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City Fun

Any child's environment can become his/her playground.

Photo of Valerie Bolling

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[Skateboard]

Sit, push.

Glide, whoosh!

 

[Tire swing]

Pump high.

Towards sky.


[Basketball]

Shoot hoops.

Swish, swoops.


[Jump rope]

Up, down.

Touch ground.


[Climbing]

Reach, swing.

Hold, cling.    

                                                                        

[Biking]

Pedal, cruise.

What views!

 

[Curb-walking]

Wobble, step.

No falls yet.


[Tapping on garbage cans]

Tap, thump.

Rock, pump.


[Dancing or playing a circle game]

Turn, twirl.

Spin, whirl.


[Tunnel crawling]

Knees, hands.

Can’t stand.   


[Sprinkler, fire hydrant, or puddle-jumping]

Splish, splash!

Drenched fast.   

                                                                               

[Heading home]

Skip, run.

City fun!

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

This book is intended to bring the joy of play to young children and show them that you don't need fancy toys or even a playground to have fun. Making use of the environment in which they live can provide endless entertainment.

Share your suggested book title

City Fun

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).

[Skateboard] Sit, push. Glide, whoosh! [Tire swing] Pump high. Towards sky. [Basketball] Shoot hoops. Swish, swoops. [Jump rope] Up, down. Touch ground. [Climbing] Reach, swing. Hold, cling. [Biking] Pedal, cruise. What views! [Curb-walking] Wobble, step. No falls yet. [Tapping on garbage cans] Tap, thump. Rock, pump. [Dancing or playing a circle game] Turn, twirl. Spin, whirl. [Tunnel crawling] Knees, hands. Can’t stand. [Sprinkler, fire hydrant, or puddle-jumping] Splish, splash! Drenched fast. [Heading home] Skip, run. City fun!

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

This manuscript supports language development because it is written in rhyme, which is fun to read and to listen to. Young children will not only appreciate the language but will also learn about activities they can do in their neighborhood.

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

I did craft this manuscript with an urban context in mind. Originally, this story was written to take place on a playground, but I revised it to convey that a child does not have to go to a playground to play. S/he can play on the streets, sidewalks, and yards of her/his neighborhood. Readers can benefit from this story because they'll realize that you don't need fancy equipment to play or have fun. Use the environment around you and your creativity, and you can create fun anywhere!

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

CT

Location: City

Stamford

Tell us more about you / your team

As an African-American educator and writer whose educational career spans over 25 years across elementary and secondary schools, the issue of diversity is extremely personal to me. When I taught in the elementary classroom, it was difficult to find diverse literature for my students, which inspired me to write. My primary goal is that children of all backgrounds will see themselves in my stories. It is my small attempt to promote a world where children of diverse backgrounds feel valued and heard.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

My debut picture book, Let's Dance!, will be published next spring.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • At a Kweli Conference I attended last Saturday.

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

Inspired by (1)

I Do

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Photo of Sabina Kariat
Team

While I was reading this, I could totally hear it in my head. I liked the rhythmic way you played with sounds of words. So fun to read!

Photo of Valerie Bolling
Team

Thanks, Sabrina!

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