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Baby Love

Caring, playing and giving attention to offspring is how all animals show love - including people!

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p.2&3      I'm going to feed you... said the cow with a moo

p.4&5      I'm going to lick you... said the cat with a mew

p.6&7      I'm going to sing to you... said the cockatoo

p.8&9     I'm going to jump with you... said the kangaroo

p.10&11   I'm going to chase you... said the bee that flew

p.12&13   I'm going to carry  you... said a monkey at the zoo

p.14&15   I'm going to find you... said a mama who knew

p.16        that babies crawl fast... with a giggle and a laugh

p.17        I'm going to hug you... with kisses too!

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

Children love animals and the playful nature they have with their babies. The book ends with a parent/caregiver also sharing in the playful chase.

Share your suggested book title

I wanted a two word title that reflects the content of the book. All animals love their babies - an easy title!

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

The language falls in the tier 1 category. The board book would be 18 pages including front cover and back cover. The 'I'm going to VERB you' repeated line would be placed on the left side of the open page with the animal line on the right. The animal illustration would cover the two sides. The last page would be a parent and child of color, representing diversity. The game also teaches the caring relationship a parent/caregiver has with their child.

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

My son and his wife live in Philadelphia. We have visited many times and stayed at VRBOs in different neighborhoods.

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

The Philadelphia Zoo is a wonderful place to bring children. The book reflects animals they may see at the zoo. Watching animals and how they relate to their babies is a way children start to understand themselves as little ones with caring parents. Empathy is learned through observation of positive experiences.

Location: Country


Location: State or Department


Location: City

Minneapolis metro

Tell us more about you / your team

My career has been a Montessori educator, director, administrator, business owner and teacher trainer for 40 years. I have founded and owned a school, and have been a consultant and director for public and private schools. My training is for children ages birth to 6 years. I also have a degree in child psychology and studied in fine arts. The original manuscript was called Chase Me! and I read a comment from someone at open IDEO that encouraged me to change the direction of the book. Instead of a game between parent and baby of 'chase and capture', I have the theme of parent/caregiver care and play with the different animals -and human too. I appreciated the advise and feel it makes a better story.

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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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Keep the creative juices flowing.

Photo of Lisa Carver

Thank you for the support!

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

You are welcome

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