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SHARP Focus on STEAM: Video Series

Watch our series of educational videos providing young learners with a wide range of lessons – from science exploration activities, to STEAM-focused/earth-friendly art projects, to Read With Me, a unique opportunity for students to virtually read aloud with local sports figures and community leaders.

Read With Me

Join your favorite local celebrities as they share their love of literacy! Read with Coach Paul Combs of Carroll University Men’s Basketball, radio host KB from 97.3 The Game and so many more!

Alex Corradetti, CBS 58

Alex Corradetti of CBS 58 shares her favorite story with SHARP! Her pick was If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, a classic among young readers everywhere.

Andrea Albers, TMJ4 News

Andrea Albers of TMJ4 reads On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier! This picture book celebrates the miracles of nature and welcoming new life into the world.
Thanks for reading with us, Andrea!

Helen Harris, Retired Principal at Lloyd Street School

Thank you to our friend Helen Harris, civic volunteer and retired principal at Lloyd Street School, for reading with us! Today’s book is When I Am Old With You, a sweet tale about a small child imagining growing old with his granddaddy. Thanks for reading with us Helen!

Tierra Haynes, Author & Founder of Mommy On The Move

Read with Tierra Haynes, Founder of Mommy On The Move and Author of today’s book, The Adventures of Us: Getting to Know Guion Bluford Jr. In this imaginative, STEAM-focused story, three brothers get to meet their hero Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr., the first Black astronaut!

Sally Duback, Artist

Our longtime favorite Milwaukee artist Sally Duback reads The Last Peach by Gus Gordon! Sally has collaborated with our students on a variety of community artworks, and we think this quirky picture book is the perfect accompaniment to warmer weather ahead. Thanks for reading with us Sally!

Jessica Madhukar, Artist

Read with Jessica Madhukar of TMJ4 News! Jessica shares the story of The Rainbow Fish, with tells us of the happiness that sharing can bring to oneself and to others. Thanks for reading with us, Jessica!

Cecelia Gore, Brewers Community Foundation

Read with Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation! Today’s book is I Am A Girl of Color by Deanna Singh. It’s also illustrated by Rozalia Hernandez-Singh, artist for our latest We Love To Learn book! Cecelia is a great partner in so many ways, and we appreciate her so much! #superpartner

Kevin Holden, CBS 58

Read with Kevin Holden of WDJT CBS 58 as he recites The Missing Piece, a book by Shel Silverstein about loving yourself just as you are. Thanks for reading with us Kevin!

Ted Perry, FOX6 News

Read with Ted Perry of FOX6 News Milwaukee! Ada Twist, Scientist is a tale that encourages young girls to develop an interest in STEAM – something we at SHARP Literacy strongly support! Thanks for reading with us, Ted!

Kristin Byrne, TMJ4 News

Read with Kristin Byrne of TMJ4 News! I’m a Frog! is the tale of two friends learning to express themselves and use their imaginations. Thanks for reading with us, Kristin!

Kim Shine, CBS 58

Read with Kim Shine of CBS 58! Her pick for today is I Am Enough, a New York Times Bestseller that teaches children to love who they are, be kind to others and respect one another. Thanks for reading with us, Kim!

Adrienne Pedersen, WISN-12 News

Read with WISN 12 NEWS Anchor and Reporter Adrienne Pedersen! Her pick is a New York Times Bestseller: The Wonderful Things You Will Be. This story celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children, now and forever. Thanks for reading with us, Adrienne!

Julia Fello, TMJ4 News

Read with TMJ4 News anchor and reporter Julia Fello and her pup Murphy! The Scottie Dog and The Bunny is a book about making new friends from all walks of life. Thank you for reading with us, Julia and Murphy!

Sarah McGrew, TMJ4 News

Join TMJ4 reporter Sarah McGrew as she reads Mindful Mr. Sloth, a tale about learning to slow down and enjoy life. Thank you for reading with us, Sarah!

Vince Vitrano, TMJ4 News

Read With Vince Vitrano of TMJ4 News! His pick for today is Mila and the Too Hard Hoop by Keira Thompson, a Wisconsin teen on the autism spectrum who wants to teach other children to believe in themselves and never give up. Thanks for the great read, Vince!

Maysee Herr, Community Conversations Author

Read with Executive Director at Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and Community Conversations author, Maysee Herr! All by Myself is a favorite for any child with an independent streak – especially if they can’t go to sleep without a bedtime story. Thank you for reading with us, Maysee, and for helping us bring our newest We Love to Learn book to life.

