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Here we go citywide

A hop-on hop-off bus takes you for a ride around the city of Philadelphia.

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

The book personifies a city hop-on hop-off bus into a friendly character that takes you around the city of Philadelphia and its' rich, iconic history. The action verbs (Hop, Wave, Yay, Stomp, Clap etc.) add a level of interactivity, much like some of the classics out there and the simple rhyming words helps the child connect and narrate a city s/he lives in.

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Here we go citywide

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).

Hop, Hop, Hop onboard, I'll take you for a ride, up and down, round and round, here we go citywide. Wave, Wave, Wave at Tim, he will be your guide, he loves to laugh and tell stories, just as you would like. Ring, Ring, Ring and tell, we're at the Liberty Bell, cracked as it may be, but it tells us that we are free. Clap, Clap, Clap you all, welcome to independence hall, where different people met, and different laws were set. Stomp, Stomp, Stomp in a rally, here at the Elfreth's alley, where houses are older than dada, but they look as pretty as mama. Raise, Raise, Raise your flags, and say hello to Betsy, she made our country's first flag right in this house, you see! Yay, Yay, Yay, we are going to the park, at Franklin Square, we can play till its dark. Hop on, Hop off, Hop on, Hop off, this here is my city. History, people, cultures and more, welcome to my Philly.

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

Rhymes and repetition are always catchy for infants and toddlers. Phrases thus formed can easily become sing-along-songs that are easy to remember and recall. Action verbs that makes the story interactive promotes caregivers and children to bond and form fun activities together.

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

The iconic history of Philly in simple but sensible words hopes to instill a sense of pride and patriotism in citizens, as well as communicate, educate and create a sense of inclusiveness in the vast immigrant population of Philadelphia.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a designer and storyteller. I have recently discovered my love for picture books as a new mom to a toddler who loves to read. I am constantly amazed at the variety of PBs out there and the number of topics they address. As a seasoned designer, a new parent and someone who cares deeply about community and environment related issues, I am at constant battle with myself to find ways I can educate and prepare my own child for the world we are living in. I have been involved with openideo for a long time (since 2011) and I truly appreciate all the work that's happening on this platform. As soon as I saw this challenge in my inbox, i jumped on it as something I would love to try my hands on. I am a writing enthusiast and writing for a children's book, in my opinion, is one of the biggest challenges I have come across.

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

These illustrations are created by a good friend of mine who is a fabulous illustrator. I can absolutely imagine the book illustrated in this style with detailed city scapes in black and white and a few splashes of bright colors to highlight the main characters - the bus, the kids riding in the bus and their happy expressions.

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
  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Very nice. Best of luck!

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