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What is the Schuylkill River?

A succinct and visual read about the important river located in Pennsylvania.

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The Schuylkill River flows.






 

It flows through Philadelphia.






In 1682, William Penn chose the flow of the left bank to found Philadelphia.








 

 

 

 Once…


 

 

 

pollution flowed...





In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in his will that two thousand pounds sterling be put in trust towards keeping the “Schuylkill navigable”.








 
But now…



 

 

the river's watershed flows clean.

 

 

 

A watershed is an area of land that drains into a river, lake or other body of water.


 

We can play ‘peek-a-boo’ as it flows!

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

I write about local ecology in Mobile, Alabama to engage young children in becoming environmental stewards in their early years. Created in board book size, Schuylkill River, is designed to share information about this major state of Pennsylvania river in short sentences and visual photographs to young readers and their caregivers.

Share your suggested book title

The Schuylkill River

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).

The Schuylkill River flows.   It flows through Philadelphia. In 1682, William Penn chose the flow of the left bank to found Philadelphia.     Once…   pollution flowed...     the river's watershed flows clean. A watershed is an area of land that drains into a river, lake or other body of water.   We can play ‘peek-a-boo’ as it flows!

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

The uploaded document shows that the book is the size of a board book: large enough for adults to handle but uniquely sized for an infant and toddlers hands and fingers to hold and manipulate, though the child would need support in learning how to turn pages one at a time. Photographs support the text, encouraging further discussion about nature, texture, colors, shapes, directions, and people. It uses mainly Tier 1 words such as 'the, flows, but, it, now, we, can' and a few Tier 3 words which are 'Schulykill, watershed, Philadelphia, pollution'. References Reach Out and Read. (2013). Reading Tips for Your Family. Retrieved from https://www.pediatriccarectr.com/pcc-reads/

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

I traveled through Philadelphia briefly in June 2016 on Interstate 95. It was the first time I had gone that far north. It was awe inspiring to see a few of the monuments and landmarks I had only read about in textbooks as a student in high school, or seen on PBS or C-Span in my adulthood.

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

I live in an urban area that has great biodiversity; heavily supported by the area bayous, rivers, lakes and beaches. Those same waterways, provide recreation for the residents of the area who call it home in much the same way, the Schuylkill River does for the communities it runs through. In the literature that I write, I introduce our local area--the Peninsula of Mobile Bay--using elementary text that can be enjoyed by readers aged preschool and up. I want 'Schuylkill' to be enjoyed in the same manner.

Location: Country

The southern United States

Location: State or Department

Alabama

Location: City

Mobile

Website URL (optional question)

https://latrecejohnson59.wixsite.com/latrecetheteacher/local-science-by-a-local-scientist

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an early childhood educator passionate about teaching and learning. I began my career in August 2000, working two years as an infant/toddler. I worked another four years as a private preschool teacher before pursuing higher education to earn two master's degrees--one in early childhood studies and the other in reading curriculum and instruction. I am currently employed as a teacher in Head Start, a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

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

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

What Is a Peninsula?: "A Science by a Local Scientist" series (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, September 3, 2017 What Is A Lionfish?: A Local Science by a Local Scientist series Paperback – Large Print, June 13, 2018 What Is A Dinoflagellate? ("Local Science by a Local Scientist") Paperback – March 4, 2019

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Latrece, I like the subtle but factual style in your manuscript! In my early draft of my manuscript,
Buddy Goes To Clark Park, Buddy meets a River Otter in Clark Park and Ollie the River Otter had swam over during a flood from the
Schuylkill River!!! Nice job! Best wishes today!
Jennifer Buis

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