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The Bedtime Parade (Version 4.0)

The Bedtime Parade tells the story of a bedtime routine. It’s designed to be read again and again as a beloved book for old and young alike.

Photo of Shannon Terry

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The Bedtime Parade 


Every night, we have it made

Sister and I in the bedtime parade


Mom calls out, "It is time for bed!”

“Come now, come now, sleepyheads!"


Brother appears, he swings us high

We reach and reach to touch the sky


Joining hands, we march down the hall

Bedtime parades, our favorite of all


Warm milk in the kitchen, a drink before rest

A milk moustache for two is always the best


We brush our teeth to the alphabet song

We brush, brush, brush, then sing along


A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z


We march, we march in the bedtime parade

Then leap into bed and pull down the shade


Like stars in the sky, the nightlights all glow

We sing Twinkle, Twinkle, a song we both know


A hug from our mom, time to sleep

"I love you so much," my little peeps


"We love you too," then blow Mom kisses

The bedtime parade ends with wishes


Time for the countdown: 3, 2, 1

Bedtime parades are always fun!

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

The Bedtime Parade is intended to establish positive bedtime routines between children and their caregivers, while embedding opportunities to sing and learn together (The Alphabet Song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). The story also presents an opportunity to count down from 3. In terms of social-emotional learning, the Bedtime Parade seeks to create positive associations with bedtime by presenting happy, playful images along with the storyline.

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The Bedtime Parade

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).

The Bedtime Parade Every night, we have it made Sister and I in the bedtime parade Mom calls out, "It is time for bed!” “Come now, come now, sleepyheads!" Brother appears, he swings us high We reach and reach to touch the sky Joining hands, we march down the hall Bedtime parades, our favorite of all Warm milk in the kitchen, a drink before rest A milk moustache for two is always the best We brush our teeth to the alphabet song We brush, brush, brush, then sing along A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z We march, we march in the bedtime parade Then leap into bed and pull down the shade Like stars in the sky, the nightlights all glow We sing Twinkle, Twinkle, a song we both know A hug from our mom, time to sleep "I love you so much," my little peeps "We love you too," then blow Mom kisses The bedtime parade ends with wishes Time for the countdown: 3, 2, 1 Bedtime parades are always fun!

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

The Bedtime Parade reflects the following early childhood language development research and evidence: 1. The storyline seeks to activate children's lived experience to support language development 2. The storyline includes patterned language to support choral reading 3. The word choice invites the caregiver (and child) to read with different intonations and emotion 4. The storyline introduces the alphabet letters and numbers in a way that allows for flexible pacing based on the child's attention span 5. The storyline presents opportunities for the caregiver and child to sing together 6. The storyline lends itself to multiple illustrations, such as a visual for each alphabet letter or number, to support the child's vocabulary development 7. The storyline follows a linear sequence to allow the child to engage in prediction 8. The storyline can be personalized to create a new and different bedtime routine from the story or to add to the existing story

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

My familiarity with Philadelphia is connected to serving as a national consultant in the schools and community alongside other educators who were advocating for equity and leading comprehensive school reform.

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

The Bedtime Parade intentionally addresses a universal experience for all of us: bedtime. The storyline not only supports the development of positive bedtime routines, it also invites us to optimize bedtime as a time to nurture our children. The storyline presents opportunities to sing the alphabet song (I envision the letter illustrations bringing in the urban context), to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (featuring Philly's skyline), and to talk each night about our wish for tomorrow (pausing at that point in the story). The Bedtime Parade is a simple text with a powerful message. I am hopeful it reminds all of us to bookend our days with love, then to do the same tomorrow.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Texas

Location: City

Rockwall

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mom of two, Autumn and John-Charles, both who treasure and hold me accountable to our bedtime routine. Just like my two "kid-dittos", I still look forward to a bedtime parade full of soft, fluffy pillows; warm, fuzzy blankets; and a chorus of "I love you's"! We never outgrow a parade, and who doesn't love a parade? The Bedtime Parade demonstrates the importance of "bookending" our day with quality family time, even if it is coupled with the process of getting everyone settled in for the evening. I can think of no other time when children might be more apprehensive. As children go to sleep, the room is typically dark. They are left alone with their thoughts and the sounds of the city. Bedtime - what a wonderful time to affirm our children and to fill their minds with positive images as they drift off to sleep!

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

While I have visualized how the story might be illustrated, I haven't produced sketches. The examples curated to capture the visual identity approximate images in my mind, but still fall short of embodying the complete essence of the emotion I want the story to convey. Ideas for bringing in the urban context include featuring diverse characters with the sights and sounds of the city by capitalizing on the letter illustrations, the Philly skyline at Twinkle, Twinkle, and perhaps the house decor.

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Shannon, how your editing going with the parade, is it completed. All the best

Photo of Shannon Terry
Team

Hi Ashanti,

You are so kind to check on me and the progress with editing. It has been an extremely busy two weeks at work, so I am behind my self-imposed timeline. Thanks for circling back around and please keep watching for the edits. Your input is invaluable. How are you coming along with your entries?

Kind regards,
Shannon

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Shannon, you are welcome. I hope you will get to do whatever improvements that you may be able to. Like you it is my desire to do any changes which will make the stories more appealing to the caregivers and children. My entries are coming along. Again, all the best

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Is version 4 the final story?? Have you tested it to see how kids react to the story. While doing that scoring the highs and lows? Hey drop a line

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