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A bouncy, interactive "lift a flap" adventure into the many different but universal languages of "hello".

Photo of Deena Goldstein

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Is it you?

What is your name

And what do you do?


My name is Minh  (lift flap to see character)

Xin Chao is hello

That’s what I say

When I’m on the go


My name is Maria (lift flap to see character)

Hola, how are you?

That’s how I say hi

Each morning, it’s true.


My name is Kaysha (lift flap to see character)

What’s up, how you doin?

Mama told me not to 

Talk while I’m chewin’


My name is Frank (lift flap to see character)

Ciao is my hi

I like to help my dad

When he makes Ziti pie


My name is Aakesh (lift flap to see character)

Namaste, here’s the sun

To brighten our day

To play and have fun


My name is Chen (lift flap to see character)

Ni Hao starts my day

Drawing and dancing

Is how I like to play


Our world is filled with wonderful things

What a simple joy hellos can bring


Language is fun and so many different to choose

Easy to learn and easy to use

A simple hello said any old way

Can you say hello to someone today? 


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

Caregiver & child participate through reading bouncy text. Lift-a-flaps engage child's motor skills & participation. The book teaches the reader and child alike the universal sameness of "hello" and exposes them to a variety of languages found in urban areas, which they learn together. The books shows the sameness in our differences, kindness and acceptance.

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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).

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

As attention span is short, this iambic pentameter text provides the opportunity for the caregiver and child learn to pronounce the word hello in different languages in a concise, brief, engaging way that keeps the child's interest. Then, the end of the book invites the child to say "hello" to someone - discussion can be had about who they will say hello to and perhaps utilize the language they have learned in the book.

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

I want readers to have fun learning language and learning that we all speak the universal language of being human, that simply learning how to connect is not scary and can be fun. Teaching children this at a young age affect their interactions in the neighborhoods and schools and formulates their perceptions on differences and diversity.

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United States

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Location: City


Website URL (optional question) I'm an artist and have been painting and writing for more than 30 years. My work is inspired by life, love. My writings, although not featured on the website are available upon request.

Tell us more about you / your team

I have worked with a variety of community partners through the artwork I create. It's important to me to continually connect, give back and share the positivity our planet so desperately needs. I do a work with the teen population in teaching them self expression through art and have taught classes. I also work with animal charity & rescue organizations. I'm all about kindness, acceptance and love. Universal language that gets overlooked by the book jacket we all wear. So often our culture is not willing to open the book to see what's inside for fear of what the cover holds. I create to inspire, challenge and share my positive message through image and writing.

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

I've attached just a few samples of my children's book illustration which I have done for years, but have not been published. I would be happy to create characters for this book or work with someone who had a vision of what they felt each character could be. I do feel the manuscript is whimsical and so a watercolor or colorful, fun character for each passage would be great.

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists


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Photo of Virginia Brackett

Deena, I enjoy the rhythm and continuity in use of the term "hello" in varied languages. It's a lovely celebration of diversity.

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