Literacy program brings surprise to local elementary school
Jane Edwards Elementary School students model for children’s book
Celebrated children’s illustrator E.B. Lewis, who visited Jane Edwards Elementary School in February as part of The Citadel School of Education’s Authors and Schools program to enhance regional literacy, is using students from that school for the illustrations in his new book The Baobab Tree. Lewis was so moved by his visit that he wanted to incorporate some of the students into his book, which he is dedicating to the school.
Lewis is an award-winning artist who has illustrated more than 50 books for children, including Nikki Grimes' Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle's Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Tolowa M. Mollel's My Rows and Piles of Coins, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Jacqueline Woodson's The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts.
“The future is not outer space or technology,” said Lewis. “It’s our children.”
The Citadel’s Authors and Schools program, which was made possible by a generous grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, was created to advance the reading and writing skills of children in the St. Paul’s Parish schools in Charleston County School District.
“More than just reading and writing, the program focuses on developing children into lifetime readers by exposing them to art and powerful books we find in literature today,” said School of Education Professor Dan Ouzts, who spearheaded the Authors and Schools program.