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Look!

Look! is a rhyming pictorial 'walk' through a neighborhood where children can discover and count.

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Page 1:

                        Title page with copyright info

 

Page 2/3:       I love to count! Let’s start with one.

                        One songbird in the morning sun.

 

Page 4/5:       Socks and mittens come in twos.

                        Can you help me find two shoes?

 

Page 5/7:       Where’s my book about three bears

                        With just right beds and just right chairs?

 

Page 8/9:       Four kittens love to roll and tumble

                        Now they’re napping in a jumble.

                        

Page 10/11:    I see five things with wings to fly.

                        Don’t forget to check the sky.

 

Page 12/13:    Animals play in the park.

                        Can you find the six that bark?

                         

Page 14/15:     Seven ducklings waddle by.

                        Six are bold and one is shy.

 

Page 16/17:  Eight red apples in a stack.

                        Put them in a paper sack.

 

Page 18/19:  Nine new cars parked in the lot.

                        Five are blue and four are not.

 

Page 20/21:     And when it’s time to go to sleep

                        I close my eyes and count ten sheep. 

Page 22/23:   1 songbird

                        2 shoes

                        3 bears

Page 24/25:  4 kittens

                        5 flying things (birds and airplane)

                        6 dogs

Page 26/27:  7 ducklings

                        8 apples

                        9 cars

                        10 sheep 

Page 28/29:  And when I need a hug or two

                        I can always count on you.   

Page 30:         Dedication

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

Look! is a pictorial puzzle book ('baby I Spy') that teaches contextual reading clues, numbers and rhyme in a walk through the neighborhood.

Share your suggested book title

I would suggest something simple such as LOOK! so the emphasis is on using visual clues.

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).

Page 1: Title page with copyright info Page 2/3: I love to count! Let’s start with one. One songbird in the morning sun. Page 4/5: Socks and mittens come in twos. Can you help me find two shoes? Page 5/7: Where’s my book about three bears With just right beds and just right chairs? Page 8/9: Four kittens love to roll and tumble Now they’re napping in a jumble. Page 10/11: I see five things with wings to fly. Don’t forget to check the sky. Page 12/13: Animals play in the park. Can you find the six that bark? Page 14/15: Seven ducklings waddle by. Six are bold and one is shy. Page 16/17: Eight red apples in a stack. Put them in a paper sack. Page 18/19: Nine new cars parked in the lot. Five are blue and four are not. Page 20/21: And when it’s time to go to sleep I close my eyes and count ten sheep. Page 22/23: 1 songbird 2 shoes 3 bears Page 24/25: 4 kittens 5 flying things (birds and airplane) 6 dogs Page 26/27: 7 ducklings 8 apples 9 cars 10 sheep Page 28/29: And when I need a hug or two I can always count on you. Page 30: Dedication

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

Caregivers can help children connect with familiar settings (home, park, grocery shop, car lot etc) and strengthen the skill of visual and contextual clues for reading. Engaging in movement, rhythm, rhyme all build a child's repetoire for language and counting. My favorite resource is Mister Roger's neighborhood. Children can explore their own setting as well as others --- using their natural sense of wonder as they grow and learn.

Location: Country

The beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA

Location: State or Department

Oregon

Location: City

McMinnville

Website URL (optional question)

http://www.stephanieshawauthor.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I have worked in public education for many years. I have written and published several books for children ranging in age from 0 to ten years old. I am a long time member of SCBWI and connected to many other children's book authors and illustrators. I learned of this challenge through a writing group in Portland, Oregon.

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

I have worked with illustrator Rebecca Harry on three publications with Little Tiger, UK and three with Read Your Story (USA).

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Little Tiger/Tiger Tales: BEDTIME IN THE MEADOW, 2013 UNDER THE SLEEPY STARS, 2014 BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, 2015 LULLABY FARM, 2016 Sleeping Bear Press: A COOKIE FOR SANTA, 2014 THE LEGEND OF THE BEAVER’S TAIL, 2015, SCHNITZEL: A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR LAZY LOUTS, 2016, PIECE BY PIECE, 2017 TAILS FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER, (TK 2020) Simon and Schuster, UK: MOO LA LA! COW GOES SHOPPING Read Your Own Story: What Would You Like For Tea?, 2018 My Shapes, 2019 My Sweet Sounds , 2020

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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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
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Nice introduction to counting as well as slipping in a sleeping "pill"
Strong indicators for the illustrator.

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