Do you want to know my #1 strategy for entertaining a room full of fidgety elementary school students? Here it is: before a presentation begins, I try to have as many individual interactions with the students as possible. Even if they only last one moment. So it was in that spirit that I zigzagged my way through a packed school cafeteria in Troy, NY last September, chatting and high-fiving students as they settled in for my presentation. After a few minutes, a 10-year-old boy at a table near the front beckoned me over. “I didn’t like reading until I read your book,” he said matter-of-factly, holding up a copy of The Supadupa Kid.
Ty was honored to be the special guest on Thursday at the 14th annual UNI African American Read-In at the University of Northern Iowa. The event was part of the National African American Read-In, which celebrates the work of African American authors and reaches over 1 million readers every year.
Ty was featured in the Sunday edition of The Berkshire Eagle on January 26, 2020. In addition to discussing Ty’s recent appearances on Disney+ and Good Morning America, the article explores what comes next for the local author.
Sidney Keys was recently featured on Good Morning America for creating a book club for African American boys, and for being one of Marvel’s newest real life superheroes on the Disney+ show Marvel’s Hero Project. Sidney’s journey began when Ty’s book Danny DollarMillionaire Extraordinaire inspired him to start the Books N Bros book club.
It’s June 2019 and I’m sitting in the basement of a St. Louis community center during the filming of a Marvel Hero Project episode. I’m waiting to meet Sidney Keys, the founder of Books N Bros and a real-life superhero. The gravity of the situation does not escape me – this moment has been three years in the making after all. Finally I get the nod from the Disney/Marvel team that it’s time for me to walk up the stairs to meet the young phenom who has inspired so many, including me.
On February 11th, the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, MA unveiled a mural inspired by Ty’s book When I Close My Eyes. The mural spans the length of a wall in the children’s section of the library, and features Ty’s beloved character Dot. When I Close My Eyes is a picture book that encourages young readers to use their imaginations.
Ty had the pleasure of speaking to over 500 students and 100+ educators at Frederick Harris Elementary School in Springfield, MA during Family Literacy Day. After school there was an open house where he gave a keynote to the parents about the importance of reading in the home.
Ty brought his passion and energy to the students of Arthur T. Talmadge Elementary School on Wednesday, March 23rd. Each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student received a copy of his book Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire and then they ended the day with a pizza party!