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Who I met today_v.3

Everyday encounters of a little child with different people in his community and city.

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Out of my bed,
Out of my home,
Out on my street,
I go out to play,
Who will I meet today? 

Mom greets a lady next door,
who wasn't there before -
We say hello to her son, Raj,
May be he will be my friend some day,
Who else will I meet today? 

We hop on the bus,
Mom says hi to Winston,
He gave me a high five,
He drives us safe to the market,
Who else will I meet today? 

At the market, we buy some food,
Mom pays to this lady called J-U-D-E,
She winked and smiled at me,
She was nice but I got shy,
Who else will I meet today? 

We stopped at the park,
the one with an arc,
We saw a man who looked like grandpa,
He looked sad, So mom gave him a fruit and money -
Maybe he will not be so sad anymore,
Who else will I meet today?

Mama stops a taxi and we get in and look out,
I see lots of people shouting out loud,
they don't look the same - big, white, brown, black and tall,
All with boards saying 'Hope, Not Walls'

That night, I lay in bed
Wondering how many people had I met
a new neighbor,
and some good ol' friends
the smiling market lady
an old man at the park's end

And many people, big and small
white, brown, black and tall
they all live in my city,
my home, this is Philly.

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

This story intends on reflecting the everyday encounters a child has with different kind of people in his community and city. S/he demonstrates qualities of empathy, gratefulness, compassion and acceptance.

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Who I met today

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).

Out of my bed, Out of my home, Out on my street, I go out to play, Who will I meet today? Mom (or Dad) greets a lady next door who wasn't there before. We say hello to her son, Raj. May be he will be my friend some day. Who else will I meet today? We hop on the bus, Mom says hi to Winston. He gave me a high five. He drives us safe to the market. Who else will I meet today? At the market, we buy some food, Mom pays to this lady called J-U-D-E. She winked and smiled at me. She was nice but I got shy. Who else will I meet today? On the way back, we stopped at the park, the one mom loves that has an arc. We saw a man who looked like grandpa. He looked sad. So mom gave him a fruit and money. May be he will not be so sad anymore. Who else will I meet today? We missed our bus, So we ride a taxi back home. The man driving the car says hello and puts on the radio. I see lots of people outside, they don't look the same. Some are white, some are brown, some are black, all around the town. At home I tell daddy (or other caregiver), what I saw today and who I met today. And that I love my city as I love my home.

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

This manuscript was tested on my own 18 month old son as well as some of my neighborhood kids. The one common expression they all have is that of wonder. They recognize most of the words (all from tier-1 vocabulary). The questions prompt to think, the repetition of sentences gives the story a rhyme and a recall value. The characters used in the story are informed by our own experience living in a diverse community in an urban environment (New York, Seattle) and make the story work in any urban context, not just Philadelphia. The short, simple sentences help make the story easy to narrate as well as to follow.

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

We lived in New Jersey/New York for over 6 years and made a number of trips to Philadelphia, sometimes for work and sometimes for leisure.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Washington

Website URL (optional question)

www.anujasinghal.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a designer and storyteller. I have recently discovered my love for picture books as a new mom to a toddler who loves to read. I am constantly amazed at the variety of PBs out there and the number of topics they address. As a seasoned designer, a new parent and someone who cares deeply about community and environment related issues, I am at constant battle with myself to find ways I can educate and prepare my own child for the world we are living in. I have been involved with openideo for a long time (since 2011) and I truly appreciate all the work that's happening on this platform. As soon as I saw this challenge in my inbox, i jumped on it as something I would love to try my hands on. I am a writing enthusiast and writing for a children's book, in my opinion, is one of the biggest challenges I have come across.

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)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • 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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