Read Across America 2020

6 Ways to Celebrate Read Across America

by Ty Allan Jackson

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

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UNI African American Read-In

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.

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Ty Featured in Respected Publication

Ty Allan Jackson is Ready For His Next Big Chapter
Photo by BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE

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.

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Ty Appears on Good Morning America

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 Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire inspired him to start the Books N Bros book club.

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Danny Dollar Featured on Disney+

Danny Dollar Inspires Marvel’s Newest Superhero

by Ty Allan Jackson

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.

Let me back up a little…

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Library Unveils New Mural

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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.

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Ty Visits Springfield Elementary School

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.

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