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Under the Same Full Moon

An invitation to interaction between the child, adult and book in two ways: responding to calls in the book and adding their own verses

Photo of Dena Bach
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All the babies in Boston clap their hands.

Maybe you can too.

While the bears in Birmingham play blues in bands,

Under the bright full moon.

All the daddies in Detroit do a dance.

Maybe you can too.

While the dogs in Dayton bang drums and chant,

Under the dim full moon

All the friends in Philly stamp their feet.

Maybe you can too.

While the frogs in Fresno leap to the beat

Under the fine full moon

All the abuelas in Austin raise their arms.

Maybe you can too.

While the ants in Atlanta swing on the farms,

Under the autumn moon.

All the grandpas in Gainesville go round and round.

Maybe you can too.

While goats in Gary don’t make a sound,

Under the great full moon.

All the sisters in Syracuse stick out their tongues.

Maybe you can too.

While the snakes in Springfield sing silly songs

Under the same full moon.

All the mommies in Milwaukee nod their heads

Maybe you can too.

While the moose in Memphis go to their beds,

Under the magic full moon.

All the cousins in Columbus close their books.

Maybe you can too.

While the cats in Cleveland climb in their nooks,

Under the calm full moon.

All the sitters in Charlotte shut their eyes.

Maybe you can too.

While sharks in Chicago sing lullabies,

Under the shining full moon.

Uh Oh!…

 All the babies in Boston cry and scream.

Can you say "sssshh" too?

Then the parents & animals dance in their dreams,

Under the sleepy full moon.

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

I would like to see the child and their caregiver adult reading, and clapping, and dancing together as shown in the book. Then personalizing the book by playing wiht language and making up new verses of their own.

Share your suggested book title

All the Babies in Boston

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

This book uses level one words and images that are accessible to even young children. The words are presented in groups, the way that language is best acquired; Including an animal group, a family group, an action group. Each verse contains a caregiver, a movement, a city, an animal, and that connects to particular letter with rhythm and rhyme, that reinforces what is learned. Each verse except for the first and last being with the name of a caregiver. It continues with the name a city of the same letter reinforcing the sound. Then the caregiver is invited to create a movement also stressing the same sound, and in the next line the child is asked (but not commanded) to repeat it. Connecting the sound to a movement reinforces the sound that is learned. Connecting it further to an animal with the same sound with a dancing or singing action adds humor, and more reinforcement. Each verse ends with the moon, showing that each child, in each city, is under the same moon.

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

We spent a summer in Philadelphia when my children were little, and sent them to day camp within the city. There they had their best day camp experiences ever. My oldest went to wonderful city run arts camp, my middle child went to the Franklin Institute camp and my youngest went to the Philadelphia Zoo Camp

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

Many picture books feature the typical nuclear family, with a mother and father. Yet in many cases the caregiver for the child is not a mother or father but instead a grandparent, sibling or friend. This story names many caregivers and makes room for the child to make up their own verses with their own caregiver. The cities named were from lists of the poorest cities in the US and those with the highest income inequality. I hope this story will encourage creativity, and participation with the book, learning to "own" the book and encouraging the child to write books on their own. If you don't see your own city here, make a new verse up yourself!

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Location: State or Department


Location: City


Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a student at Simmons University studying for a degree in Children's Literature and Writing for Children. I have a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in illustration

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


Join the conversation:

Photo of PAUL Harrington

The interaction concept is interesting, what age group is it designed for? PAUL Harrington 

Photo of Dena Bach

Thanks. I was aiming for 0-3.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Interesting, call to action should allow for some interaction.
Good try.

Photo of Robyn Campbell

Great job on a great idea. Best of luck.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .

the toddlers will enjoy the action.
interesting city tour.
Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.