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Move taps into a child's desire to emulate the cars and planes and bikes and trains that fill the city streets and skies.

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People get from place to place in so many different ways.

Helicopters twirl.

Twirl like a helicopter.

Ice skates glide.

Glide like ice skates.

Trains chug.

Chug like a train.

And kids…


Run like a kid.

Bicycles spin.

Spin like a bicycle.

Surfboards surf.

Surf like a surfboard.

Airplanes fly.

Fly like an airplane.

And kids…


Run like a kid.

Skis slide.

Slide like skis.

Pogo sticks bounce.

Bounce like a pogo stick.

Trucks rumble.

Rumble like a truck.

And kids…


Run like a kid.

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

Every child likes to move like the cars and planes and bikes and trains they see in their daily life. This book gives kids a chance to copy those movements while linking the different vehicles with the names and descriptions of the way those vehicles move.

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

Research has shown that learners of all ages learn best when they link their visual, auditory and tactile worlds. Move offers kids and their caregivers a book that encourages kids to act out the words they hear and the pictures they see. Move uses a repetitive structure to help children focus on the key words rather than get lost in sentences and ideas with which they are unfamiliar. In addition, Move taps into the research that supports kids learning best when they engage in physical activity. In a society that is increasingly sedentary, a book like Move that gives parents, caregivers and, especially, early childhood teachers a chance to get their children moving is increasingly important.

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

The vehicles represented in this text are chosen because they comprise many of the vehicles a child in an urban setting is likely familiar with. My hope is that by linking pictures with words and actions children will learn the vocabulary of their everyday life.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City


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Tell us more about you / your team

Having spent much of my childhood in China (Xinxiang, Henan Province) and Nigeria (Jos, Plateau State), I value stories and books that present a multicultural perspective and foster an inclusive world view. As a writer and as a teacher, I strive to promote hope and a growth mindset in my readers and my students. I currently teach at Reynolds Middle School, a large and diverse middle school outside Portland, Oregon. In addition to teaching, I coach and have helped with the after school program. I live with my wife and daughter. Prior to teaching at Reynolds Middle School I worked at Concordia University-Portland, Self Enhancement Inc. (an organization dedicated to helping urban, under-served youth realize their full potential) and ran the after school program for a local daycare.

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

I hope the illustrations for this book utilize pictures (either photographs or drawings) of children from a variety of cultural backgrounds and family structures. In addition, I see the vehicles illustrated with drivers/operators that do not necessarily conform to gender and racial stereotypes.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

The Sea Star War; Writers in the Know, September, 2018 Grandma's Scissors; Better Than Starbucks, July, 2018 Come My Love; Edify Fiction, forthcoming Carolina's Treasure; Dime Show Review; August, 2018; also to be published in a forthcoming issue of Oracle To Catch a Leprechaun; Bangalore Review; October, 2018 A Blessing; Torrid Literary Journal; January, 2019; also to be published in a forthcoming issue of Oracle Lighter Days; Writers in the Know; Spring, 2018 And others.

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 Shondra M. Quarles

Great integration of ACTIONS kids can mimic!

Photo of Paul Rondema

Thank you for the affirmation. I hope the text can be a catalyst for movement both in and out of the home.

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