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Similar but different

This story encourages us to see and appreciate diversity, culture and similarities in a way that inspires confidence within our community.

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Similar. But different.

Better together.

…….

Similar notes. Different songs.

Together, we can sing along.

…….

Similar giggles. Different games.

When we play together, the fun is the same.

…….

Similar foods. Different tastes.

Shared together makes a happy place. 

…….

Similar pages. Different words.

Read together, we all are heard. 

…….

Similar place. Different pasts.

Here and together, we are local at last.

…….

Similar family. Different members.

Love one another, together forever.

…….

Look again. 

 

What do you see that is different? 

What is the same?  

How can it be better together?

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

Bright, yet simple, illustrations paired with the message of embracing diversity and seeing past differences to similarities will help children and adults alike see camaraderie and acceptance within their community.

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Similar but different

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).

Similar. But different. Better together. ……. Similar notes. Different songs. Together, we can sing along. ……. Similar giggles. Different games. When we play together, the fun is the same. ……. Similar foods. Different tastes. Shared together makes a happy place. ……. Similar pages. Different words. Read together, we all are heard. ……. Similar place. Different pasts. Here and together, we are local at last. ……. Similar family. Different members. Love one another, together forever. ……. Look again. What do you see that is different? What is the same? How can it be better together?

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

All words of this story, with the exception of “local,” are Tier 1. The story rhymes for a fun and memorable cadence. The sentences are short and work well with colorful illustrations. The length, repetition and rhythm are ideal for the attention span of children three and under. (Early Childhood Book Writing resources.) The story also touches on cultural diversity, the importance of appreciating and acknowledging differences and the value of embracing these differences and accepting others for theirs. Paired with purposeful illustrations and specific language, each challenge persona and Philadelphian can see himself or herself in the story. (Urban Contexts resources and Challenge Guides and Resources)

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

Urban communities are a melting pot of cultures, ages, religions, family dynamics and attributes, as illustrated by the challenge personas. However, when we boil it all down, our urban communities are constructed of people striving for the same happiness and fulfillment. We are all local. We all belong. This story encourages open interaction across those living in diverse communities by calling attention to our differences while appreciating our similarities.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Missouri

Location: City

Kansas City

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

Imagery will be critical to the success of this story. Simple, colorful and meaningful illustrations can bring the message to life in a myriad of ways. The artist could use animals as one way to illustrate the story or human characters depending on his or her vision and interpretation. Philadelphia landmarks should also be incorporated into the imagery to bring a sense of familiarity to the reader.

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Hi Molly Gall  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Love how your story talks about celebrating the difference and similarities between each other.
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 listed on the challenge page

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