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Bao Bao en el Barrio

While exploring her neighborhood with her Grandma, Bao Bao the panda is introduced to new friends and customs of diverse backgrounds.

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Page 1

"Bao Bao, it is a beautiful day.

Let’s get outside, 

Explore, and play!"

(Nai nai, to her granddaughter, and our protagonist, Bao Bao)


Page 2

Bao Bao en el Barrio, 

She and Nai Nai take a stroll. 

Bao Bao en el Barrio, 

Let’s see the places they will go!


Page 3

Bao Bao and Nai Nai head down their street, 

Who do you think they will meet?

It’s the Gecko, grooving to a beat! 


Page 4

"Hola Bao Bao, do you want to play today?

Dancing is my favorite play.

So let’s get up and do the merengue!" 

(The Gecko to Bao Bao)


Page 5

All tuckered out from dancing about,

They take a break at the water spout,

While they are drinking, guess who they see? 

It’s their new neighbor, the Tiger, who they are eager to meet. 


Page 6

"Xin chào Bao Bao, 

Would you like to try some Pho?

It’s so tasty in your tummy, 

Slurpy, slurpy! Yummy, yummy!"

(The Tiger to Bao Bao)

 

Page 7

All full from her new favorite food, 

Bao Bao and Nai Nai thank Tiger for the stay, 

Head out the door and go on their way. 


As they walk, they hear a purr, 

Who could it be? 

Bao Bao’s bestie, Calico Kitty!


Page 8
"¡Hola Bao Bao!

We are making music. Join our song!

You can never play wrong.

Grab the guitarra, and strum along!"

(The Kittie to Bao Bao) 

 

Page 9

All tired from the long day, 

It was time for Bao Bao to hit the hay. 

As she closes her eyes and falls asleep, 

She dreams of how her Barrio is oh so neat. 


Page 10

There is so much to know,

So much to grow,

With Bao Bao in el Barrio!

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

Through the lens and adventures of a curious baby panda, Bao Bao, and her grandma, Nai Nai, children and caregivers alike will see themselves as Bao Bao meets neighbors of diverse backgrounds and learns new customs through various forms of play. By seeing themselves in this fun, engaging story, Bao Bao will become a best friend, who they want to go with on adventures again and again.

Share your suggested book title

Bao Bao en el Barrio

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).

"Bao Bao, it is a beautiful day. Let’s get outside, Explore, and play!" Bao Bao en el Barrio, She and Nai Nai take a stroll. Bao Bao en el Barrio, Let’s see the places they will go! Bao Bao and Nai Nai head down their street, Who do you think they will meet? It’s the Gecko, grooving to a beat! "Hola Bao Bao, do you want to play today? Dancing is my favorite play. So let’s get up and do the merengue!" All tuckered out from dancing about, They take a break at the water spout, While they are drinking, guess who they see? It’s their new neighbor, the Tiger, who they are eager to meet. "Xin chào Bao Bao, Would you like to try some Pho? It’s so tasty in your tummy, Slurpy, slurpy! Yummy, yummy!" All full from her new favorite food, Bao Bao and Nai Nai thank Tiger for the stay, Head out the door and go on their way. As they walk, they hear a purr, Who could it be? Bao Bao’s bestie, Calico Kitty! "¡Hola Bao Bao! We are making music. Join our song! You can never play wrong. Grab the guitarra, and strum along!" All tired from the long day, It was time for Bao Bao to hit the hay. As she closes her eyes and falls asleep, She dreams of how her Barrio is oh so neat. There is so much to know, So much to grow, With Bao Bao in el Barrio!

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

As we know how formative the first three years of babies lives are for their brain development, we must be thoughtful in how we can best support those years. Language development is a key area to focus efforts, but how? Bao Bao en el Barrio is designed to be an example of how we can do just that. The book is grounded on the principal of encouraging meaningful interactions between caregivers and children, which is why we see many opportunities for dialogue beyond the pages between caregiver and child (i.e. questions like "Who could it be?" prompt caregivers to ask more questions; dancing and music-making encourage these actions in person). We know children are trying to take an active part in the world around them, so Bao Bao's adventure is based on exploring and participating in the world around her. Rhyme and repetition are prominent in the story, because we know they are core development tools. And they make it fun for the caregivers reading aloud too!

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

Although I have not had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia, I have tried to become acquainted with its history and its peoples from reading and research. Philadelphia's culture resonates with me as a multicultural city full of diverse experiences, as I've strived to demonstrate in my story.

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

Urban neighborhoods are increasingly diverse, and this is something to be celebrated, and learned to be embraced starting at a young age. Urban neighborhoods are also lacking green spaces, but that doesn't mean play needs to be lacking. Rather than playing outside in a field, adventures in urban neighborhoods can be in learning, and actively participating, in the customs and experiences of different cultures. In this story, we meet animals local or common to the cultures of multicultural urban landscapes, such as Philadelphia, who invite our protagonist to participate in a custom of their heritage. The Gecko represents the Dominican Republic, the Tiger, Vietnam, and the Kittie, Puerto Rico.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

California

Location: City

San Francisco

Tell us more about you / your team

I was compelled to participate in this Challenge because I believe in the importance of early literacy and language development, as well as the need to fill the existing gap of support for urban children of diverse backgrounds. I currently work for a company that supports students in their pursuit of higher education, and through this work have realized that success later in life is greatly dependent upon early development. I've lived in San Francisco for five years, and during this time have been a part of an organization that helps immigrants and refugees get acclimated to life in the Bay Area. These experiences have introduced me to the brilliantly diverse neighborhoods of cities, and also to their challenges. I also volunteer weekly at a family homeless shelter in the city during Toddler Time, where we read to babies aged 0-4. There is a blatant lack of books relevant to their lives, and I hope that a book about learning and celebrating diverse experiences will help fill that gap.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

I pulled these images of various classic Children's books to portray the look and feel of what I imagine Bao Bao en el Barrio to encompass. All images reflect warm, welcoming colors and characters. These palettes, coupled with the hand-drawn look of these stories, are designed to evoke happy, inviting feelings that should resonate especially well with children — just as the words and actions behind Bao Bao, Nai Nai and their friends should as well.

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

I like the way the story does indeed introduce different cultures safely through the eyes of the animals.
It even introduced the toddler to some non English words.

Photo of Samantha Schulte
Team

Thank you very much! I believe teaching children to say "Hello" in different languages is a great way to introduce new languages at en early age.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

Oh for sure!!!! This is the time we learn the lion's share of what we know!
Well done!

Photo of Samantha Schulte
Team

Thank you :) Appreciate the feedback!