I received the following email from one of my loyal readers and commenters, Beverly Sue Herrera:
I am sending you the book trailer for CHAINS [by Laurie Halse Anderson]. Our librarian, Carmen Escamilla, made it to encourage students to read books by a variety of authors, and on a variety of topics.
Carmen is the librarian at Alexander High School library and is also secretary and a founding member of the Laredo Food for Thought Foundation. She initiated the One City, One Book event for Laredo, Texas. The first year we brought Holocaust survivor and Academy Award winner, Gerda W. Klein. Last year we hosted Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner for ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY. With Carmen’s help, the citizens of Laredo are reading books which motivate them to get involved. She is constantly expanding the school library, adding books of all genres and concerning all cultures and colors. Students are beginning to read books which represent their lives, learning that authors come in just as many types as students. These book trailers are designed to get students to pick up books which they might not otherwise notice.
Hats off to Carmen, and I do hope you watch this powerful trailer!
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