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Overton EL students inspire their teacher's children's book

Littlest MonsterA little monster afraid of being different finds his way and friends who are different just like he is. It's a cute story and even cuter children's book, newly published by Overton High School theater teacher and choral director Gina Kelley. "The Littlest Monster" is for sale now, and while we don't normally plug merchandise here on Children First, this one is exceptional. Mrs. Kelley teaches English learners at Overton, one of the most diverse schools in the city, and she says her students are the reason she wrote it.

"It was inspired by our English learner kids, all moving here and being terrified of being different from everyone else," she said. "There are over forty languages spoken in the hallways, and hundreds of students who have relocated to the United States feeling very scared about being 'different'."

That's reason enough to celebrate this teacher, mentor and now published children's author. Way to go, Mrs. Kelley! And way to go Overton students!

It's for sale on Mrs. Kelley's website and on