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City lion

This book is a playful multidimensional interactive approach with activities and graphics, addressing also kids with visual impairments.

Photo of Liliya Ivanova

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You are the lion in your city -

a big impressive yellow kitty. 

(there is a picture of a kitty, which could change colours, e.g. from yellow to orange to purple by an integrated paper slider, colours should be chosen to fit to color blindness as well).

*Interactive part*

MIAU! MIAU! (caregiver and kid repeat together)

When you walk in the morning down the street

You spin around and lift your feet!

*Interactive part*

JUMP! JUMP! (caregiver and kid jump together and scream "jump")


Your smile gets big when you reach the kindergarten 

and all the tigers dance and greet : 

*Interactive part*

HELLO! HELLO! (caregiver and kid say hello to each other)


You greet back with the special big kitty sign: 

*Interactive part*

(Caregiver and kid begin touching the listed parts of the face and repeat 2 times)

You touch your face - your cheeks, your nose 

and fluffy ears and at the end - your toes. 

REPEAT! (Caregiver and kid scream say the word together; repeat again)


You swing your tail and shake your bell

RING! RING! (Repeat again)

and say (both caregiver and kid together): 

I feel so well! There is apple pie in the air I can smell!


Big city lions love any kind of apple pie,

so you shouldn't struggle and should not be shy.

Just, there has to be an order you should show:

Go ahead and just try to draw: 

The size of the piece, signed by your fluffy little paw. 

*Interactive part*

(Caregiver helps the kid drawing a piece of apple pie and stamping the drawing with its finger, using eg some watercolours). 

As a city lion, you have now pie you want to share.

You visit all of your friends, so to be good and fair :

the hairdresser, the baker, the crane operator,

the doctor and the contract administrator.

*Interactive part*

(Caregiver and kid sing together)

"We can sing all day together, 

We can dance and jump forever (caregiver and kid jumping)".


The day has good begun.

The city lion had lots of fun!








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

Children love to explore, to try out, to learn. Stimulating all of the senses and action possibilities for teaching words for color, sounds of animals, greets, interactions with the caregiver, perception for one owns body, and this gender-neutral, in the simplest way possible and with a melody (rhymes), helping keeping focused, guessing words and having fun! Beside that the story is about taking anxiety from the kitty and showing it (the kid itself) could be and feel like a big strong lion!

Share your suggested book title

City lion

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).

You are the lion in your city - a big impressive yellow kitty. MIAU! MIAU! When you walk in the morning down the street JUMP! JUMP! You spin around and lift your feet! Your smile gets big when you reach the kindergarten and all the tigers dance and greet : HELLO! HELLO! You greet back with the special big kitty sign: You touch your face - your cheeks, your nose and fluffy ears and at the end - your toes. REPEAT! You swing your tail and shake your bell RING! RING! and say: I feel so well! There is apple pie in the air I can smell! Big city lions love any kind of apple pie, so you shouldn't struggle and should not be shy. Just, there has to be an order you should show: Go ahead and just try to draw: The size of the piece, signed by your fluffy little paw. As a city lion, you have now pie you want to share. You visit all of your friends, so to be good and fair : the hairdresser, the baker, the crane operator, the doctor and the contract administrator. "We can sing all day together, We can dance and jump forever (caregiver and kid jumping)". The day has good begun. The city lion had lots of fun!

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

It is the interactive way helping caregivers to engage kids with learning, keeping their focus stable. The book would stimulate different centres in the kids brain - singing, drawing, repeating, dancing and parallel to that hearing to e story and learning new words.

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

The benefit ist and what I would leave here for adults - people are afraid of communication. They should also be brave city lions and no anxious little kittens. In big cities this anxiety is bigger, you should share. Share your happiness with others, share your sadness, share your experience, be fair, be open minded, sing for a lightness, be happy with our day. Show it others how much we need to be city lions.

