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Bye-bye Binky (B3)

B3 is a rhyming list of iconic baby items that kids outgrow and new items that they encounter on their journey from infant to pre-schooler.

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Bye-bye Binky,

seated roller,

baby bouncer,

infant stroller.

Bye-bye baby 

food in jars,

mother’s milk,

and teething bars.

Bye-bye bottles,

sippy cups.

Baby’s starting

to grow up..

Bye baby buntings,

infant clothes.

Hello shoes,

protecting toes.

Bye-bye Bjorn.

Hello walking.

Baby’s suddenly 

begun talking.

Bye-bye diapers. 

Hello potty.

Baby’s learning to

“Work that body.”

Bye-bye Parent(s).

Hello (pre-) school.

Making friends

is kind of cool.

Bye-bye high chair.

Hello seat.

Eating’s when

Baby’s family meets.

Bye-bye crib.

Hello bed.

Larger space

for Baby’s head.

Nite-nite Parent(s).

Hello sleep. 

Baby’s resting–

not-a-peep.

Bye-bye day.

Hello night.

Sweet dreams, Baby, 

’til mornings’ light.


Text copyright ©  2019 by Nancy Devard

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

Bye-Bye Binky” is a rhyming list of iconic baby items or moments, that children outgrow as they mature (say “bye-bye”), and new items, or milestones, that they encounter or reach (say “hello”), on their journey from infant to pre-schooler.

Share your suggested book title

Bye-Bye Binky.

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).

Bye-bye Binky, seated roller, baby bouncer, infant stroller. Bye-bye baby food in jars, mother’s milk and teething bars. Bye-bye bottles, sippy cups. Baby’s starting to grow up. Bye baby buntings, infant clothes. Hello shoes, protecting toes. Bye-bye Bjorn. Hello walking. Baby’s suddenly begun talking. Bye-bye diapers. Hello potty. Baby’s learning to “Work that body.” Bye-bye Parent(s). Hello (pre-) school. Making friends is kind of cool. Bye-bye high chair. Hello seat. Eating’s when Baby’s family meets. Bye-bye crib. Hello bed. Larger space for Baby’s head. Nite-nite Parent(s). Hello sleep. Baby’s resting–not-a-peep. Bye-bye day. Hello night. Sweet dreams, Baby, ’til mornings’ light. Text copyright © 2019 by Nancy Devard.

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

I’m an illustrator, and I’d be dishonest if said that this story was informed by early childhood language development research and evidence beyond the information provided on your website and checking out the book recommendations. Basically, I looked over the criteria that was listed, watched the webinar on March 28, and re-read children’s books in the 0-5 age range that I have enjoyed.

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

I'm a West Philadelphia native who returned to my home town to assist my senior parents with their care.

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

i've had the opportunity to read this my nieces and nephews who seem to appreciate the rhythm of this story. Hopefully, like a favorite song or rap, this text is easily memorable and repeatable.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia (West Philly)

Tell us more about you / your team

I’m a graduate of the Philadelphia Public School System (The Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, The Philadelphia H.S. for Girls [Girls High]), Temple University and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA). In 1993, i was recruited by Hallmark Cards, moved to Kansas City, MO, and worked as a staff artist creating best selling cards, including “The Angel Trio” which has been a Mahogany Christmas box card staple for at least 20 years. In December 2006, I returned to Philadelphia to assist in the care of my senior parents, both of whom were diagnosed with cancer. While assisting my parents with their care, I was selected by Just Us Books in East Orange, NJ to illustrate “The Secret Olivia Told Me”. That book was selected as a 2008 Coretta Scott King (CSK) Illustration Honor Book Award winner. Since 2006, i’ve been a freelance illustrator, daycare provider and senior caregiver for my parents.

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

Attached are samples of my illustrations for "Bye-bye Binky". In 2012 a Philadelphia teacher, Kathleen Wainwright, contacted me and asked if I would illustrate her book illustrate her book “Summer In the City” (SITC) which revolved around her memories growing up in West Philly in the 1980s-90s. i would love to showf this book to Ms. Jen Stavrakos and to the William Penn Foundation. We have received passive feedback from librarians across Philadelphia.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I’ve illustrated over ten published books or covers, most notably the 2008 American Library Association CSK Illustration Honor Book Award winning “The Secret Olivia Told Me. My most recent book “Afro-Bets Kids I’m Going To Be!” published by Just Us Books will be released at the end of this month.

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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I love this concept, the pacing is great . Such a cute and unique way to introduce the transitional stage . #keepwriting

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