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Where is Baby’s Book?

Baby's book goes on a journey and baby has to find it.

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Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is balancing on the big bookshelf.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is hiding under the pretty kitty.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is marching with the musical mice.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is dodging daddy with the dancing doggy.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is sliding with the silly squirrel.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is running with the rascally racoon.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is climbing the crab apple with the squawky crow.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is falling fast on the funny fox.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is saved by super sister.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is biking with bossy brother.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is playing tickle with tattooed Tio.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is turning tortillas with tender Tia.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is watching basketball with bald Baba.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is baking bread with barefoot Bibi.


Where is baby’s book?

Baby’s book is lying in bitty baby’s lap.


Where is baby?

Baby is in Mommy’s lap reading baby’s tired book.

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

Children from 0-1 will adore this book because of its rhythm, repetition, and delightful, yet accessible language. Caregivers will love helping children discover the places the book (and a child) can be found.

Share your suggested book title

Where is Baby’s Book?

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).

Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is balancing on the big bookshelf. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is hiding under the pretty kitty. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is marching with the musical mice. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is dodging daddy with the dancing doggy. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is sliding with the silly squirrel. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is running with the rascally racoon. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is climbing the crab apple with the squawky crow. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is falling fast on the funny fox. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is saved by super sister. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is biking with bossy brother. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is playing tickle with tattooed Tio. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is turning tortillas with tender Tia. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is watching basketball with bald Baba. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is baking bread with barefoot Bibi. Where is baby’s book? Baby’s book is lying in bitty baby’s lap. Where is baby? Baby is in Mommy’s lap reading baby’s tired book.

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

Babies understand language well before they begin speaking. In recent studies babies even can tell parent's voices prior to being born. While the majority of the words in this book are simple Tier 1 words, the pictures and repetition will help children learn important reading skills as well as bond with their caregivers. Part of my intent of including so many relatives in the book is the hope that many of those relatives will recognize themselves and read to their own baby, including older siblings and aunts and uncles. Perhaps they will even say, “that’s me, I’m your brother,” for example.

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

I’ve enjoyed visits to this wonderful city and the state of Pennsylvania. While I was born and raised in Denver, I’ve traveled and lived in many cities similar to Philadelphia. I was a teacher as well in inner city Denver and have some insight into the at-risk children and caregivers this contest and many authors are trying to reach.

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

The language in this book is meant to be accessible to all children, but specifically urban ones. The characters include most family immediate members (brother, sister, father, mother), common pets (doggy and kitty), and urban animals (crow, squirrel). There is a subtle shout out to diverse audiences (Spanish tio and tia and Swahili bibi and baba). However, baba is common and used in many languages for family members: Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Yoruba. It is often used by babies as one of their first words and often adopted immediately by a relative the baby speaks to.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department

Colorado

Location: City

Denver

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickwinter1/

Tell us more about you / your team

Rick has over 20+ years of international education administration and teaching, curriculum design, data analysis and programming, business development, and writing achievements, including the picture book, Dirty Birdy Feet. Before joining Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance, he was a Curriculum Specialist for the Peace Corps in the Department of Education in Micronesia. Rick is passionate about early childhood learning, helping early learning professionals, increasing access to comprehensive health care and mental health services, and providing families with meaningful community and parenting supports. He is a native of Colorado and has traveled extensively through many countries in the world. As an education advocate, he has served as a middle and high school teacher, elementary school principal, head principal in China, volunteer in schools in India, Board of Education member in Clear Creek County. He is a proud parent to two grown children.

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

The left side of the page says where is baby's book. The right side of the page gives answer. The caregiver and baby read the book together pausing after the left page. I’m hoping the illustrator will add suspense on each page. For example, the book is in the crow’s mouth in a tree above an unknowing fox. The baby can predict what will happen after a few readings.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Dirty Birdy Feet (Rising Moon) Sprinkler Fun (Babybug magazine) How a Snowflake is Born (Ladybug magazine) This Number is a Hero (Spider magazine)

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently no

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
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Cute story.
The constant questions really reinforces an interaction between the reader and toddler.
Good luck to us all.

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