Children’s Books have a very special meaning to us at the Josephine Herrick Project.
Today is International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organization. Founded in 1967, the day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday, which is today, April 2. Activities include writing competitions, announcements of book awards and events with authors of children’s literature.
JHP uses the “Power of Photography” to guide children throughout our programs. In 2014, we offered programs for children on the autism spectrum at the Brooks Institute, Cooke Center Academy, Birch Family Services and Stratford Public Library. Our programs stress “visual literacy” and the camera becomes a means of expression for the students.
After each program concludes, JHP works alongside the teachers and professional volunteer photographers to create a Blurb photo book that includes the students’ photos, information about the program, messages from the participants and of course the smiling faces captured as they share their joy of photography. Check out all of our books on Blurb. Your support helps us create more programs for children and other underserved populations.
On a historic note, one of our long supporting volunteers, Jean Lewis, was also a children’s book author. She got her start through Little Golden Books and began by writing adventure books for “The Flintstones” and “Bugs Bunny.” Her body of work consists of over 100 books. But most importantly, she gave freely of her time for over 55 years. She began work at VSP (Volunteer Service Photographers) now known as JHP (Josephine Herrick Project) in 1954 and remained for 55 years including her over 20 years as Executive Director.
— Jackie Augustine