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Sargent the Artist

Sargent the Artist is about an African-American boy who loves to paint.

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Sargent is an artist.  

He likes to sculpt. 

[Two images: 1. Making sculptures in mud or sand while at the park. 2. Making sculptures in his mash potatoes at dinner]

He likes to draw.

[Sargent drawing on the wall with a crayon.] 

But most of all he likes to paint. 

Sargent paints all kinds of things: 

[Images of Sargent's paintings]

dinosaurs, Brownie [pet dog], castles, trains, Daddy [Sargent is literally painting his father while his father, an artist, is drawing.]

and cars that go vroom, vroom, vroom.

Red cars like fire engines. 


Green cars like peas.


Yellow cars like the lion at the zoo! 


Orange cars like Goldie [pet goldfish]!

Glub, glub. glub 

Blue cars like the rain.

Plip, plip, plop, plip, plip


Purple cars like Nana’s flowers.  

Sniff, sniff, sniff ATCHOO!

So many colors. So many cars. Sargent likes to paint them all. 

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

I imagine a caregiver and a child who share a love for art reading this book together.

Share your suggested book title

Sargent the Artist

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).

Sargent is an artist. He likes to sculpt. He likes to draw. But most of all he likes to paint. Sargent paints all kinds of things: dinosaurs, Brownie, castles, trains, Daddy and cars that go vroom, vroom, vroom. Red cars like fire engines. Woo-woo-woo! Green cars like peas. Mmm. Yellow cars like the lion at the zoo! R-O-A-R! Orange cars like Goldie! Glub, glub. glub. Blue cars like the rain. Plip, plip, plop, plip, plip. And purple cars like Nana’s flowers. Sniff, sniff, sniff ATCHOO! So many colors. So many cars. Sargent likes to paint them all.

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

With this book caregivers will be able to help build their child's vocabulary by using the pictures to discuss new words and to reinforce old words such as peas, lion, cars, and rain. Not only does this book introduce a number of tier 1 words it also introduces a few tier 2 words such as artist and sculpt. Teachers and caregivers with a love of art would especially like these terms. Caregivers can use this book to discuss colors and art forms. The familiar objects mentioned in the story would also allow caregivers and children to make connections between the story and themselves. For example, "Do you remember when we saw the lion at the zoo? That red fire engine looks like the fire engine on our block". This story would also encourage group activities such as making art together. Source:

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

I currently live and work in Philadelphia, PA.

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

In writing Sargent the Artist, I imagined the persona Sean but as a young child. In the persona description, Sean was described as a creative person. I took this & imagined Sargent as an artist. The character Sargent is named after the African-American artist Sargent Claude Johnson. Philadelphia, much like many large urban cities, is filled with all kinds of talented artists. I took this opportunity to share a story of how one might get their start as an artist. I hope caregivers and children, specifically people of color, see themselves in this story. I hope this book serves as a positive representation of an African-American family living in a diverse city.

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Tell us more about you / your team

I'm currently an early childhood literacy specialist. I taught Head Start for two years in South Philadelphia. I also taught prekindergarten and kindergarten for four years in Washington, DC. I'm an avid reader of picture, middle grade, and YA books. However, I wish there were more stories that represented people of color in a variety of settings, situations, and time periods.

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)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • Twitter

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Thank you!

Photo of Shondra M. Quarles

I have a book manuscript titled, Theo the Artist. My hubby is a muralist in Dallas...He loves to paint portraits and other things... and even has a self-portrait of himself as a child which is featrued in the story....and it's actually about him. It was written 12/21/2018. He asked me to write it, lol..but it reminds me of this..(the concept) but it is different because he paints things that my hubby actually painted. That's why this is beautiful to me! I am inspired by children (Eye Heart Teaching) and Art!

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