An intimate, rhyming story that features a mother & young child pretending to be in a "lap boat," and while aboard it--singing, reading, and imagining together.
Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences
Inviting language and loving celebration of family bonds and values/
Imaginative illustrations in which the child's room transforms into an ocean and sea while the mother and child imagine it so. The father and family dog remain "on shore" awaiting their return from the loving world they pretend to be in--where they enjoy reading & singing & imagining together.
Share your suggested book title
Climb Aboard the Lap Boat
How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)
Rhyming, loving text that incorporates imagination, reading, singing, and motion (as there is an opportunity to do "row, row, row your boat" as part of the story.) A story for a family to share with one another--one that would hopefully be greeted at the end of it, by the child's demand of "Again!"
Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)
I have friends in Philly whom I visit--one of whom works with artists (at University of the Arts and the Corzo Center) encouraging them, and helping them find ways to support their art.
How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)
I have always imagined this as a story that doesn't stop and proclaim itself a "multicultural story," but just shows, in its illustration, a "brown mother and child," (in other words, of Hispanic or partly African/American extraction. ) No matter where people live-- whether in urban or rural environments, in poor or wealthy worlds, I believe that the power of imagination, reading, singing & movement is one that expands horizons and enriches lives--especially those of children.
Location: State or Department
Website URL (optional question)
Tell us more about you / your team
I am an author of 30 books for children of all ages. I value children, first and foremost, and believe that they should be treated to the best words (because books for children contain some of their FIRST words), to the best of illustration, to the best (implicit) messages about the value of books, reading, writing, drawing, and imagination. Imagination is threatened these days by so much. It is vital to children--to all of us!
Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?
If yes, please list titles and publications.
Too many to list. Check out my website: www.ronischotter.com or Google me.
Do you have an agent?
Previously yes, currently no
How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)
A friend who is on the board of LitWorld/LitLife forwarded your email invitation/announcement to me.