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Summer Book Club Series

May 4, 2022 - June 21, 2022


Are you interested in diving deeper into the work of our Custody Advocacy Program, Children’s Defense Team, and Education Law Program? We are excited to announce a new summer book club series that illuminates the imperative work of Council for Children’s Rights. 

Our team leads chose a series of books that strongly relate to the lived experience of our child clients and the difficult issues that impact their well-being. By joining, you will be immersed into our children’s lives, our work, and have the opportunity to discuss the books with a panel of experts and Charlotte leaders. Our incredible team leads, Patti Tutone, Michelle Duprey, and Caitlin Whalan Jones, have chosen their respective books to best illustrate the trends they see within their work and the impacts these systems have on our youth.

We invite you to join us in reading these books together and engaging in communal discussion as we read the book and afterwards as each team lead will culminate the reading experience with a live-streamed or in-person book club discussion with our staff, community leaders, topic experts, and you!

If you would like to purchase any or all of the books introduced by our team leads, we recommend you buy from our lovely local neighbors, Main Street Books, Shelves Bookstore, and Park Road Books! Main Street Books has partnered with us for this event and committed to give back 10% of all profits from our three books!

Our staff are excited to discuss the ways in which these books and their information directly relates to the kids they work with each and every day. Please be aware that these books discuss difficult and sensitive topics, including violence, trauma, and abuse, and may be triggering to readers. So that you may have an understanding of what to expect, please look over the summaries of each book below.

Please register for the book (or books) that most interest you on their respective event pages, linked here.

Custody Advocacy Program: Childhood Disrupted by Donna Jackson Nakazawa, register here.

Children’s Defense Team: All American Boyby Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, register here.

Education Law Program: Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris, register here.


May 4, 2022
June 21, 2022
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Children and Family Services Building
601 E 5th St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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