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Jamal's Hat (previously entered as Jamir's Hat.)

Jamir's special hat is tossed up in a tree by zoo animals on a preschool field trip and no one can reach it when it is time to leave.

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

The intended vision for Jamir's Hat is fun, fantasy, language and reading development and crafting something that adults might find fun to share with their children. It was and is also my intention to write more books that attract boys and inner city children in general. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Large city life and its ethnic cultures are under represented in literature and the arts. I also intend to present the most pleasing, accurate and uplifting aspects of inner city neighborhoods.

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Jamir's Hat

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).

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

The following research and educational tenets have been incorporated in the crafting of Jamir's Hat. Ages 0 to 3 are the greatest phase of human learning. Language development begins with the ability to hear. Cultural context enhances learning and self esteem. Children who are read to and have fun interaction with parents and caretakers while learning excel. Those who do not have that early opportunity, struggle. So I crafted Jamir's Hat in the cultural context and activities of a preschool inner city boy. I have used rhyme and repetition as they delight young children and facilitate vocabulary for early readers I have inserted a question for pondering with a parent and hope child or parent will come up with questions of their own. Where will Jamir's Hat take him today? The answers will vary by cultural context. To be able to contribute to the process of early language and reading development appeals to me. Hence my participation in the Early Childhood Book Challenge.

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

I have relatives there and visit frequently;use public transportation; buy from neighborhod stores, eat Caribbean food there, attend summer park activities and sports events.

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

I have crafted this manuscript with illustration of familiar inner city neighborhood places, labels, objects and activities.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City

Owings Mills

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an educator, musician and emerging artist. This area is new to me in terms of writing and illustrating. Therefore I am not connected to partners or communities involved in this work at this time. However, I am intrigued by it and interested in being involved nationally and internationally, as I travel and often in places where children do not have access to books at an early age in their native languages.

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

Jamir's hat takes him to his neighborhood park where he is enjoying playing. Other images include what one might see visiting Philadelphia or other large cities: the El and SEPTA train, apartment housing, the chain link fence, the pigeons. In other images Jamir is seen playing with friends in front of row houses unique to places like Philadelphia and Baltimore.

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)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .

Interesting idea.

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