Meet Nury Castillo Crawford, author of “3,585 Miles to be an American Girl”
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Our guest today is Nury Castillo Crawford! Nuryhas dedicated her life to education, which includes supporting parents and caretakers. Her latest book “3,585 Miles to be an American Girl” is focused on empowering parents.
Be sure to tune in as we discuss 3,585 Miles to be an American Girl, the inspiration behind the title, What is unusual about Nury’s book, Importance of teaching a foreign language to kids, Exclusive Sneak peek into Nury’s upcoming children’s book and much more. Be sure to listen in & enjoy!
Sit back and be ready to be entertained by a special storyteller. You’ll be asking for more!
About the Author
Nury (Castillo) Crawford is originally from Peru, South America. She migrated to Columbus, Indiana at the age of ten along with her family. Her father, mother, sister and newborn baby brother all arrived to live with her uncle and aunt in their home; with nothing, but the luggage they brought with them. The first year, as it is for many children who migrate to America, was very challenging for the entire family. Many times children have to learn to deal with the challenges themselves at school since adults have their own benchmarks to meet. When Nury arrived, no one spoke Spanish at the school nor did she speak any English. ESOL classes were non-existent in 1979 at Mount Healthy Elementary. Her younger sister appeared to encounter a more difficult transition and her brother was three months old. Her father began working the following week. Both her parents enrolled in English courses at the local community college, my mother taking the baby to class with her. By the end of the first year, her parents had enough money to buy a used car and move out of their relatives’ home. They eventually moved to Florida.
Nury completed her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, got married, had her first son and began teaching by the age of 24. Nury currently resides in metro Atlanta and has dedicated her life to the education of children. As the population changes, she has found yet another thread in common with many children and families migrating from Spanish speaking countries. She finds satisfaction helping all children find their strengths and self-confidence. Through the message of love, perseverance, and confidence she is a true believer in having the power of making a change.
Learn more about “3,585 Miles to be an American Girl”
An English & Spanish bilingual, children’s book based on a child’s journey to the USA. Have you ever been the new kid in a class? Try being the new kid in the country! Join Sofia in her journey to the USA as she encounters a new language and a new culture. A story of family, perseverance and believing in yourself.Teachers/School leaders: This book is an excellent resource for a culturally responsive learning environment. It supports multiculturalism and social emotional learning standards. An immigration story shared in a child’s point of view. College education professors: This book helps provide some insight to aspiring teachers about some challenges some future students may be experiencing. Parents /Caretakers: This book is an excellent resource to support your efforts in explaining immigration, making new friends and having compassion towards others.
In this episode,
- You’ll hear Nury talking about her children’s book 3,585 Miles to be an American Girl
- How did Nury come up with the idea for this book and what inspired the title of his book
- What was the hardest part about writing/publishing children’s books?
- Who’s the “perfect reader” for her books?
- What do Nury hopes for her young readers take away from this book?
- We discuss some of the interesting facts about her book, an exclusive sneak peek into her next book and much more. Be sure to tune in to catch all the fun!
Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Nury. We wish you all the best with “3,585 Miles to be an American Girl“!
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