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Listen, Learn, and Know with Angela Shanté. She’ll read her new release, “The Noisy Classroom” and take your questions. The Noisy Classroom is illustrated by Alison Hawkins. Signed books will be raffled via our LIVE Facebook Stream (just tune in to our page).
Watch a preview of the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSNFIy4HXhk
The book is about an African American girl entering third grade. When she finds out she is going to be in Ms. Johnson’s noisy classroom, she wants to run away. Everything about the noisy class is odd. While all the other classes are quiet, Ms. Johnson sings and the kids chatter all day. The door is always closed, yet sounds from the class can be heard in the hallway.
Summer flies by and soon the little girl finds herself cautiously entering the nontraditional classroom on the first day of school. Her worries fade as she discovers the noisy classroom is not what it appears to be from the outside. The children play ball to learn math, write stories from an ant’s point of view, and sing, which even makes the end-of- day cleaning up fun. Ms. Johnson’s is a loving classroom, even though it may seem “odd” and outside of what the little girl considers the norm.
Featuring the honest and delightful humor of debut author Angela Shanté and the bold, graphic imagery of debut illustrator Alison Hawkins, The Noisy Classroom encourages those with first-day jitters to reevaluate a scary situation by looking at it from a different angle and to embrace how fun school can be, even in nontraditional ways.
About the Author
Angela Shanté Johnson is a poet, writer, editor, and educator with a Masters in Education and an MFA in Creative Writing. She grew up in New York City where she first fell in love with words and storytelling. In her own classroom she believes in having fun, playing games, moving around, dancing, and enjoying the educational experience, for her students and herself. Angela always knew two things: (1) she loved teaching students to read and write, and (2) she wanted to write stories that children would love to read and would inspire them to write. In addition to her writing, Angela is an education content editor and curriculum consultant for Social Studies and Literacy in southern California, where she lives with her husband and dog. Learn more at AngelaShante.com
About the Illustrator
Alison Hawkins is an illustrator with a background in graphic design. She loves to incorporate bold lettering and bright colors into her artwork, which has been published by American Greetings. Alison lives in Durham, North Carolina. Visit her at AlisonHawkinsPortfolio.com