Read Across America Dance and Sing with Me Tour with Unicorn Jazz Club!

Letโ€™s help kids smile, create and believe! City after city, we encourage others to join the Read Across America 2021 – 22 ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐”๐ง๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ง ๐‰๐š๐ณ๐ณ & ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐˜๐„๐€๐‘ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ! Teachers, Librarians and friends — join us & the talented kids helping to spread literacy while giving back in each school’s hometown!ย  If you or your child’s school wants our education packet, go to

Virtual Author Visits Reaching Schools Across America and the Globe!

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Children's Author Lisa Caprelli encourages literacy!

Life since the pandemic changed for many students, teachers, and parents. Many amazing kids with all kinds of talents were able to connect with us to bring education and entertainment with our show THE THING I DO, as a platform.

The silver lining has been to create a way for kids – like the ones you see on this page – to share and inspire other kids to keep doing what they love.ย 

Thanks to technology we can team up to spread the messages of literacy and the joy of books!


Unicorn Jazz Club Kids - Sharing Acts of Service and Joy of Literacy

Emily Isabel

Emily is 12 years old and from Brooklyn, New York.ย  Emily Isabel is a 12-year-old actress, singer, and model. Her recent works include playing the part of Brigitta during The Sound of Musicโ€™s national tour and appearing in a number of various commercials.ย Emily is fluent inย Russian >and she can play the ukulele.ย ย  Accents:ย  British, Brooklyn, Egyptian. She enjoys acting, singing, music, and more.ย  Read her story!
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Rhett Drennen

Rhett is 13 years old and from Huntersville, North Carolina.ย 

He is big on imagination, storytelling and …

He enjoys ……ย  Read his story!.

Sofia Swade author visit with Lisa Caprelli New York JFK elementary school

Sofia Swade

Sofia is 13 years old and from Huntersville, North Carolina.ย 

She believes literacy is important because….

She enjoys ……ย  Read her story!

Author Visit in Yonkers, New York

Isabella Iannelli

February 2, 2021 is World Read Aloud Dayย  and we are ready to read across America with this school to promote literacy!

Isabella Iannelli is 11 years old and a student of Annunciation School in Yonkers, New York.ย  We are excited to present to the students of her school in storytime song, and the importance of reading and writing!

Isabella enjoys arts, music, dancing and more.ย  Read her story!

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Emily Jewel Hoder

Emily is 12 years old and from Florida.ย ๐—˜๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ’๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ are people she has worked with like: Sally Struthers, Karen Ziemba, John Tartaglia, Patrick Dunn, Preston Boyd, Michelle Dowdy, Jimmy Smagula. Emily adds, “They have so much experience and I was lucky to learn from them. All of these people taught me different things about being an actor/performer and good person.” ๐„๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ Jewel Hoder believes that if you find your passion and work hard to achieve your dream you can accomplish it and to “๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ!!!”

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Mia Francesca Martinez

Mia Francesca Martinez is a Latina 13-year-old rising star in the world of performing arts!ย  Do What You Love to be able to give back more of who you are to the world, is one of her mottos she lives by.ย Mia knew she wanted to dive into the world of performance after watching โ€œMatildaโ€ on Broadway when she was 8 years old.

In the future, she wants to be known for spreading joy and inspiring kids to work hard, pursue their dreams, and do what they love. After all, whatโ€™s the point of reaching for something if you donโ€™t love what youโ€™re doing while youโ€™re getting there!

Macenzie Mercer

Having already been on two Broadway National Tours as Cindy Lou Who in โ€œThe Grinch Who Stole Christmasโ€ and Little Cosette in โ€œLes Miserables,โ€ Mackenzie Mercerย dreams of becoming a pop singer.ย While the rest of her family is into sports, Mackenzie has been writing her own music since she was two years old, saying she wants to be a singer right out of pre-school!

Mackenzie enjoys drawing anime. โ€œDrawing makes me feel calm.โ€ A new THING that Mackenzie would like to learn would be the Japanese language to help in watching anime without subtitles.


Sheylan lives in Alaska and is trilingual (English, Spanish, French)

Read her story!

Winter Donnelly

Winter isย  from New York.

Read her story!

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Bilingual Teacher, Pam Quevedo

A first grade teacher, Pam has been a huge advocate of the works and mission of Unicorn Jazz, since the Pandemic.ย 

Read more about her experience and story – click.

Watch her read Unicornio Jazz for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County – click with Unicorn Jazz puppet.

Maestra Natalia Sepulveda is a Bilingual translator, author of Kai the Missionary Sea Turtle and long time friend of Unicorn Jazz.

Read more about her experience and story – click.

Children's Non-Profits and Organizations Joining Our Literacy Outreach!

El Paso Children’s Hospital

February 12, 2021 – Lisa Caprelli will be presenting to her home town and the elementary school she went as a child:ย  Thomas Manor Elementary.

In 2020, she was thrilled to reach over 600 students in her message and proof that you can be anything you want to be and do anything regardless of your circumstances, gender or race.

Songs we can include in ANY visits (some are in Spanish, too):

  1. Unicorn Jazz Friendship Song
  2. The Thing I Do
  3. Dance & Sing With Me
  4. Make That Smile a Little Bit Bigger
  5. Happiness Newsย 
  6. Haiku song – coming soon
  7. Rainbow Song – April 2021

Social Assets You Can Share to Spread Awareness

Share the importance of Books Matter with classrooms!

For Media Outreach, contact Publicist, Tara Ackaway, Education Outreach Team,ย

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Click to be part of our virtual author visit for your elementary school or child organization!