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Show Your Dance Moves

A small child explores her world with her family and friends

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Show Your Dance Moves


The baby says “ball.” Her mommy finds a ball.

They play with the ball all morning long. Bounce bounce bounce! Bounce around the house! 


The baby says “apple.” Her daddy brings an apple.

They eat the apple for an afternoon snack.  Munch munch much! Hear that apple crunch!

 

The baby says “song.” Her brother picks a song.

They sing together while sitting on the stoop. Dee di dee di dee! Deep beep bi dee!!


The baby says “dog.” Her sister calls the dog.

They pet the dog gently on his back and head.  Soft, soft soft! The fur is very soft!


The baby says “cart.” Her aunt puts her in the cart.

They drive the cart around the grocery store. Yummy, yummy food! Looks so good!


The baby says “bus.”  Her uncle points to the bus.

They ride the bus together all the way home. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh! The wheels go whoosh!

 

The baby says “book.” Her grandma brings a book.

They sit on the couch and read out loud.  Books, books, books! We love to read books!


The baby says “dance.” Her grandpa comes to dance.

They twirl and spin all across the room. Show your dance moves, get into a groove!

 

The baby says “wash.”  Her mother brings the clothes.

They push the START on the washing machine.  Spin, spin, spin! Watch those clothes spin!

 

The baby says “hug.” Everyone comes for the hug.

They hug each other and hold on tight.  Love, love, love! Sharing lots of love!

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

The book allows a child and caregiver to talk about many everyday activities like riding a bus, going to the laundromat, eating snacks, and playing. The book encourages singing, dancing, hugging, reading and doing things together with your extended family and community. The book explores rhyme/rhythmic language, sounds, and actions.

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Show Your Dance Moves

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).

Show Your Dance Moves The baby says “ball.” Her mommy finds a ball. They play with the ball all morning long. Bounce bounce bounce! Bounce around the house! The baby says “apple.” Her daddy brings an apple. They eat the apple for an afternoon snack. Munch munch much! Hear that apple crunch! The baby says “song.” Her brother picks a song. They sing together while sitting on the stoop. Dee di dee di dee! Deep beep bi dee!! The baby says “dog.” Her sister calls the dog. They pet the dog gently on his back and head. Soft, soft soft! The fur is very soft! The baby says “cart.” Her aunt puts her in the cart. They drive the cart around the grocery store. Yummy, yummy food! Looks so good! The baby says “bus.” Her uncle points to the bus. They ride the bus together all the way home. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh! The wheels go whoosh! The baby says “book.” Her grandma brings a book. They sit on the couch and read out loud. Books, books, books! We love to read books! The baby says “dance.” Her grandpa comes to dance. They twirl and spin all across the room. Show your dance moves, get into a groove! The baby says “wash.” Her mother brings the clothes. They push the START on the washing machine. Spin, spin, spin! Watch those clothes spin! The baby says “hug.” Everyone comes for the hug. They hug each other and hold on tight. Love, love, love! Sharing lots of love!

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

The book was informed by early childhood language development research and evidence in the following ways--There was attention placed on finding Tier 1 and Tier 2 words that would be accessible to the 0-3 population. and so I focused on using a mixed list. I also tried to create scenarios that lent themselves to caregivers asking children questions--such as "do you like apples? What kind of snacks do you like to eat? Can you show me how you would pet a dog?" And the book could be referenced when out in the community at the bus stop, at the grocery store, or sitting on a stoop. There is also a serve and return element--with the book offering the child a time to make sounds--whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, or crunch, crunch, crunch--where a parent or caregiver could repeat the sounds. As an aside, it also references the baby reading with a family member, which reinforces the goals of celebrating early childhood literacy.

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

I have spent some time in Philadelphia--walking around different neighborhoods. It's a short trip from New York and it's a vibrant city.

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

I included some elements about city living--the grocery store, laundromat, stoop and bus stop--which are a big part of city kids' lives.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

Brooklyn

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a public health consultant and have done a little bit of work in the early childhood development space. I am also a mother of two kids and serve on the board of a non-profit that brings writers and illustrators to underserved middle and elementary schools in NYC.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Hurts Like A Mother Citizen In Chief Brooklyn By Name

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently no

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Quite interesting the way the baby is the protagonist getting things as needs be. Good try.

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