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Mail for me! (revised)

Introduce bilingualism to young children through a story of two kids writing each other to share their world in simple words.

Photo of Camila Garcia

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Mail for me?
I can’t wait to see

I am here
you are there
Let’s both share
because we care.

I speak English
Yo hablo español.


My City: philadelphia
tall building
Small house
tower with clock
perfect for a walk

Mi ciudad: Buenos aires
Edificio alto
casa pequeña
un obelisco
y el papa Francisco.

My house
one, two, three floors
5 windows, one door.

Mi casa
uno, dos y tres pisos
3 ventanas, una puerta
también tengo una huerta.

My dog
This is my pet
her name is Juliet.

Mi perro
Mi mascota
Con su pelota.

My family
Father, mother
we love each other.

Mi familia
Papá y Mamá
una hermana y un hermano
Y yo siempre de la mano.

Te escribo luego
Thank you for sharing
My friend
from another place.

There is mail for you.
Mail for me?
I can’t wait to see.

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

Mail for me! It is a book that seeks to motivate families to read in two languages to their children, either to teach their home language together with English or to introduce a new language and culture, through the teaching of simple and everyday words. The vision is that the book can become part of a series that allows it to be done in several languages, representing several cultural contexts and teaching acceptance for cultural diversity from a very young age.

Share your suggested book title

Mail for me!

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

“Census Bureau data for 2017 shows nearly 48.2% of residents in America's 5 largest cities now speak a language other than English at home” (CIS.org, 2018). These mean that many children are being raised as bilinguals. “There is a wide scientific consensus that bilingual infants develop two separates but connected linguistic systems during the first years of life. We now know that infants have the innate capacity to learn two languages from birth and that this early dual language exposure does not delay development in either language” (Espinoza, 2013). Books in home languages are a vital part of every early childhood learning environment as they connect children to family and develop a positive self-image. Readiness and success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language (Head start, n.d.). For others, bilingualism is a choice, and parents may wish to expose their child to another language, even if they do not speak a second language

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

The idea is to introduce familiar settings in urban contexts. Show the general feeling of each child's city, their house, the playground. The intention is to show children that other countries aren't so different from ours and if they are, the basics (house, family, pets) are still part of many children's lives.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Virginia

Location: City

Fairfax

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mom of two young girls born in the USA and raised in a Spanish speaking home. I always cared about their language development in both languages and value the importance of bilingualism in their whole development. Professionally I am a design thinker who happens to focus on early childhood education. Recently ending a master in early childhood education I have had the chance to learn a lot more about the importance of reading to young children, the importance of teaching them about diversity from a very early age and the benefits of keeping a strong foundation of their home language at home. I’ve combined both areas (education and design thinking) for the last couple of years and I am very excited about this challenge and the opportunities it can bring for young generations.

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

Board book with high contrast images in cartoon/vector style. Big illustrations, few words.

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Elisa Galindo
Team

Beautiful idea of kids exchanging mail and getting to know each other and the possibility of introducing other languages in future books.

Photo of Camila Garcia
Team

Thank you Elisa. Yes, it has lots of potential for future publications.

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