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On my block

To help young children realistically identify with the people they see in their neighborhood.

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Lets go for a walk around the block, said dad.

Look there is a florist. Lets stop and smell the flowers.

Look there is a (street) musician. Lets stop and listen. 

Look there is an (mural) artist. Lets stop and watch them paint.

Look there is a(food truck) food seller. Lets stop and eat.

Look there is a(school) crossing guard. Lets stop and wait.

Look there is a(park) friend. Lets stop and play.

It's getting late, said dad. Lets go home.

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

I envision the pictures would capture the sights and sounds of an urban setting. Too often urban children do not have a reference in books that match what they experience in everyday life.

Share your suggested book title

On my block

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).

Lets go for a walk around the bock,said dad. Look there is a florist. Lets stop and smell the flowers. Look there is a musician. Lets stop and listen. Look there is an artist. Lets stop and watch them paint. Look there is a street seller. Lets stop and eat. Look there is a crossing guard. Lets stop and wait. Look there is a friend. Lets stop and play. It's getting late, said dad. Lets go home.

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

The words in the story are tier 1 early learning words. There is a repetitive sequence which allows the child to anticipate the second half of the sequence and is easily memorized so the child can repeat the words even before reading. The pictures help the child figure out what the higher tier words are, for example florist, musician and artist. There is a sing song quality to the short sentences. And finally the story helps children begin to identify their five senses by referring to smell, sight, hearing and taste.

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

I have visited Philadelphia on several occasions and what I most enjoy is the diversity of people, community murals and the distinct character of different neighborhoods.

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

I am hoping that children will connect to the images that they see in the world on a daily basis. I would like children to see real people from their neighborhood that they can relate to. Too often children's books portray only those helping professions, but the community is made up of so much more.

Location: Country

Usa

Location: State or Department

Maryland

Location: City

Baltimore

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)

  • Facebook

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • An individual

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I like that the story matched the person to an action.
Musician and playing
Muralist and painting
But it is soooo short!!!!
(In my best toddler voice) I want more!

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