Gentry Elementary School Read Across USA Literacy In Person Author Journey Presentations

/ February 21, 2024

Gentry, Arkansas, is receiving a fun and engaging school visit with books, stories, music and entertainment led by Unicorn Jazz creator, Lisa Caprelli, in March 2024.

Bee Happy with Gentry Elementary School and Unicorn Jazz Author Stories and Literacy Journey in Gentry, Arkansas!


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unicorn jazz author visit

Lisa Caprelli, a talented Latina author, hails from the vibrant city of El Paso, Texas. Despite her humble beginnings, surrounded by a close-knit Hispanic family and delicious cuisine, Lisa’s grandmother, with only a third-grade education, instilled in her the value of education. Encouraged by her grandmother’s wisdom, Lisa pursued her passion for writing and helping others.

Today, Lisa is renowned as the creative force behind the beloved children’s book series, “Unicorn Jazz,” a heartwarming journey celebrating individuality, kindness, inclusivity, and creative expression. Her dedication to spreading joy and education extends beyond the pages with the captivating Amazon TV show, “Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do.”

In her latest endeavor, Lisa channels her entrepreneurial spirit and storytelling prowess into “Skip a Step: Imparting Wisdom For Young Entrepreneur Minds.” Through this insightful book, she delves into the lives of thirteen extraordinary entrepreneurs, offering invaluable lessons on finding happiness, meaning, and success in life. Lisa’s inspiring journey from a shy girl in El Paso to an accomplished author and advocate exemplifies the transformative power of following one’s dreams and embracing the wisdom passed down by loved ones.



Free TPT activities – click here

Jemison, Alabama, nestled in the heart of the United States, is a small town with a big personality. Named after Colonel Robert Jemison Jr., a prominent railroad executive, it boasts a rich history dating back to the 19th century. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Alabama’s rolling hills and forests, Jemison is known as the “Peach Capital of Alabama,” celebrating its agricultural heritage with events like the annual Peach Festival. Despite its size, Jemison offers historic sites such as the Jemison Carnegie Library, reflecting its commitment to preserving its past while embracing the present.

Located in Chilton County, Jemison enjoys a central location in Alabama, providing convenient access to larger cities like Birmingham and Montgomery. Its growing population is drawn to the town’s tight-knit community, friendly atmosphere, and affordable cost of living. With educational opportunities offered by the Chilton County School District and nearby colleges and universities, Jemison is not just a place on the map but a vibrant community where residents thrive amidst the charm of small-town life and the accessibility of urban amenities.

Behind the scenes what our author visits look like, THIS IS FROM a former ELEMENTARY SCHOOL appearance: Your school will be updated after author’s visit!

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Thanks to Librarian, Donna Rasberry for bringing Unicorn Jazz & Lisa Caprelli to our school!

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Author Lisa Caprelli, is happy to fulfill any book and merch orders here on Etsy with discount for our students, with some freebies and autographed by the author!

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We have just released our YouTube kid friendly Season of THE THING I DO! Here is Episode 1:

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 Unicorn Jazz Elementary School Author Visit at Gentry Elementary School

…a strong foundation for lifelong learning.


As part of the in-person visit to schools, author Lisa Caprelli will present a short 3-5 min video from “Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do” kids show on Amazon TV & and YouTube including:

  • Reading, writing, and behind the scenes from the Unicorn Jazz book series will be read
  • Teachers can share or read in advance of this visit, the Unicorn Jazz book one– storytime and the Unicorn Jazz Friendship song to get familiar with the characters and stories themes of friendship, belonging, kindness, social-emotional learning.
  • Teachers can take advantage of learning resources for Unicorn Jazz
  • Free resources for THE THING I DO book
  • Songs from 10+ music videos created by Lisa at
  • Additional 100+ -page variety of coloring pages, activities, and learning here.
  • SEL learning packet
Our Unicorn Jazz team, writers and directors are proud to donate these for use by teachers:

Gentry, Arkansas may be a small town, but it still has its own unique charm and interesting aspects. Here are some fun facts about Gentry:

  1. Poultry Capital: Gentry is often referred to as the “Poultry Capital of the World” due to its significant poultry industry. The town is home to several large poultry companies and farms.
  2. Gentry High School: The local high school, Gentry High School, is known for its strong agricultural education program, reflecting the town’s rural character and emphasis on farming and livestock.
  3. Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari: One of the main attractions in Gentry is the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari. This safari park allows visitors to drive through and observe various exotic animals such as lions, tigers, bears, and giraffes in a naturalistic setting.
  4. Simmons Foods: Simmons Foods, a major poultry processing company, has a significant presence in Gentry. The company provides employment opportunities for many residents and contributes to the local economy.
  5. Annual Poultry Festival: Gentry hosts an annual Poultry Festival, celebrating the town’s poultry industry heritage. The festival typically includes various activities such as poultry judging contests, live music, food vendors, and carnival rides.
  6. Historic Downtown: Gentry has a charming historic downtown area with several well-preserved buildings dating back to the early 20th century. Strolling through downtown offers a glimpse into the town’s history and architecture.
  7. Rodeo Events: The town occasionally hosts rodeo events, showcasing traditional cowboy culture and providing entertainment for locals and visitors alike.
  8. Outdoor Recreation: Gentry is surrounded by scenic countryside and offers opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing, and camping in nearby natural areas.
  9. Community Spirit: Like many small towns, Gentry prides itself on its strong sense of community. Residents often come together for various events, fundraisers, and community projects, fostering a tight-knit and supportive environment.
  10. Close-knit Community: Gentry has a population of around 3,000 residents, making it a tight-knit community where people often know each other and look out for one another. This sense of community adds to the town’s welcoming atmosphere.

Thank you for your support of literacy and the joy of books and learning!


Grades 4-6 School Video & Learning Resources

  • Where do Good Ideas Come From. Teachers can play when Author is in classroom, click here
  • Behind the Scenes Journey of an author during the pandemic: click here
  • Skip a Step, Free Digital Journal for Students, click to download free
  • More for students interested in leadership: click here


  • The Thing I Do Song Created by Students and Adults watch
  • Dance and Sing With Me Music Video by children actors/singerswatch

To learn more about Lisa Caprelli’s entrepreneurial and speaker journey click here.


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