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Celebrating Inclusive and Diverse Stories for Storytime Week with FirstEnergy

In honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., FirstEnergy’s joining Cleveland Public Library to share diverse and inclusive stories for #CPLStorytime. A new story will be added every day this week!

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville Book by Pat Zietlow Miller

Ms. Amber is reading The Quickest Kid in Clarksville Book by Pat Zietlow Miller. Check out this story.

About this title: Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta’s family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers–but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph’s three Olympic gold medals.


All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

For this story, Ms. Maggie is reading All Because You Matter by Tami Charles. Check out this title.

About the title: A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will.


Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones

For this story, Ms. Melissa is reading Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones. Check out this story.

About the title: Izzy Gizmo loves to invent but gets frustrated when her inventions fail to work properly, so when she finds a crow with a broken wing her grandfather urges her to persist until she finds a way to help.


Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney

For this story, Ms. Jen is reading Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney Check out this story.

About the title: Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and in his heart he’s fluffy and tiny, like a rabbit, instead of burly and loud, like a bear. The other bears don’t understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who likes him just the way he is?