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Little Man

Little Man is about an African-American toddler spending a summer afternoon with his family and neighbors.

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[Setting: Neighborhood Block Party]

This is Little Man.

Little Man can do many things.

Little Man can stretch up

high, high, high

just like Pop-pop.

[Little Man is standing on his tippy toes and stretching his limbs just like his grandfather.]


Little Man can get down,

low, low, low

just like Lulu.

[Little Man is crawling around a small path of grass with his sister Lulu.]


Little Man can run

fast, fast, fast 

just like Major. 

[Little Man is running as fast as his older brother, Major, down the street.]


Little Man can walk

s-l-o-w-l-y

just like Bolt.

[Bolt is a neighbor’s pet turtle. Little Man is walking in slow motion next to Bolt on the sidewalk.]


Little Man can get messy

mmm, mmm, mmm

just like Daddy.

[Little Man and his father are eating hamburgers at a picnic table.]


Little Man can get clean

splash, splash, splash

just like Mommy. 

[Philadelphia Firefighters have opened the fire hydrant. Little Man’s mother is carrying him on her hip. The two are smiling at each other as the water from the hydrant rains down on them.]

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

This book depicts a summer afternoon at a neighborhood block party. While reading this book, children and their guardians can make connections between the characters in the text and the fun they have had at neighborhood parties. All the while gaining some exposure to opposites such as up/down and fast/slow.

Share your suggested book title

Little Man

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).

This is Little Man. Little Man can do many things. Little Man can stretch up high, high, high just like Pop-pop. Little Man can get down, low, low, low just like Lulu. Little Man can run fast, fast, fast just like Major. Little Man can walk s-l-o-w-l-y just like Bolt. Little Man can get messy mmm, mmm, mmm just like Daddy. Little Man can get clean splash, splash, splash just like Mommy.

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

With this book caregivers will be able to help build their child's vocabulary by acting out the scenes while discussing new words and reinforcing old words. For instance, together readers can stretch up high or get down low to review the words high and low or up and down. Not only does this book introduce a number of tier 1 words it also introduces opposites such as up/down, high/low, fast/slow and clean/messy. The familiar situations and settings of playing at a neighborhood block party will allow children to make connections with what they see in the story and what they themselves have experienced. Source: https://www.pediatriccarectr.com/pcc-reads/

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

I currently live and work in Philadelphia, PA.

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

In writing Little Man I imagined a family similar to the personas Terrell and Jasmine. The setting of the neighborhood block party was inspired by the parties that spring up during the summer months here in Philly and in Washigton, DC. (where I once lived). Neighbors of all ages are sitting on stoops, curbs and cars eating, dancing to music and chit chatting. I hope caregivers and children, specifically people of color, see themselves in the story. I hope this book serves as a positive representation of an African-American family living in a diverse city neighborhood loving each other and growing together.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm currently an early childhood literacy specialist. I taught Head Start for two years in South Philadelphia. I also taught prekindergarten and kindergarten for four years in Washington, DC. I'm an avid reader of picture, middle grade, and YA books. However, I wish there were more stories that represented people of color in a variety of settings, situations, and time periods.

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)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • Twitter

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Very charming story. I like the action and potential for active interaction between the caregiver and child. Good luck to you.

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