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HOME

A story that celebrates HOME. Adventures at home, things you can make and do and, most importantly, how a home can make you FEEL!

Photo of Joanne O'Callaghan
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HOME

Home is where we start every day

Mum leaves for work, and I start to play


Home is a lookout. What can we see?

Streets, rooftops, the park, a tree?


Home is for building with blocks and string.

We can make almost anything!


Home is for concerts with pots and pans,

Making music, clapping your hands!


Home is a museum for my art,

I think I’ll draw a big red heart.


Home is for cooking, just Grandma and me,

We’re making dumplings - 1, 2, 3!


Home is where there’s a special box, 

Filled with hats, shoes, and spotty socks


Home is for Grandpa, who fixes things. 

He picks me up, we laugh and sing.


Home is a jungle with tigers and bears,

A stripy zebra, all sitting on chairs [soft toys]


Home is for friends who we love to see.

They come to play, and stay for tea.


Home is for listening to Grandpa’s tales

Of enormous oceans and giant whales!


Home is where we can always keep cool

With bubbles in my own private pool


Home is for singing happy songs

This is where my heart belongs! 


Home is for my teddy bear, 

A faithful friend who’s always there. 

[teddy bear to find on each page]


Home has stories for you and me,

Look at the pictures, what do you see?


Home is for quietly saying, “Good night,

And drifting off while the moon shines bright. 


Home is for sleep at the end of the day

Home is wherever my family stay

[Final page illustration we zoom out to see windows in row houses and apartments, homes filled with diverse families that reflect the personas.  Some are neighbours who came over to play.]

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

This story has been developed to connect with children and families who may have to move from place to place. A story filled with ideas for how to simulate and engage with children at home. This story celebrates the role of grandparents as caregivers, and we see different personas reflected when friends come to visit. The narrative and illustrations make the story easy to follow with limited reading skills, there are interactive elements and there is a teddy bear to find on every page!

Share your suggested book title

HOME

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).

HOME Home is where we start every day Mum leaves for work, and I start to play Home is a lookout. What can we see? Streets, rooftops, the park, a tree? Home is for building with blocks and string We can make almost anything! Home is for concerts with pots and pans Making music, clapping your hands! Home is a museum for my art, I think I’ll draw a big red heart. Home is for cooking, just Grandma and me, We’re making dumplings - 1, 2, 3! Home is where there’s a special box Filled with hats, shoes, and spotty socks Home is for Grandpa, who fixes things. He picks me up, we laugh and sing Home is a jungle with tigers and bears, A stripy zebra, all sitting on chairs [soft toys] Home is for friends who we love to see. They come to play, and stay for tea. Home is for listening to Grandpa’s tales Of enormous oceans and giant whales! Home is where we can always keep cool With bubbles in my own private pool Home is for singing happy songs This is where my heart belongs! Home is for my teddy bear, A faithful friend who’s always there. [teddy bear to find on each page] Home has stories for you and me, Look at the pictures, what do you see? Home is for quietly saying, “Good night,” And drifting off while the moon shines bright. Home is for sleep at the end of the day Home is wherever my family stay [Final page illustration we zoom out to see windows in row houses and apartments, homes filled with diverse families that reflect the personas. Some are neighbours who came over to play.]

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

I reviewed all resources for this challenge and joined the webinar. I have considered the Tier 1 & 2 word list and the context for this book. HOME is a relatable narrative - readers can follow the illustrations without knowing all of the words - making this story suitable for carers, parents, and siblings for whom English may be a second language. I have sought to make this story appealing and interactive by: * using rhyme that facilitates children to produce some of the narrative on their own * including repetitive language patterns *using interactive elements * including a "can you find?" throughout the story with the girl's teddy bear on every double page spread to find 
 Concepts in this story are age appropriate and relatable, and are accessible to readers with limited English language skills by following the illustrations.

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

I have visited the USA several times, but not yet Philadelphia. Last year I spent time in New York and San Francisco. Creating an inclusive society for migrants and all residents is an issue in my home city in Australia. Melbourne’s population of 5 million people is growing rapidly, largely due to immigration. There are political, socio-economic, housing, employment, and transport issues.

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

Grandma and Grandpa are caregivers in this story, while Mum goes to work. The characters live in a humble row house or apartment in an urban area. The story depicts daily life at home - playing, cooking, bathing, reading - in an imaginative and fun way. We see diversity of people and the different personas reflected when friends come to visit. And there is the universal expression of love - a big hug!

Location: Country

Australia

Location: State or Department

Victoria

Location: City

Melbourne

Website URL (optional question)

http://joanneocallaghan.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a children’s writer, I am the author of four published books. All of my books are about connection to place and society and / or multicultural community. I am Australian. I have lived in the UK, Hong Kong (12 years) and South Africa. I currently live in Melbourne that is home to 5 million people of many cultural backgrounds. I have been a volunteer for a mobile laundry service for people without homes or in temporary accomodation, I come across many migrants and empathise with those who are struggling in different ways.

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.

- Found in Melbourne - Found in Hong Kong - The Swimmers - My Hong Kong

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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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Joanne as everyone else have expressed, indeed this is a good story line about very good collaborations and interactions which contribute to the sweet nature of home. The repetition of the phrase "home is" is very good along with the rhymes. However I still believe that there are some of the main points that could have worked together, for example the two ideas expressed about Grandpa. A little tweaking here and there will make this very solid and some dialogue to boost the repetitions ans rhymes.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Good luck

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