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Spreading the Joy of Reading

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The books you read growing up stick with you for life.

Hundreds of thousands of children’s books are distributed by the Maryland Book Bank each year. Executive Director Mike Feiring tells us about the book bank’s move to Clipper Mill, its mission to boost literacy, and how volunteers can help. Books for Kids Day is May 4th. More information here.

Then, ahead of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s African-American Children’s Book Fair, author and former teacher Kenji Jackson explains why representation in children’s books matters. The African-American Children's Book Fair is May 11th.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.