top of page

  OUR STORY  

Skip & Sandy-Kentucky Derby-May 2019.jpe

SKIP INTO LITERACY, INC. was conceived by SKIP MARTIN and his business partner SANDRA SILER.  Both Skip and Sandra have a love for music and people (especially youth).

 

Skip's powerful conviction of the 4 C's are

emphasized in all of his presentations:

  • COURAGE,

  • CREATIVITY,

  • COLLABORATION

  • CHRIST

 

It all started with Skip's book MORGAN THE CLYDESDALE PONY,  a story about a Clydesdale pony's dream to win the Kentucky Derby!  Inspired by Skip's own experience at the Kentucky Derby, it is an epic story about the dreams of a young pony hoping to race in the Derby. 

The book promotes

  • Self-esteem

  • Goal setting

  • Never giving up on one's dream

which is demonstrated and thoroughly enhanced at all of SKIP INTO LITERACY'S endeavors. 

IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM

Giving Back
Skip Martin-Promo-High Resolution-Kouich

It all started with Skip's first children's book MORGAN THE CLYDESDALE PONY, published by Gloryland Enterprises, LLC

instagram-In-Stream_Tall___Morgan The Cl

Skip Martin is a Grammy Award winning artist, songwriter, producer and author, best known for his tenure as a lead singer and trumpeter for two legendary groups, Kool & the Gang and The Dazz Band.

His achievements include MOBO Outstanding Achievement Award, Platinum & Gold Record recipient, R&B Song of the Year, six consecutive Top 100 albums, two Top 100 singles, to name a few.

Mr. Martin has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor in Music, several Certificates of Appreciation for his numerous tours to Iraq and Kuwait and is a Special Honorary Member of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. In addition, Skip is Goodwill Ambassador to both Kakegawa City and Okinawa in Japan. This is the very first time a resident of a foreign country has received this honor in Okinawa.

Skip’s endeavors don’t end with just music. He writes books, travels the world documented in his vlog #tripwithskip, loves to fish, hike and enjoys every aspect of nature.

His first children’s book, 'MORGAN THE CLYDESDALE PONY', inspired by Skip’s own experience at the Kentucky Derby, is an epic story about the dreams of a young Clydesdale pony hoping to race in the Derby. The book promotes self-esteem, goal setting and never giving up on one’s dream.

“You can be anything, anything, anything... you can be anything... if you believe...”
 

& THE DREAM TEAM

Sandy Siler-Promo Photo-Morgan The Clyde

Sandra Siler is Skip's business partner and manager for USA events.  Ms. Siler holds a Master's Degree of Art in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was Head of Piano Instruction at Kilgore College in the city of Kilgore, Texas, for twenty-five years. Sandra's former students are employed by prestigious universities throughout the nation.   Her love for music, performance, people and collaborating with others makes her the perfect complement for Skip's endeavors.

Morgan-Gracie Green-Promo Photo.png

Gracie Greene was fourteen years old when she illustrated the book MORGAN THE CLYDESDALE PONY.  Gracie was born in Georgia, but she has lived in Katy,Texas for the most part of her life.  She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil.  Although she loves drawing many things, horses have always been the stars of her sketchbook which is very evident in our book!

James & Margaret Holmes-Promo Photo-Morg

Margaret and James Holmes are the lead editors of MORGAN THE CLYDESDALE PONY. 

Margaret Holmes raised Jamey and five other sons in Buna, Texas.  She is a proud member of the Red Hat Society and her bowling team.  She published her first book, POLLY & THE POLKA  DOTTED HOUSE, when she was 80 years old.  She is the great-grandmother of Gracie Greene. 

 

James is a lawyer in Henderson, Texas, where he is chairman of the Henderson Independent School District.

THEN SHARING MORGAN'S DREAM

bottom of page