Virtual: A She Persisted Panel Featuring Chelsea Clinton
A She Persisted Panel
Featuring Chelsea Clinton, Courtney Sheinmel, & Kelly Starling Lyons
Moderated by Jill Santopolo
Join Chelsea Clinton, Courtney Sheinmel, Kelly Starling Lyons, and Jill Santopolo for an inspiring conversation and Q&A where they will discuss She Persisted: Helen Keller and She Persisted: Coretta Scott King, the twelfth and fourteenth nonfiction books in the chapter book series inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted.
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! Each 80 page book features an introduction by Chelsea Clinton, cover art by Alexandra Boiger, and black and white interior illustrations by Gillian Flint.
In the chapter book biography She Persisted: Helen Keller by acclaimed author Courtney Sheinmel, readers learn about the amazing life of Helen Keller--and how she persisted. Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing after a childhood illness, but she didn't let that stop her from learning to read, speak, and make a difference. She was the first person who was both deaf and blind to go to and graduate from college, and she continued to write books and articles, speak in public, and stand up for the rights she believed everyone should have, inspiring others to do the same.
In She Persisted: Coretta Scott King, by award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons, readers learn about the amazing life of Coretta Scott King--and how she persisted. Coretta Scott King is known for being the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but she was a civil rights activist and leader in her own right! She was a singer and an author too, and her work made a difference for Black Americans and for all women for decades to come.
These books each feature a list of ways that readers can follow in these inspiring women's footsteps and make a difference!
Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, which was praised in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as a “lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women." She is also the author of Grandma’s Gardens, co-written with Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as the New York Times bestsellers She Persisted in Sports, Don’t Let Them Disappear; Start Now! You Can Make a Difference; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, co-written with Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?, co-written with Devi Sridhar. Chelsea Clinton is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their children, and their dog, Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook facebook.com/chelseaclinton.
Courtney Sheinmel is a recovering attorney, chocolate-lover, mac & cheese expert, and the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens. Born in California, she always loved reading and writing; but after graduating with honors from Barnard College (part of Columbia University), she attended Fordham School of Law, and spent several years as a law firm associate. On the weekends, Courtney worked on what became her first middle grade novel, My So-Called Family (2008), which was praised for its heartfelt and insightful portrayal of what makes a family. Upon its publication, Courtney left the practice of law and began writing full time. The protagonist of her second novel, Positively (2009), was a teenager living with HIV, inspired by Courtney's own longtime involvement with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Courtney continued to delve into unique and sometimes difficult family situations in books like All the Things You Are (2011) and Edgewater (2015). She is also the author of the young readers series Stella Batts, the middle grade series The Kindness Club, and co-author of the emerging reader series Agnes & Clarabelle. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and she received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. Courtney lives in New York City.
Kelly Starling Lyons (kellystarlinglyons.com) grew up telling stories to her family and anyone else who would listen. She is the author of many books for young readers, including the Jada Jones series, One Million Men and Me, Ellen's Broom, A Girl Named Misty, Sing a Song, and Going Down Home with Daddy. A Caldecott Honor recipient, Kelly lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can follow her on Twitter @kelstarly.
Jill Santopolo is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also the author of three successful children's and young-adult series and works as the associate publisher of Philomel Books. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. A New Yorker at heart, Jill is currently living in Washington, D.C.