Shirley Raines

Jonesborough, Tennessee, is a charming town, and you usually will find me there the first weekend in October for the International Storytelling Festival. This year the in-person festival was canceled. I missed rubbing shoulders with festival-goers, finding a seat under one of the big tents strewn across the hillsides, and staying in town with my…

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After a webinar about using children’s literature in the curriculum, I received a request from the participants to recommend some books with images of African-American children and their families. Below is a short list I compiled based on recommendations from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the American Library Association website, Best Children’s Books: Diverse…

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While at home during the pandemic, create new memories with your child by telling some of your favorite stories you enjoyed as a child. Fables, fairy tales and stories from many cultures remain in our memories because they had intriguing characters, taught moral lessons without preaching, and had suspense leading to a satisfactory ending. What…

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Shirley Raines

SAY “YES” TO LEADERSHIP After my leadership book was published, I was invited to speak at conferences, in person and virtually.  I started this blog, SAY “YES” TO LEADERSHIP, to stay in touch with my audiences and readers of my book, An Uncommon Journey:  Leadership Lessons (from a preschool teacher who became a university president).…

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