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The City at Night

This is a poem/song about the city at night.

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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.

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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 High above, 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 Look outside 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: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City


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)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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


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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Interesting narrative how the city is at night. Surely you would have done a more fascinating job with some inclusion of dialogue. Consideration should be made for this to improve the story line.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .

Good luck to us all.