Again, as the illustrator as well as the author, I can easily adapt this manuscript to any needs.
Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences
To make this book interesting and relatable, I felt that using simple, understandable words and images were important. The idea that all kinds of people read books and that they read them for a variety of reasons was also important, and hopefully inspiring. The images show various people in a child's life who read to that child. Hopefully, it will encourage those people to continue to interact with the children in their life through reading. Rhyming helps too.
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Who Likes Books?
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).
Who likes books?
Teachers like books.
Preachers like books.
Scientists who study creatures like books.
Policemen like books.
Firefighters like books.
Doctors and dentists like books.
And their nurses on breaks like books.
Gardeners like books
to learn how to grow flowers.
Workmen like books
to learn how to build towers.
Soldiers and sailors like books.
Mailmen stamping mailers like books.
Baseball players read books
to improve their game.
Basketball players and football players
do the same.
Tour guides at work read books.
Pizza is made by cooks who read books.
Babies like baby books.
Sisters like frilly books.
Brothers like silly books.
Mothers and fathers like books,
And they love to read to
their sons and daughters from books.
Grandmothers and grandfathers
Single mothers like books.
Babysitters and caregivers like books.
Librarians like books
and like to share books.
Is there anyone else who likes books?
We like books!
How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)
Working with Head Start programs in San Diego and Denver on children’s books, I have found that simple language and simple images are the best way to impart a message to children.
I appreciate the research offered for this campaign. Although I hold no credentials in the child development field, I spent several years working on programmed reading studies in the Educational Psychology Department at UCLA many years ago.
Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)
In my youth, I won the U.S. National Junior Tennis Championships at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
I also played on the lawns of many of the clubs in that area before tennis became a professional sport.
I have a sister in Kennett, PA and visit her often. Naturally Philadelphia is a frequent destination.
How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)
In following the guidelines for this campaign, I have included many multicultural images, including dress and skin color. The object is to make this book as relatable as possible. Because I am an illustrator as well as an author, I am able to “show” diversity instead of just talking about it.
I am a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the USA.
Location: State or Department
Website URL (optional question)
This simple website shows the extent of my present work, including children's books, art prints, etc.
Tell us more about you / your team
Formerly a tennis champion (U.S. and Wimbledon Junior Champion, Wimbledon semi-finalist), I have worked in Hollywood for Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., ran Paul Simon's music publishing company, managed training films for an ad agency. Then I delved into my own art (with a Fine Art degree from USC). With my husband, I developed a line of 26 Sally Huss Galleries across the country, licensed my art and design work for wallpaper, baby bibs, clothing, ceramics, greeting cards, purses, etc., and created a daily King Features syndicated panel for newspapers called Happy Musings. After closing the galleries, I focused exclusively on children's books.
With the onset of the e-book and self-publishing craze, I created an extensive line of children's books, working to create books that were whimsical, as well as meaningful. I have worked with the Head Start programs in San Diego and in Colorado, and have created a specific "transitional" book for the Denver program. I can write a book about anything!
Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)
I create books to help uplift the lives of children.
Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?
If yes, please list titles and publications.
In the past, I have been published by Harcourt Brace, Tommy Nelson, Ten Speed Press. Now, I am a self-published author and have over 100 children's books on Amazon. Please see the list on my website -- www.sallyhuss.com.
Do you have an agent?
How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)
Jean McSpadden, creator of Bright by 3. She knows my work and thought I would be right for it.
What best describes you? (optional question)
I am a self-published author-illustrator of children's books. I create books to fill specific needs.
This is my manuscript with illustrations. Because I am an artist/illustrator, I always see a book visually. I can easily adapt to any changes in the manuscript, the illustrations and the format -- square, rectangle, etc.
The attached file includes the illustrations in low resolution, so the images are somewhat less vibrant than the original illustrations. The original illustrations are created in 300 dpi CMYK.