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Monsters, Monsters! If you want to see, come to the carpet and read with me.

Realistic visual art will inspire children to create and use their own imagination, while introducing diversity through differences.

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The bold is the book writing. The quick tip is in parentheses 'can be on a quick tip page that comes with the book and craft kit or at the bottom of each page in small font.

(quick tip, before you start remember to stop and enjoy each page with the child/children.)

Monsters, Monsters! Really big and really small. 

(Quick Tip- Use hands and pitch in voice for big and small, notice the monsters shape and tell/ask the shape and color.)

Monster, Monsters! Can be short or even tall.

(Quick Tip- Questions are a great way to extend thinking while reading and pay attention to detail. "Hmm, Who is short and who is tall 'me or you?)

Monsters, Monsters! Some have two eyes like you and me. Others have one or maybe even three.  

(Quick Tip- count the eyes with the child/children. Ask them if they can use their fingers to count how many?)

Monsters, Monsters! Furry like bears, Some like our dads that have no hair.

(Quick Tip- questions, what other things can be furry? It said some dads have no hair, Not all dads so does anyone live with a furry dad, uncle, grandpa, or mom? 

Monsters, Monsters! With horns on their heads. Also, their are some with sharp teeth and a smile that I dread.

(Quick Tip- Oooh, What does sharp mean? or Have you ever got to open the mail at home? What is mail?

Monsters, Monsters With long wiggly tails, or others with claws sharp enough to open up our mail. 

(quick Tip- Questions, Can you think of some animals with long tails? and Can you wiggle? show them how to wiggle your tail.)

Monsters, Monsters! well how neat! This group of monsters have no feet.

(Quick Tip- These monsters are a group of shape monsters, point and see if the child/children know the shape and or the colors.)

Monsters, Monsters! Some look nice, while others may look mean.

(Quick tip- why do you think she looks mean? Slanted- What makes him look happy? Smile. give them time to answer)

Monsters, Monsters! Are different colors. Look! he is ? Blue and she is? Green

(Quick Tip- Point at the character when you read the question to see if the child/children know the color.)

Monsters, Monsters! Fly in the air, Live in a cave, or is right over there! 

(Quick Tip- when you read this act startled, point behind the child/children when you say OR OVER THERE!!) Keeps them active during reading

Monsters, Monsters! I sure do love. The ones hiding under our beds, and those who are from up above.

(Quick Tip- What do you think these monsters sre doing? Are they small or Big?)

Monsters, Monsters! Can you see? How different they are, just like you and me. 

(Quick Tip- Allows for critical thinking and discussion about the difference of the group of children. Or ask the child about differences in friends or family.- I have curly hair and freckles, you have no freckles and straight hair....)

Hmmm? Monsters, Monsters! In here I do not see, so when you have time will you try to make one for me?


Craft Kit Time!

(Quick Tip for crafting activity- Art is a Process not a product allow your child/children to create what they want. Ask them to tell you about their monster? why they made the monster the way they did, and put their name on it and ask them where they would like to hang it)


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

To make the characters enjoyable and inspiring for children by giving them life through a creative kit that has a specific curriculum development for children and caregivers to do together each page with a quick tip to help extend each page. I didn't get read to when I was young I feel that it is important to combine an activity with each book and I have drafts for a book for each character in this book, I want a whole town of monsters, that live in a little town called curricula.

Share your suggested book title

Monsters, Monsters! If you want to see, come to the carpet and read with me. Because reading should be predictable and there should be a special place to read like with this title, preschool classes come together at the carpet to read.

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).

Monsters, Monsters! Really big and really small. Monster, Monsters! Can be short or even tall. Monsters, Monsters! Some have two eyes like you and me. Others have one or maybe even three. Monsters, Monsters! Furry like bears, Some like our dads that have no hair.Monsters, Monsters! With horns on their heads. Also, their are some with sharp teeth and a smile that dread. Monsters, Monsters With long wiggly tails, or others with claws sharp enough to open up our mail. Monsters, Monsters! well how neat! This group of monsters have no feet.Monsters, Monsters! Some look nice, while others may look mean.Monsters, Monsters! Are different colors. Look! he is ? Blue and she is? Green. Monsters, Monsters! Fly in the air, Live in a cave, or is right over there! Monsters, Monsters! I sure do love. The ones hiding under our beds, and those who are from up above.Monsters, Monsters! Can you see? How different they are, just like you and me. Hmmm? Monsters, Monsters! In here I do not see, so when you have time will you try to make one for me?

