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February 07, 2011



Jonathan Hill, who is illustrating our F11 graphic novel Americus, just sent us this.  And we always like to support good causes, so here goes!

Jonathan's organizing an art auction to support the Washington School for the Deaf.  Why's he doing this?  Plain text tends to be hard for deaf children, as they don't have the association hearing people do with the spoken word.  Things like graphic novels (with value-added pictures included!) are a great way to get them excited about reading.  Of course, state of public education in this country today, no one can afford all the classroom materials they'd like.

So let's try to help, okay?


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Thank you so much for posting this, I really appreciate it! The students here at Washington School for the Deaf have really enjoyed the books that were donated by First Second earlier this year. I can't even begin to express how grateful the students and staff of Washington School for the Deaf are to everyone at First Second, especially Jonathan! Thank you so much!

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