Seth Boyden is lucky to be hosting some very special visitors this week. This Friday, 11-year-old Sidney Keys will be visiting with us. Sidney hails from outside St. Louis, where he started a book group for boys his age called Books N Bros, which focuses on literature by African American authors. You can learn more about Sidney from this CNN video.
Toshie Davis, the PTA President at Marshall Elementary, thought it would be great to bring Sidney and his mom to SOMA to meet some of our kids and inspire them to start book clubs of their own. She called EyeSeeMe, the bookstore in St Louis that had inspired Sidney, and they put her in touch with the family, who said “yes”! The Christensen family, proprietors of Les Saisons Bed & Breakfast on Elmwood Avenue near Seth Boyden, is graciously hosting our guests for three nights.
On Friday, the 4th & 5th grade boys of Seth Boyden will have time to talk to Sidney and hear his story directly from him. Meanwhile, the 4th and 5th grade girls will be meeting with their own special guest – Tracey Baptiste, author of the new popular hit “The Jumbies.” Ms. Baptiste was introduced to Seth Boyden by Robert Lasner, the organizer of the MAPSO Book Festival, which is happening this weekend, June 9 and 10.
After the separate events, the 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls will come together for an assembly in which Ms. Baptiste and Sidney will talk about reading and writing and all the places books can take you.
The Seth Boyden community wants to express its appreciation to Ms. Davis, the Keys family, Ms. Baptiste and all of the community members who have contributed to what promises to be a great day for the children of Seth Boyden!