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Open Book students from Armstrong Elementary School, Copernicus Elementary, Gregory Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Mayo Elementary School, Nicholson Elementary, Open Book/Lawless Gardens, Reed Elementary, Penn Elementary, University of Chicago-Donoghue, White Career Academy, and Williams Multiplex are reading either Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: Stars
and Sparks on Stage

by Sharon Draper and Stop It Now Or REGRET It Later by Catharine Ingram.

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Sharon Draper Author Event
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Gregory students perform during the Sharon Draper Author Event.

Students Meet Award-winning Author Sharon Draper During Open Book Author Event

More than 100 African American inner city students, aged 9 – 14, got a chance to meet critically-acclaimed children’s book author Sharon Draper as part of Chicago’s unique Open Book Program during an talk-show style Student/Author Event on Saturday, December 13, at Gregory Elemetary, 3715 W. Polk St., in Chicago.The Open Book Participants prepared performance pieces and interview questions based on the best-selling books Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: Shadows of Caesar's Creek and Romiette & Julio. Open Book is a program of the Institute of Positive Living.

During the event, Draper led the entire audience including Open Book students, their teachers, and their parents in an African “Let This Circle Not Be Broken” blessing. Participants held hands as they recited the blessing. Draper also told the students that the election of Barack Obama as president means, “there is no reason to even say I can’t do that anymore.”

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Students from Gregory Elementary School perform a skit based on Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper.
Armstrong students get their books signed by author Sharon Draper.

Students from Armstrong Elementary School are pictured with award-wining author Sharon Draper just after getting their books signed.

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Sharon Draper Workshop

The Sharon Draper Workshop.

Teachers, artists and parents in Institute from Positive Living’s Open Book Program are pictured with author/teacher Sharon Draper after attending a hands-on workshop filled with teaching tips on December 12, 2008. Sharon Draper is a National Teacher of the Year, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and a New York Times bestselling author.

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