Here is Renee's interview with Tom Nicholas, President of the CT Education Foundation and Vice President of the Connecticut Education Association, and Jill Twiss, author of The Someone New.
They chat about the CEF's Virtual Video Puppet Program and about their special event happening on March 2nd, in which CT students will experience reading through the eyes of two puppet characters from a book about diversity, unity, and inclusion-- to help instill a love of reading.
The Connecticut Education Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Connecticut Education Association, which advocates for students and teachers across the state.
CEF’s Virtual Video Puppet Program combines the importance of reading with a fun, exciting way--through the eyes of two puppet characters from a book about diversity, unity, and inclusion-- to help instill a love of reading in children. The goal is to help students discover the joys of reading by bringing books to life in a unique and fun way that will cultivate good reading habits, while sharing the message about unity, inclusiveness, and diversity.
On March 2nd, about 3,100 first and second grade students in Bridgeport will receive a free book to take home with them. Teachers in the first and second grade classrooms in Bridgeport will also receive a special book!
The Someone New by Jill Twiss
From Jill Twiss and EG Keller, the author and illustrator team behind the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, comes The Someone New, a fresh and timely story about how it feels when someone new comes knocking at your door.
Jitterbug the chipmunk likes it when things stay the same. So when one day Pudding the snail comes into her woods, Jitterbug worries that everything will be different. What if Pudding spoils everything? What if there's no more room for Jitterbug?
With the help of her friends, can Jitterbug welcome the newcomer and learn that kindness is stronger than fear?