May 24, 2023
Get Caught Reading, a year-round campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages, is delighted to announce the simultaneous release of six posters of women leading the way in many important ways, now and over many years.
- Zaila Avant-garde won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, making her the first African American winner in the competition’s history. She was named SportsKid of the Year in 2021 by Sports Illustrated Kids. Zaila also holds two Guinness World Records for her basketball skills. It’s Not Bragging If It’s True (Random House Books for Young Readers) is her debut novel, and Words of Wonder from Z to A, illustrated by Keisha Morris (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), is her first picture book.
- Raya Kenney is the CEO and founder of the National Memorial to the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Foundation, whose goal is to build a memorial commemorating the amazing working women of WWII. Work has commenced on site selection and fundraising. Raya is also studying art history at Kenyon College. In her free time, you can find her writing music, composing poetry, and scribbling vignettes in her journal. wwiiwomenmemorial.org.
- Mia Wenjen is the President and co-founder of the nonprofit Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Her debut picture book, Sumo Joe (Lee and Low) was selected as a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World (Barefoot Books) released this year and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Follow her @pragmaticmom on social media. multiculturalchildrensbookday.com.
- Paula Young Shelton is an early childhood educator with more than thirty years of experience teaching young children. She is the author of the acclaimed children’s books, Child of the Civil Rights Movement and Just Like Jesse Owens, written with her father, Ambassador Andrew Young, and illustrated by Gordon C. James (Orchard Books/Scholastic). She is a graduate of Duke University and holds a master’s degree in education from Bank Street College.
- Vanessa Garcia is a Cuban American multidisciplinary writer—screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and journalist/essayist—who has written and worked for Sesame Street, Caillou, and other shows. She is the author of the children’s book, What the Bread Says: Baking with Love, History, and Papan, illustrated by Tim Palin (Cardinal Rule Press). Her essays and thought pieces have appeared in The LA Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Review, ESPN, The Hill, and numerous other publications. She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine. vanessagarcia.org.
- Erin Yun is the author of the bestselling AAPI middle-grade series, Pippa Park. She attended NYU and studied creative writing at Cambridge. She used her personal lens to reimagine Great Expectations into Pippa Park Raises Her Game (Fabled Films Press) and developed a writing workshop for kids on storytelling. PippaPark.com
Every Child a Reader thanks the many publishers for connecting us to these fantastic authors.
Over two dozen 8 ½” x 11” posters are available free to teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents. The program was relaunched in 2018 thanks to a grant from KPMG and a poster featuring Olympic gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez. In 2019 and 2020, posters featuring bestselling authors Kate DiCamillo, Raj Halder, and Raakhee Mirchandani, plus the animated character Phoebe and her Unicorn were made available. Backlist posters include Alicia Keys, Neil Gaiman, Alex Morgan, Horton (Horton Hears a Who!), and Olivia (Olivia book series).
Up to 10 different posters can be ordered on the order form at www.GetCaughtReading.org.
About Get Caught Reading
A nationwide, year-round campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader. Get Caught Reading provides teachers and librarians with bulletin board-sized posters of authors, athletes, media stars, and beloved book characters caught reading a favorite!