In September 2023, the Jacksonville, Florida Public Library Foundation celebrated the launch of a new Pre-K Literacy Program. (In the works for 18 months behind the scenes.)
I wrote a rhyming ABC Book for this local program, and it was illustrated by talented artist Don Toht. (There are 8 books in each bundle given to young learners as they get their FIRST library card, with a few more books to be added next spring.)
Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan was on hand to help launch the program, which puts over 8000 literacy backpacks in the hands of 4 year old preschoolers this year! Wonderful! #LiteracyRocks
Mayor Deegan handing out book bags to preschoolers!
Here's a page from the book - Don's lively art and my rhyming text in an ABC book highlighting Jacksonville.