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

The use of color and multiple words with characters that give a visual example of the words. A rubric for early education was also used to grade the book when I turned it in for an assignment for one of my IEC Classes. Provided Quick Tips will help the adult with engaging the child/children in conversation and give value to the detail of every page. The art kit that comes with the book will give characters life in the eyes of a child and will provide a fun activity to be shared between caregivers and child/children. Having a series will make an opportunity for routine reading and if enjoyed will open up new ways to bring other books to life in many other ways. Singing, Monster Moving. I have used the book in an early education program and the children enjoyed the fact that monster eyes actually moved so they shook every page. I enjoyed the monsters they created as I feel caregivers will as well.

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

It is not from personally being there I do not travel far off that often. But I love artistic expression and I know that the art there is very interesting a whole lot of abstract art that makes me think that I am looking into someone's head or their dreams. Do love the abstract paintings of the city as well.

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

To inspire creative thinking and visual art through storytelling. I want to create a world where learning is exciting and fun with a surprise to look forward to after every book. Differences are very important and at the end of this book is when you have the opportunity to talk about differences in each other as well as differences in others that have not been seen yet. A big importance to me is special needs and acceptance of differences with peers to cut down on if not eliminate damaging behaviors that can come without the acceptance of diversity and social actions of our future leaders because the children we teach will one day be the leaders of our community.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Kentucky

Location: City

Pineville

Tell us more about you / your team

I focus on the interests of the children and try to use things that they are already familiar with like water colors children use a whole lot of water colors. One focus that I have had after creating my book has been to try and make an entire curriculum bundle with the characters in the book. I also want children to be able to express themselves with art because it benefits so many things in our lives. I am a mother of three teenage boys. Currently I am working towards my Early Education Degree for Teaching. Growing up I didn't have a whole lot of experience with books and being read to but I spent a whole lot of time outdoors using my imagination, in school growing up and even now I can tell that the lack of reading exposure caused me to have some serious comprehension issues and a vey poor writing skills like with spelling. My personal interests in books as an adult has made a huge difference in my life. My children have made even more. Early exposure to literature is so important.

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

Water color art look not squeaky clean art. Try to keep the emotion of the characters because they have stories of their own that will one day be written. I really would like it to have a hands on artistic vibe not a digital art remake. Something a child can relate there own art to.

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)

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media
  • i have been looking off and on for book contests or publishing for two years.

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • Mother of three teenage boys/ Student and Volenteer for Earlly education.

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Such an interesting way to introduce the idea of diversity. Not sure if the scary side of monsters and that similar aspect of our differences plus the difficulty of accepting each other was intended by you the writer, however the word monster base on usage both connotes and denotes fear and antagonism most times. Good story line and a wonderful way bringing out our diversity.
Regards.
Won't mind if you gave me feedback on my story.
All the best to all of us.

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To comment on Ashanti's stories or any other writer of interest to you just click the name of the person. Start with yours! :0)

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the characters aren't scary at all, I have introduced them to 2 early education programs and the big red round one is actually a very loved monster. I made them with poster boards and sand a song with letter sounds with the monster and they really liked him and for the rest of the year he became a job when we met at the carpet a different child got to get him and bring him to the carpet to learn a new letter sound. I don't make my drawings real scary and what would be the difference in a big round red monster to a big purple dinosaur. I understand what you mean but not with this story.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
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Betty you've misunderstood my remarks. I said that the way you have used it to bring out the diversity (is the focus of my statement). I am glad that the kids loved what you did. Part of the challenge is to reach the diversity in Philly. so you have captured that spot on.

Photo of Betty Hoskins
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I did say my writing and grammar are poor and really comes down to the lack of literature I was exposed to as a child, my communication with adults may be a little on the rough side but my communication with young children is really great. The way I see diversity is in a variety of differences like a child who is deaf or in a wheel chair maybe even a child from a low income home that don't dress as well as others. These children need acceptance in the mainstream later on in the higher grades at school. By noticing the differences that they are familiar with is just an early milestone to acceptance in others differences. You should always discuss a book after reading take time and notice the details with the young. When I mentioned they are all different like you and me it offers us the opportunity to discuss the colors of our skin, the way our hair looks, how we are shaped differently and so on I hope I am getting this out right. They don't immediately understand heritage or race they just notice difference in their appearances and some by the different ways they speak like with ASL and ELL. Other books later in a series of books can build on to that more difficult knowledge later.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
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Wonderful.. Actually yesterday we were all required to do three

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Well said for the latter part of the comment. You have demonstrated that you are brilliant. Keep up the good work.
All the best

Photo of Betty Hoskins
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thanks bunches, and thank you for taking the time to look at my idea and if you do have any questions please let me know.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
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You are welcome.

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