Sharon Wurster loves reading to children at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “I love it when I can cheer up a child and make their day better,” says Wurster, who volunteers at the hospital once a week during the school year and twice a week in the summer. She prides herself on being able to “read the room,” and with a grin, she pulls Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day from her cart.
“I have a special place in my heart for sick kids away from home,” Wuster says. “Having a bad day is the very thing I try to prevent for the children I visit.”
“When Sharon began reading, I quickly became invisible to the little boy,” says photographer Allyn DiVito. “She immediately transported Cole out of the hospital and into the story. Their eyes locked and it was magical. This photo was taken halfway through the book, but by that time, Sharon had me hooked too, and I had stay and hear the end.”