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Repeat After Me!

This rhythmic, rhyming call-and-response story celebrates the relationship between children and their different caregivers.

Photo of Rebecca Penix-Tadsen

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Repeat after me: PopPop (PopPop)

Tall as a

Tree: Hop up! (Hop up!)

(drawing: PopPop morphed into a tree, holding out his arms for child to jump into)


Repeat after me: Lao Lao (Lao Lao)

Helps me

See: Wow wow! (Wow Wow!)

(drawing: Lao Lao lifting child to see a nest with eggs)


Repeat after me: Papa (Papa)

Shares his

Cheese: Chomp it! (Chomp it!)

(drawing: Papa reaching cheese toward child)


Repeat after me: Nana (Nana)

She’s got

Three: bananas (bananas)

(drawing: Nana offering one of three bananas)


Repeat after me: Abue (Abue)

Sit me on your

Knee: Let’s play! (Let’s play!)

(drawing: Abue on park bench, laughing with child on his knee)


Repeat after me: Baba (Baba)

Pretends to

Eat: Gobble! (Gobble!)

(Drawing: Baba pretending to nibble on laughing child’s arm)


PopPop, Lao Lao, Papa

Nana, Abue, Baba


What are the names that YOU use

For the people that love you?

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

My vision is to create a story that recognizes and celebrates a variety of caretaker and child relationships. My hope is that this story is engaging and fun to read aloud together; a story that children and their caretakers will love to read together over and over.

Share your suggested book title

Repeat After Me!

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).

Repeat after me: PopPop (PopPop) Tall as a Tree: Hop up! (Hop up!) Repeat after me: Lao Lao (Lao Lao) Helps me See: Wow wow! (Wow Wow!) Repeat after me: Papa (Papa) Shares his Cheese: Chomp it! (Chomp it!) Repeat after me: Nana (Nana) She’s got Three: bananas (bananas) Repeat after me: Abue (Abue) Sit me on your Knee: Let’s play! (Let’s play!) Repeat after me: Baba (Baba) Pretends to Eat: Gobble! (Gobble!) PopPop, Lao Lao, Papa Nana, Abue, Baba What are the names that YOU use For the people that love you?

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

This rhythmic, rhyming story features call and response to actively engage both care-giver and child in playful bonding while reading together. This book is designed for repeated readings and its Tier One vocabulary base, along with rhythm and rhyme, will facilitate ever-increasing child participation. This sort of playful interaction is supported by UNICEF’ 2018 publication on “Learning Through Play,” which notes that the formation of neural connections in a child’s brain “are triggered by rich, loving and protected environments, in the context of responsive and playful caregiving.”

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

I lived in South Philly for three years and worked multiple jobs there (booking musical acts, nannying for 2-year-old twins, and working for a social welfare agency, teaching Life Skills classes for underserved middle school students among other responsibilities). I currently teach in a high school 45 minutes away from Philly, so many of my students, friends and colleagues live in or are from Philly and surrounding areas. Philly is a jewel of the East Coast - my family and I love to spend time here!

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

This story’s variety of different caregivers, often neglected in traditional children's literature, reflect the diversity and interconnectedness of caregivers and cultural backgrounds prevalent in urban settings such as Philadelphia. Many urban caregivers include regular park visits in their childcare routines, and the majority of the story takes place in an urban park where all of these caregivers can be found. Caregivers featured in this story: PopPop = Philly area grandpa; Lao Lao = maternal grandma (Mandarin); Papa = grandma or dad (multiple cultures); Nana = grandma or nanny (multiple cultures); Abue = grandma or grandpa (Spanish/Hispanic); Baba = grandma (Slavic, other)

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Delaware

Location: City

Newark

Tell us more about you / your team

I have two children (now 9 and 11) of my own and have worked with children of all ages for many years. Reading has been a central way for me to connect with all of these children. I understand firsthand the value of connecting literature with love and want my stories to facilitate literacy and bonding. Many children in my life are cared for primarily by people other than, and often much older than, "Mom" and "Dad," and I wanted to create a story that celebrates these authentic, loving relationships.

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

My plan is for the rhyming word to be anticipatory and revealed by a picture on the next page so that the child has a chance to guess before seeing the word. For example, in the passage: Repeat after me: PopPop (PopPop) Tall as a... (picture) tree: Hop up! (Hop up!) The child has a chance to anticipate "tree" and then sees the picture for confirmation. Many different styles of illustration could work here; the key is engaging images that interest both children and their caregivers

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/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Photo of Robyn Campbell
Team

I love this. We all have names we use. It is a great idea. Best of luck.

Photo of Rebecca Penix-Tadsen
Team

Thank you so much! - Rebecca

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