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I Do

A toddler wants to do her morning routine on her own without her mom's help.

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“Rise and shine, Anyah! Time to get ready for the day!”

“Let’s brush your teeth first, Sweetie.”

“I do.”

“Now we can take off your pajamas.”

“I do.”

“Mommy will help, Sweetie.”

“I do!”

“Let’s pick out your clothes.”

“I do.”

[Anyah picks out her clothes and starts getting dressed. Clothes are not necessarily put on correctly.]

“Want Mommy to help?”

“No. I do.”

“Don’t forget socks and shoes, Anyah.”

“I don’t.”

“Breakfast time!”

[Some of Anyah’s food ends up on the floor. Her dog eats it.]

“Puppy do.”

“All done, Sweetie?”

“Done, Mommy.”

“Clean hands, Big Girl!”

[Anyah holds up her hands and then extends them, saying …]

“Hug!”

“I do!” [Mommy]

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

This book is intended for young children to learn the routine for getting ready for the day. It also reminds parents that toddlers like to be independent, and when they want to do things (within reason) on their own, they should be allowed to do so ... even if they don't do it perfectly.

Share your suggested book title

I Do

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).

“Rise and shine, Anyah! Time to get ready for the day!” “Let’s brush your teeth first, Sweetie.” “I do.” “Now we can take off your pajamas.” “I do.” “Mommy will help, Sweetie.” “I do!” “Let’s pick out your clothes.” “I do.” [Anyah picks out her clothes and starts getting dressed. Clothes are not necessarily put on correctly.] “Want Mommy to help?” “No. I do.” “Don’t forget socks and shoes, Anyah.” “I don’t.” “Breakfast time!” [Some of Anyah’s food ends up on the floor. Her dog eats it.] “Puppy do.” “All done, Sweetie?” “Done, Mommy.” “Clean hands, Big Girl!” [Anyah holds up her hands and then extends them, saying …] “Hug!” “I do!” [Mommy]

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

This manuscript supports language development because it provides the language for daily routines in which children engage. It also has word repetition. Moreover, it has nurturing language and humor, which is beneficial for socio-emotional development.

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

This manuscript wasn't necessarily crafted with those living in urban contexts in mind, but it was crafted with children of color in mind, as the main character is based on my African-American niece. As an African-American, a number of us take pride in our appearance, and some parents are particularly concerned with their children being well-dressed. It is important, however, to allow children to be independent and have choice in what they wear, even if everything doesn't match perfectly.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

CT

Location: City

Stamford

Tell us more about you / your team

As an African-American educator and writer whose educational career spans over 25 years across elementary and secondary schools, the issue of diversity is extremely personal to me. When I taught in the elementary classroom, it was difficult to find diverse literature for my students, which inspired me to write. My primary goal is that children of all backgrounds will see themselves in my stories. It is my small attempt to promote a world where diverse children feel valued and heard.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I have a picture book, Let's Dance!, scheduled for publication next spring.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • At a Kweli Conference I attended last Saturday.

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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That's exactly what I was going for. I hope others see that, too. I appreciate your comments.

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