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My name is Kristie Sheridan. I am a certified teacher in Illinois who is starting an organization to help children from birth to young adult connect to books, and from them, supplement their literacy skills.

The Association for the Teaching of Children's Literature or ATCL is a group on its way to becomming a non-profit organization geared towards reversing literacy problems in the United States. We believe that there is a perfect book for every child; a perfect starting point to the doorway to literacy that can encourage a child to love knowledge, and look forward to learning more. It is our mission to compile a database of books and information about those books that will help connect children to literature, not only in the form of a book, but the media associated with books. Our website will become the foremost search engine in finding literature that can connect with your child during any stages or circumstances they may be going through. It will also serve as a resource for parents, teachers, and children to find activities to do associated with stories to help bring the story to life for them. It has been our experience that too many schools are losing funding, too many teachers are losing jobs, and too many students are losing the chance to really connect to what they are learning. Any teaching professional can tell you that it is a race with time to fit all the curriculum in to the school year. Help us help you. Any donations we recieve will go towards getting the site up and usuable more quickly. We hope to have information eventually on each children's book ever published so our database will be all inclusive.

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