With support form The Center for Documentary Studies and Durham Public Schools, photographer, Wendy Ewald, created the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program. Literacy Through Photography encourages children to photograph scenes from their own lives and use these images as inspiration for developing voice, through both verbal and written expression.
Ewald's book, The Best Part of Me, is made up of photographs and writing by children in response to the question, "What is the best part of you?" Each child was asked to chose and then write about the best part of him/herself, and the text in the book is actually printed in the child's own handwriting.
PJS K-2 students were really interested in the book and particularly enjoyed seeing the writers' handwriting. It felt as if they were reading the work of their classmates. The book resonated with students so much that we have taken our own pictures and will soon be "publishing" our own PJS book.