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Philly Walk

A book with rhyming, counting, sounds and alliteration ending in a message about inclusion with fun ways to engage a young mind.

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Out we go for a Philly walk

Excited by all there is to explore on this block

Using our eyes to see, ears to hear, nose to smell and mouth to taste

Let’s go in a hurry there’s no time to waste


One yellow car in the street goes honk and drives by

Two blue jays in the tree say tweet as they take to the sky

Three white buses filled with people go beep, brrroom and bounce along

Four girls play hopscotch as another skips rope while they all sing a song 

Five dogs sniff grass, jump, play ball and bark

Six strollers spin as children laugh in Sister Cities park

Seven bike riders roll right, ringing their bells on their way

Eight colorful flags from faraway friends flap in the wind on Franklin Parkway

Nine grey buildings silently shoot up to the sky so high

Ten people talk loudly eating fresh fruit from the farmer's market nearby


This is our city of brotherly love with so much to see

Different types of people all happy and free

We walk, talk and laugh together, feeling as one

As family, friends and neighbors, we have so much fun

We learn from each other and let everyone speak

No two of us alike, each one of us is unique

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

We wanted to emphasize the healthy parts of the city such as the parks, bicycles, nature, local fresh food and community while set in the sounds and sights of the city. At the same time, we wanted it to all meld into a message of inclusion that diverse and successful cities embody.

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Philly Walk

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).

Out we go for a Philly walk Excited by all there is to explore on this block Using our eyes to see, ears to hear, nose to smell and mouth to taste Let’s go in a hurry there’s no time to waste One yellow car in the street goes honk and drives by Two blue jays in the tree say tweet as they take to the sky Three white buses filled with people go beep, brrroom and bounce along Four girls play hopscotch as another skips rope while they all sing a song Five dogs sniff grass, jump, play ball and bark Six strollers spin as children laugh in Sister Cities park Seven bike riders roll right, ringing their bells on their way Eight colorful flags from faraway friends flap in the wind on Franklin Parkway Nine grey buildings silently shoot up to the sky so high Ten people talk loudly eating fresh fruit from the farmer's market nearby This is our city of brotherly love with so much to see Different types of people all happy and free We walk, talk and laugh together, feeling as one As family, friends and neighbors, we have so much fun We learn from each other and let everyone speak No two of us alike, each one of us is unique

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

The book takes several aspects of the early childhood language development research and evidence into account. It uses much of the early vocabulary that children learn while including patterns (counting up), sounds to mimic and rhymes to engage children in the target range. Additionally we added alliteration to make things fun in some sentences and encourage sounding things out or repetition for fun. We also included motions that the reader can do along with the child such as pointing to the parts of our body that give senses in the second sentence and making the motions of the bus bouncing and bicycle rolling or children skipping. These action words can also engage the listeners helping them learn as well. These elements can build up over several reading from age zero to 3.

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

We have come in for work-related reasons and visited friends that have lived in various parts of the city several times over many years and enjoyed ourselves every time while noting the changes over the last couple decades as well. We incorporated places familiar to us from our visits.

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

Yes, we weaved in the things that children will see and notice as the walk down a city block and include some specific features of Philadelphia as well. We hope the intended vision, to highlight healthy city living and inclusion, are seen as central to urban life. This can be a nice way for anyone, children included, to engage the city and understand their role in it. We think beyond the direct benefit of helping early childhood literacy, these themes here can become foundational aspects for young children growing up in urban contexts.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

CA

Location: City

San Mateo

Tell us more about you / your team

Two parents of young girls with a hobby for writing fun poems together. Professionally, we work on humanitarian, financial inclusion and urban health issues through research, teaching and innovative city programs. We are connected to the partners and communities in this challenge as they are a focus of our work. We work with both domestic and international vulnerable populations to understand and develop interventions on the issues above.

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

We are not very artistic or visual people and have been attracted to a number of the visuals in our daughters' books. One of our favorites is the visuals from the books "Ada Twist, Scientist" and "Rosie Revere, Engineer."

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

  • No

If yes, please list titles and publications.

We have published many scientific papers and reports but nothing of this nature except for one piece in a graduate school literary magazine a long long time ago.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • Two parents. One is on faculty at a University and the other works for the city of San Francisco

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Fantastic job. I wish you the best of luck.

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