Michel Cros, CBS 58/Telemundo

¡Lee conmigo! Michel Cros, presentador de CBS 58 y Telemundo, lee Las Normas del Capitan Barbarroja. ¡Gracias por leer con nosotros, Michel!

Kristen Kirchhaine, TMJ4 News

TMJ4 News meteorologist Kristen Kirchhaine reads “There are Rocks in my Socks,” Said the Ox to the Fox, a story about an ox & his friend getting into increasingly wild situations. Thank you for reading with us, Kristen!

Susan Kim, TMJ4 News

It’s the perfect weather for a round of golf, and thanks to Daybreak Anchor Susan Kim at TMJ4 News, we’re sharing a book today that teaches young ones all about the game. Swing into Opposites with Golf instructs children through the concept of opposites. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites with us, Susan!

Tony Atkins, TMJ4 News

Regina Is NOT a Little Dinosaur! Tony Atkins of TMJ4 and SHARP’s Young Professionals Board reads this comedic children’s tale about a young dinosaur’s quest to prove no one is “too little” to achieve their goals! Thank you for reading with us, Tony!

Diana Gutiérrez, WISN 12 News

Diana Gutiérrez of WISN 12 News shares beloved children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Special thanks to the WISN 12 team for literally bringing this story to life, and a huge thank you to Diana for sharing one of your favorites with us!

David Marcus, Marcus Investments

Join David Marcus of Marcus Investments as he reads The Rainbow Fish, a story about the joy that comes from giving. Thanks for reading with us, David, and thank you for sharing one of your favorite books!

Amanda Porterfield, SHARP Board/CBS 58

We’ve hit one full year of Read With Me videos! What more fitting way to celebrate than with SHARP Literacy Board member and CBS 58 anchor Amanda Porterfield reading The Adventures of Bob and Downtown Milwaukee?

Michel Cros, CBS 58/Telemundo

Lee conmigo! Michel Cros, presentador de CBS 58 y Telemundo, lee La Oveja Malhumorada, el cuento perfecto para leer a la hora de dormir. Se trata de una oveja de mal humor y su amigo atento. Gracias por leer con nosotros, Michel!

Toya Washington, WISN-12 News

Toya Washington, anchor at WISN-12 News, shares one of her children’s favorites: New York Times best-seller Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio! Thanks for reading with us, Toya!

Nicki Buscemi, First Midwest Bank

Small acts of kindness can make for big changes! That’s the message of Amy Logan’s A Girl with a Cape: A Story of the Superhero in All of Us. Thank you for reading your daughter’s favorite to us, Nicki Buscemi, and thanks to First Midwest Bank for supporting Read With Me!

Patrick Paolantonio, WISN-12 News

Patrick Paolantonio, anchor at WISN-12 News, has a heartwarming tale to share with us today: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn! Thanks for reading with us, Patrick!

Angie Phillips, First Midwest Bank

Here’s a seasonally-apt tale courtesy of Angie Phillips of First Midwest Bank, reading Duck and Goose Go to the Beach. We hope you’re dreaming of your next adventure, whether it’s in a calm meadow or a sunny beach.

Lindsey Slater, WISN-12 News

Wise words from The Lorax read by meteorologist Lindsey Slater at WISN-12! Thank you for reading with us, Lindsey, and thanks for sharing such an important message about environmentalism and sustainability.

Connor & Cynthia Corlett, TMJ4 News

Did you miss us? Read With Me is back featuring Cynthia Corlett from First Midwest Bank and her son! Thank you, Connor, for reading us one of your favorites from way back: But Not the Hippopotamus!

Connor & Cynthia Corlett, First Midwest Bank

Did you miss us? Read With Me is back featuring Cynthia Corlett from First Midwest Bank and her son! Thank you, Connor, for reading us one of your favorites from way back: But Not the Hippopotamus!

Ryan Jenkins, TMJ4 News

Settle in for an inspiring story read by Ryan Jenkins of TMJ4 News — The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines! Thank you for reading with us, Ryan!

Rosmarie Colla, First Midwest Bank

The Pigeon Has to Go to School! Join Rosmarie Colla of First Midwest Bank as she reads this story by Mo Willems about overcoming your fears and getting excited for the first day of school. Thanks for your support, First Midwest Bank!

Joel Zarnorff, First Midwest Bank

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Joel Zarnstorff of First Midwest Bank takes us on a trip through the many twists and turns in this beloved Dr. Seuss book. Thanks for reading with us, Joel!

