Always Something New: Little Dramas About Learning
In verse and graphic illustrations we present how children feel about many challenges they face when they are confronting new situations.
Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences
There is no book out there that deals with how children have to confront all sorts of new learning experiences. Also the verse format is very appealing to children.. They love the sound of words. I am a well established author of nonfiction, mostly science books. This book is a real departure for me. My son, Theo Cobb, and I have been working on it off and on for years. It is outside-the -box from what I'm known for and we have that creative prescience that tells us this will work.
Share your suggested book title
Always Something New! Little Dramas About Learning.
PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).
The Cartwheel (a girl)
It seems no matter where I turn/ There’s always something new to learn/ I try, I try, I really do/. But then I flop! /Oh, icky poo~
Mom says, “ If at first you don’t succeed, “try, try again.”/
But cartwheels are im-pos-sible./ If not now, then when?
Act I Eating with Others
Don’t Be RUDE: Use a Tissue:
A napkin’s meant to blot your lips/ And protect your clothes./
It’s also used to mop up drips/ But not to blow your nose./
Mastering the Knife
A knife is a cutter/
And spreader of butter/ It’s so hard to master
I can’t eat any faster./ But peas fly off/ When I cough.
To use a spoon properly Without a splash or fuss,/ Gently dip it,
Politely sip it/And don’t pick up asparagus.
Soup to Mouth
Of course, a fork /Can’t be a scoop/For soup./
It’s good for stabbing peas.
To me, it’s clear
A fork’s a spear
To fish for A, B, Cs.
Chopsticks are not for sticking or chopping.
The trick is to keep them from crossing or dropping.
Act II Now, About Clothing
Not a Knot
When my laces flip and flop/ Chances are I’ll trip and drop
To tie a bow/Is just not fun,
But, if you’ll excuse the pun, /It’s worth it for
The longer run
Velcro closes with a quiet press When I dress.
But opens with a noisy rrrrrrip When I strip.
The sound is something I’m enjoying,
When a voice says, “Stop! “That’s soooo annoying.”
Enduring the Headlock
When Mom puts on
This hateful shirt, My ears fold down. My face gets red.
Was it designed/
To make me hurt? With a hole to narrow For my head?
My jacket starts out Upside down.
Over my head I flip it.
Grown-ups stare with a puzzled frown
As I proudly smile And zip it.
III Life’s Struggles
Don’t get itchy./ Don’t be twitchy, /While you wait. /“Oh how I hate/ To cultivate/
The book is 520 words but it has been laid out in 32 pages. The art and the verse are integr
How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)
I have written a number of award-winning science books for this age. My Science Play series : I See Myself, I Get Wet, I Fall Down and I Face the Wind (Sibert Honor book) have been tested and found age appropriate. This book is a departure from my trademark books and I would love for it to see the light of day. It has been a labor of love for me and my artist son, Theo Cobb.
It comports with all the references you've given us. However, that's not how I create. That process is something of a mystery to me but I have two children, 5 grandchildren and have done professional development for a daycare center and all the evidence shows that my work resonates with kids. I'm adding a video about my Science Play series at a day care center.
One other thing .Note that some of the words might seem above the vocabulary level of young children but that's how they learn. This book is for pre-literate children and the art conveys a lot of information about each activity.
Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)
I have been to Philadelphia a number of times and have presented programs at the Philadelphia Library and the Franklin Museum.
How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)
Yes, the population of the children in the book are very diverse. Years ago, I was offered a job writing for Sesame Street which I turned down because I had young children at home. I have not forgotten how it feels when something happens and you just know you have to learn yet another lesson. It is an unending proposition for a lifetime but no one knows it better than a two-year-old. That's who we're speaking to with wisdom, wit and humor.
White Plains, NY USA
Location: State or Department
Westchester County, New York
Greenburgh, but our P.O. is White Plains. Theo lives in Racine Wisconsin.
Website URL (optional question)
www.vickicobb.com My son, Theo, designed my website. If you scroll down you'll see his website and his portfolio as an artist.
Tell us more about you / your team
This is a caricature of me that my son, Theo,created for my last birthday party. It will be gracing the covers of my next series of books: Vicki Cobb's STEM Play to be published by Racehorse (Skyhorse) in September of 2019 aimed 3-5 year-olds.
This is a video I made to welcome kids to my website. It is targeted to middle grade kids.
Here I am with my five grandchildren. The two young women on the right are Theo's daughters, Abby and Lexi. My entire career has been dedicated to helping children discover the world. To this end I have founded www.inkthinktank.org--a nonprofit of award-winning nonfiction authors with the mission of bringing nonfiction literature to the classroom as the primary reading material. To this end, we've created a free, daily blog for kids: www.nonfictionminute.org receiving 5,000,000 page views.
This is a pic of Theo and me when he was a teenager-- a looong time ago.
This is Theo holding a pic of my caricature in front of him as he plays me with his brother, Josh at my birthday party last summer. They were enacting what it was like to grow up with me as a mother. The question was about something in the refrigerator, which I told them they couldn't eat because it was a science experiment.
Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)
Yes, there are frustrations.
Tools are difficult but fun!
This is a rough sketch of how difficult it is to use a knife.
This is a rough sketch of our conceit-- to present the content in verse as a series of crises with varying reactions from the kids. Here they are getting ready for the performance/aka life in general.
Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?
If yes, please list titles and publications.
The publication of Vicki Cobb's, Science Experiments You Can Eat, (an updated, revised edition was released in 2016 by HarperCollins) established her as an innovator in hands-on science. Take a look on her website www.vickicobb.com to get a sense of her playful and accessible approach to science in her 90+ books for grades K-8 that cover physics, chemistry and biology, biographies, geography, and the human body. She is also pioneering a science video project for kids: www.wedareyouvideos.com
How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)
Roxie Munro sent the email to me.
What best describes you? (optional question)
I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
I am/we are are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization