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If You're Silly in Philly by Susan B. Katz, NBCT

Care-givers and children will read and sing along, identifying all the iconic places to visit in Philly, landing back in the reader's lap.

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Written by

Susan B. Katz
Award-winning, Bilingual Author

Picture Book

233 Word Count

page 1 of 3

www.susankatzbooks.com

IF YOU’RE SILLY IN PHILLY

by Susan B. Katz, NBCT

If you’re silly in Philly
Ring the bell (the Liberty Bell!)

If you’re silly in Philly
Ring the bell (the Liberty Bell!)

If you’re silly in Philly
And you really want to dilly-dallyCome with me!

If you’re silly in Philly
Visit the zoo (the first zoo!)

If you’re silly in Philly
Visit the zoo (the first zoo!)

If you’re silly in Philly
And you really want to dilly-dallyCome with me!

If you’re silly in Philly
Go to the park (Sesame Place!)

If you’re silly in Philly
Go to the park (Sesame Place!)

If you’re silly in Philly
And you really want to dilly-dallyCome with me!

If you’re silly in Philly
See the sharks (Adventure Aquarium!)

If you’re silly in Philly
See the sharks (Adventure Aquarium!)

If you’re silly in Philly
And you really want to dilly-dally

Come with me!

If you’re silly in Philly
Head to the harbor (Spruce Street!)

If you’re silly in Philly
Head to the harbor (Spruce Street!)

If you’re silly in Philly
And you really want to dilly-dally

Come with me!

If you’re silly in Philly
Sew a flag (with Betsy Ross!)

If you’re silly in Philly
Sew a flag (with Betsy Ross!)

If you’re silly in Philly
And you really want to dilly-dally

Come with me!

When all our fun is done

You’ll be my only one!

If you’re silly in Philly

Read with me!


(set to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It, this book takes readers and their care-givers on a visual and musical tour of Philly landing back in their lap.)

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

As an award-winning, bilingual children's book author, and National Board Certified Teacher, I know that children engage with and retain content when it is sent to a familiar (public-domain) tune. If You're Silly In Philly, If You're Free in NYC and If you Disco in San Francisco are just the start of an urban, iconic celebration that leads kids and their care-givers on a reading and singing adventure of their cities. There is history integrated with the Liberty Bell, first zoo and Betsy Ross.

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If You're Silly in Philly by Susan B. Katz, NBCT

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).

Susan B. Katz Award-winning, Bilingual Author sbkep@aol.com 415-312-1212 Picture Book 233 Word Count page 1 of 3 www.susankatzbooks.com IF YOU’RE SILLY IN PHILLY by Susan B. Katz, NBCT If you’re silly in Philly Ring the bell (the Liberty Bell!) If you’re silly in Philly Ring the bell (the Liberty Bell!) If you’re silly in Philly And you really want to dilly-dally Come with me! If you’re silly in Philly Visit the zoo (the first zoo!) If you’re silly in Philly Visit the zoo (the first zoo!) If you’re silly in Philly And you really want to dilly-dally Come with me! If you’re silly in Philly Go to the park (Sesame Place!) If you’re silly in Philly Go to the park (Sesame Place!) If you’re silly in Philly And you really want to dilly-dally Come with me! If you’re silly in Philly See the sharks (Adventure Aquarium!) If you’re silly in Philly See the sharks (Adventure Aquarium!) If you’re silly in Philly And you really want to dilly-dally Come with me! If you’re silly in Philly Head to the harbor (Spruce Street!) If you’re silly in Philly Head to the harbor (Spruce Street!) If you’re silly in Philly And you really want to dilly-dally Come with me! If you’re silly in Philly Sew a flag (with Betsy Ross!) If you’re silly in Philly Sew a flag (with Betsy Ross!) If you’re silly in Philly And you really want to dilly-dally Come with me! When all our fun is done You’ll be my only one! If you’re silly in Philly Read with me!

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

By spring boarding off of a familiar, playful song, care-givers and children can easily read and sing along, exclaiming each iconic landmark as they turn the pages. I have developed a program called Teaching Tunes based on my research as a seasoned educator of over 25 years in urban settings. I know that babies and toddlers would love to sing, clap, stomp and smile along as they discover their city through the images and words in If You're Silly in Philly. I started my career as a preschool teacher while attending the University of Michigan, studying environmental education. I did Teach For America in Oakland, CA and have been in education as a Spanish-bilingual teacher for over 25 years. My research includes thought-leaders like Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer), Pam Allyn (Every Child a Super Reader) and Carol Ann Tomlinson (Differentiated Instruction). I am a frequent keynote speaker and professional development presenter for educators thought Scholastic and Catapult Learning.

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

I spent time in Philly as a child visiting this historical sites and was fortunate to go back last summer as an educational speaker, specializing in early childhood literacy. I fell in love with the many quaint places--such as Philadelphia's Magic Gardens--filled with mosaics. There are so many iconic and unique places for children to see in Philly, it was hard to select just a few to meet the 250 word criteria. Philly is one of the nation's most rich cities in terms of history and If You're Silly in Philly brings that historical context down to a child's level. We could include more historical places and figures, but I also wanted to invite children to check out the first zoo, etc!

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

1) Readers will familiarize themselves easily with iconic, historic sites in Philly (and in the other cities featured in the potential series) 2) Care-givers, teachers and children will recognize local places that they visit with their families such as museums, zoos and parks--most of which are free or low-cost to all families. 3) The book can easily be translated into other languages such as Spanish or Chinese, etc. 4) I hope that this is an evergreen title children request over and over again in laps of loved ones!

Location: Country

Marin County, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). I am originally from Detroit, Michigan.

Location: State or Department

California

Location: City

Novato

Website URL (optional question)

http://susankatzbooks.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

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.

Forthcoming Title, Fall 2020 Bala Books (Shambhala) ALL YEAR ROUND Scholastic/Orchard Books, Jan, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-545-74100-2 Un Año Redondo Scholastic, Sept, 2016 ISBN: 9-781-338-058871-1 ABC, SCHOOL'S FOR ME Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger Scholastic Press (June, 2015) ISBN: 978-0-545-53092-7 MY MAMA EARTH Barefoot Books, 2012 Moonbeam Gold Award Winner, 2012 Picture Book Ages 4-8 Awarded "Top Green Toy of 2012" by Education.com ABC, BABY ME! Random House, 2010

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

Attachments (1)

If You’re Silly in PhillybySusan B. Katz.FullContest.pdf

The first story meets the contest requirements and targets families in Philly. I've included potential series titles for NYC and San Francisco to prove out the concept and its ease of expansion.

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Catchy title! Kids will enjoy the familiar tune. I also wondered about the word dilly-dally. I like how dilly rhymes with Philly but then dally threw it off a little bit for me. BTW I really enjoy your All Year Round book.

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