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Learn and Grow Baby

Newborn to a playful tot in the blink of an eye, this story embraces physical milestones with call to action literacy activities.

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New baby in Mommy’s arms 

Sing me a song. 

Baby sits on Daddy’s knee 

I love when you talk to me. 

Big baby takes a step 

Grabbing anything I can get. 

Look at baby run! 

Playing with Grandma is fun! 

Snuggly baby holds a book 

I turn the page; you read to me. 

Sleepy baby, all worn out 

Bedtime soon or I will pout and shout. 

Go to sleep baby, 

Tomorrow we will visit the library. 


[Back matter] 

Music is one of the first ways we learn language. Singing is soothing, increases attention span, and introduces new vocabulary. 

When you talk, your baby is listening, picking up, and filtering out the sounds, intonations and inflections of speech before she says her first word. 

Each new movement develops more coordination, and cognitive skills. Encourage exploration and movement while keeping an eye on what those tiny fingers find. 

Through play children explore creativity while developing self-confidence. When you get involved, toddlers learn new concepts and problem-solving skills. 

Reading aloud helps children understand basic structures and patterns of speech. Their brains are sponges soaking up words and information you feed to them. 

Set up a bedtime routine early on. Child will learn what is expected and the order things are done. 

Libraries offer special story times for different age groups. They have wide varieties of materials to check out for free. Keep book accessible to be read and played with. 

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

This engaging book has two parts to it: a sweet 76 word story that grows with a baby complete with action activities, and a call to action for parents and caregivers with why each action described in the story is important. This would be an ideal 0-3 board book that engages, inspires, can be read multiple times and informs about literacy development possibly including tips for each activity.

Share your suggested book title

Learn and Grow Baby.

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).

New baby in Mommy’s arms Sing me a song. Baby sits on Daddy’s knee I love when you talk to me. Big baby takes a step Grabbing anything I can get. Look at baby run! Playing with Grandma is fun! Snuggly baby holds a book I turn the page; you read to me. Sleepy baby, all worn out Bedtime soon or I will pout and shout. Go to sleep baby, Tomorrow we will visit the library. [Back matter] Music is one of the first ways we learn language. Singing is soothing, increases attention span, and introduces new vocabulary. When you talk, your baby is listening, picking up, and filtering out the sounds, intonations and inflections of speech before she says her first word. Each new movement develops more coordination, and cognitive skills. Encourage exploration and movement while keeping an eye on what those tiny fingers find. Through play children explore creativity while developing self-confidence. When you get involved, toddlers learn new concepts and problem-solving skills. Reading aloud helps children understand basic structures and patterns of speech. Their brains are sponges soaking up words and information you feed to them. Set up a bedtime routine early on. Child will learn what is expected and the order things are done. Libraries offer special story times for different age groups. They have wide varieties of materials to check out for free. Keep book accessible to be read and played with.

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

In the story of the baby growing physically there are literacy actions to encourage the support of language development. Sing, talk, play and read are each mentioned and with each there is back matter that explains why each activity is important. Ideally I'd like to also include a couple tips to help. The following are my sources for information and research: www.readingrockets.org "Every Child Ready to Read" Five Practices by Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting "The Association Between Childhood Motor and Cognitive Development" www.elitecme.com ZERO TO FIVE: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science by Tracy Cutchlow My yearly Head Start training and experience has been a huge resource of the importance of sing, read, talk, and play in how children develop.

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 book will inspire caregivers to see more opportunities in their daily lives to enhance early learning with special bonding time activities like reading, and singing a favorite song.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Archbald

Tell us more about you / your team

My drive is to make the world a better place by inspiring kindness and a love for learning in young children, as I believe that they are our future and the hope for all. I am a mother of two. I'm also a substitute teacher at Head Start where I work with children of low income families from ages 0-5. My passion for early literacy can be seen through my advocating for literacy at monthly Head Start meetings, programs I've done at my local library, and my Facebook group that promotes building literacy and bringing parents, caregivers and teachers together to share resources.

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

I want to leave the creative freedom up to the illustrator. I think this manuscript can easily show multiple families so you can showcase different aspects of Philadelphia and the families that live there.

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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Interesting story as the toddler watches the growing stages that the illustrator will use to bring this story to life.
Yes indeed they do grow fast.