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Books + Activities

Book cover Charlie Takes his Shot by Nancy ChurninHere’s an interesting concept. Author Nancy Churnin’s books come with a “related activity” that kids can do, to make a difference in the world.

Take, for instance, her book The William Hoy Story (How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game).

Readers can do a great related activity: write the Baseball Hall of Fame and ask them to induct Hoy as the first deaf player in the Hall of Fame. Churnin says more than 1,000 letters have been sent by kids to the Hall of Fame. Her activity web page (Hoy for the Hall) is here:

I like this concept, because kids get really interested in a social cause and then they want to do something about it. Chernin’s books and activities, give them that opportunity.

Here’s another one:
Charlie Takes His Shot (How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf)

The activity page is here, where readers are encouraged to “Share stories of  how you’ve given kids new to a team, activities or clubs a chance to take their shots.”

Check out all of Churnin’s books on her website:


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