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To the Library We Go

The manuscript contributes to the feeling of urban community that is felt at the local library, which is still often the hub of a community.

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Ring, ring, ring, ring!

At the sound of Mr. Perez’s bell, the kids skipped, toddled, and waddled into the storytime room. Moms, dads, nana, papas, babysitters, and others tried to keep up.

Nina’s eyes grew wide when she saw a purple carpet square open.  She darted across the room to claim her favorite color.  Braylon almost collided with her as he dove for a blue one.

“Good evening, everyone! Buenas tardes! Are you ready to sing our welcome song?”  Mr. Perez asked the crowd.  “I want to hear you nice and loud!” he said as the group launched into song.  

“Bueno!  Very nice, everyone!  We are ready to read our first book!”

Arjun took off from his dad’s lap and weaved through the crowd, speedy on his knees.  Arjun’s dad tried to grab him, but Arjun bobbed out of reach. Nina’s Abuelita reached for him but captured only one of his socks.  Arjun’s giggles filled the room, delighted by the race.  Mr. Perez stooped down to stop him as Arjun sped by. 

Before everyone knew it, Arjun had reached the bookcase.  As Arjun reached and grabbed at the tubs on the bookcase, down came a tub of scarves on his head.  

Everyone laughed while Arjun grabbed fistfuls of scarves and threw them in the air.

“Well, maybe we’ll do another song instead and use our dancing scarves!” Mr. Perez chuckled. Arjun clapped in delight, and the other kids joined in as everyone grabbed scarves and got ready to dance.      

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

My intended vision is to get kids excited about gathering together with other kids in the community at their local library storytime.

Share your suggested book title

To the Library We Go

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

The words in the manuscript largely come from the Tier I vocabulary list. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, which emphasizes the need for every story to have a plot with a beginning, middle, and end, regardless of how few words the manuscript has.

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

The manuscript was crafted based on my own experience in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, Ohio, and my discovery of how much diversity there was in our community by taking my daughter to our local library storytime each week. I hope to convey the benefit of the feeling of community that stems from the local library.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department


Location: City

Strongsville - a suburb of Cleveland

Tell us more about you / your team

By day, I am a corporate attorney at a Cleveland-based bank. In my spare time, I am an aspiring picture book writer. I want every child to have access to books and to be able to escape into the stories on the pages.

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 Stephanie Hanson

I like how you included diverse characters, and love the library setting! What age group did you gear it for? The language of the story and characters made me feel it was better suited for the preschool or even kindergarten age group.

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