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A Classroom Library Makeover in Maryland featured 750 New Titles and Special Guest Tatyana Ali

Langley Leverett  //  Dec 14, 2022

A Classroom Library Makeover in Maryland featured 750 New Titles and Special Guest Tatyana Ali

Last week, Scholastic and The National Alliance for Black School Educators Foundation, Inc (NABSEF) visited Glassmanor Elementary School in Maryland to makeover second grade teacher Dyllan Robinson’s classroom library.

On November 30, Scholastic and NABSEF visited Glassmanor Elementary School to transform a classroom library and provide high quality books to increase student access to diverse materials and encourage them to find joy in the power of storytelling.

Tatyana Ali, actress and Rising Voices: Empowering Girls in STEAM Mentor, gave a read-aloud of I Am Enough by Grace Byers to help kick-off the festivities!

All in attendance celebrated the 750 new titles added to first-year teacher Dyllan Robinson’s classroom, which included several Rising Voices collections, other classroom collections, and multiple professional learning titles and English Language Learner resources.


Grace Byer’s book, I Am Enough, encourages kids to love who they are, to respect themselves and others, and to embrace community. In addition to this read-aloud, representatives from Scholastic, NABSEF, and Prince George County Public Schools (PGCPS) spoke at the event about the importance of mentorship, leadership, and the critical role that reading can play in a child’s life.

“An effective classroom library should have various types of books. There should be all different genres, there should be all types of cultures represented in the books,” Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Reading English Language Arts Supervisor Simone McQuaige said. “Students need to be able to see themselves. They are able to see different stories, fictional and nonfiction. We want it to be a well-rounded opportunity for students to get into literature and explore reading.”

Not only does this occasion provide students new reading options, but it will help develop their love for reading. Research shows that children read more when they can select their own titles: the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading™ Report 7th Editiondemonstrates that the majority of kids (89%) agree their favorite books are the ones that they have picked out themselves.

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