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24 Little Hours – What Shall We Do Tomorrow?

A book to introduce both children and caregiver to daily routines

Photo of eppel eve

Written by

(inside cover)

Instruction for parents:

This book is aimed to help parents plan routines and introduce it to baby/child.

Please personalized this book, fill the blanks following the instruction under bracket.

Parents can use all the sentences in question mark to initiate dialogue.

To help parents set up daily schedule, fill the clock on the top right side with the time of the event.


Hello! My name is ... [write the child's name and guide the child to recite his/her name]

This is a story about my busy day tomorrow.


When the sun peek through the window

I will say good morning to ... [fill the blanks with the name of the person or the things that the child see first in the morning]


Then I'll have ... for breakfast. [fill the blanks with the name of the food, describe the flavor]

After that, it’s time to wash up and dress up.


Then it’s playtime with … [fill the blanks with caregiver’s call name]




If the weather is fine, we can play outside!

We can go to ... or ... [fill the blanks with the name of places outdoor space]


If not, we can stay inside!

We can play ... [fill the blanks with the game to play inside]


Playing makes me happy. But also hungry.


When I’m hungry, sometimes I’m cranky.


Around noon, when the sun is up.

It's time for lunch!


Can I have ... [fill the blanks with the name of the food, describe the

flavor] please?


After that, it’s time to wash up. Splish splash. 

Who's going to the bath with me?


And then nap time. I'll say sweet dream to ... [fill the blanks with the name of the person taking the child to bed or the toy that the child takes to bed]


In the afternoon, we can have snack.


Yummy! It's ... [fill the blanks with the name of the food, describe the



Then we'll play quiet games with ... [fill the blanks with caregiver’s call name]


What shall we play? Maybe ... [fill the blanks with name of game/activity]


Hmm, something smells good!  


It's dinner time! Look at the delicious ... [fill the blanks with the name of the food, explain the flavor]  


After that, don’t forget to take a bath and brush our teeth!


When the moon shows up, it's time to say good night.


Time to go to bed.

But first it’s bedtime story and lullaby with … [fill the blanks with caregiver’s call name]


After a busy day, everyone needs a good sleep.


Good night, sleep tight!

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

The book is intended to help parents (particularly new parents) and/or caregivers set up the daily schedule of baby/toddler care, as well as communicate it with the baby/toddler. It's to be printed in form of board book, with blank space to be personalized. The book may provide a supplementary schedule poster/chart for parents/caregiver to promote routine and role sharing among caregivers in the family.

Share your suggested book title

24 Little Hours – What Shall We Do Tomorrow?

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

The book convey 3 main messages: 1) The typical daily activities that parents/caregivers should provide to fulfill the child's need of "eat, play, and love" (Unicef). This provides "basic task list" for particularly new parents, who might have difficulty in synchronizing with the new additional tasks around caring and rearing. 2) The personalized schedule and role sharing among parents/caregivers. The book aim to help parents arranging their new daily routine and ensure a sensible role sharing among to avoid fatigue/stress. 3) A "story" to communicate the schedule to the child, in order to instill the sense of routine, time limit, and later on discipline. The story also provides a talking point to reflect every moment of the day.

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

Personally I have no familiarity with Philadelphia, but this book is intended for universal audience (regardless geography/background). Some adjustment might be needed to synchronize daily habit and local culture/condition.

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

Adult readers (caregivers/parents) are facilitated to create a schedule and role sharing to better manage their time and energy toward better family wellbeing and child caring and rearing. Adult readers are facilitated to communicate the idea of routine and reflect every moment of the day with the child.

Location: Country


Location: State or Department

West Java Province

Location: City


Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

Personally I'm a freelance writer/translator, with a passion of and some working experience in innovative education approach. This work derived from my involvement in parenting education pilot project for Indonesian rural/suburban context.

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

The illustration should be simple or maybe rough "as if drawn by a child". If needed, racial identity (hair/skin tone) might be dismissed by using psychedelic color over black background (like a chalk sketch on a blackboard), or simple black marker sketch over white background (like a coloring page print out). Alternately, if racial identity is to be exposed instead, this could also be a photography book in the aesthetic tone of "The Beginning of Life", with the text akin to subtitle.

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


Join the conversation:

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This is a really great way to introduce children to routines Eppel :o)

Very young children find the concept of time difficult to understand and the word tomorrow is quite advanced for 0-3 year olds - many 4-5 year olds that I've taught find it hard too. Could you maybe change your title to 'today' and keep things in the present? Your text is in the present so I think it would still work.

Good luck with your submission :o)

Photo of Perlina Murray

I think the story should be different to who the child is. Not a routine in terms of life itself lived for everyone, but something fun and engaging.

Photo of eppel eve

Thanks. The idea came actually from "wreck this journal", thus the need of it being personal. But I do agree that this is not quite fun and engaging... I'll try to work on that... Thanks again!

Photo of Perlina Murray

Great. And we still have time.

Photo of Virginia Brackett

I enjoy the interactive aspect of the book, but I wonder whether the story line could be strengthened by focusing more on the activities as part of a set routine than on the precise time at which they occur. Perhaps you might focus on morning, when the sun comes up, midday, and evening, when the sun goes down, to be more appropriate for a very young reader's comprehension and learning abilities.

Photo of eppel eve

Thanks for the input. Indeed this is a very raw draft that I tried to pull out from current parenting project that I was involved in, so now i think again, it's indeed a bit too much of "adult perspective". Will do my best to accommodate more of the young reader's view.

Photo of Virginia Brackett

Yes, re-visioning current projects can be challenging! However, the clear criteria that are supplied for this particular competition do help. I use them like a checklist for narrative elements, but try not to make the text too prescriptive. I keep returning to that word "challenge." I think we're all stretching with this project.

Photo of Bonnie Averbuch

Hi Eppel, This is a really cute idea and I love that it's personalized for the caregiver and child. Maybe adding some catchy rhythm/rhyming to the story could help. I'm thinking you could combine two lines per "activity" and rhyming them.
"If the weather is fine, outside we play!
When it's not, inside we stay."
Good luck!

Photo of eppel eve

thanks a lot! yeah, rhyming makes very much sense (and more work ;) will do try to work on that. Thanks!

Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi eppel eve Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Love how your story is a great narrative as well as has relatable reference for children to learn about their day to day routine.
How might you evolve your manuscript to create tricks of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story ? You can find some inspiration in the Challenge Resources listed at the end of the Challenge Page to understand more nuances about writing for learning development of 0-3yr olds.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Very interesting concept, should help inculcate the values of time management.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .

Interesting... There are areas for the child and reader to fill out. That makes it interactive.
Children will like that. :0)

Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi eppel eve  Great to see you joining the Challenge! We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Challenge. You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your post by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. We're looking forward to seeing your submission in this challenge.