girls to Live Upside Down in a Right Side Up World

Jessica and Ana P from Gemini Gymnastics

The U.N. has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.  Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” What will you do to inspire girls?

As an educator, Olympic gymnast, Mom, and former “girl child”, I am excited to see events happening worldwide to encourage the flourishing of girl power and inspire gender-free opportunity for all.

I also wonder what my responsibility is towards encouraging positive movement forward for girls? In asking myself this, I realized that sharing my own story is one way to inspire action and change.

As a young girl, Continue reading

PRE-ORDER Kika the Upside Down Girl!

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CLICK HERE for KIKA’S ONLINE PUBLISHING CAMPAIGN Running Sept. 30 – Oct. 30

Kika the Upside Down Girl is a fun & inspiring kids story about a girl who loves living life upside down, despite the pressure to remain right side up, like everyone else. She perseveres and finds true happiness in a most fliptastic place – the Gymnastics Emporium!

As an Olympic gymnast, edupreneur and Mom, I want to inspire kids (and the grown ups who read Kika!), to fully explore the ups, downs & upside downs of their interests and choices. Overcoming challenges and uncertainty to carve a meaningful life path continue in my life, and my hope is that Kika’s story will inspire readers to keep turning their worlds upside down in order to find fulfillment and joy in theirs.

Together, let’s empower kids to be all that they can be – whatever direction they choose!
1. Visit KIKA’s KICKSTARTER ONLINE CAMPAIGN PAGE – learn more about the project and help realize its publication through pre sales; your support is most appreciated!
2. Share the campaign link with your network – the book makes a great holiday gift…
3. Send us your upside down photos by email and use hashtag #kikaupsidedown on all social media to see your images immediately at www.jessicatudos.com/snapwidget/

Forget Hiring a Business Coach – Commit to Kickstarter!

KSIf you really want to get your creative project done, look no further than kickstarter, your new business coach…

along with Jessica’s 1-page project check sheet below.

Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform that solicits funds “from the collective” to realize creative dreams and projects.

As the creator of Kika the Upside Down Girl, a kid’s book about a young gymnast-in-the-making who loves living her life upside down despite the pressures to remain right side up, I thought long and hard about how I could get this story published. Once I decided self-publishing was the way to go, and that kickstarter was the best platform for my project, the real work began Continue reading

Kika is Looking Swingazing & Fliptastic!

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With a month to go until we launch our KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN to self-publish  the story, I am so happy to see Kika coming to life in full colour!  Have really enjoyed collaborating with Mike Motz on the imagery aspect, and am mindful of our upside down journey from idea to reality getting the illustrations done!  Kika’s sheer joy is captured so well here, however, for anyone who knows about gymnastics, closed eyes on vault is a bit scary!

Reconnecting to my Gymnastics Past

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Mya, Shalini, Hannah and Veronica hanging off the beam @ Birchmount Gymnastics!

One of the best things about deciding to self-publish a kids book with a gymnastics theme is the opportunity I have had to visit and connect with gymnastics clubs in the GTA.  Entering the gym and walking on or around all the cushy mats, listening to the hum of the AC, seeing the progressions unfold, smelling the chalk, listening to the chatter – it has been eye-opening and strangely familiar. In some ways I feel like I’ve Continue reading

An upside down journey to draw Kika

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Chronicled below are some of the ups, downs and upside downs of transforming Kika – the idea in my head – into an illustrative reality.

This is Kika. She is being co-created and transformed as we speak. I am hoping her zest for life, adventurous spirit and spunk come through here. Next pictures to be upside down – promise!

In deciding to self-publish Kika the Upside Down Girl, I had some immediate questions about the illustrations: How does one bring to life a character inside your head? What will she look like and wear? What are her dimensions? What feelings will come up when you see her? Is she the Kika I am imagining? Continue reading

Kickstarting Kika the Upside Down Girl

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Things are gonna get upside down busy around here! To successfully self-publish Kika the Upside Down Girl, I’ve decided to launch a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign this fall. This story, about a fearless

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and feisty girl who loves living her life upside down despite the pressure to remain right side, is near and dear to my heart. As Kika finds her way to the Gymnastic Emporium, she discovers Continue reading