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Good Morning Good Night!

"Good Morning Good Night!" is a rhyming book about a child's day in the city.

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Bark bark, beep beep wakes me up,

A dog on leash and garbage truck!

Good morning bird! Good morning truck!

Good morning doggy! Ruff ruff ruff!

And now it’s time to start the day.

“It's sunny out, let’s go and play!”

The library? It's yours and mine!

We stop for books and story-time.

It’s summer now and very hot,

Let’s head to find a cooler spot.

Now, pack a hat with a wide brim,

And we will find a pool to swim!

The sprinklers next to city hall,

Are slippery – try not to fall!

The water there shoots up so high

Like birdies zipping through the sky

Oh, what a day! Time for a rest.

We board the bus, a comfy nest!

To pass the time, we find a book,

We open it and take a look.

Three pigs that fly, a bird that tweets.

Then home for dinner. "Yeah, let’s eat!"

It’s bedtime now. "Please read to me!"

I cuddle up so I can see.

The pages do remind me so,

Of all we did just hours ago.

Look here, I say, I did that too!

And this and that, on top and through!

Then, good night dog that wakes me up,

Good night to bird, good night to truck.

Good night to you, good night to me,

Good night to everything we see!

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

"Good Morning Good Night!" is a the story of a young child who is woken by typical city sounds and goes out for a typical city adventure. The hope is to create a familiar set of scenes and images while encouraging reading in multiple ways.

Share your suggested book title

Good Morning Good Night!

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

Fun to Read: The story incorporates humor and a quick, fast-paced rhyming scheme. Reading Encouragement: The book shows fun at story-time, Grandma reading to child and Mom reading to child before bed. In addition, the story subtly teaches the caregiver that reading allows the child to make sense of (or report) the day's events. Matching / Finding: A bird will be a repetitive symbol throughout that the child can pick out on each page. Interaction: In order to encourage the child to ask, "What is that?", the visuals will extend beyond the action described in the story to include what the child *might* be imagining (fish in the city pool or birds flying up with the sprinklers). Hello, Bird: Getting into the habit of saying hello and goodbye to items around town is a great way to build language.

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

My family lives in downtown Philadelphia, and we visit all the places I've described in the book.

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

Visits include the city park, the library, the city pool and the sprinklers next to City Hall before heading home on the bus for dinner and night-time reading.

Location: Country


Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I live in downtown Philadelphia with my partner and our 2 1/2 year old child. I am a storyteller by trade and by nature, and I make my living performing voice-overs and helping organizations to change the world by telling the best story they can about their vision for it. It's an absolute pleasure to be involved in this collaboration. Children learn about the world through the stories we tell them about it (and about themselves!) so we have a tremendous responsibility to get it right. My mother was an elementary school educator who said "Hello (State)" as we crossed over any state-line. So, in our home, we have learned that saying hello and goodbye to objects can really advance language skills and also ease transitions (okay, say goodbye to all the objects in the park and we're off!). We also find that bed-time reading is a great time to process the happenings of the day. I wanted to incorporate both of these concepts into the story for "Good Morning, Bird!"

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.

I published a print-on-demand body image guide for young women in 2001 called “Body & Self" on Amazon so am familiar with the publication process including cover design, layout and marketing.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Photo of LucyP Liu

Beautiful art ilustrations and ideas!
Thank you for sharing.

Photo of Melissa Dodd

Lucy, thank you! I appreciate it! I hope you're having a great weekend.

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