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I am a mural painter

It is about a mural painter who teaches and engages through his paintings.

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I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted A-B-C.

I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted numbers like one, two, and three.

I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted the colors blue, red, green and many more.

I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted a community to show how different, and united we can be.

I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted a grandma reading a book to her grandson.

I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted little children playing with books at home and in the library. That’s how little kids use books.

I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted a mother teaching her child what the red, yellow, green lights mean on a traffic sign.

I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted a grandpa and his granddaughter having fun at the supermarket picking fruits.

I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted a father showing her daughter how to read “Z-O-O” Zoo at the Zoo.

I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted Love on Philadelphia’s brotherly love walls.

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

This manuscript has been written with the hope that caregivers can teach children new words with the support of paintings.

Share your suggested book title

I am a mural painter

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 am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted A-B-C. I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted numbers like one, two, and three. I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted the colors blue, red, green and many more. I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted a community to show how different, and united we can be. I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted a grandma reading a book to her grandson. I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted little children playing with books at home and in the library. That’s how little kids use books. I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted a mother teaching her child what the red, yellow, green lights mean on a traffic sign. I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted a grandpa and his granddaughter having fun at the supermarket picking fruits. I am a mural painter. On this wall, I painted a father showing her daughter how to read “Z-O-O” Zoo at the Zoo. I am a mural painter. On that wall, I painted Love on Philadelphia’s brotherly love walls.

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

With the use of tier one and tier two words, this book encourages caregivers to teach the children and open up a window of imagination of what else from our daily activities can be painted on the wall.

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

I have lived in Philadelphia for several years and have many family members and children who attended Philadelphia schools.

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

Showing kids in a library, demonstrating diversity by the use of mural art.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Elkins Park

Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Fatima. I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was catholic and converted to Islam at a young age. I believe that we can live in a world where we are all different but united because we have more that's similar than different. Our differences should create respectful curiosity. I have also written children's book designed to help bring Christian and Muslim together.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

1. My name is Fatima. Mine too! 2. Fatima invites Fatima to the Iftar Party. 3. Last night in my dream 4. The curious Little Duckling learns the Rooster's Secret. 5. Zaynab worries about her best friends. All published by Create space/Amazon

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Hi Fatima El-Mekki  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Very unique idea of teaching children various things by turning them into a mural painter.
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges 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 Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources listed on the challenge page

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