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Urban Ed Students Illustrate Children's Book

Courtesy of Assistant Professor Colin Dalton

Urban education students Julio Mercado and Jhanely Sanchez shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they illustrated a recently published children's picture book.

The book, "Santa Claus Meets the Tooth Fairy," was created in collaboration with the authors Karen Vanek (Mercado's former third grade teacher) and Sharon Vanek Schmid. During the process, the urban education students learned valuable literacy development and book publishing skills they anticipate passing on to their future students.

Last week, Mercado and Sanchez promoted the book at a book signing event at The Lift, a small boutique bookstore in the Houston Heights. The wonderfully illustrated book is available at The Lift and Barnes and Noble in both paperback and e-book formats.

Urban education students and illustrators Julio Mercado and Jhanely Sanchez, author Karen Vanek, and UHD Assistant Professor and book fan Colin Dalton