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Award-winning author teaches how to use her books in the classroom

Shelia P. Moses also visits lending library honoring her sister

Shelia P. Moses

Award-winning author Shelia P. Moses visits the Loraine M. Stewart Memorial Lending Library, established in honor of her sister who passed away in 2015.

Award-winning author Shelia P. Moses read from her most popular children’s book at the 51st annual Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) Conference on March 9. She then shared with teachers how to best use her books as teaching aids in the classroom. That same week, she stopped by the VCU School of Education to honor her sister, Dr. Loraine Moses Stewart.

The VSRA conference, held at the Richmond Convention Center and Marriott hotel, featured Moses in two sessions. First, she read from “The Legend of Buddy Bush,” which was nominated for a National Book Award and earned Moses a Coretta Scott King Award as outstanding author of children’s books. In the second session, Moses shared information with teachers about how to best use her books as teaching aids with their students.

Loraine M. Stewart

Dr. Loraine Moses Stewart

Moses is the sister of Dr. Loraine Moses Stewart, a former associate professor in the VCU School of Education who passed away in 2015. The Loraine Moses Stewart Scholarship in Early/Elementary Education and the Loraine M. Stewart Memorial Lending Library in the school are both established in Stewart’s honor.

Prior to the conference, Moses visited the lending library and spoke about the impact that her sister had on her life.

“As proud as I am of this lending library, I’m not surprised by it,’ she said. “Just as I was born to write, Loraine was born to teach. One of the things that she taught me was that if you treat people the right way, your life will never really end. Looking around this room affirms that.”