Joyce Garbaciak, WISN 12 News

For our last Read With Me video of 2020, Joyce Garbaciak anchor at WISN 12 News, reads The Giving Tree! Thank you for reading with us today, Joyce, and thank you for sharing such an important message this time of year: “It turns out that what you really need is a good friend to be with you. And all of that other stuff isn’t necessarily all that important.”

Angie Phillips, First Midwest Bank

Can a Duck & Goose learn to be friends? Angie Phillips of First Midwest Bank reads this tale about how a mysterious “egg” brings these two feathered friends together. Thank you for reading with us, Angie!

Mark Baden, WISN-12 News

Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? Join WISN-12 News’ Chief Meteorologist, Mark Baden, as he reads this tempestuous Dr. Seuss tale! We love the illustrations and music, Mark—and we especially love teaching students all about meteorological terms, from cumulonimbus to condensation. Thank you for reading with us!

Aaron Maybin, FOX6 News

Shoutout to Aaron Maybin at FOX6 News for reading with us today! Aaron’s pick was I Am A Boy of Color, a book that celebrates the strength and beauty of children and families from different ethnic backgrounds.

Angie Phillips, First Midwest Bank

It’s a Great Day for Up! in this Read With Me featuring Angie Phillips of First Midwest Bank! Thank you Angie for joining us again in our mission to promote a love for reading in every student!

Kurt Miller, First Midwest Bank

Kurt Miller of First Midwest Bank reads Milk and Cookies, a story told to his own children when they were little. Enjoy this cozy tale of overcoming things that go bump in the night, with a little help from your family.

Diane Dudek, First Midwest Bank

Diane Dudek of First Midwest Bank recounts The Tale of Peter Rabbit, one of her childhood favorites! Thank you for reading with us, Diane!

Delaney Brey, TMJ4 News

Join TMJ4 Milwaukee’ Delaney Brey and her four-legged friend, Buster, as they read Happy Halloween, Biscuit!

Angie Phillips, First Midwest Bank

Oh, The Things You Can Think! Thank you, Angie Phillips of First Midwest Bank, for sparking our imaginations today with this bizarre and beautifully-illustrated story!

David Werner, First Midwest Bank

Thank you David Werner, Executive Vice President and Market President of Southeast Wisconsin First Midwest Bank, for reading with us today! Dave’s pick was The New Adventures of Curious George, a favorite from his when he was a kid.

CJ Dykstra, First Midwest Bank

CJ Dykstra of First Midwest Bank reads Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, a tale about an older man and his adopted cat finding true friendship in one another.

Mike Curkov, CBS 58 News

Thanks again, Mike Curkov of CBS 58 Morning News, for sending us not one but TWO Read With Me videos! Today’s book is Iggy Peck, Architect and we love Mike’s animated reading of this dramatic tale!

Steve Palec, TMJ4 News

Steve Palec, Chief Marketing Officer of Irgens, author, and radio host at 96.5 WKLH, reads Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale! Plus, we get to see all of the cool music formats from “the olden days.” Thanks for reading with us, Steve!

Vince Vitrano, TMJ4 News

We were promised a “dramatic rendition” of Green Eggs and Ham, and we were not disappointed. Thank you, Vince Vitrano at TMJ4 Milwaukee—we think you really knocked this Read With Me out of the park!

Brian Niznansky, TMJ4 News

Autumn is on its way, so join TMJ4 Milwaukee’s Brian Niznansky as he reads We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt!

Lance Allan, TMJ4 News

TMJ4 Milwaukee’s Main Sports Anchor/Reporter Lance Allan tells us what exactly to expect If You Give a Moose a Muffin.

Lynda Kohler, President/CEO of SHARP

Join SHARP’s President and CEO Lynda Kohler as she reads The Book with No Pictures. Shoutout to Jack and Violet for their help telling this splendidly silly story!

Sidney Moncrief, Retired Bucks Star & NBA Hall of Famer

I Love the Mountains: Sidney Moncrief, retired Bucks star and NBA Hall of Famer, reads this refreshing book about all of the wonders found in nature.

Joy Powers, WUWM 89.7 FM

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Joy Powers of WUWM 89.7 FM reads this inspiring Dr. Seuss book, a tale about overcoming adversity and finding one’s way through life.

Mike Curkov, CBS 58 News

Read With Me: Mike Curkov of CBS 58 News reads Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, a tale about self-acceptance and celebrating the differences between ourselves and others.

Matt Donovan, Milwaukee Admirals

Don’t Push the Button! Matt Donovan of the Milwaukee Admirals and his son Dean read this book by Bill Cotter and do their best to help Larry the Monster return to normal.

Marshall Chay, McDonald’s Owner-Operator

Ready to read? SHARP Board member and McDonald’s owner-operator Marshall Chay reads a family favorite: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Dori Zori, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Dori Zori of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee reads Are You My Mother? A beloved children’s classic since 1960, this tale recounts the adventures of a hatchling bird trying to find his mom.

Sheldon Dutes, WISN-12 News

Join SHARP Board member and WISN-TV Anchor/Reporter Sheldon Dutes in a reading of The Bad Seed. This delightful children’s tale shows how anyone can make positive changes, regardless of their past circumstances.

Troy Grosenick, Milwaukee Admirals

Read with American Hockey League’s 2019-20 “Man of the Year” and Milwaukee Admiral’s goalie, Troy Grosenick! Join us for not one but TWO stories: Inside the Net and I Know A Monkey.

Steve Santini, Milwaukee Admirals

Read With Me: Steven Santini of the Milwaukee Admirals reads a classic story that children have enjoyed since 1967: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Carl Deffenbaugh, FOX6 News

Read With Me: Carl Deffenbaugh of FOX6 News and his daughter Lila read a humorous but touching tale called Mother Bruce!

Katie Crowther, TMJ4 News

Join Katie Crowther, TMJ4 News Anchor and SHARP Young Professionals Board member, as she reads Will You Be My Sunshine. Enjoy this uplifting tale about finding bright spots of love and support in our lives.

Tarik Moody, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Adventure with Tarik Moody, Digital Director and DJ at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, into the tale of Where the Wild Things Are. This award-winning children’s classic has delighted young readers for years with its beautiful illustrations and whimsical narrative.

Debra Katz, Literacy Advocate and Community Volunteer

Read With Me: Join Debra Katz, literacy advocate and community volunteer, as she reads Messes of Dresses. It’s a memorable tale and a great reminder for all of us to cherish what we already have!

Shannon Sims, TMJ4 News

Read With Me: Shannon Sims of TMJ4 News reads Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. This Read With Me video will be music to your ears, as you and your children follow along!

Steve “The Homer” True, ESPN Milwaukee

Read With Me: Homer True of ESPN Milwaukee’s Homer & Gabe shares “the greatest children’s book ever”: Caps for Sale.

Natalie Shepherd, CBS 58

Natalie Shepherd of CBS 58 reads The Good Egg and shares some important advice for all of us staying at home right now: “Make sure that you’re being good to yourself, good to your family, your brothers and sisters, and have a good day.”

KB, 97.3 The Game

Join KB from 97.3 The Game’s “Drew and KB” as he shares one of his son’s all-time favorite books: Clifford’s First Autumn! Who knows? It may even inspire some storytime in your own home!

Paul Combs & Pio Pete

Read With Me: Join Carroll University’s Paul Combs and Pio Pete as they read an Easter-themed tale. Go Pios!


Community Murals:
Learning as Art

SHARP’s murals provide children with the opportunity to express themselves through art. Each mural starts with research about a particular topic. Students then write about what they have learned and further express it through the visual arts. The students collaborate as a team to create a large-scale mural that later is often displayed in the community. Each mural is a beautiful, visual exploration of a specific subject as seen through the eyes of our children.

Artist Sally Duback has guided SHARP students to transform their art into finished mosaics. Twenty-seven mural projects have been installed throughout Milwaukee — at General Mitchell International Airport, Discovery World, Miller Park and many other locations.

 Lake CountryShorehaven
Seniors from Shorehaven in Oconomowoc and students from Whitter Elementary in Waukesha collaborated to create this Lake Country-themed mural.


Explore MKEOvation Sarah Chudnow
Approximately 25 5th grade students from Messmer St. Mary’s School & 15 seniors from Ovation Sarah Chudnow worked together to create the mural, Explore MKE. Ovation Communities sponsored the project.


Connected by Code Brianna’s DreamMSOE Grohmann Museum
Approximately 25 4th & 5th grade students in SHARP’s Design Through Code program created the mural. It was sponsored by MSOE, Wisconsin Arts Board & Northwestern Mutual.


Eagle CodersForest Home School
25 Forest Home 4th grade students in SHARP’s Design Through Code program created this mural. It was sponsored by MSOE, Wisconsin Arts Board, Mary Nohl Foundation & Northwestern Mutual.


