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I began working as an afterschool reading tutor with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) in the winter of 2010. I enjoyed choosing the library books I planned to read to the children in various Pittsburgh shelters and I especially...
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In seventh grade I made a quilt from scraps of old clothes and worn sheets and pillow cases. As I look at each square, I am reminded of a shirt my mother or father once wore, or a pillow case...
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Imagine a vacant lot on a street filled with old tires, a broken refrigerator, even a discarded couch. The name of the street is Gibb Street in Cleveland, OH.  Imagine an apartment building with forty eight apartments filled with people...
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Imagine a mole that digs holes underground during the day while at night, he relaxes in front of the television set.  Then he goes to sleep. This the pattern of his days and nights in the children’s literature pearl, Mole...
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The organization We Need Diverse Books advocates and educates about the importance of exposing children to diversity in children’s books.  One of the defining moments of my life occurred twenty-nine years ago when I had a challenging experience related to...
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My inaugural Storypearls blog post coincides with the inauguration of our 45th president. Our country is deeply divided. One way to bridge the divide is by sharing children’s literature pearls that move and inspire us. I hope to build a...
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