ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gloria Respress-Churchwell has a passion for sharing stories with children that are nonfiction, especially those about unsung heroes. Having received an M.A. and M.F.A. from Simmons University in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children as a Lee & Low and Friends Scholar, Respress-Churchwell’s recent picture book Follow Chester! (Charlesbridge Publishing) spotlights the man, Dr. Chester Pierce, who coined the phrase microaggressions which are subtle insults that people of color face daily. Respress-Churchwell is passionate about amplifying important stories like Dr. Pierce’s contributions to American history. She speaks to audiences internationally, nationally, and locally about how picture books can be used to discuss heavy topics. Because music enhances learning, Respress-Churchwell curates scripted musical podcasts that complement her books.
She's proud to further expand her creative content into script writing, documentary, video, and scholarly literature.
Follow Chester! @ The Southern Festival of Books
For this years Southern Festival of Books, Gloria Respress-Churchwell and her fellow collaborators (Alexandria Churchwell and Bryard Huggins) presented during the festival. Mrs. Respress-Churchwell spoke about how she is able to convey difficult themes to children through Follow Chester while Alexandria and Bryard spoke on the creation of their scripted musical podcast Savannah's World.
Savannah's World Season 2!
Season Two of the beloved scripted musical podcast, Savannah's World, has released its second season! Welcome to Season 2 of Savannah’s World, a scripted musical podcast about Savannah Green and the ups and down she faces at Robert Churchwell Elementary! In this season, Savannah takes us back to her first day at Robert Churchwell School and it’s fair to say things weren’t always so easy. Join Savannah as she learns about the man himself, Robert Churchwell, and the power of the pen!