Location: Country

Germany

Location: State or Department

Baden-W├╝rttemberg

Location: City

Ludwigsburg

Website URL (optional question)

https://de.linkedin.com/in/liliya-ivanova

Tell us more about you / your team

I have been working for 5 years with physically and mentally disabled children from 0 to 18 years. The last 8 years I have as a passion education and work with older kids in up-cycling, building stuff with garbage and micro controllers, teaching business models development, motivating difficult students. I am still a kid myself. With a passion for children books, animation, stories, toys, experiences. And for technology. I love working with children as they give you a direct feedback. You know what they need. They tell you that. I am connected to associations for youth in Germany, schools, kindergarten and teachers. Beside that I am a technical lead at one of the big companies incubator and developing for disabled people.

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

The most important part of any character in a kids book is the face. Colours enhance the surrounding, but do not have the biggest impact. The eyes, the expressions, the little details like red cheeks, are a key to making a kid wanting the book. Again and again. I target clear shapes for small kids with clear contrast colours (also for the color blind). Also using 3D letters for the blind, to be able to feel the places, the spaces, the timing.

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)

  • From the website

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • Interaction designer and IT-Lead

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Photo of Ruhani Arora
Team

Your manuscript is so heartwarming. You stimulate most senses to maintain engagement and enrich a wholesome learning experience through interaction, visuals, colors and rhymes. Beyond enhancing children's vocabulary and teaching them various activities like jumping, singing, interacting with the caregiver, etc. what intrigues me most is the meaning behind the story. Many individuals struggle from social anxiety and are under-confident that limits expression. I love how a children's manuscript depicts such an honest situation and teaches one to embrace one's 'inner lion' and to love oneself. It also makes me so happy that your manuscript caters to children with visual impairments, offering them too with the opportunity to learn.

Photo of Liliya Ivanova
Team

Thank you so much, your words are bouncing back into my heart as well. I have been working with handicapped kids for a while and what i've always wanted is to give them also the possibility to be equally involved.

Photo of Saksham onta
Team

I didn't look at it from the love oneself perspective but now that I read it again it makes so much sense. It not only aids in helping the children learn but also helps them embrace their 'inner lion'. Great observation.

Photo of Saksham onta
Team

Hello Liliya,
I really appreciate the fact that you have incorporated kids with visual impairment to come up with this idea. Furthermore, children get distracted easily and the fact that this book stimulates different centres in the kids brain - singing, drawing, repeating, dancing and parallel to that hearing to e story and learning new words, it is amazing. I would also like to appreciate your work towards contributing 5 years of your time working with physically and mentally disabled children from 0 to 18 years.

Photo of Lu Yi
Team

Hi Liliya,
the first page you post totally jumps into my eyes, really love your story, carry on.

Photo of Awot Terend Ding
Team

Hi Liliya,

I truly believe is one of my favourite idea among this challenge, well-done for this inspiring and meaningful project. I would suggest developing the same concept for kids having a hearing impairment by allowing them to colour those pictures throughout the story. Thank you very much for your participation.

All my best,

Awot

Photo of LucyP Liu
Team

So cute with animation !
Thank you for shairing!
Lucy

Photo of Liliya Ivanova
Team

Thank you for commenting :)

Photo of LucyP Liu
Team

You are welcome. :)

Photo of Shreya Durbha
Team

This is too cute. I love that you use animal sounds as a way to help students and children with speech impairments. That is a great way to get them talking, as animals are so integral to early-stage education in children. It also encourages the caregiver to stay involved and facilities a better relationship between whoever is reading it. I also like that it plays into all senses, especially the jumping and feeling. Have you considered naming any of the characters or do you want to leave it as "city lion"?

Photo of Liliya Ivanova
Team

I could even imagine many further parts of the story. Animals with different movements and needs, mirroring kids and their characters. The caregiver could say "Hey, let's make the Bob move" and the child would know what he/she means. It is also related to a method for remembering things. The brain is searching for connections, all of the time :)

Photo of Cat Macorol
Team

This is fun and easy to follow. I can see kids really enjoying this book.

Photo of Liliya Ivanova
Team

Thank you!

Photo of HopeFullHappenings null
Team

This was so creative! I love how you added so many visuals and notes as to what the interactive parts could be. Very entertaining!

Photo of Liliya Ivanova
Team

I hope it could be entertaining for both sides- caregiver and child!

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

Good luck to us all.