Amy Franks

Learning Partnerships Manager

amy@bookharvest.org

Start Date: April 9, 2018

What she does at Book Harvest: Amy is responsible for the advancement and implementation of the Keep Learning Alive strategy, which is meant to support children’s learning in places like schools, child care centers, meal provision sites, and other places around the city with the idea in mind that learning can (and does!) happen everywhere.

Favorite Children’s Book Right Now: “I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James

Likes & Loves: A hula hooping, binge watching mom of one human and one cat. Amy enjoys cooking (and eating!), playing with her nieces and nephews, laughing hysterically with her siblings, building her muscles, and dressing up for no reason at all. She always feels a tinge of sadness at the end of a good book.

Community Involvement: Amy is a member of The National Afterschool Association, on the Advisory Board for The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs, a National Institute of Out-of-School Time (NIOST) Afterschool Matters Fellow, and a member of the International Literacy Association.

Where she studied: Bachelor of Arts, English Education, North Carolina Central University with 30 graduate hours toward an MA in Journalism/Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill

Experience: A combined 25+ years of experience in school settings as a classroom teacher (English & language arts), as an out-of-school-time educator & leader, and as a professional development trainer.

What she’s hopeful for: Amy is hopeful for a time when it is the norm to see representation of every child’s experience, background, and culture in children’s books, a time when seeing yourself in the pages of a book is as ubiquitous as water.