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There's A Tickle

I wrote the following story using repetition and rhyme to encourage playful interaction that's critical to bonding and early development.

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There’s a tickle on your toes

On your toes

There’s a tickle on your toes

On your toes

There’s a tickle on your toes

Why do you suppose

There’s a tickle on your toes

On your toes

TICKLE TICKLE

 

There’s a tickle on your tummy

On your tummy

There’s a tickle on your tummy

On your tummy

There’s a tickle on your tummy

Now isn’t it quite funny?

There’s a tickle on your tummy

On your tummy

GIGGLE GIGGLE 

 

There’s a tickle on your knee

On your knee

There’s a tickle on your knee

On your knee

There’s a tickle on your knee

How can it be?

There’s a tickle on your knee

On your knee

TICKLE TICKLE

 

There’s a tickle under your chin

Under your chin

There’s a tickle under your chin

Under your chin

There’s a tickle under your chin

Where do we begin?

With a tickle under your chin

Under your chin

GIGGLE GIGGLE

 

There’s a tickle in your nose

In your nose

There’s a tickle in your nose

In your nose

There’s a tickle in your nose

What do you suppose we do?

With a tickle in your nose

In your…

AAHHH

  AAAHHHH

    AAAAHHHHH

        CHOOOOO!

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

My vision is to have a diversity of families with adults and children of all socio-economic backgrounds enjoy the connection and interaction that comes from snuggling up and reading together. Through this simple rhythmic and engaging, playful text, adults and the children they love will sing, laugh, play and feel a happy connection which is critical to a child's development and their family's well being.

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There's a Tickle

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

This manuscript will provide caregivers with an opportunity to support early language through rhyme, repetition and playful interaction. The text can be read or sung forming a verbal connection with the child. As it is read a physical connection is encouraged as the reader may tickle the child at the end of two stanzas. A fun and playful interaction is encouraged as the adult and child giggle at the end of two stanzas. Finally, at the end of the manuscript a fun prolonged sneeze will illicit squeals of delight from infants to toddlers (and the adults that are reading with them) who cannot help but find a playful sneeze funny. After the first or second time reading this story, toddlers will happily play along with the tickling, giggling and sneezing. The repetition will aid in language development for young children and english language learners. The pure joy of the playfulness in this story becoming a game will make this story an instant family favorite.

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

We lived in the Philadelphia area for 5 years and still feel a connection to this diverse and historically rich area. The Philadelphia Zoo holds very special memories for my family.

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

The benefits I see specifically for urban areas is how busy and fast paced life has become. If you look around no matter where you are, people of all ages and backgrounds have a cell phone in their hand. Going through a grocery store, eating out or even walking into an elementary school, adults and sometimes their children have their eyes glued to a screen. The decline in social interaction should be taken seriously. Putting down the cell phone and reading and playfully interacting with young children is a way to promote social skills, language, connections and it is a good reminder to adults that reading is a great way to unwind and have fun!

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Wisconsin

Location: City

La Crosse

Tell us more about you / your team

I worked for many years in an early childhood special education program.

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

I would love to see bright, colorful illustrations with babies and families of different ethnicities maybe at a city park or at different settings around Philadelphia. Or perhaps the babies are Philadelphia zoo animals of various kinds that tickle and giggle their way through this story.

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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Nice effort but let it be less leading and more interactive and conversational.

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