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Why Do You Love Philadelphia?

This manuscript captures the diversity in Philadelphia while taking a young person on an exploration journey of Philadelphia.

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The layout of the book is the same throughout, the left is a profile of a person or family and the right (under a flap) is the illustration of why they love Philadelphia.  

For example, Page 1-Left- Profile:  My name is Cydney (black female) and I love Philadelphia because I can ride around on SEPTA! I take the bus to school and ride on the Broad Street Line and Market Frankford Line with my family. (illustration: Cydney)/Page 2-Right- Under Flap- SEPTA Transportation Illustration

Page 3- My name is Julian (black male) and I love Philadelphia because I am a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia.  I have the best job because I can empower my students and their families each day! 

Page 5-Left-My name is Traci (black female) and I love Philadelphia because I am a pediatrician at CHOP.  I get to work at one of the top children hospitals in the nation and get to help families each day. 

Page 7-Left- We are the Ramos Family (multiracial Hispanic and White family) and we love Philadelphia because of all of the museums we can visit!/Page 8-Right-Under Flap-Various Museums in Philadelphia (Art Museum, Please Touch, Franklin Institute)

Page 9-Left- My name is Marc (Jewish male) and I love Philadelphia because there are soo many parks!

Page 11-Left- My name is Afra (Muslim female) and I love Philadelphia because I am a librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia.  I get to be around books each day! 

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

As a mother of a child who is half Indian and half Irish, I am always looking for books where he can see his family and have a hard time. His library is filled with books celebrating diversity and I wish to add this to more home libraries through my book idea.

Share your suggested book title

Why Do You Love Philadelphia?

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).

The layout of the book is the same throughout, the left is a profile of a person or family and the right (under a flap) is the illustration of why they love Philadelphia. For example, Page 1-Left- Profile: My name is Cydney (black female) and I love Philadelphia because I can ride around on SEPTA! I take the bus to school and ride on the Broad Street Line and Market Frankford Line with my family. (illustration: Cydney)/Page 2-Right- Under Flap- SEPTA Transportation Illustration Page 3- My name is Julian (black male) and I love Philadelphia because I am a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. I have the best job because I can empower my students and their families each day! Page 5-Left-My name is Traci (black female) and I love Philadelphia because I am a pediatrician at CHOP. I get to work at one of the top children hospitals in the nation and get to help families each day. Page 7-Left- We are the Ramos Family (multiracial Hispanic and White family) and we love Philadelphia because of all of the museums we can visit!/Page 8-Right-Under Flap-Various Museums in Philadelphia (Art Museum, Please Touch, Franklin Institute) Page 9-Left- My name is Marc (Jewish male) and I love Philadelphia because there are soo many parks! Page 11-Left- My name is Afra (Muslim female) and I love Philadelphia because I am a librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. I get to be around books each day!

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

There are several studies that show that repetition is important for early childhood literacy. Repetition enables the child to become familiar with text. This manuscript repeats the phrase: Why Do You Love Philadelphia and that is the main theme of the book. The design of my book is also informed by research. The book will be very colorful, hard cover, and will have a flap to lift in order to see the illustration next to the profile. Interactive books have benefits for child development and can also increase the bond between the caregiver and child. Interactive books can also create a positive emotional bond to reading. Finally, diversity is important for children and there need to be more books that have images and experiences that our children can relate to, this manuscript focuses on this in various ways.

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

I moved to Philadelphia in 2008 and have become very familiar with the residents through my various jobs, Mayor's Office of Education, education nonprofit, School District of Philadelphia, and now classroom teacher.

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

This manuscript celebrates the diversity of an urban setting and the resources avaialible (i.e. public transportation, museums, libraries, and parks). It provides an exploration of Philadelphia and also provides ideas of opportunities for interaction between a caregiver and child.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia

Tell us more about you / your team

I am currently serving as a Teacher Resident through Drexel University’s School of Education and The School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Prior to this, I was the Kindergarten Transition Fellow for SDP, the Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Philadelphia Education Fund, and the Deputy Education Officer to former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in the Mayor’s Office of Education. These professional experiences have allowed me to connect to students, families, and the partners/communities at the heart of this challenge. I have dedicated my career to education equity and now as a mother myself , I am even more of an advocate. My husband and I reside in Philadelphia and are involved with our son’s future neighborhood school. We are invested in improving education in Philadelphia from both a professional and personal level.

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)

  • Social Media

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am an educator.

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HI Ami, I appreciate your concept about diversity and the visuals you recommend, though it was hard to tease out the actual story or text as the instructions were mixed in (perhaps keep those suggestions separate). I also like the idea of a child narrator or central figure who might visit these diverse and different adults, so the story isn't so much of a list. This might be better for the 0-3 age group. Good luck, hope you can visit my story too, Sheila Lewis, "Bearfulness."

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