I am brought to tears with the memory of a child’s excitement over a book with her name written on the bookplate. She said it was her first book ever and she would never let it go! “ I’m even gonna sleep with it!” This child had asked for a baby’s book for her brother upon approaching the table. Her first thought was for her sibling. When she marched off with both books in hand she was on top of the world!
Seeing children seek out a corner to read while other activities are happening is a joy. The world opens up to those who read.
Thank you to Lullalee for this opportunity to instill in children the world of curiosity, knowledge, adventure, inspiration, compassion, etc.
Lullalee is an amazing organization that has brought books, literacy experiences, and a love of learning to the lives of so many children! Founder Lee-Ann Butler Owens has transmitted her passion for service to others into a much-needed arena: that of offering joy and an opening into the world of books.
Both LeeAnn and her husband have brought in authors for events that highlight the best of children's literature. Her work with Shriner's Hospital and Skyline College Child Development Center is exemplary, and should be replicated in every community that values entry into reading and its citizens' active commitment to its children.
Lullalee inspired me in a very fundamental way.
Sometime late in 2009, YouTube sent out a call for volunteer film-makers, and I offered my services as a Computer Animator.
YouTube connected me with Lee Ann Butler Owens, of Lullalee Productions and Services.
Lee Ann had written a heartwarming and educational story called Colleen's Dollhouse. She had then gotten it made into an audiobook, voicing one of the characters and composing the music herself.
I felt for the story, and began animating immediately after listening to the audiobook. I worked for months, trying to visually follow the story and synchronize with the sound of the audiobook. Lee Ann was patient and gracious.
Finally, in May of 2010, it was finished. I was proud of my work, and was happy to know what great wørk Lullalee is doing for the cause of literacy.