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Daddy and Me

This is a snapshot of an African American toddler and his father spending the afternoon together.

Photo of Sophia Ezomoghene

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Today, we’re going to the park. 

Small and blue 

I put on my shoes. 

Big and red 

Daddy puts on his. 

At the park I see a slide. 

Up the ladder I climb. 

Down the slide I go. 

Landing on my elbow! 

Daddy hugs me tight

and wipes away my tears.

He takes me to the swings 

and pushes me as I cheer. 

Moving fast. 

Moving slow. 

Jumping up. 

Jumping down. 

He tags me. 

I tag him. 

I run this way. 

He runs that way. 

Laughing bellies. 

Tired eyes. 

Sleepy heads. 

Today, we went to the park. 

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

I imagine a caregiver reading this book with their child and remembering/discussing the fun they have playing together. I imagine a prekindergarten teacher reading this story during the "Family Unit" and having their students make text to self connections.

Share your suggested book title

Daddy and Me

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).

Today, we’re going to the park. Small and blue I put on my shoes. Big and red Daddy puts on his. At the park I see a slide. Up the ladder I climb. Down the slide I go. Landing on my elbow! Daddy hugs me tight and wipes away my tears. He takes me to the swings and pushes me as I cheer. Moving fast. Moving slow. Jumping up. Jumping down. He tags me. I tag him. I run this way. He runs that way. Laughing bellies. Tired eyes. Sleepy heads. Today, we went to the park.

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

With this book caregivers will be able to help build their child's vocabulary by using the pictures to discuss new words and to reinforce old words such as park, climb, slide, swings, and shoes. Not only does this book introduce a number of tier 1 words it also introduces opposites such as small/big, up/down, and fast/slow. The familiar situations and settings of getting ready at home and playing at the park will allow children to make connections with what they see in the story and what they themselves have experienced. The text and the illustrations will also allow caregivers to help their children build empathy and other social emotional skills. This could be done by discussing the facial expressions of the characters. For example: "Oh no, the little boy hurt himself. How do you think he feels? How would you feel? How do you know he feels sad/scared/surprised? Yes, I see tears too. He's crying." Source:

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

I currently live and work in Philadelphia, PA.

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

In writing Daddy and Me I imagined a young father similar to the persona, Terrell, playing with his child in a neighborhood park. This park is surrounded by row homes (West Philly) or brownstones (North Philly). There is a basketball court in the background with people playing. Children are chasing either other. Neighbors of all ages are sitting on benches watching and chit chatting. I hope caregivers and children, specifically people of color, see themselves in the story. I hope this book serves as a positive representation of an African American family living in a diverse city neighborhood loving each other and growing together.

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Tell us more about you / your team

I'm currently an early childhood literacy specialist. I taught Head Start for two years in South Philadelphia. I also taught prekindergarten and kindergarten for four years in Washington, DC. I'm an avid reader of picture, middle grade, and YA books. However, I wish there were more stories that represented people of color in a variety of settings, situations, and time periods.

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)

  • Twitter

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Good piece sounds nice. I won't mind reading the final piece. Good effort

Photo of Sophia Ezomoghene

Thank you!

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

You are welcome

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