Performing Culturally Rich Stories
For fun, up-beat storytelling and reading programs, turn to Books for Growing Minds™ and its World Beat Books programming. Books for Growing Minds™ uses World Beat Books to showcase selected written and oral literature from different parts of the globe, including Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. This is an exciting way to teach children and communities how to appreciate one another and engage with their local immigrant communities and various cultures. It helps everyone to become more socially sensitive. World Beat Books was first conceived as Drum-Talk Drums by J'miah Nabawi. It began as a therapeutic arts initiative for the Savannah College of Art and Design's (SCAD) Counseling and Student Support Services (CS3) in 2008. Managed and co-presented with one of the counselors, it was greatly received by students, staff and professors as a therapeutic tool for stress release. With some program modifications and change of focus, World Beat Books now tours and performs for schools, corporate businesses and at community events. Since 2005, Books for Growing Minds™ have hosted and presented international authors and literature at International Tent during the annual Savannah Children's Books Festival presented by Live Oak Public Libraries in Savannah, GA. Our World Beat Books presentation closes out the day as a drum circle finale for the day's events in celebration of reading and the many authors who have come to present their craft. To support literacy, we also organized a book fundraising campaign.