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Rainbow Day

A Mummy & Baby Blue Jay experience 6 domains of early childhood development during their daily routine.

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Light dawns and Baby Blue-Jay tweets,

Mummy Blue-Jay feeds him berry breakfast treats. 

They stretch their wings, there’s a rainbow in the sky,

Up they go, across the rainbow they fly.


Baby is about to fly for the first time,

Watching with pride, Mummy beams as he makes his climb.

He takes a deep breath, soaring up above,

Looking into Mummy’s eyes, he feels her love.


Baby’s wings flap so hard – he’s trying his best,

Mummy pauses for a cuddle and rest.

Massaging baby’s wings, Mummy keeps him near.

Together they watch the sun shine on Cherry Street Pier.


Mummy tweets a sweet song

Baby’s eyes light up and he sings along.

Chirping a happy sounding whistle

Baby learns to talk, flitting to a thistle.


“It’s time to fly,” Mummy sings to Baby Blue-Jay. 

The flock comes to cheer and play.

Their wings start to flutter, their feet hop-hop,

Over branches, soaring above a rooftop. 


Perching on branches, Baby jumps for joy,

An acorn tree – not just food, also a fun toy.

Collecting acorns is Baby’s favourite thing to do.

How many can you count? 1-2-3 then up he flew!


Baby loves to play Acorn-Hide-And-Seek,

He buries acorns in the ground using his beak.

Mummy doesn’t know where they could be.

They play Acorn-Peekaboo. Baby giggles with glee!


It’s time for bed. Baby’s in his nest.

Mummy holds him close to her chest.

Smiling she warbles, “Baby, I love you.”

“Mummy, I loved my Rainbow Day. I love you too.”

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

We guide parents through effective, simple positive interactions with their child in ways that'll build brains whilst enhancing nurturing care & connection. Each stage of the day is based on 6 key domains of ECD as per our framework: The Rainbow Play Approach. Each page will be a different colour representing a key developmental area: RED: social/emotional skills; ORANGE fine motor skills, YELLOW: language & communication, GREEN: gross motor skills; BLUE: cognitive; PURPLE: creativity.

Share your suggested book title

Rainbow Day

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

We have used our unique, evidence-based framework that supports holistic and integrated early childhood development called the Rainbow Play Approach. Our framework is based on 6 key domains of early childhood development: 1. social/emotional development, 2. fine motor skills, 3. language & communication, 4. gross motor development, 5. cognitive abilities 6. creativity & imagination. “The ingredients of play are precisely the ones that fuel learning: in addition to promoting a state of low anxiety, play provides opportunities for novel experiences, active engagement, and learning from peers and adults.” (Pyle, 2018) We have used research from UNICEF, WHO, Harvard and other leading research bodies to inform our framework and manuscript. Each page of the manuscript guides a playful interaction between a caregiver and child that would enhance the quality of nurturing interactions and early brain development.

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

We have chosen a blue jay to represent a bird commonly found in Philadelphia/other North American cities. Cherry Street Pier also features. Rooftops and green spaces feature to show urban environments. We've created simple routines between a mummy & baby bird to show how daily interactions can build connections e.g. the importance of eye contact & smiling at your baby; importance of touch & baby massage; the importance of singing with baby, talking to them and communication to build their vocabulary; we highlight opportunities for playful movement and playing games such as peekaboo. We have kept it simple so that caregivers in urban contexts can apply these ideas into their busy schedules.

Location: Country

Botswana Africa

Location: City


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Tell us more about you / your team

Priyanka is a graduate from the University of Oxford, a social entrepreneur & educational consultant. She is the Director of 5 early childhood organisations in Botswana including Learn To Play, a community development organization that transforms lives through Play. She is the co-creator of The Rainbow Play Approach, a unique framework for holistic early learning. Priyanka is passionate about Play, Nature & Literacy, incorporating these values in her work as well as in her role as a published children’s author and speaker at international early childhood conferences. But most importantly, she's the mum to two wonderful children. This framework has been co-created by Caroline Gartland. Caroline is a Play, Well-being & Mental Health practitioner who supports Learn to Play through curriculum development & training. Caroline applies her expertise to ensure that our framework is trauma informed & that we are meeting goals of positive mental wellbeing through our pedagogical approach.

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

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

An Elephant's Tale - published by Tota Books.

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
  • I am/we are are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .

Though it is a cute story I am missing the link between the title and the story.
Good Luck to us all.