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I Like, Like, Like to Read!

An interactive easy-to-read or sing book that celebrates routine and predictability inside the chaos of city living.

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When I was born I couldn’t talk,

I could only burp and coo.

But every day I learned more words

Now I’ll read these to you!

(We can sing them too!)

I like, like, like to clap

I like to keep the beat!

I like, like, like to crawl

I like to move on knees!

I like, like, like the park

I like to see the trees!

I like, like, like to swing

I like to feel the breeze!

I like, like, like to stroll

I like to see the street!

I like, like, like to sit

I like it in my seat!

I like, like, like, my food

I like the food I eat!

I like, like, like to brush

I like to brush my teeth!

I like, like, like to wear

I like pajamas please!

I like, like, like this book

I like to sit and read!

I like, like, like my crib

I like to go to sleep!

I like, like, like myself

I like to just be me!

I like, like, like to say

Good night to you and me.

INTERACTIVITY CUES (smaller text alongside the stanza)

You can sing it if you want!

Please clap with me!

Can you show me your knees?

Is that a birdie?

Point to what you see.

Where is the baby?

Pick out something green!

Could you show me your teeth?

Which pajamas are these?

We call it cuna de bebe!


Mas, please!

The more words I hear, the more I learn!

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

Predictable routine and rhythm help to ease transitions and make children feel safe. These routines are especially important in the chaos of daily city living. “I Like, Like, Like to Read!” celebrates predictable routines will encouraging interactivity and vocabulary.

Share your suggested book title

I Like, Like, Like to Read!

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

Reader Encouragement: Children feel very special when they can recognize themselves in a book and they know that the book is all about them. This book goes one step farther and frames itself in the reading of a book that will follow the child until they reach the age when they know the words so well they can “read” along (because they couldn’t talk before but now the can!). Language: I used highly repetitive sounds throughout (all with a long “e” sound) to create a catchy, rhythmic pattern. Matching / Finding: Each page will show a baby doing something that the child will identify with as themselves. Interaction cues will live alongside the main text and include a variety of age appropriate actions that the child can “grow into” over time, e.g. You can sing it if you want! Where are your feet? Please clap with me! Touch your knees! Is that a birdie? ESL: To encourage frequent reading, I specifically chose easier-to-pronounce for native Spanish and Chinese readers.

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

I live in downtown Philadelphia with my partner and 2 ½ year old toddler, so I'm familiar with the excitement and unpredictability of daily life that can be fun for an adult but challenging for children.

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

Routine is important for all kids but especially for those living in chaotic urban environments where the hustle and bustle of daily living is exciting but also challenging to a baby’s sense of predictability and comfort. So I wrote a gentle, every day, completely predictable book that can be read or sung to celebrate some of baby’s most predictable routine moments (and read each night to become part of that predictability).

Location: Country


Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I live in downtown Philadelphia with my partner and our 2 1/2 year old child. I am a storyteller by trade and by nature, and I make my living performing voice-overs and helping organizations to change the world by telling the best story they can about their vision for it. I believe in helping children to build their emotion regulation skills and giving them as much routine as possible to create a feeling of comfort that allows them to develop more advanced executive functioning skills. In our own household, I always sing during toothbrush, “I like, like, like to brush! I like to brush my teeth” and in return I often hear, “Mas!” until we’re done with the whole routine.

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
  • No

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I published a print-on-demand body image guide for young women in 2001 called “Body & Self" on Amazon so am familiar with the publication process including cover design, layout and marketing.

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


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Photo of Jennifer Buis

Melissa, I love these two lines........
I like like like myself
I like to just be me
Great message! Best wishes today!

Jennifer Buis
Author of Buddy Goes To Clark Park
( Based on a true story and told through the eyes of Buddy our Black Lab mix rescue dog.)

Photo of Melissa Dodd

Jennifer, thanks so much! And sorry for the delay. I was out of town without my laptop (on purpose :)). I hope you're having a great weekend.

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