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Maddie Loves to Move!

Maddie uses familiar city animals to teach young children important and fun exercises while encouraging counting and imagination.

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Hello! My name is Maddie.  I love to jump.  

I jump at the playground.  I even jump in puddles.

Show me how high you can jump.

Wow!  I am glad you are here.  I am about to play a game. 

Would you like to join?


Let’s move like animals.  What animals can jump?

Frogs! Frogs love to jump at the park.

Let’s do frog hops.

We are green with long pink tongues.

I crouch down and leap up as high as I can.  RIBBIT!  Try this with me and count to 5.


You can jump like a frog!

What animals can fly?

Birds! Birds love to fly through the busy city. 

Let’s do flying birds. 

We have red feathers and orange beaks.  

I balance on one leg, put my wings out and lean forward. I flap my wings like I am flying.  FLAP! FLAP! Try this with me and count to 5.


We are not done yet.  Switch legs and count again.


You can fly like a bird!

What animals love to growl?

Bears!  Bears love to growl at the zoo!

Let’s do bear crawls.

We have brown fur and big paws! 

I stand on my hand and feet and crawl low to the ground. GROWL!  Try this with me and count to 5.


High five!

Please come to play with me again soon!

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

My book is an interactive story that brings children and their caregivers into a conversation with the character! It is so important for young children to love to read, but children ages 0-3 are especially wiggly. My book combines the excitement of reading and meeting animals from all over the city with standing up and MOVING.

Share your suggested book title

Maddie Loves to Move!

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

This manuscript helps caregivers support language development by encouraging discussions about the animals they see outside. When asked in the manuscript, "What animals love to jump?" of course there are many animals that jump. Before moving forward, the caregiver and discuss or even point to animals that jump. This same notion goes for animals that "love to fly" and "love to growl." Source: Tier 1 Vocabulary List An interactive book has the potential to be a child's "favorite" story. When children are asked questions directly in a book, they begin to understand how a book can make you think. Source: Best Books for 0-5 Years I wrote "Maddie Loves to Move" because I couldn't find exercise related books to read to my four young daughters. There was Yoga books everywhere, but nothing that truly taught exercise through a story. This book has the power to teach LIFELONG exercise skills to children AND caregivers Source: Everything About Writing a Picture Book

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

I have visited Philadelphia multiple times and it is a city that has the ability to make you feel comfortable and cozy while you're there EVEN FOR THE FIRST TIME! I remember walking up the "Rocky" steps and feeling like I had been there for a week because I felt so comfortable. I had only been there for a couple hours. The only drawback was I didn't know how to order a Philly cheesesteak and the man behind the counter yelled at me :) I'll go in more prepared next time! (just kidding, this was part of the charm!)

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

Children that are 0-3 living in an urban area and children that are 0-3 living in the suburbs or country have the same love for animals whether they see them on T.V. at the zoo, or in their backyard. These children also love to stand, then sit, then stand and wiggle around, then flop on the ground. My manuscript aims to teach children AND their caregivers exercises they can do anywhere! I believe reading and literacy are such important elements of growing up but when you can combine them with physical activity, its priceless!

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City

Cumming (Metro Atlanta)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mother of four daughters, a preschool teacher and a personal trainer. I have written several manuscripts where exercise is cleverly disguised through animal friends. Overall, I want my stories to encourage young readers and their families that through exercises, you can overcome fears and challenges and become a better you!

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)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


Join the conversation:

Photo of Ellie Roscher

I used to teach movement class to preschoolers and we spent so much time pretending to be animals and laughing together! I can picture my 2-year-old getting off the couch to be these animals while I read! So interactive and fun! Thank you!

Photo of Anne Jeudy

Thank you for taking the time to read it!! I have 2 year old twins and book that allow them to move are their favorites! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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