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Visit to Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, Yorktown Heights, NY – March 23, 2018

On March 23, 2018 I spent the day at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. I spent the morning reading Jamal and Me to students at the Walden School library, located on the BOCES campus. The students welcomed me with open arms.

In the afternoon, I conducted a three-hour workshop for teachers, library media specialists and clinical staff entitled “Using Picture Books to Promote Pro-social Skills” at the administration building, sponsored by the Hudson River Teachers Center and the Curriculum Center at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.
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Reactions to the workshop:

Dr. Franks-Randall is an enchanting storyteller and motivating presenter who inspires all those fortunate enough to attend one of her professional development activities – especially on the topic of using picture books to promote pro-social skills. You will want her to return again and again.

Dr. Lynn Allen, Assistant Superintendent, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES

For me our time together reinforced the value of reading picture books aloud. Upon returning to my library I will look for books that can do “double duty” – applicable to building literacy and social skills. This workshop also reminded me to think carefully about questioning and to be mindful of the types of questions I am asking my students.
Christine Roper, Library Media Specialist, Yorktown Schools

What made an impact on me was when you said that the illustrations are just as powerful as the words on the page. Children should be invited to pay particular attention to them because they can draw inferences and express the character’s feelings.
Tracy Carrigan, Teacher, Pocantico Hills School District

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Visit to Makefield Elementary School, Yardley, PA – March 6, 2018!

On March 6, 2018 I had the pleasure of reading Jamal and Me to my granddaughter Elle’s kindergarten class. They were an attentive audience, and I really enjoyed my time in Mrs. Koellner’s classroom. Elle was my trusty assistant and did a wonderful job!

Thank you, Mrs. Koellner, for allowing me to share Jamal and Me with your fabulous group of students!

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Author’s Reading at Grasonville Elementary School, Gransonville, MD – February 23, 2018

I was invited by Kathy Barletta, the reading specialist at Grasonville Elementary School, to read aloud to students in second and fourth grade as part of their African-American Read-In program.
I was greeted by enthusiastic staff and delightful children. What a wonderful experience!

“We were very fortunate to have Carol read Jamal and Me to our 2nd and 4th graders today. The powerful message captured the students’ attention and everyone was so excited to meet a real author. We cannot wait to have Carol come back and read with our students again.”
Kathy Barletta, Reading Specialist

I loved every minute of my visit to Grasonville Elementary School and look forward to returning in the not too distant future!

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Author’s Visit at White Marsh Elementary School!

On February 2, 2018, I visited White Marsh Elementary School in Trappe, MD. I spent the afternoon at the school and read Jamal and Me aloud to Kindergarten, first, second and third grade students. I had the opportunity to talk to the students about the process of writing a children’s book, and how it takes many drafts to get a finished product. I encouraged the students to take their creative writing seriously and not to be afraid to continue to make their work the best it can be.

Reactions from staff at White Marsh Elementary School:

Carol did an amazing job reading Jamal and Me. The students were captivated by the story and learned a great lesson too! This is a great story to teach students how they can help a new student at their school.
J. Elliott, Grade 3 Teacher

I truly enjoyed listening to Carol read her story. My favorite part was the last page with the letter. The speech bubble stating, “What a Treat! I get to read Jamal’s letter every day” spoke to me. I have had so many students in my classroom like Jamal, but when I am finally able to make a connection those letters mean the world. Please share with Carol how thankful I am for her writing a book that speaks to so many teachers.
T. Blessing, Grade 2 Teacher

Our students truly enjoyed listening to Carol read Jamal and Me! What a wonderful story with a impressionable message!!! The illustrations and “speech bubbles” added to the powerful message in the book. The students and staff were a captive audience. Thank you for sharing your work with our school community.

K. Seidel, Principal

A truly wonderful experience! Thank you Kim Seidel and the White Marsh Elementary School staff!

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On December 7, 2017 I had the pleasure of reading Jamal and Me to a group of first graders at Grasonville Elementary School which is in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. This reading was done as part of the Character Counts program. Thank you Merle Rockwell (Character Counts Volunteer) and Ms. Seward (teacher) for inviting me to your classroom!