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I want to go outside!

A simple story that inspires children to make decisions and enjoy the outdoors.

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I want to go outside!

I need my pants and shirt. Do I need a sweater? Socks! I must find my socks and sneakers. Where is my jacket?

I want to go outside and play in the leaves!

I will run through piles and piles of leaves. I must find the best pumpkin. I will pick perfect apples.

I like going outside in the fall.

I want to go outside!

I need my coat and overalls. I definitely need mittens. Where is my scarf? Where is my hat? I have my boots.

I want to go outside and play in the snow!

I will sled down a hill. I will make a silly snowman. I will build an igloo.

I like going outside in the winter.

I want to go outside!

I need my pants or maybe shorts. I found my shirt and socks. I will wear goulashes and my raincoat. I found my umbrella!

I want to go outside in the rain.

I will play in puddles. I might sing. I must smell the flowers and plant my garden.

I like going outside in the spring.

I want to go outside!

I need a swimsuit. I must find my flip-flops. My towel! I found my towel!

I want to go outside and play in the water.

I will swim like fish. I will do a cannonball and I will make a sandcastle.

I like going outside in the summer.

Spring, summer, winter, fall - I always have fun outside.

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

I want to inspire children to make decisions but also have fun outside.

Share your suggested book title

I want to go outside!

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 want to go outside! I need my pants and shirt. Do I need a sweater? Socks! I must find my socks and sneakers. Where is my jacket? I want to go outside and play in the leaves! I will run through piles and piles of leaves. I must find the best pumpkin. I will pick perfect apples. I like going outside in the fall. I want to go outside! I need my coat and overalls. I definitely need mittens. Where is my scarf? Where is my hat? I have my boots. I want to go outside and play in the snow! I will sled down a hill. I will make a silly snowman. I will build an igloo. I like going outside in the winter. I want to go outside! I need my pants or maybe shorts. I found my shirt and socks. I will wear goulashes and my raincoat. I found my umbrella! I want to go outside in the rain. I will play in puddles. I might sing. I must smell the flowers and plant my garden. I like going outside in the spring. I want to go outside! I need a swimsuit. I must find my flip-flops. My towel! I found my towel! I want to go outside and play in the water. I will swim like fish. I will do a cannonball and I will make a sandcastle. I like going outside in the summer. Spring, summer, winter, fall - I always have fun outside.

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

I tried to use simple visuals to help make decisions on what is needed to be worn when going outside. Once outside I tried to describe fun things to do in every season. Each season would have a different child and once outside the illustrations will show all the children playing together. As the caregiver is reading the book she can point to or have the child go each each item of clothing. The caregiver can also ask the child what they like doing outside.

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

My story should resonate with any city that has four seasons. Each season is special and each season has unique qualities. Unfortunately every season can produce cabin fever. My hope is by appreciating each season life can be a little more fun. I tried to mention activities that either require little money or no money with the hopes that everyone can participate.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Missouri

Location: City

Jefferson City

Tell us more about you / your team

I am just starting this journey and this is my first time submitting a story.

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

Each season shows a different child with their hands on their hips looking out to either their room or a collections of images featuring the items of clothing or where to find that item of clothing. Once outside the child is met by the other children in the book and they all take part doing the different activities. In some instances the children could be teaching another child how to do an activity. The ending spread would be all the children doing activities for all four seasons

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)

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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DeletedUser

I love the way that the child goes outside during all the different seasons and I'm not sure if you need the bedtime part. I wondered if you could have the child trying on the same fall clothes at the end of the book and discovering that they are too small, it would add the concept of growing too.

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Thank you for your input. I’m struggling with ending. My intention was to have each section have a different child getting ready to go outside. Once outside they meet their friends. So at the end of the story all of the children would be getting ready for bed because they are tired from playing outside all day. I wish I would have submitted my story earlier so I could have received more of wonderful feedback.

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DeletedUser

Hi Luci, there's still time to edit and if your submission goes through you'll work with a professional editor. Your idea is already very clear :o)

The bedtime scene threw me a bit but maybe the last spread of the story could show all four seasons with a sentence like - spring, summer, fall, winter - we can always have fun outside. You could even add outside story times to the illustrations.

I just noticed you had an exclamation mark after your first 'I want to go outside!' but not the others - is that intentional?

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Thank you for your input. I have fixed the exclamation points. I love the phase – spring, summer, fall, winter - we can always have fun outside. My brain is working on how to incorporate it into the story.

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So when I was trying to figure out how to change my ending I realized I was over on my word count. I have it at 250 now. I hope it reads as well. I add you to my team because of your help with the ending I hope that is okay.

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DeletedUser

I think it's a lovely ending Luci, you could even have it at the beginning too, so that the end and the beginning mirror each other (I guess you'd have to lose some other words though!). Thank you for adding me to your team :o)

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