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Runaway Baby

Babies are curious and active in their environment once they start to crawl!

Photo of Lisa Carver
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p.1-2   Where has that baby gone off to?

p.3-4          Ha! Got your nose, twinkle toes, sweet elbows

                                             my little cutie-pie

p.5-6  Where has that baby gone off to?

p.7-8              Ha!  Making a mess, getting undressed, a bit fearless

                                             my little munchkin

p.9-10 Where has that baby gone off to?

p.11-12              Ha! Behind the bed, under the spread, eating cornbread

                                             my little babykins

p.13-14  Oh, my cutie-pie, munchkin, babykins.......where are you?

p.15-16  In my arms with kisses and hugs, safe and snug

                                            our little lovebug


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

The manuscript shows the playful relationship between parent/caregiver and the child through the hide and seek scenario, the rhyming of the scene and the different baby nicknames. The baby is exploring and the parent allows it with affection.

Share your suggested book title

The baby never 'runs away' but is active and exploring. I think the title fits the manuscript.

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

The manuscript is rhythmical in the visual: asking the repeated question and describing what the baby is doing with descriptive adjectives. Baby may be making a mess, but it's good behavior and one that the parent is enjoying because of the supportive language. The story ends with a positive question of using the affectionate nicknames in calling for the baby and giving safety of loving arms.

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

Philadelphia is a destination for visiting family and all the wonderful cultural places to visit! We love this city!

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

This manuscript resonates with any family, caregiver or daycare. Babies need endless attention and affection, but they also must be able to safely explore their surroundings. The manuscript could depict an outdoor city space on pages 1-4.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City

Hopkins - Minneapolis metro

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a Montessori educator, director, administrator, business owner and teacher trainer. I've owned my own school and have worked in both private and public schools. I also have a degree in child psychology and have studied fine arts and music in college. I have used the Montessori method to teach children to read. My favorite authors of children's literature are based on what children love to see and hear. I feel there is a void in true beginning phonic books - a time to hook a young reader into their own skill sets of reading. This contest is a first experience for me in writing. It's a fun opportunity to use rhyme and repetition in a little story with the goal of acquiring language.

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

The illustrations for this manuscript would be fun and colorful. The line and pages of 'where has that baby gone off to?' would show the parent watching the baby take off. The follow-up lines would be the parent/caregiver engaging with what the baby was getting to.

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

Congrats on your entry. Best of luck.

Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi Lisa Carver  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Lovely concept of writing about the child exploring the world around them with their first movement of crawling.
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources on the main challenge page.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

short and sweet to the point. Nice Lisa

Photo of Dawnnbooks .

Active and visual.
When they learn to move they do indeed MOVE!
Nicely done.

Photo of Lisa Carver

Thank you!