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Who closed the Sky?

This is a bed-time book describing night and dark.

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Who closed the sky Mommy? 

Night closed the sky my little one

Who is Night mommy? 

Night is quiet

Night is calm

Night is gentle 

Night does no harm

Night brings sleep to your little eyes

So you can be happy when you rise

Why is Night Dark mommy?

Night is Dark because

Dark is quiet

Dark is calm

Dark is gentle

Dark does no harm

Dark brings rest to your little mind

So you can be strong and always kind

Night and Dark come

when the day is done

Night and Dark stop 

when the sun comes up


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

Night and Dark are intriguing and sometimes scary concepts for little children. Many cultures around the world depict or co-relate dark and night to evil or bad and many young children grow up afraid of the night and dark due to such cultural stories. My intent for this book is to relate this natural phenomenon to concepts of rest, peace, quiet and calm. This brings awareness of the good qualities of night and darkness (also related to racial concepts)and lays the foundation for mindfulness.

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Who closed the Sky?

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).

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

Research suggests that infants are born without preconceived concepts about the world around them. Early experiences and interactions with caregivers and the environment shape their minds. These interactions help them thrive by enhancing and supporting emotional well-being and social competence. By providing a strong foundation based on security and love gives infants a jump start in their cognitive abilities to acquire language and literacy skills. The first stage of Erik Erikson's Psycho-Social development (Trust Vs Mistrust) expounds the infant's need for safety and security in this unpredictable world. Night and Darkness are often perceived as scary and unpredictable. This manuscript will help caregivers dispel the negative aspects of Night/Dark by utilizing the restorative qualities of rest and calm to explain these concepts and to instill safety and security. The manuscript uses simple words, repetition and rhyme, the hallmark tools in early literacy development.

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

Translating the script into different languages would be highly beneficial as night and dark happen everywhere. The benefit for Parents and caregivers would be when their children learn more positive aspects about night and dark. Children would learn to accept night (dark colors) as restorative, calm, gentle and harmless. This would instill the foundation for the development of acceptance and tolerance for things that are different or things/people/places that appear or assumed to be scary because of their color by changing their perceptions early on. This manuscript provides mindful moments where both caregivers and children can appreciate the natural wonders that night brings.

Location: Country

United States originally from Nepal

Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am an early childhood Teacher educator. I value children's voices and believe that all children need to heard. I am an advocate for multicultural education and like to use cultural stories from all over the world to engage my pre-service student teachers to see how interconnected we are with regards to values and beliefs despite the superficial differences.

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

I would like the pages to have pictures of expansive spaces - I am not sure how to illustrate 'calm' but I was thinking of textures/sounds that could be added to the book.

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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Theresa Kohlmeier

Role added on team:

"Theresa (Terry) and I are colleagues in the Early Childhood Teacher Education Department. We have conducted Inquiry/Project based culturally appropriate trainings in Beijing, China for pre-service and in-service teachers. We have also presented at conferences. Both of us are passionate about infusing diversity support student teachers to learn about the importance of cultural appropriateness by supporting their development of intercultural competence. Terry is a fluent Spanish speaker/translator"


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Thank you for bringing "light" to NIGHT!

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