DENENE MILLNER BOOKS MAKES DONATION TO REAL DADS READ
September 13, 2017
New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner, has made quite a donation for the children of Muscogee County. Warren Steele, local volunteer and board member of Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy was contacted by Ms. Millner regarding her wish to donate several of her children’s books. Her generous donation of 100 books will be distributed among local organizations who have a focus on developing early literacy skills in children. Steele says "although the mission of Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is to mail books into homes to provide access to books for all children, I am more than happy to share the gift of literacy by distributing donated books to local organizations serving children to increase their access to age appropriate reading materials.” The book 'Early Sunday Morning' was distributed to Real Dads Read, ColGa for area barbershops and salons and to Girls, Inc.
Denene Millner said, "I created Denene Millner Books with one very specific goal: to celebrate the humanity of Black children. All I've ever wanted to do as an author, a publisher and a lover of babies is to get these stories into the hands of children who deserve to see themselves in the pages. With this incredible donation from a friend of Denene Millner Books, we were able to do that. I'm so grateful to Mr. Steele for being open to receiving the donation and knowing exactly who to get them to so that they could make it into little hands. My heart is so full!"
Leann Malone, Executive Director of Girls, Inc. shared, "Thank you so much to Denene and to Ferst Foundation! The girls are going to love reading 'Early Sunday Morning' again and again!!"
Randalette Williams, of Real Dads Read, added, " Barbershops and salons are the new launching pads for literacy in the African-American community. I am extremely grateful for Mr. Steele and the support he has displayed for the Real Dads Read, ColGa program. The Ferst Foundation was the first literacy organization to donate books to our program and they continue to do so to this day. To say that I am over the moon excited and appreciative to be receiving Author Denene Millner's beautiful books would be a gross understatement! I cannot wait to add 'Early Sunday Morning' to our existing barbershop and salon literacy centers."
Photo: Warren Steele presenting copies of 'Early Sunday Morning' to Randalette Williams