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Will You Take A Walk With Me?

A child takes a walk and looks into shop windows to see the variety of people and activities of the local community.

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Cars, buses, bikes on the street. 

Let’s go outside and use our feet!

Cities are fun, so much to see. 

Will you take a walk with me?

(illustration of a music shop)

I hear the sounds from the music shop, 

my ears tell me I need to stop.

Drums, horns, guitars, flutes, 

loud bangs, and louder toots.

Tap twist stomp and sway

(illustration of a bike shop)

I look at bikes big and small, 

bikes on the floor, bikes on the wall.

I want to ride one, see me go! 

I pedal fast, I don’t do slow.

Squeal scream beep and bump

(illustration of a coffee shop)

I stop and look in the tiny cafe, 

with smells of coffee and fresh beignets.

Tarts, scones, French croissants. 

My tummy knows what it wants!

Sniff snuff tip and tap

(illustration of a car repair shop)

I peek inside the noisy shop, 

where sounds are loud, they never stop! 

Cars are broken, tools on the floor, 

grease and grime on the door.

Clink clank honk and hiss

(illustration of a hair salon)

I lean to see inside the shop, 

scissors cutting, hair drops.

Hair is wet, hair is drying, 

friends talking, kids crying.

Snip snap swish and swoosh

(illustration of a yoga studio)

I peer inside the large window, 

people reach high, then stretch low.

Turning, twisting, bending around, 

touching their toes on the ground.

Scrunch hunch thump and bump

(illustration of a book store)

I see the books, smell them too.

Many old, most are new.

Pages turned as books are read.

My favorite ones I take to bed.

Swish swash whoosh and swoosh

Friends, neighbors, people to meet.

Let’s keep walking on our street!

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

My vision for this book is to lead children through the sights and sounds of an urban setting so they can be exposed to all the different people and activities of daily life in a local community.

Share your suggested book title

Will You Take A Walk With Me?

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

As parents and caregivers read this book to children, there are benefits on multiple levels. Infants will hear the inflections of the words, specifically the series of onomatopoeic words at the end of each verse. They will see colorful illustrations with geometric shapes. By listening to someone read the book, the inflections with the exclamations and questions contribute to their language development. Toddlers (and older children) are exposed to words that help with language development through alliteration, inflection, and pronunciation. The rhyming and repetition increases their memory of language. The illustrations further establish the association between language and people, objects and real life experiences. They create a more interactive experience by sparking questions and conversation about the illustrative scenes. The story that each page will tell relates to the diversity and reality of how different people live an urban lifestyle.

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

The manuscript illustrates familiar experiences the child may have in their own life that are also shared with the diverse group of people living in this urban setting. It's about seeing other people do the things they might already do. My hope is that kids will relate to what's happening in the story and be curious about the people and places in their own neighborhood—to observe how everyone is important to a local community.

Location: Country


Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a licensed child care provider, an advocate for early childhood development, a mother, and grandmother. I've traveled to different countries and many major cities. I've always loved seeing how other people live their day to day life. I believe that experiences of different communities is the foundation to an open mind and accepting attitude. And this starts with children. I currently live in a small rural area and the children I care for are not always exposed to a wide variety of lifestyles. I hope to provide a window into the life of someone they haven't met and for the reader to be exposed to people outside of their small town and to consider them a part of their community.

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

Illustrations show the inside of each shop as a child peers into the window. People are of varying ages, body types, ethnicities, genders and have ranges of emotion. The shop windows are full of activity that can be discovered over time. For example, in the yoga studio a group of people in colorful outfits are stretching. One person dances, another winces, and a dog stretches. Shapes appear as an exercise ball, the triangular shape of a downward dog, and straight lines of tall stretches.

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)

  • Licensed child care provider and business owner


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Photo of Robyn Campbell

I really like it. Best of luck.

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