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My Baby

The story highlights the reciprocal love a baby/parent/caregiver has for each other through the gift of a smile

Photo of Lisa Carver
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When the morning sun shines in

     And the day is about to begin

And we hear the sounds of our city

     My baby's going to smile at me

When the morning sky has clouds

     And the wind will blow for hours

And the rain falls on streets and trees

     My baby's going to smile at me

When the evening light grows dark

     And we have to leave the park

My friends will all agree

     My baby's going to smile at me

When the evening sky shines a star

     You know I'll never be far

I am yours and you are mine

     My baby's smile is so fine

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

A baby and parent/caregiver bonding through a smile is the glue of love. No matter how the day unfolds, love between the two is always present.

Share your suggested book title

This manuscript needs a better title! My Baby is in the script and an easy title.

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

Everyday is a challenge for a parent. Work, home life, and raising children are priorities and always a juggle of energy. I wanted a manuscript to show that no matter how the day evolves, the child is present and to be mindful of that love the child gives and needs reflected back. Language in the manuscript depicts day and night time vocabulary. The rhyme and repetition of the phrases will interest the reader to go on to the next scene.

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

I love Philadelphia for it's history, culture and people. My son and daughter-in-law live in the area and we visit often.

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

I would like the illustrations of this manuscript to show city scenes and people working, commuting and living in the city.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a Montessori educator, director, administrator, business owner and teacher trainer for 40 years. I've owned my own school, and have worked in both public and private schools. I also have a degree in child psychology and have studied fine arts and music in college. I have used the Montessori method to teach children to read for 4 decades. My favorite authors of children's literature are based on what children love to see and hear. I feel there is a void in true beginning phonic books - a time to hook a young reader into their own skill sets of reading. This contest is a first for me - an opportunity to use rhyme and repetition for a little story with the goal of acquiring language.

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

The first two lines of the stanza show the day or night scene. The second two lines of that stanza show a parent/caregiver in different situations looking at each other and smiling.

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


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Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi Lisa Carver  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
You have a very lovely, simple, rhythmic about the city and all the observations about it.
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources on the challenge page

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