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The Cleveland Chapter of Chums, Inc. in collaboration with Hough Reads, participated in the Family Literacy Night at the Cleveland Public Library’s Hough Branch on July 5th.
Cleveland Chums’ member, Chante Thomas, was the featured celebrity author at this event, sharing her recently published book, “Where I’m From,” illustrated by Cleveland based artist, Jennifer Price Davis. It is a delightful book which truly celebrates the diversity and inclusiveness of our society. This book will be a great addition to each elementary school classroom and library and is a great read for children and adults alike.
Shaker Heights School District | Chante Thomas Publishes Her First Children's Book | April 2018
Shaker Height School District Newsletter
Chante Thomas Publishes Her First Children’s Book
When Woodbury fifth-grade teacher Chante Thomas was growing up, her mother, who was a teacher, took advantage of any opportunity to travel with her children. Ms. Thomas traveled with her mother to Hawaii when she was eight, and later accompanied her on bus trips to Toronto and Washington, D.C., among others. “I saw that there were so many differences in the way people lived,” she remembers. “I saw that where we’re from shapes who we are, and that everyone has a story to tell.”
Ms. Thomas’ childhood travel experiences, coupled with her fondness for geography and two decades of teaching students from all different backgrounds, provided the foundation and motivation for her to complete her first book, “Where I’m From,” published last month.
The book shares the geographical and cultural stories of five children and encourages readers to consider their own roots. The book’s illustrations (by local artist Jennifer Price Davis) are beautifully painted and include maps of different parts of the world that when paired with Ms. Thomas’ whimsical words, readers are drawn in to explore the images further.
“Every year, my classes talk about what’s special about their families,” says Ms. Thomas. “I hope that my book helps young people to consider where they’re from and where they’ve been, and to talk about it from a place of love.”