My Very Own Library

The University of Chicago My Very Own Library Program

World Read Aloud Day Panel

February 2, 2022

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We will be joined on a 12 Noon CST by:

Zeta Elliot

Jenny LeFlore

Pam Allyn




Zetta Elliott is the author of over forty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture books Bird, Melena’s Jubilee, and A Place Inside of Me. Dragons in a Bag, a middle grade fantasy novel, was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and was selected for the 2021 Global Read Aloud. The sequel, The Dragon Thief, was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Her young adult poetry collection, Say Her Name, was named a 2020 “Best of the Best” title by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was nominated for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Her own imprint, Rosetta Press, generates culturally relevant stories that center children who have been marginalized, misrepresented, and/or rendered invisible in traditional children’s literature. Elliott is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing. She currently lives in Chicago, IL

Pam Allyn is the founder of LitWorld, the creator of World Read Aloud Day and LitCamp. She is the author of many books, most recently the second edition of Every Child a Super Reader, with Dr. Ernest Morrell, due out this month. She is the creator of a new family learning initiative called Dewey

Jenny LeFlore is a community builder, advocate, influencer and mama to 5-year-old ObieQ and 1-year-old Jameson. She has created a community with her brand, Mama Fresh, where the diversity in motherhood is celebrated. Mama Fresh is all about taking a Fresh Approach to Motherhood. Her mission is to be that mom friend you didn’t know you needed. Follow her on  Instagram @mamafreshchi.