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When the Sun Comes Up

This manuscript is designed for interaction and relationship building between a child 0 - 3 and the Caregiver.

Photo of Katharine Crawford Robey

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The child goes through the beginning and end of a  day, based on the context of what to put on-- learning about and touching (or manipulating) wool, Velcro, snaps, zippers, mirrors. When the sun goes down, the child learns about a bath, bedtime, and dreams (touching flannel cloth, seeing sparkles, feather, shiny tinfoil) and thinks about the next day in the context of what to put on.

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

To bond child with reader.

Share your suggested book title

When the Sun Comes Up

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).

When the Sun Comes Up By Katharine Crawford Robey When the sun comes up, What do you put on? A warm red cap? (Insert red wool) Cool green shoes? (Insert green canvas) Something with a snap? (Insert snap) Maybe yellow elastic That would be fantastic! (Insert yellow elastic) When the sun goes down, What do you put on? Bare skin in the bath? Bubbles that make you laugh? Maybe you wear a onesie to bed Or is that Baby instead? Put on something old or new But make it blue. (Insert blue flannel) When the moon comes up full and bright Does Someone read to you and hug you tight? Do you wear a hug, too? And say “I love You?” *** (Reader can end here if baby is young) When your dreams come along, What do you put on? Maybe you wear feathery wings (Insert a feather) And fly around to see things. Like Will Penn’s hat below? (Illustrate Philadelphia City Hall showing statue atop) Or the Schuylkill River flow? Maybe your wings hover well And you touch the Liberty Bell (Insert something a little stronger, but shiny and silver like tinfoil) Sweet dreams all the way until dawn. When the sun comes up, what will you put on? The End

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

Yes, absolutely, I'm a professional writer and have read many, many board books. Also I'm a mother, and now grandmother-- and have hands on research, as well as learning from pediatric doctors-- who have read and helped me develop this manuscript.

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

I have visited Phillie several times over a time span of thirty years. My sister used to live there.

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

Yes, I have-- but I expect the illustrator to lend a hand! I hope children will bond with their caregiver. That is the starting point for bonding with any other individual in the community.

Location: Country

Inside the city of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Location: State or Department


Location: City


Website URL (optional question) (My apologies, the website needs updating. I'm currently working with the University of Georgia Press on a book for ages 7 - 10 on bird migration; and working with Old Mission Press and an illustrator on the sequel to a legend based in NW MI.) I teach creative writing to children in the summer in the village of Empire, MI. My granddaughters are ages 4 and 7.

Tell us more about you / your team

Please read above. My priority is to infuse my readers with the concept of love.

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

The illustrator should familiarize little ones with the communities of inner city Philadelphia in a colorful, and textural way. Every good illustrator knows Snowy Day and the other classics. I sometimes work with my own illustrator but she is from Baltimore not Philadelphia.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

"Hare and the Big Green Lawn", picture book; "Where's the Party?" picture book and ebook complete with audio birdsongs. Four short stories for ages 7 - 10 published in "Cricket," Milkweed Edition Anthologies and "Bridges: A Global Anthology." My short story "Fireworks!" has appeared over 300,000 times on standardized tests and so far as I know, is still used for homeschooling in the US and Canada.

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently no

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

  • I teach adults creative writing. One of my students, a pediatrician, forwarded the link.

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

I'm delighted to be on your team. All the best and good luck.

Photo of Katharine Crawford Robey

Fabulous! Were you able to access the text, I hope? Any ideas for illustrations? I did research on animals at the Philadelphia Zoo as well as having visited. Any suggestions?


Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Hi, yes I did. It gives all the pointers on how to among other things

Photo of Katharine Crawford Robey

Hi Ashanti,

Yes, I've read the entire website, I think, by now. I always have my own ideas for illustrations and probably should include that if I failed to-- meant to. Many thanks, K

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

I opened a three page document. It gives those areas as well

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