The Power to Create Change

The Power to Create Change
In this interactive presentation, students will hear the history behind books such as NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal, One Million Men and Me, Hope's Gift and Sing a Song and learn that kids throughout history have been agents of change. They will see pictures featuring young people in marches for social justice, explore how enslaved people held onto faith and fought for freedom during the Civil War and gain insight into the process of turning an idea into a finished book. During the program, students will participate in readings and answer questions that give a deeper understanding of the stories and illuminate the editorial process.

Artist Background

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her picture books include CCBC Choices-honored title, One Million Men and Me; Ellen’s Broom, a Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh and Hope’s Gift, Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies and One More Dino on the Floor, a Scholastic Reading Club pick. Her Jada Jones chapter book series has won praise for its celebration of friendship, character and STEAM connections. Her latest titles are Going Down Home with Daddy and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations. Kelly presents at schools, libraries and conferences nationwide.


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