Nann talks about why she loves stories so much. “Growing up, my family was very poor. My grandparents and parents were sharecroppers in rural Mississippi. My mother would often tell me folk stories for we were too poor to own books. She wove imaginative adventures and fairytales that instilled in me a love for stories. After moving to New Orleans I had access to books and my love for reading grew. There were so many stories out there to experience.”
With over 30 years experience as a Chicago elementary school teacher, Nann Leeds has always enjoyed sharing stories with young students. “Later, when I became a teacher, I strove to instill that same love of reading in my students. I would find their interests and provide them with opportunities to read about them. A good story has a way of encouraging children to read more. Even those who struggle to read will try harder if they love what they are reading. It took 8 years and the help of family and friends, but I finally realized my dream of publishing my own story. Never give up on a dream, if an 80-year-old grandma can do it, anyone can. ”
28 Days of Literacy Love
Nann is a big supporter of family literacy and encourages literacy growth within an entire community. “I taught for over 30 years and I can tell you that schools are only part of the solution. Families, schools, and the community must join together to give our children the best chance for a successful life. Part of that success depends on reading and comprehension. That’s why I am donating a percentage of my book sales to literacy campaigns.” From February 1-28, Nann will be donating 100% of her proceeds to national and international literacy programs such as Book Aid and First Book. She will also be donating to Dupage Literacy, a program in her home county in Illinois. Nann plans have annual sales campaigns that will various nonprofits. Find Kristl on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/
Nann Leeds is the author of the children’s book, “Kristl Popp-Kinn Saves the Day” (Illustrated by Tony Santiago) - a story of self-acceptance and self-esteem. Nann taught in the Chicago Public School system for 35 years. Now in her 80s, her life-long commitment to education and children has turned her into an author. Nann hopes that her books will encourage personal and social growth within families and our communities. She has committed to donating 100% of her proceeds to charity during the month of February as part of her 28 Days of Love campaign. For more information, please visit her website at www.nannleeds.com or contact 847-920-7677.