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Reading With Baby

Opportunities for reading with baby can happen in a variety of scenarios, anywhere and anytime!

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READING WITH BABY


Apples

Carrots

Peas

Milk

“Grocery time!” (Picture: Mama reading grocery list to baby)


Reading out loud,

as fun as can be.

Reading with baby,

share some more with me.



“Once upon a good old time” sings Nanna (Picture: Grandma singing from choir book as she gives baby a spoonful of cereal)


Reading out loud,

slurp, slurp in my tum.

Reading with baby,

as I eat yum-oh-yum.



“Weather for today is sunny” (Picture: Grandpa reading newspaper as baby plays with his beard)


Reading out loud,

sun, clouds, or rain.

Reading with baby,

I like Grandpa’s cane.



“1”

“2”

“3”

(Picture: Uncle points to the buttons in the elevator)


Reading out loud,

numbers here and numbers there.

Reading with baby,

Uncle’s hat has a grizzly bear



“Wish you were here” (Picture: Aunty reading postcard to baby)


Reading out loud,

postcards in the mail.

Reading with baby,

kitty cat chasing her tail.



“Add one cup milk” (Picture: Big Brother reads instructions out loud as he mixes the cake batter)


Reading out loud,

big brother is baking a cake.

Reading with baby,

A taste I want to take!



“My red bike is very fast” (Picture: Big Sister writes a story)


Reading out loud,

so many stories to tell.

Reading with baby,

I want to ring the bike’s bell!



“Water, soap, coconut oil.”

Bath time! (Picture: Papa reads the soap bottle to baby as he gives baby a bath)


Reading out loud,

splish, splash on my head.

Reading with baby,

as I tuck into bed.



Reading out loud,

as fun as can be.

Reading with baby,

I know you love me.

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

This book encourages loved ones to read to young children by sharing simple day to day scenarios where opportunities exist to "read out loud".

Share your suggested book title

Reading With Baby

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

There is a significant body of research that indicates both language and cognitive developmental benefits in reading to infants and toddlers. One such example is a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at the Puckett Institute that covered 11 studies including 4,020 participants (“Relationship Between Age of Onset and Frequency of Reading and Infants’ and Toddlers’ Early Language and Literacy Development”). Other supportive research include publications in peadiatric journals, two relevant research publications to include are "Mitigating the effects of family poverty on early child development through parenting interventions in primary care." and "Literacy promotion: an essential component of primary care pediatric practice." The power of reading, rhyme, and repetition are also expanded upon in The Cox Campus’ “Learning Center for Learning and Development of Toddlers" educational videos on Reading and Rhyme.

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

The manuscript is reflective of those living in urban contexts through the examples that are shared, grocery shopping, playing in the park, riding in the elevator. Readers will benefit from my manuscript by understanding that reading out loud with young children can happen in a variety of contexts and is not exclusively for reading together at bedtime (which is often not possible for every family). Some direct benefits that I hope to create are encouraging caregivers to feel empowered to engage with their infants and toddlers meaningfully through simple daily activities.

Location: Country

Canada

Location: State or Department

Ontario

Location: City

Markham

Tell us more about you / your team

Although I am not from the Philadelphia area, I am a first generation immigrant living in the Greater Toronto Area. I have a personal passion for social issues, including diversity, equality, language development for non-native English speakers, and bridging the gender and income gap through early educational intervention. I have spent several years working in research at the Institute of Child Study, focused on children in high needs and at risk communities, their caregivers, and their educators across the Greater Toronto area and in Aboriginal regions in Northern Ontario. My professional background includes a Masters in Child Study and Education as well as an elementary school teaching certification with a specialist in special needs education.

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

My vision for the visuals of this book include colorful images depicting children and adults from a range of backgrounds. I envision outdoor scenes to include local Philadelphia based landmarks to help bring a local feel to the target audience.

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

  • No

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I have not had any book publications but have had several research pieces in children's learning published!

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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I really enjoyed reading this Sarah and like the way that it introduces so many family members and celebrates the joy of reading. I wondered if you could swap the first two stanzas so that your second stanza is your first and mirrors the final stanza. I also wondered if the bath time scene could show reading a bath time book with baby to show that all the reading experiences are leading up to him /her reading her own book. Just suggestions, I think this is such a lovely idea :o)

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@DeletedUser Thank you so much for the feedback! I like your ideas and will see how I can incorporate them :)

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Have fun :o)

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Reading through the ideas, I came across another Marty lapointe-malchik  who is also exploring the theme of importance of books and reading. Connecting you two Sarah Naqvi  and Marty lapointe-malchik  to provide a couple lines of feedback to one another’s manuscript submissions.
Happy connecting!

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Nice story

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Hi Sarah Naqvi  Great to see you joining the Challenge!
We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Challenge. You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your post by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. We're looking forward to seeing your submission in this challenge.

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Thanks for the reminder to move my submission from draft to published Itika Gupta ! I just published it, sooo excited about this challenge, this topic is so near and dear to my heart!! Thanks for putting together such a meaningful challenge, I'm looking forward to this journey together with you all :)