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Busy Feet

Follow little feet all around the city as they swing low and high, slide up and down and peek in and out of their busy adventures.

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BUSY FEET


Feet wake up

Time to play.

Happy feet,

Out all day!


Feet swing LOW,

Feet swing HIGH.

Little feet

Touch the sky!


UP the slide

DOWN they go.

Racing feet

Don’t be slow!


Feet walk STRAIGHT

Then spin ‘ROUND.

Dizzy feet,

All fall down!


RIGHT foot first,

LEFT foot then,

Dancing feet,

Start again.


Tiptoe SOFT

Stomping LOUD.

Marching feet

In a crowd.


Quick feet GO,

Whoa! Feet STOP.

Busy feet,

Jump and hop.


IN the grass,

OUT toes peek.

Playful feet

Hide and seek.


Sand is HOT,

Water’s COLD,

Splashy feet

Oh, so bold!


DAY is done,

NIGHT’s not far.

Tired feet

In the car.


DIRTY feet,

All CLEAN now.

Bath is done,

Take a bow.


Both tucked in,

Left and right.

Sleepy feet

Wave good night.

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

Busy Feet showcases a diversified selection of toddler feet as they play all over a typical urban city. The playful actions encourage movement and interaction between children and their caregivers as they copy the movements along with the illustrations.

Share your suggested book title

Busy Feet

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).

BUSY FEET Feet wake up Time to play. Happy feet, Out all day! Feet swing LOW, Feet swing HIGH. Little feet Touch the sky! UP the slide DOWN they go. Racing feet Don’t be slow! Feet walk STRAIGHT Then spin ‘ROUND. Dizzy feet, All fall down! RIGHT foot first, LEFT foot then, Dancing feet, Start again. Tiptoe SOFT Stomping LOUD. Marching feet In a crowd. Quick feet GO, Whoa! Feet STOP. Busy feet, Jump and hop. IN the sand, OUT toes peek. Playful feet Hide and seek. Sand is HOT, Water’s COLD, Splashy feet Oh, so bold! DAY is done, NIGHT’s not far. Tired feet In the car. DIRTY feet, All CLEAN now. Bath is done, Take a bow. Both tucked in, Left and right. Sleepy feet Wave good night.

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

Busy Feet encourages caregivers to interact with children as they read and share the different activities the story's toddler feet move through. The vocabulary includes child-friendly action verbs that support language development, reinforced by caregivers and young listeners as they act out the movements along with the characters in the book. Also highlighted are simple antonyms that serve as an introduction to this concept.

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

While I have not visited Philadelphia (although I will be driving through that city in May), I grew up in Los Angeles and currently live in San Diego, so I am familiar with urban areas.

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

One of my goals with Busy Feet is to highlight different toddler feet (different ethnicities, different clothing and living situations, different areas of town) as the story progresses from activity to activity. I have designed the activities to take place in a variety of locations, from parks and beaches to parades and city sidewalks. The more diversity, the more universal appeal the book will have.

Location: Country

I live in the amazing United States.

Location: State or Department

I live in great state of California.

Location: City

I live in sunny San Diego.

Website URL (optional question)

www.marciaberneger.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mother, a wife, and a pet owner (of three crazy dogs). I am a retired teacher with 35 years of classroom experience. I teach at two Sunday Schools, volunteer in a first grade class weekly and read to preschoolers monthly. I volunteer with Traveling Stories (an organization helping community children improve their reading) and I sell my picture book (Buster the Little Garbage Truck) at various fundraisers (mainly Touch-A-Truck events), then donate most of my profits back to the fundraiser (usually Make-a-Wish). I wrote Buster specifically to help a kindergarten boy overcome his fears of going to first grade. I love helping children--it is one of my highest priorities. Busy Feet was designed to promote a loving relationship between caregiver and child as they read together and act out the scenes with the toddlers in the story.

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

I am studying and practicing to be an illustrator--I'm not there yet, so these are very rough sketches of some of the possible scenes for Busy Feet. I would hope there would be more details and more city-specific scenes in the backgrounds!

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Buster the Little Garbage Truck, Sleeping Bear Press, April 2015 A Dreidel in Time, Lerner Press, Fall 2019

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently 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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