Retired Army veteran Claudette Esmerelda has always used her words to encourage recruits to become soldiers, soldiers to become leaders, and leaders to become leaders of character for the future. She maintains that same encouragement in her writing, focusing on empowering and enlightening our future leaders to embrace their individuality and uniqueness while preparing to reach a common goal of making the world a better place. Esmerelda resides in Texas and loves traveling, traveling, and more traveling!
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
Leah Is Seen
10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Leah is Seen
Leah Is Seen is about a little girl who is unsure of herself. Did someone tell Leah that she is not smart or talented or did she imagine this all on her own? No matter how Leah came to this conclusion, it is real to her now, and that's why this book was written; to dispel all untruths that not only Leah but all children are smart, talented and purely unique. Each child born is a gift to the world because their contribution to humanity is priceless. Every child needs to know that being good at sports, art, dancing, etc., is not as important as knowing: I am unique, I have the power to choose, and I am loved because El Roi sees me.
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