Page Turners Make Great Learners partnered with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in an innovative reading experience with Kindergarten students on June 14, 2018. Students took a “Trip Into A Story” as they participated in a real-life version of Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Pena’s Last Stop on Market Street. Matt de la Pena traveled from his home in Brooklyn, New York to narrate the story as students and civic leaders rode the transit bus.
Last Stop On Market Street is a story about a little boy named CJ and his Nana who every Sunday after church travel across town on the city transit bus to feed the homeless. One Sunday, CJ becomes very cognizant of the things that are not so beautiful in his life and around him. Each question CJ poses from “Why do we have to ride the bus?” or “Why do we have to go on the dirty side of town?” is met with an encouraging answer from Nana. Nana’s gentle answers challenges CJ to see the beauty around him.
Last Stop on Market Street can be purchased at our favorite indie bookstore, Little Stop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia.