Books — 06 January 2013
Nashville Author Hosts Event for Children’s Literacy

By:  Janice Malone

It was a perfectly matched event to remember when the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. partnered with New York Times, best-selling author, Alice Randall and her daughter award winning poet and author, Caroline Randall Williams for an eventful book signing celebration. Jack and Jill children from Nashville and Williamson County stepped into the pages of the new book, The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess written by Randall and Williams. The delightful children’s novel, which was released late, last year, has now been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  “The event was about helping to promote the book and most importantly promoting literacy for children,” says Courtney Woolridge Woods, President Jack & Jill of America, Inc. – Nashville Chapter, Inc. The home of author Alice Randall became a place of magical adventure as over 90 children enjoyed rotating through stations comprised of ornament making, chess playing and lessons, dress-up, honey-tasting, cookies and Lavender Lemonade. “We asked those attending to bring a new or used book as a donation. We wanted the event to not only have the authors do dramatic readings but also allow the kids a chance to kind of transform themselves into the characters in the book,” says Courtney. The authors also personally signed each novel creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. It’s rather unusual for a best-selling author to open up their home for a book signing but this wasn’t the case for Ms. Randall, as Courtney recalls.  “When the organization was planning the event we were trying to decide on the best location to have it. So Alice so graciously volunteered to open up her home for the event.  She was so agreeable and such a great hostess to everyone. “

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a nationwide organization with over 220 chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 30,000 family members. The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader.  Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is focused on nurturing future leaders (ages 2-19 yrs) through outstanding chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy, and philanthropic giving. We are committed to ensuring that all children, not just our own, have the same opportunities in life. The Nashville (TN) Chapter was the first chapter chartered in the Southeastern Region in April 1947 and the twelfth chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  The Mother’s Study Group, the parent organization to the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, was organized in February of 1939 at the invitation of Pearl Creswell and Geraldine Fort.

On January 26, 2013, The Nashville Chapter will be honoring their founder’s and celebrating 65 rich years in the Nashville community at the Founder’s Day event. At this time, guests are invited to view a commemorative exhibit highlighting the organization’s 65 years of impacting children’s lives in the Nashville community.  The Nashville Public Library will be showing this exhibit throughout the entire month of February during Black History month.  All current members as well as former mothers who have graduated out of the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. are invited to attend. RSVP to LaDonya Johnson or 615-668-2857 Attendees are encouraged to wear hats. Viewing of Jack and Jill Commemorative Exhibit immediately following the program. For more information about Jack and Jill Inc. please visit


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