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Together Today!

This book explores the excitement of traveling to places around the community and interacting with the people who help you learn and grow.

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A warm light, a soft blanket, the pink morning sun shines through the window. 

A kiss on the cheek, and a new day!

A bright living room, noise from the kitchen, a little boy plays with 2 toys on the carpet. 

A bear hug, and off we go!

A busy street, huge buildings around us, a little girl with a flower sings a song. 

A doorman waves, and in we go!

A colorful room, a 6 children like me, the smiling doctor takes my temperature.

A light over 8, back down the elevator!

A green park, the smells of a million flowers, we play with the dog. 

5 children play ball, and we hop on the bicycle!

A little helmet for me, the bicycle rings it’s bell, it’s time for daycare. 

The teacher reads 1 book, and we’re off to learn!

Back in the street, holding hands, we sit at a bench and talk with the riders. 

The bus doors open wide, and we go for a ride!

*Ding* the bus stops, 7 little birds flies past, we go into the grocery store. 

The man stacking oranges waves, we count 3 tomatoes!

A woman at the booth, the people gather to wait, we wave to the conductor. 

The subway doors open, and we count 8 stops!

A quiet glowing room, family close by, we talk about our day. 

We cuddle, eat, play, and love. Tomorrow we'll do it again!

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

Because the true context of family and community is different for every individual, "Together Today!" aspires to blend a plethora of possibilities into a learning experience that has the ability to touch the lived experiences of almost any child. Because every page presents a new space and new characters who might represent a sibling, a parent, a friend, or some other type of caregiver, any child has the ability to relate or draw past or future experiences into their interpretation.

Share your suggested book title

Together Today!

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

This book is intended to introduce different types of spaces influenced by different types of people who all play a role in a child's life and development. Having studied adverse childhood experiences, I hope that this book also sheds light on the value of positivity, human connection, health and nurturing that helps to build the foundational brain development for a healthy child.

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

While I have only visited Philadelphia and completed a conceptual architectural project within the city in graduate school for architecture, I live and work in New York City which I feel has a good amount of crossover in terms of diversity and a shared sense of urban experience. Residents of Philadelphia have their own versions of the elements described in this book, such as experiencing a subway system, a myriad of different cultures, and having the public streets and parks as a backyard. I would hope to tailor the images and nuances of the book to truly reflect the lives of children in Philadelphia, and I would appreciate any additional context to help shape what that might look like.

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

"Together Today!" attempts to reflect the urban context through the lens of a small child. The spaces depicted are spaces that one would encounter within an urban landscape. The people and sense of shared community I believe resonates with those who live every day in a city where everyday might present a new experience and discovery that is particularly unique to an urban context like Philadelphia. This version focuses on the spaces themselves, rather than the transitions and overall experience of a full day like "Let's Go, MooMoo!".

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City

New York

Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

In the park we play with a dog, lay on a blanket, smell the flowers, and play with my toy. We talk with the other families and I make new friends. It's green and colorful. We love to get outside and exercise!

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am an architect and researcher


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Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi Jessica Elliott welcome to the Challenge Community again :) !
Loved to see how you seamlessly integrated learnings around numbers, along with very visual descriptions of various elements in your story.
How might you evolve this story to make it more sing along, especially in the first line of each couplet ?

Photo of Jessica Elliott

Ooh, great idea! I'll have to sit down and test out some lines that flow a little more easily into a song. Thank you!

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