Schieffer Student-Author Invited to Read Books at Drake University

Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, has invited Liv Shin, a junior Strategic Communication major and children’s author from Lake Oswego, Oregon, to read her books at the university’s library on July 24. Shin has authored two children’s books, “Kendall: A Story of a Young Boy With Autism,” and “Naomi: A Story of a Young Girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta,” and is currently working on her third book. The reading is part of a Summer Authors’ Series hosted by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement. Additionally that day, Shin will get the opportunity to visit Easterseals and ChildServe, where she will get to read to the clients at each organization.

Shin said she switched her major from Early Childhood Development to Strategic Communication last semester so she can learn to promote her books in different ways across different platforms and advocate outside of the educational system. She says the purpose of her books is to remove the negative stigma when one hears the word “disability.”

You can read more about her school visits and experiences as an author at her blog,, and follow along during her visit to Iowa via the hashtag #HarkinReads.

Student Liv Shin visits with a member of the Schieffer College Board of Visitors member.

Liv Shin visits with Elizabeth Jenswold, a member of the Schieffer College Board of Visitors during their spring meeting in April 2019.