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What Babies Do

A celebration of babies and how they spend their day.

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Long before the break of dawn

babies wake and babies yawn,

babies cry and babies coo

To tell the world to wake up too.


Babies love to laugh and play

to learn a little more each day.

Babies stack and babies giggle,

babies clap and babies wiggle.


When they’re hungry babies eat

way up high in baby seats.

Babies slop and babies slurp,

babies munch and babies burp.


Babies need their rest to grow

and babies grow quite fast and so

babies like to climb on laps

cuddle up and take long naps.


Babies like to go explore

The big wide world beyond the door.

Babies toddle, babies stroll.

babies ride and babies roll.


Sometimes babies smell like dirt

with sticky fingers, sticky shirts.

So babies sit in baby tubs,

babies splash and babies scrub.


When the moon begins to rise

babies rub their sleepy eyes.

and snuggle up without a peep.

Babies slumber, babies sleep.


That’s what babies do.

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

The illustrations for this manuscript would show babies from diverse families doing a variety of activities throughout the day.

Share your suggested book title

What Babies Do

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).

Long before the break of dawn babies wake and babies yawn, babies cry and babies coo To tell the world to wake up too. Babies love to laugh and play to learn a little more each day. Babies stack and babies giggle, babies clap and babies wiggle. When they’re hungry babies eat way up high in baby seats. Babies slop and babies slurp, babies munch and babies burp. Babies need their rest to grow and babies grow quite fast and so babies like to climb on laps cuddle up and take long naps. Babies like to go explore The big wide world beyond the door. Babies toddle, babies stroll. babies ride and babies roll. Sometimes babies smell like dirt with sticky fingers, sticky shirts. So babies sit in baby tubs, babies splash and babies scrub. When the moon begins to rise babies rub their sleepy eyes. and snuggle up without a peep. Babies slumber, babies sleep. That’s what babies do.

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

This manuscript supports the language development through the use of rhythm and rhyme. Depicting a variety of cultures and activities in the illustrations will allow children from different cultural backgrounds to see themselves in the book. I'm a member of SCBWI and used many resources including including the Reading Aloud podcast and the Culture Matters resources provided for this challenge.

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

I hope to create a book that appeals to families of all structures and from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Location: Country

Canada

Location: State or Department

New Brunswick

Location: City

Lincoln

Website URL (optional question)

https://marlalesage.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

Marla Lesage is an author/illustrator from Atlantic Canada. She loves to tell stories – both real and imagined – through urban sketching, painting, illustration, and writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a friend to CANSCAIP. She has been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul and Skipping Stones Magazine. Her picture book debut, Pirate Year Round, will be published by Acorn Press in May of 2019. Her art can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, and Australia as well as at several NB schools.

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

I envision this illustrated in a style and manner similar to Helen Oxenbury's illustrations for Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Marla Frazee's illustrations for Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Pirate Year Round (Acorn Press, forthcoming May 2019, text & illustrations) A Song for Dedi in Christmas in Canada (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2015) Fancy Dancer at the Calgary Stampede (in Skipping Stones Magazine, Spring 2015, cover illustration & short article)

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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Hi Marla, great to see your manuscript here. Love this sweet story of what babies do and the rhymes. Good luck.

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