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Crosstown Bop

Join Ben, Tess and their family as they bop through the city on their work-a-day commute.

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Brrrrrrrrrrrring!­­­­­­

Alarm clock rings—Six O’clock                                                

Wake up, Sleepy Heads. Time to rock!                                                       

 Let’s get ready for the Crosstown Bop!

Grab your pack, Kai.

Come on, Flops!               

Hip-hop, Skip-hop, up the block.

                                                                                                                             

Turn at the corner.

Cross at the light.                                                                                                     

Go on green, look left and right.

Skip-hop,

Hip-hop,                                                                  

                                 Flag Pole—Stop!

                                               

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!­­­­­­

Noon bell rings—Twelve O’clock

Let’s line up for the Lunchtime Bop!            

               

Hip-hop, Skip-hop, look at us—

Bopping up the street to the Number 9 Bus.

Over the bridge.

Under the clock.

Slow!  Go!  Turn! waves the Traffic Cop.   

Quick! Pull the cord, next one’s our stop. Ding! Ding! 

               

Brooooooong!­­­­­­

School bell sounds—Three O’clock

Everybody ready for the Afternoon Bop?   

Hip-hop, Skip-hop, follow me!

Bouncing up the steps to the Li-brar-reee.                                   

Jing-a-Ling Ting-a-Ling

Here comes Pop!                       [The ice cream vendor.]                           

Who wants a cone with sprinkles on top? KerPLOP!                                   

               

Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong!

Clock Bell Chimes—Five O’clock                                                             

All packed up for the Rush-hour Bop!                                                                         

Hip-hop, Skip-hop, Honk! Honk! HONK!

To the bank

and the store

and the —

—Oh no! Who has Flops?

Flops?

                                Flops?                                                                                     

Flops?

                FLOPS?!

Help me! Tell me!                                                                                                     

Have you seen Flops?                                                 

Yeah! Flops!            [Officer found Flops, safe & sound! The family goes wild!]

Hip-hop, Skip-hop, clippity-clop,                 [Kai piggybacks Flop]

Piggy back ride to the subway stop.                                                             

Swing through the gate.

Find a good spot.

Watching all the people while we count out stops— One . . . Two . . . Three . . .  Four. . .

Downtown, Uptown, Crosstown Bop!

 

Almost there.

One more block.

Hip-hop, home.

Skip-hop, home.     

Hip-hop,

Skip-hop,

 Last stop. . .

        Home!    

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

Bold illustrations will show an urban family's work-a-day commute on various modes of public transportation in an amongst Philadelphia's diverse neighborhoods, sights and scenes.

Share your suggested book title

Crosstown Bop

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).

Brrrrrrrrrrrring! Alarm clock rings—Six O’clock Wake up, Sleepy Heads. Time to rock! Let’s get ready for the Crosstown Bop! Grab your pack, Kai. Come on, Flops! Hip-hop, Skip-hop, up the block. Turn at the corner. Cross at the light. Go on green, look left and right. Skip-hop, Hip-hop, Flag Pole—Stop! Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Noon bell rings—Twelve O’clock Let’s line up for the Lunchtime Bop! Hip-hop, Skip-hop, look at us— Bopping up the street to the Number 9 Bus. Over the bridge. Under the clock. Slow! Go! Turn! waves the Traffic Cop. Quick! Pull the cord, next one’s our stop. Ding! Ding! Brooooooong! School bell sounds—Three O’clock Everybody ready for the Afternoon Bop? Hip-hop, Skip-hop, follow me! Bouncing up the steps to the Li-brar-reee. Jing-a-Ling Ting-a-Ling Here comes Pop! [The ice cream vendor.] Who wants a cone with sprinkles on top? KerPLOP! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Clock Bell Chimes—Five O’clock All packed up for the Rush-hour Bop! Hip-hop, Skip-hop, Honk! Honk! HONK! To the bank and the store and the — —Oh no! Who has Flops? Flops? Flops? Flops? FLOPS?! Help me! Tell me! Have you seen Flops? Yeah! Flops! [Officer found Flops, safe & sound! The family goes wild!] Hip-hop, Skip-hop, clippity-clop, [Kai piggybacks Flop] Piggy back ride to the subway stop. Swing through the gate. Find a good spot. Watching all the people while we count out stops— One . . . Two . . . Three . . . Four. . . Downtown, Uptown, Crosstown Bop! Almost there. One more block. Hip-hop, home. Skip-hop, home. Hip-hop, Skip-hop, Last stop. . . Home!

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

Crosstown Bop's lively jump rope jingle beat incorporates, rhythm, repeated sounds and rhyme, and many first tier words that, in the style of a song, are easy to read and repeat. Pre-readers will be able to follow along with the family journey's and will enjoy pointing out familiar sights and forms of transportation.

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

I have visited Philadelphia many time through the years, and have lived in several urban cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Jakarta, as well as near Philly in Chester, PA.

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

It is my hope that the illustrations will include a diverse cast of characters in which children will see themselves and their families reflected in this familiar busy urban families work-a-day routine as well as in the neighborhoods they commute between. Additionally, even the youngest child will relate to the distress that comes from losing a beloved stuffed animal and the joy that comes when it is recovered. And, when the story is finished will turn back to retrace Flops journey and discover exactly where the fluffy stuffy went missing.

Location: Country

The United States

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

Westhampton Beach

Website URL (optional question)

www.kellybennett.com

Tell us more about you / your team

As an author and writing teacher, mother and grandmother I am committed to fostering and nurturing a love of reading and imaginative living. I have been writing professionally for over twenty-five years and have authored and/or co-authored 17 books for children, most notably NOT NORMAN, A GOLDFISH STORY, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones (Candlewick Press) the 2015 Jumpstart Read for the Record © book. I hold a Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and am an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Author's Guild.

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

Images that reflect multi-cultural, diverse city life as in Christian Robinson's art for Last Stop on Market Street; the vibrant energy and vivacity of Bryan Colliers collages; the loving, joyful family in Chris Rashka's illustrations for Hello Goodbye Window.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I have authored/co-authored seventeen books for children including NOT NORMAN, A GOLDFISH STORY, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones (Candlewick Press), DANCE Y'ALL DANCE a two-steppin', swingin' & twirlin' Dance Hall romp (Bright Sky Press), DAD AND POP, an ode to fathers and stepfathers (Candlewick Press), YOUR DADDY WAS JUST LIKE YOU and YOUR MOMMY WAS JUST LIKE YOU and forthcoming, NORMAN ONE AMAZING GOLDFISH (Candlewick 2020).

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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

  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Great story. Best of luck!

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Thank you for your support! Such a fantastic project!

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