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Pajarito Chiquitito (Spanish) Little Baby Bird (English)

My target audience with this submission is the Amanda persona so I'd want the illustrations to be the focus of the pages - not the words.

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Pajarito chiquitito - Spanish:

Yo soy un pajarito chiquitito. Vivo con mi mama y papa. Un dia mama y papa me van a ensenar a volar.

Yo soy un pajarito chiquitito. Cuando soy más grande, voy a volar como mama y papa. ¡Ellos dicen que puedo aprender volar como ellos!

¡Primero, dicen, escucha como nosotros volamos!

¿Escuchas el sonido que hacen nuestras alas? Es como escuchar una mama leer un libro.

¡Mira como nosotros volamos!

¿Ves como movemos las alas? Es como girar la página de un libro.

Yo soy un pajarito chiquitito. Cuando soy más grande, voy a volar como mama y papa. ¡Ya que se como es el volar, quiero intentar!

Intento mover mis alas como mama y papa. (illustration of birdie trying, then falling over)

“Buen intento!” dicen mama y papa, “es como intentar leer un libro”

mama y papa vuelan otra vez. Escucho la voz del viento. Aprendo sus sonidos.

X time después (depict seasons that pass)

Yo soy un pajarito chiquitito. Intento mover mis alas como mama y papa (illustration of birdie getting some height, flying short distances, showing practice over time)

“Bien hecho! Excelente!” dicen mama y papa

Yo soy un pajarito chiquitito. Cuando soy más grande, voy a volar como mama y papa. ¡Ya que intenté volar, quiero practicar como volar!

Intento mover mis alas como mama y papa. (illustration of birdie trying across three images, and succeeding).

“Puedo volar, puedo volar!” gritó el pajarito chiquitito. “Wooohoooo!” exclaman mama y papa.

“Entonces, a donde quieres volar nuestro querido pajarito chiquitito?” preguntan.

Me parece una decisión tan difícil como escoger un libro para leer – piensa el pajarito chiquitito.

El fin.

Little Baby Bird - English

I am a Little baby bird. I live with my mom and dad. One day, mom and dad will teach me how to fly.

I am a little baby bird. When I am older, I am going to fly like my mom and dad. They say I can learn to fly just like them!

First, they say, listen to how we fly!

Do you hear the sound that our wings make? It’s like listening to a mom read a book.

Look at how we fly!

Do you see how we move our wings? It’s like turning a page in a book.

I am a Little baby bird. When I am older, I am going to fly like my mom and dad. Now that I know what flying is like, I want to try to fly!

I try to move my wings like mom and dad.

Nice try! Say mom and dad, “it’s just like learning to read”

X time later

I am a Little baby bird. When I am older, I am going to fly like my mom and dad. Now that I have tried to fly, I want to practice flying!

“I can fly, I can fly!” shouted Little baby bird. “Wooohooo!” shout mom and dad.

“Now that you can fly, where do you want to fly to?” they ask.

This choice seems as difficult as picking a book to read – thinks the Little baby bird.

The end.

 

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

The idea is to make it a fun story about birds to the child, but liken it throughout the way to the learning process for becoming a literate child for the parent. I want it to be a book that caregivers can use in multiple languages, so I would put the emphasis on illustrations (would love to collab!). As a result, I think this story would have more pages than average, even at ~240 words. Would love to look at ideas for how to shorten/include two languages in the same copy.

Share your suggested book title

Pajarito Chiquitito (Spanish) Little Baby Bird (Inglés)

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

I aim to show that even a young child can learn from hearing a story read aloud, and being part of the story time experience (eg. turning pages) from a young age. I've also attempted to instill the ideas of growth mindset in referencing practicing, and how parents responses are framed. I would show length of time between milestones over a given period (illustrated via seasons changing in background). While I'm not sure it would be noticed, the number of seasons that pass could correlate with the typical time frames it takes a child to move from one milestone to the next in their language development. I attempted to use language that would encourage "motherese/baby talk" as that has been shown to increase young children's attentiveness to the task at hand (I found this easier to do in Spanish than English). In using a bird as my analogy, I hope to give an easy motion for young children to mimic and physically engage with story time while verbal abilities are developing.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

MA

Location: City

Boston area (Cambridge)

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm pursuing my Masters in Education in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this year. I have selected my coursework to focus on research around fostering bilingualism and biliteracy in young children (specifically birth to age 3), and understanding cross-cultural and intra-cultural similarities and difference in parenting practices and beliefs. I have also studied how we can thoughtfully apply neuroscience literature to education settings. I am very interested in leveraging this knowledge to better support families that endeavor to raise their children to be bilingual, or (as I like to say) bi-literate.

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  • No

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  • No

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  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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  • I am an aspiring entrepreneur

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Just like first steps for a toddler there is first flight for baby birds.
The caretaker should be able to make the linkages.
Good luck to us all.