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Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary
Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- The students at Clayton Elementary School in Canton were thrilled to learn that children's author Carmen Agra Deedy will visit their school on Monday, May 16.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the United States as a refugee in 1964 and grew up in Decatur, where she still lives.

She has been writing for children for over two decades. Her most popular book, "The Library Dragon," received various state book award and has sold nearly half a million copies.

In 2003, "The Library Dragon" was chosen to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Deedy's most recent book, "14 Cows for America," is based on an astonishing gift that a Maasai village in Kenya gave to the United States shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The book was released in Sept. 2009 and is a New York Times bestseller. The Wall Street Journal describes it as a "moving and dramatically illustrated picture book."

Deedy has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as:

* The American Library Association
* Refugees International
* The International Reading Association
* Columbia University
* The Smithsonian Institute
* TED
* The Kennedy Center

An ardent supporter of libraries, she was the 2008 National Spokesperson for School Library Media Month. She has also spoken before Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winner, CEOs of major corporations and heads of state.

Over a span of 20 years, Deedy has told stories to countless schoolchildren. They remain her favorite audiences.

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