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Destination story time! Toddlers and caregivers use various modes of transportation with their books in tow on the way to the city library.

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Who’s on the go?

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the bike with a book in tow? 

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Pablo plays peek-a-boo with a book. 

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Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the bridge with a book in tow? 

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Tom touches a book. 

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Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the bus with a book in tow? 

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Yashika shares a book. 

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Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s underground with a book in tow? 

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Ting turns the pages. Baba reads the book. 

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Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the train with a book in tow? 

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Juan wears the book on his head. Papi laughs. 

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Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s in the car with a book in tow? 

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Lucy looks at  a book. 

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Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the go? 

Who’s on the steps with a book in tow? 

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Everybody big, everybody small. 

Many, many books for one and all. 

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Story time!

Illustration Note: Children and their caregivers enjoy books while using a variety of transportation modes on their way to the city library for toddler story hour.  

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

Families are always on the go. My hope is that this manuscript will promote taking a book along to read to a child. Books are portable, packed with language, and enchanting to read over and over again. The repetitive chant has an engaging rhythm. The book features culturally diverse families with toddlers toting books that they enjoy on the way to the city library's story time.

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

The Rollins Center for Language and Literacy resource features Zoe, a seven-year-old reader who learned to read through her early interactions with caregivers. Teachers of infants and toddlers make book reading interactive. Transportation toys are common ground in a child's play settings. In urban contexts looking out the window can connect what children see with what's on the pages of WHO'S ON THE GO? Busy parents on the go can tote a library book for free. Singing Take me for a Ride in Your Car, Car could be sung to help toddlers tune in to the topic. Having conversations to build language is more beneficial than learning colors, numbers, and letters for infants and toddlers brains. According to Angela Shelton, rhythm and rhyme build the reading brain and pave the way for phonological awareness. 'Who's on the go? Who's on the go?' has a thumping beat. Neurons to Neighborhood research underscores the importance of community inspiring me to end the book with story time at the library.

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

I visited Philadelphia on a few occasions when on vacation or visiting colleges. We toured the Philadelphia mint as a family and enjoyed the Reading Terminal Market years ago. When researching the area to generate ideas for this manuscript I was enchanted by the Philadelphia neighborhood names. I picture the children at the Fishtown Free Library for story time as a potential image. I purposely included names that would be relatable to families from diverse backgrounds. There is room for the illustrator to include LGBTQ family units as well as differently abled children and caregivers. All children need to see themselves in books from an early age.

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

The urban contexts included in the manuscript are city modes of transportation as well as the community library setting. Yashika on the bus with a book in tow could be depicted as specific as the Philly Phlash or as generic as the busses in LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET or JULIAN IS A MERMAID. There is room for the illustrator to include diverse families throughout the city. I selected names of the characters in the book to reflect cultural differences. Warm interactions between caregivers on the go and their children is facilitated by the presence of that book that is in tow. Grown ups read on public transportation, modeling a lifelong love of reading for the young children on board.

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Website URL (optional question) Please feel free to consider my manuscript and art separately. A person of color may be best suited to illustrate this book. I trust publishers to make the best decisions regarding design, illustration style, and marketability.

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an author illustrator who has been published in HIGH FIVE and HIGHLIGHTS magazines. Two of my illustrations and one of my animal poems are within the recently published AN ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS, a poetry anthology produced by the Writers' Loft and its members. The image included shows me sharing my work at a local independent bookstore. I am an active member of SCBWI, a society for children's book writers and illustrators. I belong to critique groups and attend conferences. I work as a specialty service provider in early intervention agencies in Massachusetts. Language learning is my primary area of expertise as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. I work in homes with many families who are bilingual or multilingual. I taught preschool for more than ten years. My profession all started with a volunteer job at Head Start when I was in high school. I am 100% committed to the focus of this challenge and thrilled to be able to submit my work for consideration.

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

The repetitive text for this submission has a sparse word count to intentionally leave room for many tier one words to appear as images a child and caregiver can converse about and connect to the outside world they live in. Including books and readers of all ages in the illustrations makes for a reason to pore over the pages again and again. The vibrant city streets the characters travel on to get to the library offer abundant language learning opportunities in the art.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Contributor, as a member of the Writers' Loft, to AN ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS:A CHILDREN'S POETRY ANTHOLOGY, November 1, 2018. Poem, BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY, in HIGH FIVE MAGAZINE, 2012 Folktale Retelling, RUNAWAY BLUE, in HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE, 2008

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • Twitter, SCBWI tweet by Lin Oliver

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Nice effort. I don't think the page numbers are necessary.

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