Our first offering for children, families and educators alike! Two audiobooks based on the books of Emmy Award-winning journalist Cheryl Wills ’89, the great-great-great granddaughter of Emma and Sandy Wills, enslaved people from Haywood, Tennessee. Both are narrated by the author and are also available in video form, featuring artwork from the original print books. Educational materials and discussion questions are included below, designed to spark conversation and foster understanding for younger listeners. The subject matter is probably most appropriate for 8 and up, but Cheryl has presented on these important themes to children of all ages.
Emma grew up a brave and strong enslaved woman who had to fight for everything in her life – her freedom, her hope, and her dream of education for her family.Audio Only
Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills Using actual Civil War military records as a backdrop, the production details Sandy’s journey from a suffocating slave plantation to a Union Army camp, then on to a new life as a free man. Featuring Carter Boone as Grandpa Sandy.Audio Only
Discussion questions for families and educators
The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills
Emma and The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills were written and narrated by Cheryl Wills
Featuring Carter Boone as the voice of Sandy Wills
Directed by Paula Parker and recorded at John Marshall Media
Produced by Brett Barry, Jim O’Connor and Bianca Caiella Breed
Post-Production by Silver Hollow Audio
Production Interns: Sky Ruse and Ian Coe
Music by Josh Roy Brown
Featuring Jamison Brown on percussion and Charlotte Barry on piano
Audio production copyright 2020 by Sound Beat: Access Audio
Text Copyright 2020 by Lightswitch Learning
All rights reserved.