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Lap Cat, Nap Cat

A little boy marvels at all the different cats that make up his beloved pet.

Photo of Anne Barach
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Lap cat 

     Nap cat

Tall cat 

     Ball cat

Loud cat

     Cloud cat

Clean cat

     Green cat

Sunny cat

     Funny cat

Shy cat

     My cat

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

A cat is never just one cat - he’s several cats rolled into one. Follow a little boy as he marvels at all the different cats that make up his beloved cat.

Share your suggested book title

Lap Cat, Nap Cat

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).

Lap cat Nap cat Tall cat Ball cat Loud cat Cloud cat Clean cat Green cat Sunny cat Funny cat Shy cat My cat

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

From my experience reading with babies and young toddlers, I have found that favorite books include simple phrases and rhymes, illustrations that are not too busy, and subjects that reflect their lives. The idea for this book came from watching my toddler and my cat interact with each other. I try to convey the wonder and playfulness with which my son approaches his cat and the affection the cat has for him in return.

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

I've been to Philadelphia once before and have some friends from there.

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

I believe that this story would resonate because the idea is universal - the love of a pet. I envision the story taking place in an urban apartment, because that's where my idea came from; as an only child living in a city apartment, my son's main companion and playmate is his cat.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City

University Heights

Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a stay-at-home parent and aspiring picture book author/illustrator. I am interested in picture books for very young children that reflect everyday events, like going on a walk or playing with a pet. I am also interested in picture books for older children that feature wild animals, endangered species, and animal advocacy in general.

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.

"Antonia Quail" by Rebecca Newth Harrison (illustrated under my maiden name, Anne Ruleman)

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media
  • 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 Itika Gupta

Hi Anne Barach  welcome to the Challenge Community!
Such a cheerful and cuddly story of cats. Can't wait to see how your manuscript evolves over the next few weeks. You can find some inspiration in the Challenge Resources and Challenge Personas listed at the end of the Challenge Page.

Photo of Anne Barach

Thank you!

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