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Just like me

A story of unity in friendships, and acceptance of one and another’s differences.

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  1. Hello, it’s me. Look and see.
    (Reflection on page/mirror)
    I have eyes, hair and a nose.
    Hands, body and 10 little toes.
    (10 brown toes to count)
    Just like you, but am I am me.
    I have two little teeth in my mouth, and a tongue that can go in and out.
    ( a boy making a silly face )
    I can give a little clap like this, and stomp my feet just like this.
    Just like you, but I am me.  
    I have brown colored skin, that you can see right here, and ten tiny braids in my hair.
    (Picture close up of braids and tan skinned little boy)
    I have a mama, baba, siti and seedo too. All of us live right next to you.
    (Mommy and daddy, grandma, grandpa in Arabic) (family photo of people who live in his home)
    I say Salaam and our hands shake.
    You say hello and your hand waves.
    (Picture of people shaking hands and others waving)
    Not like you, but just like me.
    My mommy wears a yellow scarf and gives the best hugs.
    Your mommy wears a red hat and holds you very snug.
    ( picture of mom with a scarf on her head and another mother that is next to her wearing a red cap and sling for baby)
    Together we play at the park by the street. Our different families make us unique.
    ( picture of ethically diverse families and suburban park)
     Our mommies are friends too, just like me and just like you.
    (Picture of both families laughing and playing)
       







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

My vision is to portray an innocent story of unity between friends. This is a simple sweet story that any caregiver or parent can read with their child to encourage conversation of genuine acceptance. My hope is that this story sparks a kind of love for different cultures and diverse families that may appear to be different but tend to acquire the some of the same qualities.

Share your suggested book title

Just like me I am me

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).

Hello, it’s me. Look and see. (Reflection on page/mirror) I have eyes, hair and a nose. Hands, body and 10 little toes. (10 brown toes to count) Just like you, but am I am me. I have two little teeth in my mouth, and a tongue that can go in and out. ( a boy making a silly face ) I can give a little clap like this, and stomp my feet just like this. Just like you, but I am me. I have brown colored skin, that you can see right here, and ten tiny braids in my hair. (Picture close up of braids and tan skinned little boy) I have a mama, baba, siti and seedo too. All of us live right next to you. (Mommy and daddy, grandma, grandpa in Arabic) (family photo of people who live in his home) I say Salaam and our hands shake. You say hello and your hand waves. (Picture of people shaking hands and others waving) Not like you, but just like me. My mommy wears a yellow scarf and gives the best hugs. Your mommy wears a red hat and holds you very snug. ( picture of mom with a scarf on her head and another mother that is next to her wearing a red cap and sling for baby) Together we play at the park by the street. Our different families make us unique. ( picture of ethically diverse families and suburban park) Our mommies are friends too, just like me and just like you. (Picture of both families laughing and playing)

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

This manuscript encourages conversation amongst caregiver/parent and child to simply connect to other cultures and differences. At the earliest stages of life, children can quickly point out these differences by observation. Children can also mimic the character’s actions, for example, can you make a silly face just like him? The child will be engaged through language development and see themselves in this little boys actions. I found the resources culture matters and talking is teaching to be beneficial in my work.

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

I have never visited Philadelphia, but I hope to one day. I have envisioned it to be similar to Chicago where I grew up. I can see a suburban city, diverse people, huge community and colorful city murals, which is the setting of where my story would take place.

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

This manuscript is centered toward families that live in an inner city, like Chicago. When the illustrations come to life, I envision the characters and portraits to have an urban feel to them. Bright colored parks, diverse people, buildings in the background, and different skin tones. The topic of unity is very rare in a children’s book. My hope is that this story will help caregivers engage in a healthy dialogue about cultures.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Illinois

Location: City

Chicago

Website URL (optional question)

http://themomlifecuddlesgigglesandeverydaytickles.wordpress.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an English major/Daycare Director. I have been in the Early Childhood field for over 10 years as a teacher, mentor, director, educator, presentor, I’m obsessed with children books. I love reading to my own two kids who have also grown to admire books as well. I’m such an advocate of reading bedtime stories/routines to build that bond/foundation and I encourage moms/parents to begin at an early age with in my personal blogs. I find myself longing to be a children’s writer very soon in my future. I currently live with my two children, Noah 6 and Lilyann 2 and one more bundle of joy on the way as well as my husband, Mohannad.

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

I admire those illustrations that are surreal. Where the characteristics of each character resemble real life people. The bigger the better. It gives the chance for the reader in this story to grasp the idea of differences and similarities by simple observations. All of these book illustrations above stood out to me in different ways. Allowing for an easier imaginative read.

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 .
Team

This story also introduces the little one to body parts.
Nice.
Good luck to us all.

Photo of Randa Salem
Team

Thank you!

Good luck!

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