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LOVE IS

LOVE IS, based on Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculptures situated in Philadelphia, features children reading, playing, and exploring their city.

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LOVE IS

by Melissa Stoller

146 words

 

  

L O V E is

Four letters 

L O

V E

Connected

Together

A

Bold

Shiny

Sculpture

Standing tall 

In Philadelphia

 

L O V E is 

A feeling

In your heart

When you first wake up

Walking hand in hand 

For an afternoon adventure

Picking a treasure

At the library

To read all week

Sitting on a lap sharing a book 

Snuggling against a shoulder

Listening to a bedtime story

 

L O V E is

Time with family

Exploring the city

Skipping in the sun

Playing hide and seek

Walking your pet

Singing your favorite song

Baking cupcakes

Stacking blocks

Blowing bubbles

Dressing up

Planting a garden

Finger painting

Shaping clay

Creating a mess

Making memories

  

L O V E is

Me, you, us, we, here, now

Reading, talking, listening, running, singing, learning, playing, sharing

Connecting 

Standing tall

Living

Together

Filled with 

L O

V E

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

Based on Robert Indiana's LOVE statues in Philadelphia, LOVE IS focuses on connection and love in an urban setting. Using lyrical poetic language and imagery suitable for children ages 0-3, the story leads readers through a day of exploration and emotion, showcasing a trip to the library, reading and playing together, and everyday activities. The story highlights living each moment with joy, purpose, and love. Young readers and their caregivers will enjoy reading this story over and over.

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LOVE IS

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).

LOVE IS by Melissa Stoller 146 words L O V E is Four letters L O V E Connected Together A Bold Shiny Sculpture Standing tall In Philadelphia L O V E is A feeling In your heart When you first wake up Walking hand in hand For an afternoon adventure Picking a treasure At the library To read all week Sitting on a lap sharing a book Snuggling against a shoulder Listening to a bedtime story L O V E is Time with family Exploring the city Skipping in the sun Playing hide and seek Walking your pet Singing your favorite song Baking cupcakes Stacking blocks Blowing bubbles Dressing up Planting a garden Finger painting Shaping clay Creating a mess Making memories L O V E is Me, you, us, we, here, now Reading, talking, listening, running, singing, learning, playing, sharing Connecting Standing tall Living Together Filled with L O V E

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

This manuscript provides methods for caregivers to support language development in infants and toddlers. I used lyrical and poetic language (such as alliteration) to offer soothing sounds and repetition that children enjoy. I structured the story to take the reader through a day from waking up, to reading a bedtime story at night. Using a familiar pattern such as a day provides children comfort because they can recognize the pattern and then a connection can scaffold and continue from there. In addition, I used the visual of the LOVE statue by Robert Indiana. Caregivers could use this visual to stimulate the imagination of the youngest readers. Perhaps, caregivers could bring the children to see the statues, thereby creating an even more experiential engagement. Research informed my writing. Zero to Three, among another organizations, aided in my research. I was mindful about the language and structure I chose, and research shows that having purpose and mindfulness is essential.

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

I live in New York City, and over the years, my family and I have taken many trips to Philadelphia to enjoy the culture and history. In addition, my oldest daughter attended The University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2018. She still lives in Philadelphia, so we spend a great deal of time exploring all the resources and attractions the city offers, and visiting the friends we have made.

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

Since I have spent so much time in Philadelphia, I wanted my story to reflect an iconic part of that city's landscape - Robert Indiana's LOVE statue. Additionally, I wanted to highlight everyday activities that resonate with anyone who lives in any city, such as visiting a library, skipping in the sun, planting an urban garden, and creating a mess. I hope that by reading my story, readers will recognize the connections they have to their city and to each other. And of course, the underlying theme is love - which I hope will be embraced by everyone who reads this book.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

New York

Website URL (optional question)

www.MelissaStoller.com www.MelissaStoller.com/blog

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a writer living in New York City with my husband, three daughters, and one puppy. In other chapters of my life, I have worked as an attorney, writing instructor, career counselor, early childhood educator, and freelance writer/editor.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

THE ENCHANTED SNOW GLOBE COLLECTION: RETURN TO CONEY ISLAND (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017); THE ENCHANTED SNOW GLOBE COLLECTION: THE LIBERTY BELL TRAIN RIDE (CFP, Fall 2019); SCARLET'S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH (CFP, 2018); READY, SET, GORILLA! (CFP, 2018); RETURN OF THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH (CFP, Fall 2019); SADIE'S SHABBAT STORIES (CFP, 2020); THE PARENT-CHILD BOOK CLUB: CONNECTING WITH YOUR KIDS THROUGH READING (HorizonLine Publishing, 2009).

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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>>Love is...<< is also a series of cartoons.
This is a story that the caregiver should enjoy reading to the little one.

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