Author and child actor bring ‘Unicorn Jazz’ to Virginia Peterson Elementary
–Earlier this month, students at Virginia Peterson Elementary learned the importance of celebrating diversity, belonging, creative writing, and happiness through a virtual experience presented by 12-year-old student and actress Emily Isabel and children’s author, Lisa Caprelli. To date, over 500,000 students have been impacted by their efforts.
Educators and students of Virginia Peterson Elementary listened to a reading of Unicorn Jazz, a story that celebrates uniqueness and introduces a shy unicorn named Jazz who moves to a new land but struggles to make animal friends, until she meets someone who believes in her, with an odd name, Woof the Crow. Unicorn Jazz engages young readers while imparting valuable life lessons that support positive social-emotional learning.
Following the reading, Isabel and Caprelli shared interactive, empowering messages surrounding literacy, social-emotional learning, and imagination. Before signing off, students were shown animated, educational music videos, and students were encouraged to ask questions.
Emily Isabel is part of the Unicorn Jazz kid’s club, a musically-inspired brand dedicated to creating and sharing happiness for kids through stories and digital media. It is through this educational platform that Isabel has the opportunity to encourage boys and girls her age to dream big, dance, sing and read. She’s been recognized for her creativity and kindness nationally through publications such as Good Morning America.
Caprelli’s books engage young readers while also imparting some valuable life lessons for audiences of any age about the power of confidence, the value of diversity, and why we should celebrate what makes us unique.
About the author
Lisa Caprelli is an author who has studied human behavior and communication for over 25 years. She uses her words to inspire audiences of all ages. She is a proud Latina mom who grew up with humble beginnings in the sun city of El Paso, Texas. She has lived in Southern California for 20 years and travels between states to serve educators, children, librarians, and schools. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Psychology. Caprelli says she takes great pride in offering free educational curriculums and activities to local elementary school librarians and teachers. She is passionate about sharing stories, music sheets, coloring books, songs, and more with families and educators under the brand name Unicorn Jazz TM.