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Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

by the Brightly Editors


Our latest episode of Brightly Storytime features a picture book biography about a little-known figure in history, Mary Walker. Born into slavery in 1948, Walker lived to be 121 years old. She witnessed major historical moments while working and raising a family, and at the age of 116, Mary achieved her lifelong dream of learning to read. Read along with Ms. Linda and learn all about Mary’s strength, determination, and desire to learn.

Find more inspiring stories of people throughout history in our roundup of Illustrated Biographies That Introduce Kids to Diverse Heroes.