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Every Day

Each spread features a different caregiver and child as they travel through universal activities of a regular day.

Photo of Addie Boswell
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Every day, Daddy                                                                   

yawns, stretches, smiles.

“Up, Up, UP!” says Daddy.                                                     

Every day I wake.


Every day, Mamá

pulls, snaps, ties.

“Vamose!” says Mamá, “Time for work.”

Every day I dress.


Every day, Auntie

dishes up a plate.

“Where did those pancakes go?” says Auntie.                     

Every day, I eat.


Every day, Abuelo

sits me on the bus. 

“Mira! Mira!” says Abuelo.

Every day I learn.


Every day, the uncles

strum, laugh, shout.

“Twinkle, twinkle…” sings old Al.

Every day, I listen.


Every day, Mommy

reaches for a hug.

Soooo big, says Mommy.

Every day I grow.


Every day, Babcia

pours, scrubs, combs.

“Bath emergency!” says Babcia

Every day, I wash


Every day, my family

kisses me goodnight.

“I love you, love you, love you.”

Every night I….  

sleep.

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

To draw parents and children into the story through rhythmic language and repetition. To encourage caregivers to use voices and actions through the exclamations/onomatopoeis are included in the text. To illustrate the love and care that all families have in common.

Share your suggested book title

Every Day

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).

Every day, Daddy yawns, stretches, smiles. “Up, Up, UP!” says Daddy. Every day I wake. Every day, Mamá pulls, snaps, ties. “Vamose!” says Mamá, “Time for work.” Every day I dress. Every day, Auntie dishes up a plate. “Where did those pancakes go?” says Auntie. Every day, I eat. Every day, Abuelo sits me on the bus. “Mira! Mira!” says Abuelo. Every day I learn. Every day, the uncles strum, laugh, shout. “Twinkle, twinkle…” sings old Al. Every day, I listen. Every day, Mommy reaches for a hug. Soooo big, says Mommy. Every day I grow. Every day, Babcia pours, scrubs, combs. “Bath emergency!” says Babcia Every day, I wash Every day, my family kisses me goodnight. “I love you, love you, love you.” Every night I…. sleep.

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

I use simple, active words that focus on verbs and objects children recognize and repeat. I include exclamations and onomaotopeois that encourage reading aloud, and ? caregivers to start using voices and actions with their children. I also use repetition and a very close-up view on the child. -- portray children of different ethnicities and of different family structures so that all children may see themselves in this book.

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

The variety of caregivers and their titles represent different ethnicities and family structures, and will further be supported by the illustrations, which show the diversity through the house and outside environments.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Oregon

Location: City

Portland

Website URL (optional question)

www.addieboswell.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a teacher, muralist, writer/illustrator, and parent. As I interact with kids of all kinds, its important to me to represent real kids and real families in my stories, and they are almost always based on things kids say or do. I have created work for a similar organization in Portland called the Children's Book Bank, and also have worked with First Book.

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)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

“Five On the Bed” (picture book) West Margin Press, fall 2020 “The Snow Dancer” (picture book) Two Lions, fall 2020 “Go, Boats, Go!” (board book) Little Bigfoot, spring 2020 “Picture Book Play” (art project book) Fox Chapel Publishing, 2019 “Go, Bikes, Go!” (board book) Little Bigfoot, 2019 “Go, Bikes, Go!” Oregon Reads Anthology, pg 5-6, Graphic Arts Books, 2016 “The Rain Stomper” (picture book) Marshall Cavendish, 2008

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Nice try. I did not get the beginning of the stroy. Also make it more memorable. Stop at some of the events and tslk about it.

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