Our mission: Working to expand Literacy. One child. One classroom. One school at a time.

Our unique approach to expanding literacy offers a reading experience for the students and the school. We accomplish this by not only providing books for the classroom, but also by bringing in the author for a dynamic presentation that connects the student with the book. It engages and excites them about the idea of both reading and writing by having a personal connection to the book.

We plan to do this by:

Fundraising to obtain donations to purchase and distribute books to schools for either classroom or school libraries.
Funding author/illustrator visits to schools. Introducing students to real authors and illustrators can have a huge impact on their literacy skills, not to mention their lives as it may inspire them to see what they can become.
Set up a yearly or biennial literacy training workshop for teachers.
Fund additional time for on-site librarians for schools in need.
author presentations for schools
Jennifer Swanson, Author

Jennifer Swanson

… is an award-winning children’s author of over 35 books, mostly about science and history. For the past eight years, Jennifer has dedicated herself to promoting literacy through her books and presentations at the American Library Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Science Teacher Association regional and national conference, the prestigious Highlights Foundation, and the World Science Festival. She is also the founder and administrator of STEM Tuesday, a blog focused on providing tools that connect literacy to STEM books in the classroom for teachers. She has a B.S. degree in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. Ed (K-8 science education) from Walden University. Jennifer is currently employed as a middle school science instructor with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.

Karen Cherney, Teacher

Karen (KK) Cherney

… is a founding educator for the continuously number one rated elementary school in Duval County, Chets Creek Elementary, and has held the position of Head Media Specialist since 1998. In 2010, KK was one of the top five teachers chosen for the prestigious Alferd Williams Literacy Award, which recognizes educators dedicated to improving national literacy rates. One of KK’s greatest accomplishments has been establishing an after-school literacy program in a school community joining Chets Creek Elementary with Portside’s property owners, American Residential Communities, to open Chets Creek Elementary Academic Resource Center at the mobile home park between San Pablo Road and Hodges Boulevard in May of 2010.The center continues the mission improving literacy as the McKenzie Noelle Wilson Academic Center. KK has a B.S. from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Florida State University. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher 2006-2016.

Sophia Gholz - Author

Sophia Gholz

… is a children’s book author, early literacy advocate, and the managing owner of RateYourStory.org, an online service for authors. Sophia is a business major and successful entrepreneur. After attending art school in California, she opened her first business, an artist’s representative agency, in Manhattan in 2005. After much success, Sophia soon opened a second company, SGM Productions, to work hand-in-hand with both her agency and others. After relocating to Florida in 2010, Sophia chose to focus solely on her first love: children’s literature. With her strong background in organizational leadership and business management, and her passion for children’s books, Sophia is passionate about advancing literacy and providing resources for schools.