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Captain Book Treasure Chest Literacy Program

IMG_8477Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Captain Book’s 100,000th book donation at the Encinitas Library with local children’s author, Sally Pla. Captain Book spreads the love of reading to children all over San Diego county through school visits and free books.

I simply love seeing people give back in whatever unique and quirky ways their imaginations inspire. Captain Book told us about the many thoughtful touches to his program, including a pirate telescope that “sees” beautiful gifts in each child’s heart, treasure chests filled with goodies for kids, and a donated ambulance, converted into a free book delivery truck that Captain Book drives through Camp Pendleton and underserved communities.

If you are interested in helping Captain Book spread the love of reading, check out his website!

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My Work Is Featured in the Huffington Post!

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I am so excited to be featured in the Huffington Post! I poured my heart into this interview, in the hopes of spreading the message I want all kids to hear: “You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.”

Click here to read the full interview!

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A New Form of Storytelling in Kenya!

Magzi quickly discovered that selfies are hilarious.

Magzi quickly discovered that selfies are hilarious.

I have so many exciting things to share, but perhaps the most exciting for me is my recent trip to Kenya. I had the pleasure of going there with Kids for Peace, who is donating a pre-primary school to the village of Mikei with the help of the kids who will participate in the 2016 Great Kindness Challenge.*

Though she's goofing off in this picture, it's common in Magzi's village to for kids to carry large buckets of water on their heads.

Though she’s goofing off in this picture, it’s common in Magzi’s village for kids to carry large buckets of water on their heads.

As a storyteller, I was particularly thrilled with my assignment: to film a day-in-the-life of a wonderful, funny and joyful 10-year-old girl, Magzi. The purpose of the video will be to share her story with kids across the world so they can donate coins for her school during The Great Kindness Challenge in January. Last year, over 2,000,000 students participated, and that number is growing. Magzi’s current school moves from vacant building-to-building, and has few desks and text books. I am confident that Magzi and her 160 classmates will have a beautiful new school with books and furniture and many of the other things on her wish list by next summer.

The best part of this project is giving Magzi a platform to use her voice and to be heard. I am a passionate believer in the necessity of exposing kids to diverse stories so they may expand their worldview and cultivate empathy. I would never write Magzi’s story; it is hers and hers alone. All she needs is the audience, and I am doing my best to remain a silent facilitator.

This is my first video of this kind, and I am truly hoping that I can create it in a way that captures the beauty of Mikei, and the radiance of the children who live there. They made it as easy a possible. The footage is gorgeous, and I cannot wait to share it!

Magzi and her friends in their current school yard.

Magzi and her friends in their current school yard.

 

 

 

 

 

*The Kindness Challenge is a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. It’s free, fun, and transformational. Sign up your school here!

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Super Lexi Featured in Kirkus Reviews Magazine!

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I’m excited to announce that my chapter book Super Lexi was selected to be featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine! Less than 1 out of 10 indie books books receive this honor.

Check out the full review here!

If you’ve not read Super Lexi, you can get a sneak peek at the first chapter here!