The City at Night
This is a poem/song about the city at night.
Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences
This book is for children who live in the city and get to see themselves in a setting that's familiar. If they have troubles sleeping at night, which is common for children, they can just look outside and instantly feel the comfort of living in a vibrant community.
Share your suggested book title
The City at Night
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).
There is nothing quite like
The city at night
It’s a place of joy
And a place of light
It starts with a sunset
So big and bright
And soon after,
the moon begins its flight
Most children are afraid
When the sun goes down
But the children in the city
want to see the town
It’s the time when mom and dad
Come home to rest
After working all day
And doing their best
The signs flash and dance
Written with fancy words
Hoping for a glance
And down below
Where people walk on the street
The music man plays
A happy beat!
Off in the distance
In the open park
Little children are playing
Even in the dark
so if you’re scared of the night
and the monsters in your head
or you just can’t sleep
even in your comfy bed
At all the pretty lights
They will never fade
And you’ll have no more frights
Know that in the city
You are never alone
For there are people everywhere
Who all share your home
How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)
I looked up the tier 1 words for child development and used them as a starting source for my story. To gather ideas I read a lot of children's books at my local bookstore and sifted through pages to see what elements of the city I can use. This book is written in song/poem form which provokes parents and children to read along together in a fun musical way. Rhyming words are also easier to remember and since they're in a pattern, it makes the book fun to read.
How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)
The images told by the words are also very clear and I would hope to find an artist who has experience living in urban communities to paint exactly the type of picture that rings true. I've looked at a lot of books that tell this type of story that I'm trying to tell, so I hope that my inspiration shows through this story.
Location: State or Department
Tell us more about you / your team
I am currently a UC Davis student majoring in English and Theatre. I heard about this challenge through my Children's Literature Professor, Francis Dolan.
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)?
How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)
Someone in my network (word of mouth)
What best describes you? (optional question)
I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists