words" like "freedom, peace and love."
Children brought the story to life when McClamb-Vaughn invited them to
enact characters from the book including riders on a bus and people
marching during a civil-rights event.
McClamb-Vaughn led the children in making their own memory scrapbooks
from brown paper bags decorated with construction paper, markers and
glitter. The storyteller encouraged the children to fill these books with
their own folk tales based on their family history.
Teacher Carol Brown, from a New Jersey elementary school that hosted
McClamb-Vaughn at a Black History event, said she helped the 3- and
4-year-olds to view history with fresh eyes and made it fun for them.
Teachers were able to weave the experience into studies for several days
after the workshop, Brown said.
"The teachers were delighted and she got the kids involved in it,"
Brown said. "These were very young children, so there's a certain
attention span that you have to concern yourself with."
The Howard University graduate, who has worked in television and
off-Broadway, started her Books Alive program after observing her
daughter's first-grade class.
"I saw that many children were having trouble with literacy,"
McClamb-Vaughn said. "I found the more that the story was brought to life
for them and the more they became involved in the world of the story, the
more interested they became in reading."
For more information about Books Alive, call 569-3034.