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The Kitten Who Lost His Sleep

This very short board book gives a light-hearted look at the challenge of bed-time that some young children (and their parents) experience.

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

This book is dedicated to helping children (and their parents) who are finding bed-time to be a challenge (at least for now).

Share your suggested book title

The Kitten Who Lost His Sleep

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).

(see the PDF attachment below, which is the illustrated board book prototype)

Once there was a kitten who couldn't find his sleep.

It wasn't in his favorite box...

A trip in the car didn't seem to help. His sleep was nowhere to be found.

It wasn't under his favorite chair...

Even his favorite bedtime book didn't make him sleepy.

But then the Sleep Fairy came and said, "Tonight you will find your sleep!"

...and he did.

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

This board book is meant to be read out loud, slowly, to children - perhaps even at bedtime. It is meant to be warmly evocative and caring, giving the reader (a caring adult) space to talk to the child be read to as each page is read. It is a short book, meant to be savored, with illustrations that are playful. The illustrations use comic-style kittens, so ALL children, independent of their ethnicity, can see themselves in the story.

The empathy in the book, and which is hopefully expressed by a caring adult reading the story to the child, helps to build trust and a bond of caring (ref: the research by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, and their Trust Based Relational Intervention research)

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

There can be MANY reasons that children experience anxiety related to bedtime. Children who experience trauma and stress are particularly at risk. This book is hopefully one theme in a series of stories that are reassuring and optimistic, for children AND their parents. Other potential books in the series might include:

Making New Friends (confronting and embracing diversity)

Visiting the hospital (confronting fear)

Location: Country


Location: State or Department


Location: City

Menlo Park

Website URL (optional question)

The illustrations borrow from my characters in Maggie Cat Comics, which can be found on Instagram and Facebook

Tell us more about you / your team

Drawing Maggie Cat Comics is a personal joy, meant to add a smile to someone's day. The story is "inspired" by my little grandson, who has struggled with bedtime.

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)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

My drawings are self-published on social media as @maggiecatcomics.

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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