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Let's Clap for the Helpers

Let's Clap for the helpers encourages children to celebrate who helps their community.

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Let’s find the helpers in our neighborhood and clap for them!

Clap for the bus drivers!

They help us get where we need to go.

Clap for the garbage collectors!

They help keep our neighborhood clean.

Clap for the store workers!

They help us buy what we need.

Clap for traffic police!

They help us cross the street.

Clap for our neighbors!

They help us when we need a friend.

Who else is a helper? What about you?

YOU help when you pick up your toys. Clap for you!

YOU help when you give someone a hug. Clap for you!

Who helps in our neighborhood! We all do!

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

The book is intended to be read by a caregiver to a child so that the child can clap along with the caregiver as they read about their neighborhood.

Share your suggested book title

LET'S CLAP FOR THE HELPERS

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).

Let’s find the helpers in our neighborhood and clap for them! Clap for the bus drivers! They help us get where we need to go. Clap for the garbage collectors! They help keep our neighborhood clean. Clap for the store workers! They help us buy what we need. Clap for traffic police! They help us cross the street. Clap for our neighbors! They help us when we need a friend. Who else is a helper? What about you? YOU help when you pick up your toys. Clap for you! YOU help when you give someone a hug. Clap for you! Who helps in our neighborhood! We all do!

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

In an article on the Zero to Three website, “Read Early and Often,” authors Sarah S. MacLaughlin and Rebecca Parlakian explain the importance of reading to very young children. The authors point out that even infants under six months old enjoy time with their caregivers and hearing words. As they grow older they begin to recognize images and they understand many words before they can talk. The more words they hear, the more they will learn. Adding in physical motions can help as well: “Look for ways to connect that energy to the story, such as asking your child to hop like the rabbit in the book.” The story LET’S CLAP FOR THE HELPERS includes clapping for this reason.

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

Visited several times. I have lived in urban environments my entire adult life and so feel comfortable writing a book set in one.

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

This story was written with urban neighborhoods in mind, so that a child would recognize images from the book that match what they see every day. Being able to recognize such images will help with language development.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Ohio

Location: City

Cincinnati

Website URL (optional question)

deegarretson.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I write for children and am very passionate about how to find ways to help children learn to love reading and to consider it part of their everyday life.

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

I love the vibrant colors of Sara Anderson's board books. I think this type of illustration would be very enjoyable for young children

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

HarperCollins: WILDFIRE RUN WOLF STORM SwoonReads/Macmillan: ALL IS FAIR Albert Whitman Boxcar Children Books: The Sleepy Hollow Mystery The Election Day Dilemma Journey on a Runaway Train The Clue in the Papyrus Scroll The Detour of the Elephants The Sea Turtle Mystery

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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

  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Meeting the people in the neighbourhood very interactive as they get pointed out.
Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.

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