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World Read Aloud Day Read Aloud 2022

The University of Chicago My Very Own Library Program

World Read Aloud Day Celebration

6pm CST Read Aloud

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We will be joined this evening by several guest readers from around Chicago, from the university community, from the Greater Bronzeville community with special guest reader:


Theanne Griffith is a neuroscientist and the author of the STEM-themed chapter book series, The Magnificent Makers. Since she was a little girl, she’s loved both storytelling and science. Her books blend these two passions, taking young readers on out of this world adventures they’ll never forget. The first four books in her series, How to Test a Friendship, Brain Trouble, Riding Sound Waves, and The Great Germ Hunt are currently available wherever books are sold. The fifth book in The Magnificent Makers series, Race Through Space, will be available on February 21, 2022. She also co-writes the non-fiction series, Ada Twist, Scientist: The Why Files, which accompanies the Netflix animated series, Ada Twist, Scientist. Theanne received her BA in neuroscience and Spanish from Smith College and earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California Davis.

World Read Aloud Day Panel 2022

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.