Winter 2016

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ATPE NEWS 25 U p o n HOW AN IGUANA NAMED IGGY CHANGED LITERACY IN HOUSTON by Elaine Acker As an eight - y ear -old, writ er Melis sa W illiams w as f ascinat ed b y iguanas. Her pet iguana, named Iggy , became her cr eativ e inspir ation as she wr ot e a series of childr en' s book s, and has bec ome one of Houst on' s str ong est v oic es f or lit er acy . T hr ough iWRITE, her lit er acy nonpr ofit, she has no w par tner ed with the Barbar a Bush Houst on Lit er acy F oundation t o publish and c elebr at e students' shor t st ories, poems, and illustr ations, and t o cr eat e r esour c es f or t eacher s in the clas sr oom. A Ti m e O n c e Photo by John Kilpper

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