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My Mommy, My Superhero

This book shows that through a child's eyes it is easy to see that kindness is a superpower.

Photo of Aryana Woodyard

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 Mommy and I go for a walk. “To the store,” Mommy talks. Down the street, we go on our feet, past all the people we are about to meet.

 Bob's at his food truck! We love what he makes, Mommy buys his Philly cheese steaks.

Next in line, is the man with the sign. Mommy gives him all of her dimes. 

Then we walk through the park. I hear a big doggy bark. Mommy says, “I think that’s Mark. Let’s get him home before it is dark.”

Mommy picks up the phone, hears the dial tone, and calls the owner to get the dog home. 

Then we walk a little more, on our path from before, and go into the superstore. 

A lady in a chair reaches her arms into the air. “May I help you?” Mommy asks with care. Mommy grabs the honey bear. 

We grab all we need, plus a bag of seeds, I hold the door open, Mommy likes my good deed.

“Time to take these seeds to sister’s school, their garden will be super cool.” 

We push the button on the speaker. Mommy hands the seeds to Mrs. Teacher. 

Mommy says it time to go. We wave to people that we know. I want my kindness to always show, like my Mommy, my superhero.

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

I would like to see parents and children fall in love with both reading and kindness.

Share your suggested book title

My Mommy, My Superhero

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

The majority of the words in this book are in the tier 1 category. I used the tier 1 word list compiled by Robert J. Marzano that is provided on the resource list. I tried to focus a lot on the word "mommy" because that is typically one of the words a child understands.

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

I tried to describe experiences that children living in the city might have. One amazing thing about cities is the amount of diversity. Unfortunately, parents tend to shy away from talking to their children about differences like poverty and disabilities. I hope this book provides encouragement for healthy dialogue about these topics.

Location: Country

The United States

Location: State or Department

Idaho

Location: City

Boise

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a college student at Boise State University. My hometown is extremely small, so when I moved to the city for the first time, I saw it through new eyes, like those of a child. The city can be a scary place filled with strangers, but those strangers are just like you and me. Our kindness is what turns strangers into friends, I wanted a children's book to show that.

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

I found these images on Google Images under the search of "mom and toddler drawings cartoon."

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Henrys Fork Journal (it is an anthology published composed of writings from summer camp students.)

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 Perlina Murray
Team

I like when the specific age group is identified within the introduction. It is what this idea is all about.  Also how about and pass the people we are about to meet?

Photo of Aryana Woodyard
Team

Thank you, and thanks for the suggestion.

Photo of Perlina Murray
Team

You are welcomed.

Photo of Elsa Brink
Team

I really like your story-line. What a sweet way to learn kindness! Could you make the text more rhythmic, that it flows on a 'beat' a bit better?

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

I love it as well

Photo of Aryana Woodyard
Team

I will edit it with the beat in mind. Thank you for your feed back.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

MUM THE SUPER HERO!!!!!
Our parents are our first teachers.
We do as they do.
Nicely done to you and mum!

Photo of Aryana Woodyard
Team

Moms are amazing! Thank you so much.

Photo of Virginia Brackett
Team

Aryana, your idea is excellent. I gave one of my grandchildren a t-shirt announcing Kindness is a Super Power, and your demonstration of that idea is an endearing one. As you make changes, I suggest that you focus on matching word-length and number of syllables between your lines for smoother movement. That will also make them easier to repeat by young readers. This is a lovely slice-of-life manuscript.

Photo of Aryana Woodyard
Team

That t-shirt sounds amazing! Thank you for the suggestion and your kind words.

Photo of Bonnie  Averbuch
Team

This story is so sweet! There are a few places throughout that I have some thoughts on.
For: Bob in his food truck likes to bake, Mommy buys his Philly cheese steaks - maybe you could say "Bob's at his food truck, we love what he makes. Mommy buys his Philly cheese steak." Just a thought since cheese steaks aren't really baking, but it's a minor thing really.

Also, the lines: Mommy picks up the phone and gets the doggy home. Then we walk a little more, and go into the store.
I think you you could separate this since you don't continue with the same rhyme.

Mommy picks up the phone, hears the dial tone. She calls the owner to get the doggy home.

We walk a little more, back on our path from before. We head into the grocery store.

Photo of Aryana Woodyard
Team

Thank you so much! Those are great suggestions!

Photo of Itika Gupta
Team

Hi Aryana Woodyard  welcome to the Challenge Community!
Loved to see a manuscript with a story about a universal superhero: a mom. Thanks for writing a story about her, a story for her.
Since your final readers will be from the age group of 0-3 yrs, it may be interesting to tweak the manuscript to make it simpler, rhythmic and more engaging for your readers. You can learn more about early childhood development and tips on writing for this age group in the “Challenge Resources” listed at the end of the Challenge Page.

Photo of Aryana Woodyard
Team

Thank you for your input and suggested resources. This is truly a great community.