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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Stories that Move


On November 15, the Boisi Center—in collaboration with USAID, the Lynch School of Education, the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Work—hosted its first ever book-a-thon. The event provided an opportunity for BC students to write their own children’s book, which would eventually be uploaded to USAID’s digital library and made available in multiple languages for young language learners around the world.

Harris and Vilsack began by highlighting USAID’s work in education, and discussed its recently developed writing software, Bloom. This new technology allows anyone to design, create, and publish his or her own book in multiple languages to a digital cloud, which will eventually be made accessible to anybody around the world.

The keynote speakers were Peter and Paul Reynolds of FableVision Studios, who have years of experience writing and creating children’s books. Peter is a New York Times best-selling author who has sold over 20 million books and Paul is CEO of FableVision, a social change agency that combines narrative and media to produce compelling, positive, and relatable stories.

The Reynolds brothers provided led book-a-thon attendees through a workshop that covered all aspects of children’s book creation: inspiration, imagination, design, and production. The Reynolds brothers provided the audience with the skills and insight to make a meaningful story, while Harris and Vilsack gave the audience the tools necessary to publish the story and make it accessible on a global scale.