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ABC Buddies

The letters of the alphabet arrive on a bus for a day at the beach. They get together to form two and three-letter words, but Q can't.

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[Note: The letters get together to form words. Q is always standing apart.]


The ABCs are at the sea.

“Let's make words," says B to E.

We'll be buddies, you and me."


There goes G with Mr. O.

Splish, splash, and away they row.

In a boat, they're on the go.


Mr. I now needs a buddy.

Come, says N, and don’t be nutty.

Hold my hand and let’s go in!


"Will you be my friend?" says Q.

"I want to make a word with you."

"N-O, no, you need the U.


Q was not too sure he knew

Where to look for Mr. U

He's with P up in a tree!


 “Let’s play ball says Mr. Q.

E says "We can’t play with you!”

But I can play with W.”

AM –

[tram is full.]

"Who is ready to ride the tram?"

A and M say “Me! I am!”

Sorry, Q, you’ll have to scram.


SKY [parasailing.]

Look up there, up in the sky.

S and K have joined with Y.

So much fun! They’re way up high.


 [U, I, T on beach chairs. First chair is empty]

The sun is hot, says Mr. U.

But we can’t quit

Without the Q!


[Q, U, I, and T walking toward the bus with their things]

Here he is, good Mr. Q!

It’s finally time to join with U

Together they meet I and T

Now they can quit their day at sea.

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

The letters are all getting together to form short two-and-three letter words. Because there are a slew of alphabet books out there, I wanted a book that started to put the letters together in an easy and entertaining way for the very young just learning to read.

Share your suggested book title

ABC Buddies

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

Children as young as 2 or 3 can enjoy learning the alphabet. At three, they can recognize words. This manuscript plays with the images of the letters as characters with faces, getting together to form very short words.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

This manuscript uses letters as characters. The "characters" get on a bus to go to the beach in the same way as urban children have to ride buses to get out of the city. The point of the manuscript, however, is to make reading fun by taking one step above simply learning the alphabet, and combining letters to form simple words.

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Location: State or Department


Location: City


Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a Picture Book Critique leader in Miami, Florida. We each others' works and help each other with our craft. Most of us are teachers, former teachers, and parents.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Python Catchers Saving the Everglades (under contract for 2020) The Amazing, Misunderstood Bat, 2019 The Nutty Little Vulture, 2018 Anole Invasion, 2018 Those Lively Lizards, 2008 Those Voracious Vultures, 2008 Those Colossal Cats, 2009

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists


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Photo of Perlina Murray

Nice effort. It needs more interaction to make it better.

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