Dr. Carolyn Cook presented "Making Diverse Perspectives an Everyday Event" at the State of Maryland International Reading Council Conference (SoMIRAC) in Hunt Valley, MD on March 29, 2017.  A Poem for Peter is a biography about Ezra Jack Keats and his creation of Peter, the child of color character in his Caldecott winner - The Snowy Day.  In her presentation, Dr. Cook eplained how "books provide ways to grow and understand oneself and others."  Education students (pictured left to right) Katie Johnson (MAT), Yokechia Kenyatta (MAT), Afton Orth (MAT), and Kennedy Funk, C'18, also attended the conference.  Afton Orth commented on how beneficial the conference was for her as a teacher candidate.  "There was a lot that I enjoyed about the conference.  I believe that hearing the speakers talk so passionately about readers and writers was amazing.  It gives me a new energy to go work with my students."