Moreillon’s book chosen for literacy campaign
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Judi Moreillon has been getting a lot of attention lately for a poem she wrote almost two decades ago.
Read to Me, written in 1997 by Moreillon, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies, later was made into a board book and translated into Spanish/English and Vietnamese. Copies of the book now are being given to all mothers who give birth in the Parkland Health & Hospital System, one of the largest public hospital systems in the country.
The book giveaway is part of a joint literacy initiative between the Dallas Public Library, Friends of the Dallas Public Library and the hospital system. As many as 14,000 books are expected to be given away this year.
The library campaign aims to help children born into low-income households, whom studies have shown are less likely to be ready for kindergarten than children born into higher income households. Moreillon’s book encourages parents to talk, play, sing and read to their babies to help promote family literacy and brain development, as well as a love of reading.
The project has been featured in media stories on KERA News, CW33’s News Fix, Infórmate DFW and the Denton Record-Chronicle. Moreillon was also interviewed, — along with Kate Park, executive director of Friends of the Dallas Public Library — for a story on CBS 11.
“The parent plays a powerful role in literacy development,” Moreillon said. “It’s important for parents and family members to understand the power they have to develop lifelong behaviors that can enrich their children’s lives.”