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Party Time!

This manuscript will integrate playful illustrations with fun, age-appropriate concepts set within an urban context.

Photo of Erin Bumgarner
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One little girl in her party dress - trying not to make a mess.

Two friends down the street - baking something sweet to eat.

Three aunties in the house next door - bake and bake, more and more.

Four boys around the block - are ready to leave and stare at the clock.

Five doggies dressed in pink - bring along something to drink. 

Six balloons bought at the shop - careful, mommy, don't let them pop!

Seven pals pack their gifts - head out the door - and catch a lift.

Eight more friends arrive in style - adding presents to the pile.

Nine cousins, ready to party - hurry bus, so we're not tardy!

Ten buddies begin to run - the party's starting - let's have some fun!

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

The illustrations in this book will show a diverse group of family and friends (and pets!) getting ready for a party within an urban context. It will emphasize developmentally-appropriate concepts (e.g., numbers, birthday parties) by using simple sentences, rhyming, and age-appropriate vocabulary.

Share your suggested book title

Party Time!

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).

One little girl in her party dress - trying not to make a mess. Two friends down the street - baking something sweet to eat. Three aunties in the house next door - bake and bake, more and more. Four boys around the block - are ready to leave and stare at the clock. Five doggies dressed in pink - bring along something to drink. Six balloons bought at the shop - careful, mommy, don't let them pop! Seven pals pack their gifts - head out the door - and catch a lift. Eight more friends arrive in style - adding presents to the pile. Nine cousins, ready to party - hurry bus, so we're not tardy! Ten buddies begin to run - the party's starting - let's have some fun!

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

This book is geared towards children ages 0-3. The bright illustrations, rhyming and cadence will promote sustained visual attention. Additionally, the book will integrate simple sentences and age-appropriate vocabulary to promote children's receptive and expressive vocabulary. This book focuses on concepts that are familiar to many cultures -- such as parties, food, family, pets, and numbers. By using such themes, this book will provide many opportunities for caregivers and children to engage in conversation and to make connections between the book and their home life.

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

I was raised in New Jersey and visited Philadelphia often as a child.

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

This story takes place in an urban context. The individuals who are getting ready for the party live in different parts of the city. They live in different types of homes. They take different forms of transportation. They look and act differently too. However, they all share a love for their friends and family. The illustrations will be important for emphasizing these concepts..

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Massachusetts

Location: City

Boston

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mother of a young toddler and have a PhD in developmental psychology. I am particularly interested in how interventions can help young children from diverse backgrounds to enter kindergarten ready to learn. I spent a lot of time in Philadelphia growing up, and continued to live in urban settings as I grew older (including NYC, Boston, and Washington DC). I think this combination of experiences has influenced my approach to this work. Specifically, I worked to create a story that is exciting, relatable, and that offers opportunities for caregivers and children to generate lively conversation.

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

I appreciate the illustrations in this book because they are simple, bold, and use color in interesting ways. They are also focused on an urban setting. One major difference between this illustration and what I would want for my manuscript is that these illustrations take place during the night-time. My manuscript would integrate brighter, day-time illustrations.

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 submitting independently, however I do work for a research institution.

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Photo of Itika Gupta
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Hi Erin Bumgarner  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Loved how subtly you have embedded numbers into the story as you talk about all those detailed party preparations.
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 listed on the challenge page

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