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BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

Each of the five personas go to a book giveaway at a community center and pick books that interest them to take home and read.

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BOOKS FOR EVERYONE! 



Sister reads to brother, then he’s on the go. 



The stop is coming up, sister’s in the know. 



Big sister looks and looks. Where can brother be? 



What is brother up to? What does sister see? 



[brother singing Itsy Bitsy Spider] 



 



Mom and Dad rush dinner. Baby sleeps away. 



Bundle up, head on out. They must not delay. 



Up the block, down the street, baby looks around. 



What's baby looking at? What is on the ground?  



[baby: “Woof! Woof!”] 



 



Granny's done with dishes. There’s no time to waste. 



Brother grabs the book bag. “Let’s pick up the pace.”  



Cross the street, through the park. Up the stairs they climb. 



Why so fast? What’s the rush? Will they be on time? 



[Brother: “We made it!”] 



 



“Vamanous!” “Time to go!” Now they’ve got to fly. 



Nana stays at home now. Baby waves bye-bye.  



Helmet on, buckle in, then she starts to pout. 



Now screams of excitement! What makes baby shout?  



[bird flying overhead] 



 



Sean runs in the back door. Box of books in tow. 



Opens doors. Greets the crowd. Everyone shouts: “Whoa!” 



Time to listen. Time to sing. Eat and have some fun. 



Did he bring enough books? ONE for everyone? 



[tables filled with books] 



 



Now time to look and find a book. Look and look some more.  



Pick one up, look again. Just like in a store. 



Sister likes mysteries. Brother studies trees. 



Which one’s right for baby? Which one’s right for me?  



[everyone leaving with books]  



“Books for everyone!   


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

The five personas are used as characters in this lift the flap book for very young readers. This is intended to be read, talked about and even acted out with the child. The lift the flap sections are in [brackets] in the manuscript text. Due to word count limitations, I wasn't able to show the adults interacting with the child but with further development, I would show the mother on the bus with sister and brother, 18 y.o parents hurrying out with baby after dinner, Grandmother taking grandchild

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BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

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).

BOOKS FOR EVERYONE! Sister reads to brother, then he’s on the go. The stop is coming up, sister’s in the know. Big sister looks and looks. Where can brother be? What is brother up to? What does sister see? [brother singing Itsy Bitsy Spider] Mom and Dad rush dinner. Baby sleeps away. Bundle up, head on out. They must not delay. Up the block, down the street, baby looks around. What's baby looking at? What is on the ground? [baby: “Woof! Woof!”] Granny's done with dishes. There’s no time to waste. Brother grabs the book bag. “Let’s pick up the pace.” Cross the street, through the park. Up the stairs they climb. Why so fast? What’s the rush? Will they be on time? [Brother: “We made it!”] “Vamanous!” “Time to go!” Now they’ve got to fly. Nana stays at home now. Baby waves bye-bye. Helmet on, buckle in, then she starts to pout. Now screams of excitement! What makes baby shout? [bird flying overhead] Sean runs in the back door. Box of books in tow. Opens doors. Greets the crowd. Everyone shouts: “Whoa!” Time to listen. Time to sing. Eat and have some fun. Did he bring enough books? ONE for everyone? [tables filled with books] Now time to look and find a book. Look and look some more. Pick one up, look again. Just like in a store. Sister likes mysteries. Brother studies trees. Which one’s right for baby? Which one’s right for me? [everyone leaving with books] “Books for everyone!

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

I reviewed all the resources provided by the challenge, including the child development list, how to promote literacy and the Tier 1 word list. I have incorporated as much of this information into the text. A plot point that may not be evident from the text is that the adults in all the personas would be interacting with the child in some way. Dad would stoop down to pet dog with child when she says, "Woof! Woof!" The illustrations would show ways in which caregiver could enhance the reading experience: cuddle together to read and discuss what is read and what child sees, fingerplays (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and singing.

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

I have visited Philadelphia, but that is the extent of my experience.

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

The text does not specifically address this, but the illustrations would show urban areas and in particular, ways that people get from place to place in urban areas: bus, walk, ride bike. Community centers are the hub of some neighborhoods where I live and books are often given away in conjunction with a meal or food giveaway.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department

Ohio

Location: City

Cleveland Heights

Website URL (optional question)

http://www.nadinegamble.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a children's writer and currently seeking representation. In addition, I have worked in nonprofit management and volunteer administration for the past fifteen years. In one position, I recruited volunteers for the Reach Out and Read program at local hospitals and family health centers.

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

These images show the diversity I am thinking about for BOOKS FOR EVERYONE! but the images would be babies through three years old in my book. Adults would reflect the diverse backgrounds of the five personas listed in the grant challenge guidelines.

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)

  • 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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Hi Nadine - Nice job - you seem to have incorporated some nice elements that engage the reader with the listener. Good luck!

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Team

Roseanne Frank Thank you so much for your comments! Good luck to you too!

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