About the Book
For the better part of the 2010 spring semester, these kids read, talked, wrote and thought about Courage. Working with their language arts teacher and a local photographer, they wrote about first-hand experiences calling for courage and what it meant to them.
The stories are varied and authentic and are beautifully illustrated with the kids’ own creative photography.
Through this project, the kids revealed their capacities for empathy, understanding, support and friendship -- in essence, they discovered themselves, their classmates and the shared experiences that bind them together.
At the end of May, the children will hold a public reading and book signing at a local book store. They are soooo excited not only at having their stories published but also at the opportunity to share them with other kids and their family and friends.
Courage: Stories About Standing Tall and Growing Strong is a smart and heart-warming book for all ages.
Ms. François' passion lies in de-coding and effectively using the language of photography to connect people. To this end, she is frequently working on projects that in some configuration involve taking pictures, telling stories and building community. She has edited another collection of children's writing and photography called, "After Ike: 20 Stories from 20 Galveston Kids" (also through Blurb). Her next project is to work with teens on a book about building healthy relationships. Ms. François holds an MFA in photography from The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been internationally published and exhibited since 1989, and is included in numerous collections. She has taught photography at various institutions in central Texas including the Art School of the Austin Museum of Art, The University of Texas, and Texas State University. She currently lives in Austin and teaches at Austin Community College. She frequently teaches workshops on creativity and visual literacy.