Governor JB Pritzker reads "Chicago Treasure," a new inclusive children's book featuring Chicago youth

  • Lighthouse President and CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk (left) shares the new children's book "Chicago Treasure" with Governor JB Pritzker (right) at The Chicago Lighthouse on June 24, 2019.The Chicago Lighthouse

    Lighthouse President and CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk (left) shares the new children's book "Chicago Treasure" with Governor JB Pritzker (right) at The Chicago Lighthouse on June 24, 2019.The Chicago Lighthouse

 
Everything Goes Media
Updated 6/28/2019 7:39 AM

During a recent visit to The Chicago Lighthouse, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker took some time to look at "Chicago Treasure" and discover the treasures within the pages of this new hardcover children's book. These treasures are the youth of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Many of the book's young stars are students at The Chicago Lighthouse's Judy and Ray McCaskey Preschool. In this innovative program, the first of its kind in the Midwest, children with and without visual impairments learn together through an integrated, inclusive approach that teaches respect for diversity and empathy.

Governor Pritzker spoke to the excited preschoolers during his tour of The Lighthouse Preschool, Lighthouse Industries, Illinois Tollway Customer Care Center, and the UI Health Customer Care Center. The Chicago Lighthouse provides essential programs for Chicagoans with disabilities and Veterans. Author proceeds from "Chicago Treasure" are graciously donated to The Chicago Lighthouse and Access Living.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

In "Chicago Treasure" by Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias, every child, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, or age, is empowered to see themselves take on great roles in literature and art. Photographs of the expressive youth have been placed into lush storybook illustrations from fairytale and nursery rhyme favorites like "The Wizard of Oz," "Cinderella," "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Puss in Boots," and "Rain, Rain, Go Away." As if that wasn't magical enough, the book also includes digitally altered photographs of kids stealing the show inside famous painting from The Art Institute of Chicago, and exploring the Windy City's most beloved tourist traps with exotic animal sidekicks like tigers and bears.

To learn more about this innovative project and its charitable cause, go to https://www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/chicago-treasure.

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