Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, wife of Gov. Nathan Deal, recently visited Goodyear Elementary School to read to kindergarten students as part of “Read Across Georgia,” an initiative to promote reading throughout the state.
After reading a poem written by her husband, Mrs. Deal read one of her favorite books, “Who I’d Like to Be,” by Elizabeth Brown. She said that Brown, who lived in Epworth on St. Simons Island for several years, is in her 90s and still reads and writes. She explained what an author is, said that she chose the book because Brown was from Georgia, and pointed out that the book was illustrated by Brown’s eight-year-old great granddaughter, Alexandria Elizabeth Brown.
“Who I’d Like to Be,” which contains a message from Mrs. Deal inside the front cover, describes several animals and the characteristics that make them unique. It was the perfect reading material for the First Lady to use animated language and facial expressions honed during her former career as a school teacher. She even brought several copies of the book and gave one to each kindergarten classroom teacher and one to the school’s media center.
The books were purchased by AT&T and proceeds from their sale support Blue Skies Ministries, an organization that helps families living through pediatric cancer. To learn more, visit www.blueskiesministries.org.