Some of you might remember an older post regarding the students at Shine creating little books about themselves and wanting to share their books with American students. I carefully brought the Shine books back to the states and recently shared them with fourth grade students at Husmann Elementary School in Crystal Lake, IL. The Husmann students were inspired and created beautiful little books to send back to their Zambian pen pals. As I packed the box with these colorful, creative and well written letters, a smile crossed my face. Kids need authentic reasons to write and these little books will bring so much joy to the students at Shine, bridging literacy between two very special schools.