The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) in partnership with KaZoom Kids iStoryBooks, will launch a new reading series designed to stimulate a love of reading, especially among children of color. Too often African American and Latino children are left feeling disconnected from the stories in the books available to them, because they do not see themselves represented in them. KaZoom ebooks are multicultural and use sight, sound, motion and animation to stimulate kids to interact and become more engaged with the stories they read.
On hand for the launch of this unique, fun-filled, multi-media, multicultural experience will be Donna Beasley, founder of Chicago-based KaZoom Publishing, a company focused on providing a distribution arm for multicultural, digital-interactive children’s books; and author Lapacazo Sandoval who wrote Everybody Loves Cake, one of the three books featured in this storytelling event. She was first to respond when the call went out to the community of writers attached to KaZoom Publishing, to participate in the series.
The books will be brought to life through performances by students from HSA’s dance and music departments under the direction of Amanda McDowall a teacher at HSA.
The theatrical reading of Taking The E-Train is about an adventurous Abuela who takes her three grandchildren on an adventure on NYC’s E train on one of the hottest days of summer! Why? Because the E train has the best air condition; Everybody Loves Cake follows the joy of baking with Sharon and her Abuela (Grandmother) as they create new and delicious treats while keeping tradition and making new “sweet” memories; and Kason’s Kite is about a father and son who bond over a kite making project.