Discovering WaukeshaCarroll University Campus Center
SHARP Literacy partnered with Carroll University and the School District of Waukesha to create a “Discovering Waukesha” mural at Carroll University Campus Center Artist Sally Duback led the project, with 150 second and third grade students participating from Banting Elementary School, Summit View Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School and La Casa de Esperanza, all in Waukesha. The mural includes landmarks, cityscapes and elements of Waukesha communities that make Waukesha a unique and special place to live.


BeePrairie Springs Environmental Education Center
SHARP Literacy, Inc. partnered with Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center to create three mosaic “Bee” murals. Artist Sally Duback led the project, with 130 second grade students participating from Banting Elementary School, Summit View Elementary School and Whittier Elementary School in Waukesha. The “Bee” murals were based on SHARP Literacy’s We Love to Learn book, A Busy Bee: The Story of Bella the Honey Bee.


Drop to Dinner Neighborhood House Garden Park
Artist in Residence Sally Duback, SHARP Literacy staff and Neighborhood House summer program students created a mural depicting urban agriculture. The Drop to Dinner mural at Neighborhood House’s Garden Park was unveiled on August 21, 2015.


Movable FeastMiller Park
SHARP students from Lutheran Special School and Education Services worked with Milwaukee-based artist Sally Duback to create a mural based on SHARP’s 12th We Love to Learn book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City.


FreedomWar Memorial
Students from Doerfler, Forest Home, St. Martini and Trowbridge Schools wrote themes on the meaning of freedom and used them to create the images that became a mural installed in the War Memorial.


TransportationIntermodal Station
SHARP Literacy staff worked in collaboration with the United Neighborhood Community Centers of Milwaukee to guide over 400 students in grades 3-6 to research and complete writing assignments about transportation needs in our community. The types of transportation the children studied are represented in this beautiful mosaic.


Greater Milwaukee Circle of LifeMarquette University Alumni Memorial Union
This mural was part of an ambitious four-year collaborative project to bridge racial and cultural divides. Students at five participating schools researched, read and wrote about the heritage and customs of their own cultures while also learning about other cultures. The resulting mosaic illustrates Greater Milwaukee’s rich ethnic, social and religious diversity.


Anna F. Doerfler Community School
Doerfler elementary school students used their research, language and social studies skills to study four major holidays (Thanksgiving, Three Kings Day, the Fourth of July and Day of the Dead) that are meaningful for the predominantly Hispanic/Latino community at the school. Students worked with Milwaukee artist Sally Duback in making the holiday scenes come to life.


The Evolution of TechnologyDiscovery World
This mural project partnered SHARP students from Irving J. Seher School with children from the Don and Sallie Davis Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to create The Evolution of Technology, based on studies about the role technology plays in our history and lives. The mural features mechanical and robotic pieces from Rockwell Automation, the primary sponsor for the mural.


Greenfield Elementary School
Students in grades 2-5 at Greenfield Bilingual Elementary School participated in the creation of this mural. Each grade generated a panel based on the writing assignment tied to their individual grade’s curriculum.


Mosaic of CultureWe Energies CommunitiesGeneral Mitchell International Airport
A collaborative effort between SHARP, We Energies and Milwaukee County, the Mosaic of Culture mural was installed at General Mitchell International Airport on the 2nd Floor skywalk. Approximately 1,000 3rd grade students from eight schools created this mural.


Lake Express Ferry Terminal
To create this mural, SHARP students used a newly developed social studies curriculum based on People of Michigan/People of the World. About 500 4th grade students from two schools created the mural for the ferry terminal that provides high-speed service between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Muskegon, Michigan.


Ceria M. Travis Academy
Students in grades 3-4 at the academy created a mural for their school after studying communities around Milwaukee.


Building a NationForest Home Elementary School
Students in grades 3-5 at Forest Home Avenue Elementary School worked with artists to create a mural based on the fifth grade unit, Building a Nation. The project reinforced students’ learnings about the American Revolution as well as promoted diversity and cultural awareness.


Four SeasonsSt. Rose Catholic Urban Academy
Working with artists in residence, 2nd grade students created a mural for their school based on their studies of weather and the seasons.


Messmer Preparatory Catholic School
Based on their research and study of the Milwaukee community, 3rd grade students created a mural to display in their school.


Building a NationUrban Day 12th Street School
Based on the curriculum, Building a Nation, 5th grade students created this mural.


Mosaic BenchNeighborhood House Garden Park
SHARP Summer Learning Gain Initiative students worked with Artist in Residence, Sally Duback.