In the Spotlight :: Author Chris Pedersen


Today I am writing about one of my favorite authors!  We met through the app world  a few years back and Chris is one of those people who really works hard at providing quality storybook apps and books.  She is also a big supporter of other authors and is always willing to help out a fellow author!  She is the author of the popular The Prisoner of Carrot Castle and recently released a new Middle Grade chapter book Ethan Blecher Braves a Bully for children who can read on their own but not quite ready for the larger Middle Grade chapter books.  It is the perfect book for this in-between stage.  She says it is geared for children ages 5-8 years of age and is about a boy, Ethan, who stands up to the local bully.  Bullying is a something that most of us had experienced in some form in grade school and I think it is such an important life lesson to teach our kids how to handle this … [Read more...]

September 8th is International Literacy Day


  Image courtesy of Jump Into A Book   Promoting a love of reading and writing has been at the forefront of my goals as a mom and children's book author.  I help where I can by donating books to libraries and schools, dp school readings and offer Author Skype Readings around the U.S. to encourage children to pick up a book and start reading!  We are also in our 3rd year of sponsoring the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer Contest that encourages schoolchildren to write and create! But there are people worldwide who don't have access to books or even schooling and that is where International Literacy Day comes in to help provide access to books and lifelong learning in developing countries. September 8th is International Literacy Day and the theme this year is "Literacy and Sustainable Development". It is celebrated worldwide and a main global celebration will take place in … [Read more...]

Get Your School Involved During National Young Readers Week November 11-15th


  Next week is National Young Readers Week from November 11-15th.  Anything that supports a love of reading is always a good thing in my book. What I found intriguing about this week was that it was started by the President of Pizza Hut with the help of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress back in 1989.  The Book It website  states that the reason the President created National Young Readers Week was because his young son was having reading difficulties and was finding it difficult to get through his reading homework.  Boy can I relate to that!  We are experiencing this with our first grader and she is having some problems with phonics.  My husband and I both had some issues when we were in first and second grade as well so I guess it can run in families!  We are in the process of helping her get to where she needs to be so she doesn't get too frustrated. If you … [Read more...]

Fuel Reading this Summer with PBS Kids Free Resources


For many families, school got out this past week and many parents (especially moms) might be thinking about ways they plan to keep their children busy and minds active.  Studies have shown that children score lower on reading and writing tests at the end of the summer than from the end of the school year.  According to a study from Improve Reading research shows: ~ Students who read over the summer do better in school in the fall. ~ Students who do not read over the summer demonstrate academic loss in fall. ~ 8 out of 10 studies indicate students who read for fun outperformed those who did not. ~ Students read more when they can choose their own books. ~ Reading 5 books over the summer can prevent academic loss. ~ Summer reading loss is cumulative.  By the end of 6th grade, children who do not read over the summer are two years behind other children.   PBS Kids … [Read more...]

10 Easy Steps to Write a Letter to Santa Claus


  What a magical time of year to be a kid - or big kid at heart!  What better way to get into the spirit of things than to help your children write a letter to Santa!  Here I provide some tips on how to write to St. Nick and tell him about some of the wonderful things you've done for the year and mention the toys you would like most this year.  1.  Set the scene.  To get into the spirit of the holidays I have holiday music playing nonstop.  This is the perfect time to put in your favorite holiday tunes and even wear a holiday hat.  Tis the season!  2.  Get out some colorful pens and paper.  There are different sites that offer some Santa Letter templates if you want to use these.  Or you can use plain white paper and decorate it as you see fit.  Santa likes personal letters so you can't go wrong!    3. Begin your letter with a greeting, which is also known as a salutation. … [Read more...]

The iMums Let’s Talk Book Event June 23-30, 2012


      The Importance of Reading Over the Summer Months Summer officially starts June 21st and the lazy days of summer are upon us.  But as parents we don't want our children to fall behind in their reading skills.  According to Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association states that "Kids who don't have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of fifth grade... Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician's performance to suffer if they don't practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance." (Source: A number of studies have shown that reading over the summer can prevent "summer reading loss."  You can imagine that this loss is cumulative in that they don't catch up in the fall because their … [Read more...]

PBS KIDS #gno Twitter Party: Summer Reading


Summer officially starts next Thursday June 21st and that means our kids are going to be looking to us to keep them entertained. PBS KIDS is working with Mom It Forward to encourage reading over the summer and will have a Twitter Party on Thursday, June 14th between 6-7pm PST where they will talk about how to encourage your children to continue reading throughout the lazy days of summer.  Teachers and librarians encourage to not take a vacation from reading but  have that be a part of your family activities.  Some suggestions to keep your child reading throughout the summer include: Visit Your Local Library As a child I remember how much I enjoyed taking school trips to the library and finding a quiet section to read the latest Nancy Drew novel. Check with your local library as many have activities at night such as story hours and some have programs where older kids will read to … [Read more...]

Literacy: Ways to Teach Children How to Read

Originally posted by Melissa Northway on Mom It Forward: Now looking back on my childhood, I realize I was fortunate that our house was filled with many types of books. My favorite time in school was the designated half-hour of reading in our Homeroom Class. Some students hated this time meant for reading, but it was the period I most looked forward to throughout the day. I don’t think it is an accident that coming from a family of readers, I in turn, absolutely love to read. I enjoy Young Adult (YA) Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and even Middle Grade (MG) Books! My husband does think I am (a bit) silly for reading MG and YA Books, but the good ones have interesting characters and storylines such as The Ember Series by Jeanne DuPrau and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Research has found that the most … [Read more...]