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Mary J. Grant is an author, educator and storyteller who has devoted her career to educating children.  As a teacher, supervisor and administrator, she always reminded her students that knowledge is power.  Reading, writing and learning has always been her passion and a great part of her life.


Mary is a storyteller and is available for audiences of all ages.  She uses an engaging and interactive approach while reading to schools, community, social events and parents workshops.  Mary is the President of Renaissance Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Central State University Alumni Association, Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Detroit Writers Guild.


Mary is available for audiences of all ages and all types of venue from classroom, workshops, museum and others.  Mary engaging and interactive approach with participants both children and adults focuses her audience. To schedule an appearance or book signing, contact us at 313.622.4315.



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Meet the Author...

Mary J. Grant

Mary J. Grant grew up in Dayton, Ohio and is now living in Southfield, Michigan.  She always loved to read as a young child.  Her mother died when she was seven and her father was her main caregiver.  After retiring from the Detroit Board of Education as an educator, she wrote the story of how "My Daddy Taught Me to Read".


The story is a true story of her experiences growing up as the youngest child of seven and the experiences she encountered as a result of the obstacles that she encountered.  The experience of writing this book was an honor.  She dedicates this book to all the children that enjoy reading.


Mary’s second book is a goldfish experience of her twelve-year-old brother Floyd B. This true story is a lasting memory of her childhood.  The story imparts science concepts of inquiry-based learning while building literacy skills.  A curriculum companion with Common Core State Standards correlated to assure a child can reach their learning goals.  Floyd B’s Pond is book for early listeners and readers aged 7 through 11 years old.


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Books available at Detroit Public Schools

and the following locations:


Floyd B's Pond

Author:  Mary J. Grant

Published by: Xlibris

ISBN: #978-1620866993

My Daddy Taught Me to Read

Author:  Mary J. Grant

Published by: Xlibris

ISBN: #978-1-4653-3766-5

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 Speaking Engagements

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My Daddy Taught Me to Read
Floyd B's Pond



Truth Book Store - Northland Mall

21500 NW Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075



Hartford Baptist Church Bookstore

18700 James Couzens Hwy, Detroit, MI 48235



Charles H. Wright Museum

315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201



Crown Point Christian Bookstore

5116 W. Third St., Dayton, OH 45417



Altanta Public Library Downtown

Children Division, Atlanta Georgia



The Book Beat

26010 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237



Storytelling Performances

Help Turnaround Academic Achievement.


Floyd B's Pond is story of a 12 year boy who made a fishpond for his Science Fair Project. A Curriculum Guide which connects the Common Core Standards with classroom activities can be purchased to support teachers planning. Three sample pages are attached.


My Daddy Taught Me to Read was published in 2011 and is a true story of a nine year old girl learning to read with the help of her father.  This story is a great motivator for struggling students because it has motivational poems and children’s song which helps the child with their fluency.


Books and Curriculum Guide can be shipped within seven days


Any questions email: mary@storiesbymary.com or call 313.622.4315.



Books and Curriculum Guide:

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"An absolute hit...your story gives a great example of how parents are the first teachers.  The children enjoyed the story and made a connection to how they learned to read.  After the story, they shared who in their life helped them read."

Dorothy Robinson, Literacy Coach

Detroit Public Schools


"Floyd B. provides a look into the past and connects us so passionately with how life was. The close community and supportive school environment allowed for Floyd B. to be creative and to explore his interest in science. What an inspiring story for both young and old.

The book took me back. To be able to write about family is so important and meaningful. It is a jewel to future generations."

Dr. Shelley McIntosh

Educational Consultant

Retired Principal


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