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Where to Mama?

A young boy and his mom enjoy a walk to the park with a dialogue of "Where to now?" while enjoying the sights in the neighborhood.

Photo of Laura Hancock

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Jamal, are you ready for our walk to the park?  

I’m ready, Mama.


Where to first, Jamal?

Out the door and 

down the steps.


Where to Mama? 

To the right and up the street.


Look, Jamal, look, what do you see? [Art note: a mural on a wall]

I see purple, blue, pink, brown and green.

Where to Mama?


Around the corner and past the market.

Look, Jamal, look, what do you see?


I see yellow bananas, green apples, 

orange carrots, and red tomatoes.

Where to Mama?


Cross the street and behind the bench. 

Listen, Jamal, listen, what do you hear?


Clackity-Clang, Rumble-Trumble! 

Puh-lump! Dump!

I hear the garbage truck. 

Where to Mama?


Over the hill and under the tree.

Listen, Jamal, listen, what do you hear?


Chirp, cheep, tweet, peep!

Coo, Coo!

BIRDS! Baby birds!

Where to Mama?


Along the path and through the gate.

Look, Jamal, look, what do you see?


I see lots of kids playing JUST LIKE ME!

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

To encourage dialogue with children and caregivers in simple endeavors such as a walk. The text also focuses on prepositional phrases which support early language learning for first and second English learners.

Share your suggested book title

Where to Mama?

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).

Jamal, are you ready for our walk to the park? I’m ready, Mama. Where to first, Jamal? Out the door and down the steps. Where to Mama? To the right and up the street. Look, Jamal, look, what do you see? [Art note: a mural on a wall] I see purple, blue, pink, brown and green. Where to Mama? Around the corner and past the market. Look, Jamal, look, what do you see? I see yellow bananas, green apples, orange carrots, and red tomatoes. Where to Mama? Cross the street and behind the bench. Listen, Jamal, listen, what do you hear? Clackity-Clang, Rumble-Trumble! Puh-lump! Dump! I hear the garbage truck. Where to Mama? Over the hill and under the tree. Listen, Jamal, listen, what do you hear? Chirp, cheep, tweet, peep! Coo, Coo! BIRDS! Baby birds! Where to Mama? Along the path and through the gate. Look, Jamal, look, what do you see? I see lots of kids playing JUST LIKE ME!

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

"Every time a parent speaks to a young child, it sparks something in the child; it’s stimulation to the child. It forms brain connections." (Britto, P.R. UNICEF). This text builds on that concept to build those brain connections with dialogue, prepositional phrases and observing things in a neighborhood. It also encourages caregivers to take children to parks for play and exercise. Additionally, it demonstrates the calmness and by of the caregiver when the child continually asks questions, as it is age-appropriate behavior.

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

Only what I learned in school and recently google to get a feel for Philadelphia. I did live in Pittsburgh as a child.

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

Jamal and his mom go on a walk through their neighborhood, so photos or illustrations would greatly enhance the urban context. The word, market, in the story also indicates an urban setting.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

FL

Location: City

Orlando

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.literacyjunkie.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor of Education at The University of The Bahamas. Previous to this position, I was a Reading Invention teacher and coordinator in urban and suburban K-12 schools, as well as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd-grade teacher in an urban area in San Diego, California. My husband and I live in Orlando, FL with our Border Collie Jack, our rescued Tabby cat Betty, and Bam Bam, a little Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix.

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.

Literacy curriculum materials

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 a formal part of a University or Research Institution

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Great narration and sounds Laura. Reminds me of stroller walks with my kids!

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Thanks Cathy.

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