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Lean, green, reading machine: Inside Eagles Storybook Man’s quest for literacy

He’s green, he can read a Dr. Seuss book faster than a speeding bullet, and he fights the evils of illiteracy in the Eagles Bookmobile.

His name is Storybook Man and he’s a part of the Eagles Youth Partnership. This summer, Storybook Man, along with hundreds of local organizations, teamed up with Philadelphia’s READ! By Fourth Campaign that’s aiming to double child literacy rates by 2020.

Storybook Man, whose real-world moniker is Maurice Rowland, has been with the Eagles Youth Partnership since 2008, serving as a literacy coach for the organization. This summer alone he read upwards of a hundred books to thousands of children at recreation centers, daycares, summer camps, libraries, and outdoor park activities to infuse more literacy into their activities.

“Seeing the kids eyes light up as I read the stories to them is the favorite part of my job,” said Rowland, 43, a West Philadelphia native who attended West Catholic Preparatory High School.

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