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City Baby Rap

Read in a rap style cadence a family enjoys many outings in the city

Photo of Lisa Carver
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Take me to the zoo my little baby girl      We're going to see the monkeys jumping in the air

I'll take you to the park my little baby boy   Swing so high brings you lots of joy

Let's go to the place called the library     So many cool books have good stories

Hey little child, it's time for the pool       In the summer heat we can always stay cool

I know you want to go the fun street fair    Where the groove of the music dances your hair

The Farmer's Market is a place  my baby likes     Get apples and pretzels and all the berry types

This city is ours, so good for you and me     Brotherly love will care for my baby

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

A family of ethnic diversity can enjoy all the free opportunities that a city offers. Cities are rich in culture and the story reflects the fun a family can have doing things together.

Share your suggested book title

I liked the challenge of trying to write a script on a 4 beat bar. Rhyme is not as important as the rhythm and syllable count. City Baby Rap reads best with a rap cadence.

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

The manuscript has a variety of locations that babies and toddlers are learning to be familiar with. Most large cities offer the places mentioned in the story.

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

My son and his wife live in Philly. When visiting we enjoy everything this wonderful city has to offer.

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

The manuscript reflects nice spots in the city to visit, but it can also be an idea source for families that have never been to the zoo or the pool or the farmer's market. All of these destinations in Philadelphia can be visited by city bus. Parents that take their children on outings and have fun experiences with them share in the learning and child development.

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 & director for public and private schools in MN. My training is in children age birth to 6 years. I also have a degree in child psychology and studied in fine arts. For decades I have used the Montessori method to teach children how to read. If children have a good foundation in learning to read by grade 2, they will have a solid foundation in reading to learn. I have read thousands (!) of books over my decades of teaching and have appreciated the work of authors from their talented skills of words and illustration. I know voids in the area of early childhood literature that I would like to see filled. This contest is a first for me - an opportunity to use rhyme and repetition in order to grab the baby's ear and memory for language acquisition.

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

City Baby Rap is 16 pages including the front and back covers. It is 124 words. Each open pages would reflect the destination the family of color is enjoying together.

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 Robyn Campbell

Fun one. Love it! I wish you the best of luck.

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