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Follow the (Little) Leader

This fun story describes "playtime" with grandpa, through the lens of a child.

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I’m excited! My grandpa is coming to visit me today.

I love when he comes, we always travel and play.

Papa-G listens to me, and he follows my lead,

I tell him the things that I like or I need.


First, I think we’ll go to the park.

There’s one on 33rd Street, between Diamond and York.

Will we walk today? Or should I ride my bike?

We can catch the bus, to save us the hike.


Look, Papa-G! Do you see what I see?

I spotted something shiny beneath my blue seat.

May I get it? Oh, wow! A coin, just for me.

I can add it to my collection of quarters and pennies.


At the park, I choose the swing or the slide,

If I hear Papa-G count to ten, I run and I hide.

He looks, then he finds me, crouched under the stairs,

Papa-G lifts me way up and swings me in the air.


After that, we go back to our row-home to find…

Aha! My toy car I left behind.

It’s just where I placed it, under the chair

I was in such a rush, I forgot it right there.


Oops! Have to hurry, Saturday has almost gone by.

Be ready when Momma comes, and please do not cry.

I finish my picture… 1, 2, 3…

Look Papa-G! It’s you and me!

“Where are we?” you ask. You don’t guess or make believe,

You give me choices, and you follow my lead.

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

The intended vision for this early childhood book manuscript is to empower caregivers to enjoy learning, alongside their youngsters. Children find joy in simple forms; and this manuscript hopes to alleviate any unnecessary pressure [inadequacy] caregivers may feel, as they "meet the children" on their level (and enjoy the excitement of exploring their everyday environment).

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Follow the (Little) Leader

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).

I’m excited! My grandpa is coming to visit me today. I love when he comes, we always travel and play. Papa-G listens to me, and he follows my lead, I tell him the things that I like or I need. First, I think we’ll go to the park. There’s one on 33rd Street, between Diamond and York. Will we walk today? Or should I ride my bike? We can catch the bus, to save us the hike. Look, Papa-G! Do you see what I see? I spotted something shiny beneath my blue seat. May I get it? Oh, wow! A coin, just for me. I can add it to my collection of quarters and pennies. At the park, I choose the swing or the slide, If I hear Papa-G count to ten, I run and I hide. He looks, then he finds me, crouched under the stairs, Papa-G lifts me way up and swings me in the air. After that, we go back to our row-home to find… Aha! My toy car I left behind. It’s just where I placed it, under the chair I was in such a rush, I forgot it right there. Oops! Have to hurry, Saturday has almost gone by. Be ready when Momma comes, and please do not cry. I finish my picture… 1, 2, 3… Look Papa-G! It’s you and me! “Where are we?” you ask. You don’t guess or make believe, You give me choices, and you follow my lead.

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

This manuscript provides caregivers with a number of ways to support language development with infants and toddlers. There's a fun use of poetic rhyme (rhyming words), which adds "rhythm" and excitement to the storyline; and will be great to reread over and over again. There is repetition of several words and phrases throughout the manuscript, which are intended to promote familiarity (with vocabulary), and over time, will build confidence in the reader's/child's ability to recognize key phrases and words, in print. The manuscript has a variety of simple (Tier 1) words and more complex (Tier 2) words, and are intended to encourage conversation extensions *(beyond the pages of the book). The caregiver in the story gives an example of an "open-ended question", which can be used, when talking with a young child about their ideas. The experts from the OpenIDEO webinar, along with the founding educators of ELP Curriculum (Temple U/Johns Hopkins) have been supportive my references.

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

Although I'm not a Philadelphia "native", I have resided in Philadelphia for over 14 years (in various locales); and I have worked and taught in the elementary/early childhood arena for most of my time here.

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

There are two lines that were removed, (in order to meet the word limit criteria), that I felt were very relevant to the "hustle-and-bustle" of the typical urban family/community. "..Remember that time we got caught in the rain? Or the time we ran quickly to catch the L-train?.." But, even without it, the intended vision for this early childhood book manuscript is to empower caregivers to enjoy learning, alongside their youngsters. Children find joy in simple forms; and this manuscript hopes to alleviate any unnecessary pressure [inadequacy] caregivers may feel, as they "meet the children" on their level (and enjoy the excitement of exploring their everyday environment).

Location: Country

Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Location: State or Department

Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Location: City

Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Tell us more about you / your team

I am Max Mombee (alias for: Nicole Berry). I am a homeschooling care provider and a lover of children's literature! I am an active reading captain, with the Readby4th Campaign, and advocate for children's literacy on various levels. I have been working with young children and their caregivers for over 20 years, to provide meaningful care and education; and I understand the link between play and hands-on learning, and how that can be enhanced through literacy.

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)

  • Readby4th Newsletter (email), promoting WPF challenge weblink

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

May I suggest that Grandpa came to VISIT and not watch me today?
Good luck to us all.

Photo of Nicole Berry
Team

Thanks.. I appreciate the suggestion *thumbs up*