I wrote my first book, The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game because a Deaf man, Steve Sandy, told me it was his dream that Deaf and hearing children would know the story of this Deaf hero who introduced baseball signals so he could play the game he loved.
These are the same signals we still use today! It was such a joyful experience to share a story that inspired children to believe they can achieve their dreams if they don’t give up, I looked for more stories of hidden heroes and heroines to tell.
The minute I learned about Manjhi and how he worked every day for 22 years to chisel a path through a mountain to make things better for his people, I wanted kids to know about him.
Manjhi is the story of how an ordinary person can be extraordinary. In honor of Manjhi, I have started a program called Move Your Own Mountain to encourage all of us to be Manjhis.
I am asking parents and teachers to send photos and stories about the way kids they know move mountains in their schools and communities to nancychurnin.com I want to share those good deeds so that kids can inspire each other and help make kindness spread.
About the Author
Nancy Churnin is the theater critic for The Dallas Morning News and author of THE WILLIAM HOY STORY, HOW A DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER CHANGED THE GAME (Albert Whitman & Company), on the 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids list, the 2017 Texas Library Association’s 2X2 and Topaz lists and the 2018 Illinois School Library Media Association’s Monarch Award Master List. MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN (Creston Books), a 2017 Junior Library Guild fall selection will be out in September 2017. Coming out in 2018: CHARLIE MAKES HIS SHOT: HOW CHARLIE SIFFORD BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER IN GOLF (Albert Whitman) in January; IRVING BERLIN, THE IMMIGRANT BOY WHO MADE AMERICA SING (Creston Books) in spring and THE PRINCESS AND THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE (Albert Whitman) in September. A native New Yorker, she’s a graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s from Columbia University School of Journalism, who lives in Dallas with her husband, sons and cats.