New Book by MFA Grads Supports Local Early Literacy Initiative

Slow Time Hush Time

Two Hollins authors are helping to promote the benefits of reading with children from birth with the publication of their new book.

Copies of Slow Time, Hush Time by Jennifer Wood M.F.A. ’19 and Lucinda Rowe M.F.A. ’19, both alumnae of the university’s graduate programs in children’s literature and children’s book illustration, will be given for free to new mothers at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The nonprofit organization Turn the Page, whose mission is to provide every child born in the Roanoke Valley with his or her own home library of books during the first three years of life, is coordinating the distribution. The book is part of Turn the Page’s Early Literacy project, which is co-directed by Hollins faculty members Anna Baynum, associate professor of education, and Tiffany Pempek, associate professor of psychology.

On every page of Slow Time, Hush Time are ways for parents to interact with their young child. The suggestions are intended to foster bonding, language, and social development, along with creating a foundation for a lifetime enjoyment of reading.