by Cassandra Hill

Local Author Teaches Youth to Build Relationships with Children of Different Cultures Cassandra Hill, Author and illustrator, will delight children ages 5 to 8 with her captivating performance of her latest children’s book It’s Your Birthday Shyann! Audiences will get the opportunity to absorb cultural diversity by participating in call and response chants, dance demonstrations and by feasting their eyes on culturally enriched and educational illustrations and visual aids. This wonderful book teaches children how to say “Happy Birthday!” in eight different languages and promises to be fun for the whole family. Join Cassandra Hill for a stellar performance and book signing of her second children’s book It’s Your Birthday Shyann! She is sure to grab children by the “shirt collar” of their imagination.

“I have worked with hundreds of authors across the country. Many have written great books and some have delivered dynamic presentations. Cassandra Hill does both extremely well. Not only entertaining young audiences but educating and inspiring elementary school age children in ways that parents and teachers love. Her presentations that I’ve witnessed are unique and innovative and something that early readers will surely benefit from.”
– Kwame Alexander

Just a few of the reviews for Mrs. Hill’s performance:

“Presented in verse form with no specific meter, It’s Your Birthday Shyann! is fully and brightly illustrated, with a small map and flag included for each visitor, as well as basic instructions for dances. Hill provides proper pronunciations and depicts each visitor in a traditional costume, teaching readers about many different cultures. A valuable tale that promotes multicultural education.”
– Kirkus Discoveries Raves

 “It truly was an outstanding presentation, high energy and well prepared. The students were very interested and you kept their attention throughout. Your program reinforces the fact that, a chief “tool” in the learning process is the ability to read.”
– Claudia Cream, Principal Parkside Elementary School, Camden, NJ