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Some Girls Have Short Hair

A fun sing-along book introducing freedom of gender expression.

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Some girls have short hair.

You can look under my hat and wonder what is there.

I washed it, I promise I showered,

Though I know it’s rare,

Some girls have short hair.


Some boys have long hair.

It started growing and now it’s glowing, so long and fair.

He might be a drummer or skilled at computer repair.

Some boys have long hair.


Some girls have braids.

Some boys have braids.

Some girls have mohawks.

Some boys have mohawks.

Some girls have short hair.

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

We imagine "Some Girls Have Short Hair" as a kids' sing-along book that corresponds to the song on our CD, "You Could Draw the Album Art" (listen here: https://www.antsonalogmusic.com/music.html). In two simple verses, we use humor and repetition to present the concept that girls can have short hair, boys can have long hair, and people of all genders can express themselves freely!

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Some Girls Have Short Hair

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).

Some girls have short hair. You can look under my hat and wonder what is there. I washed it, I promise I showered, Though I know it’s rare, Some girls have short hair. Some boys have long hair. It started growing and now it’s glowing, so long and fair. He might be a drummer or skilled at computer repair. Some boys have long hair. Some girls have braids. Some boys have braids. Some girls have mohawks. Some boys have mohawks. Some girls have short hair.

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

This book supports culturally responsive teaching. As Tonia Durden's article "Culture Matters" illustrates, children need to feel that what they see at home is welcomed and celebrated at school and with peers. Even as early as pre-school, children learn to understand and express gender in many ways (clothing color, haircut, toy preference, etc.) There are many studies positing that gender is understood around age 2.5, and recent research asserts that it may even be younger (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3747736/). Songs contain the soundbytes that shape children's experience of safety and help them to form values. As music education and music therapy research demonstrates, songs are also one of the most effective ways to deliver information and pass on values. "Some Girls Have Short Hair" normalizes diversity of expression, and offers memorable and repeatable phrases that can help explain and embrace differences.

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

Ants on a Log is from Philly! We have enjoyed performing for families all over Philadelphia and surrounding areas since 2015. We have performed at the Central Library, West Philly Library, Fringe Festival, Philly Folk Festival, and more. Our musical, "Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!" is based on Philly's fight for clean air.

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

As most kids' books show heterosexual, cisgender, two-parent homes, we think all kids deserve to hear their experiences reflected in media. Our Philadelphia community has inspired many of our songs, and our lyrics reflect the realities of an urban area where people of all genders are valued. "Some Girls Have Short Hair" is one way that we honor the LGBT/queer community, which urban life helps to support and thrive. We have seen this song directly benefit both kids and adults at our concerts. Genderqueer and non-binary audience members get the rare chance to see their story reflected in a song, along with humor and playfulness. We now want to expand on this experience by creating a book.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia

Website URL (optional question)

www.AntsonaLogMusic.com

Tell us more about you / your team

Ants on a Log is a duo playing music for children and other childlike people. Anya is an elementary science teacher, Julie is a music therapist, and our powers combine to make smart, socially conscious art. This year we are releasing our second album, the soundtrack to our original musical, "Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!" The show centers around two young siblings who organize their neighbors to fight for clean air. Parents tell us they are thirsting for children’s media that reflects their values. Our goal is to deliver messages of social justice through music, art, and humor. We also strive to connect our music to local organizations fighting for social justice. We consider our work as supportive and necessary to theirs. We have enjoyed partnering with Sunrise Movement, Moms Clean Air Force, Philly Thrive, Ready for 100, and more. We value their base-building and research, and they value our use of music and humor to connect people with the issues.

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)

  • Sugar Mountain PR

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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