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The Magic of Books | Graduate School of Education | Touro College

Designated by UNESCO in 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe to promote reading.

“There’s something magical about books,” said Graduate School of Education dean, Dr. Jacob Easley II, as he officially opened Touro’s World Book Day read-alouds. “They let you have insights into worlds that aren’t your own and help us understand ourselves a bit better as well.”

In addition to the 31 readings, GSE organized a book drive and delivered more than 150 books to Bethany House and Regent Family Residence to fill their libraries.

“As part of our new early literacy initiative, Bethany House is building libraries in two of our residences,” said Bethany House administrator Merril Rosenberg. “The generous donation of the Touro College Graduate School of Education will help us to provide diverse, age-appropriate reading material for all of our young residents.”

The reading marathon jumped between older classics like Ezra Jack Keats’ Goggles and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, and soon-to-be classics like Hair Love by former NFL receiver Mathew A. Cherry and La Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha Vamos. GSE’s very own authors, Timothy Bellavia and Joanne Robertson-Eletto, read from their own books, respectively We Are All the Same Inside and The Littlest Coo Discovers His Gifts.

During breaks between readings, participants spoke about the relationships they had with their favorite books and how those books influenced them. Touro Vice President Nadja Graff read from The Hundred Dresses, a book she read to her children and grandchildren. “This is a book that talks about being different—something that we’ve all experienced,” explained Dr. Graff. “Ultimately, the book is about kindness and generosity of spirit as well as standing up and making your voice heard when you see anything unkind or hurtful.”

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