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Philadelphia Baby!

A happy rhyming story that focuses on the daily activities in a child's life. This includes going into the community and time with family.

Photo of Cindy Sommerfeld

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Give to me a morning kiss, something I don't want to miss

Philadelphia baby!

Morning leche' in my cup,  perro wants to drink it up

Philadelphia nino!

 Run to Fairmount Park and play, come with friends, a bright new day

Philadelphia bacha!

Fried up Plantains for my lunch, yummy- I like this a bunch

Philadelphia bebe'!

Fishtown, Durham, SPB, let's look for books at  Philly Free!

Philadelphia nina!

Say beep-beep on Market street, wave to friends I want to meet

Philadelphia dua be'!

Twilight, streetlight, hugs and home, auntie, brother here they come

Philadelphia mtoto!

Night-night wishes time to sleep,  say, 'shush-shush' then dreaming deep

Philadelphia bao bei!

Let's kiss and clap, sing and run, then we point in books for fun

Philadelphia baby 

Ti cheri, mijita,mine, here is our learning space and time

Philadelphia baby!


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

A story that looks at daily life for a child

Share your suggested book title

Philadelphia Baby!

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

I have read widely on infant brain development and language development for 0-3. I also reviewed the resource list. My manuscript is rhythmic and repetitive with simple words, including words from the tier 1 list. At this age level if a child is not interested in a book, they simply will not pay attention, so it needs to engage them

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

I have only been to Philadelphia twice, but I have worked with families in urban areas. In my recent research I have learned a bit about the initiative of the Philadelphia Free Library system to develop more programming to promote literacy and language development for the very young. Through a multitude of storytimes and new 'learning spaces' they are providing a resource and place to go in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

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

This story conveys a sense of the richness of varied cultures along with the similar activities that all families participate in each day with their children. Children will connect with activities that they are familiar with and have participated in. If there are also words that connect with the heart/home language of a family- this can also create a stronger connection to the text. I have recently added action words that caregiver and child can do together. Also layering on some of the familiar locations of the community along with terms from a variety of the cultures that are present in Philadelphia. Language, especially other languages are part of the make-up of the community.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a speech-language pathologist and I have worked with families in 0-3 services for over 15 years. Children at this age level learn and retain information best when language is simple, repetitive and rhythmic. They also learn best from people that they know. Creating a book for a community to use, that reflects their own community is a great idea.

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

It could be effective to have photos of actual families from Philadelphia. It could also be effective to have line drawings with photo backdrops of familiar places in Philadelphia. - Babies focus on faces and this interests them, close up of faces is important.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Speech Sound Stories for the Very Young -volume 1 Speech Sound Stories for the Very Young- volume 2

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 Jennifer Buis

Cindy, Sweet how baby moves through her day and across the city! Well done! Best wishes today!

Jennifer Buis
Author of Buddy Goes To Clark Park in West Philadelphia
( Based on a true story and told through the eyes of Buddy our rescue dog.)

Photo of Cindy Sommerfeld

Thank you for your kind words- Best Wishes to you as well!

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