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Colorful is Wonderful

This is the first draft of a story about celebrating yourself and your own cultural differences as well as others.

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I love my curly hair. 

It is thick and wild growing here and there. 

It is a part of me as you can see.

I love my deep brown eyes.

When people watch them sparkle they become hypnotized. 

My nose is round and cute like a button.

My belly healthy and round like a glutton. 

When I choose what I put on my body I know that I am free. 

I am free to simply be me. 

A world where everyone is the same would be pretty lame. 

I dance in my difference. 

Yes I prance because I'm different.

I love me. I love my mommy. 

She is beautiful inside and out. 

She loves and takes care of me without a doubt. 

She loves and holds me when I shout. 

She lets me know I'm okay, no need to pout.

When the world is dark and dreary and my father comes home tired and weary with one hug we are filled with glee. 

Happiness is in the love of me. 

I love me and you should love yourself too. 

You can't be anyone else so there is no need to feel blue. 

What you can't do maybe I can show you. 

Yes it is what makes us different that makes you the best too. 

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

This story is meant to add new words into the end-readers vocabulary that can be expanded on with helpful tips that would be located at the end of the story. The idea is to give useful tips that makes the reading experience both widely comprehensive as well as to make the further gaining of knowledge a little more accessible.

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Colorful is Wonderful

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

To the parents: In this book there are many new words. It's important to introduce new language during these years. Birth to three are the years that children develop the foundation for further learning. Here are some important tips to help foster your early learners: Read the images. When reading the words take the time to stop and evaluate the images. What do you see? What does the child see? How do the words match the images? Discuss and ask questions. Ask your child what they think and feel about the story. How does the story relate to you? How do they relate to the story? Ask them what they remember or what was their favorite part. Further reading. The best way to truly remember the meaning of the words is through repetition and a change of context. Introduce songs or poetry that include words or concepts that relate to the ones previously read.

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

I am a Philadelphia native who jas dedicated most of their life to the development of young children. I started with volunteering during the seventh and eight grade in a preschool class where I was able to learn a lot about the teacher's role as a part of the community. I have also volunteered my summer to a preschool day camp that my youngest sister was attending at the time. I've continued on to get my associates degree in ECE and have worked closely with a broad range of families. Educating is my passion whether it is social justice, self love or new concepts in general. Having grown up here I understand that this is a city that needs to support each other's individual growth and healing.

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

This manuscript both illustrates the idea of self acceptance as well as further understanding and even a celebration of other's. The inspiration for this story is simply the change happening with in this city. When I was growning up I was not allowed to be different. Being educated was devalued by the community as a whole. After having left for three years after completion of my degree I was pleasantly surprised to find that there has been movement of extreme awakening for the people of this city. I'm proud to be a part of it. We are all ripples in this great lake we call Philadelphia. If you can open one person's eyes to a positive change you've made the difference of a life time.

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Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Kayla and I'm twenty-four years of age. I am someone people have often described as strong, but, I see simply see myself as a lover, a sister, a child, an aunt and a seeker of knowledge just like everyone else. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and have spent most of my life in West and South West Philly. I believe to be an adult you have to first be a child who can allow children to have their childhood. What this really means is that you can still be youthful and young but with your knowledge and experience that you have of the world you can provide a child with a safe environment and guidence through the world for which we all live. To play is to learn. To explore is freedom. To understand others is to understand yourself. I don't consider myself a social justice warrior, I'm just passionate about people. Treat others the way you want to be treated. When I speak I want to be heard and understood so when others speak I should do the same regardless of age.

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

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)

  • Craigslist

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Hi Kayla Brown  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Love how your story touches upon our differences as people, and teaches us how to celebrate them.
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story ? You can find some inspiration in the Featured Suggestion and Challenge Resources listed on the main challenge page.

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