Award-winning performing artist Cynthia Erivo is “this close” to getting her EGOT, but she’s not stopping there! Recently, Erivo completed a very special project that’s particularly close to her heart—a children’s book of inspiration drawn from her mother titled Remember to Dream, Ebere.
As a gift to millions of fans and young readers everywhere, Erivo reads aloud her story for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online. Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, the book centers on a little girl and her mother and the dreams they decide to build together—a message that received high praise from SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance.
“Cynthia and I both had strong mothers who taught us how to dream big, and I’m thrilled that not only did she put this moving personal story out there for our young readers, but that she agreed to read it herself for our children’s literacy program Storyline Online! Having worked with Cynthia and having been a fan of hers long before that, all I can say is that when she gives you positive advice—take it! Dream it and do it!” says Vance.
A Personal Story
Born to Nigerian parents in London, Erivo’s cross-cultural background and strong family ties fuel not only her success but her passion. Giving back is key for Erivo, and with this personal tale about dreaming big and never giving up, she encourages all young readers to take heart and listen to their hearts. Remember to Dream, Ebere is accompanied by a complementary activity guide for kindergarten through first-grade students.
Erivo joins the Storyline Online cast of readers including Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malek, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Justin Theroux, Michelle Yeoh, Marc Maron, Nancy Cartwright and more who have volunteered their time and talent to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading in children.
About Storyline Online
An Emmy nominated program of the non-profit SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online streams videos at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. The site is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers and named one of the best websites of 2019 by the American Association of School Librarians. In addition to the website, Storyline Online offers a free app for iPhone and Chrome devices. Like all SAG-AFTRA Foundation programs, Storyline Online relies solely on support from gifts, grants, and sponsorships to produce new read alouds.
Top photo courtesy of SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
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