VOLUME 21 #4

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Emmy-winning TV writer promotes love of books

ALUMNI | Kolinda Scialabba, AS84, who uses the medium of television to encourage youngsters in the Atlanta area to love reading, has won a major award for her work.

The show she writes and produces, Love That Book, recently won an Emmy from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The show, which is produced by the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools, features children’s books and shares their stories with viewers.

Hosted by storyteller and bestselling children’s book author Carmen Deedy, each episode includes a featured book, an “oldie but goodie” such as Curious George and a “cool new book.” Deedy goes on location to tell stories and interact with her audience.

The third-season episode “Duck, Duck, President” received the 2013 regional Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement: News and Program Specialty Excellence for a program for children 12 and younger. The episode featured the book Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

The Southeast region for the Emmy competition includes television markets in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, N.C.

Scialabba wants the show to deliver her message “of how education is the foundation of future success,” and she says her UD education instilled in her a belief that anything is possible.

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