Join LitWorld’s “World Read Aloud Day” on March 5th


Image courtesy of LitWorld Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. I am really excited to be working with the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer contest again this coming year!  This will be the third year working together and the second year that my company, Polka Dots Publishing, is sponsoring the winners professionally illustrated books that will be presented to them as a hardcover.  I heard about LitWorld's World's Read Aloud Day from the Mrs. P group and I jumped at the chance to help out and help promote a love of reading!  On March 5th,  the LitWorld group asks that people around the world take some extra time to read to their children, neighbhorhood children, and/or at your local school or library to help promote literacy.  See how you can get involved in your community!   About LitWorld: This excerpt is taken from the … [Read more...] Announces Winners of Fourth-Annual National Writing Contest


Teaching children the love of reading and writing is a life-long gift!  That is one of the reasons I support literacy programs and writing contests geared towards children as the skills taught can be used throughout their life.  The ability to communicate well verbally and with the written word is crucial to our society and children who learn how to write well early on will have a necessary and vital life-skill they can use into adulthood. The Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer Contest helps children develop these creative skills and we are so happy to be working with Mrs. P and supporting their writing contest. Mrs. P held their fourth-annual writing contest this past fall and had over 500 entries from over 20 states.      The winners for this year’s contest were selected by a panel of celebrity judges:  Academy Award-winning actress and reading advocate Julia Roberts; Melina Gerosa … [Read more...] Announces Finalists for 4th National Kids’ Writing Contest


               Announces Finalists for 4th National Kids’ Writing Contest This year we are excited to be participating as a sponsor in the Mrs.P National Children's Writing Contest.  I feel it is so important to start the love of reading and writing at an early age - the earlier the better - so I was more than happy to be a sponsor again this year for the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest.  Mrs. P  is headed up by the very funny Kathy Kinney who played Mimi from the Drew Carey Show.  Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC, was founded in 2008 by Hollywood team Clay Graham, Kathy Kinney and Dana Plautz.  After having built successful careers in television and New Media, the three creators of were brought together by a love of reading and a desire to help spark that same passion in young people everywhere. The company endeavors to expose young people to great books and … [Read more...]

Promoting Literacy


As parents, most of us have heard how important it is to encourage a love of reading and writing early in our children’s developmental process.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. (Source: The key to literacy is ones reading development that begins with comprehension of spoken words and the ability to decode written words.  There are several tips that Literacy has provided to encourage parents to become active in establishing a love of reading and writing in their children. Start to read to your children at a very young age.  You don’t need to wait until your child is old enough to be read to.  Literacy Connections recommends this habit … [Read more...]

Teaching Children How to Write a Short Story

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    Mrs. P's  4th annual Be-A-Famous Writer Contest opens for submissions starting September 1st.  Kathy Kinney of the Drew Carey Show who starred as Mimi heads up Mrs. P and provides wonderful storytelling via You Tube. The winners in the two age groups (4-8 years of age and 9-13 years of age)  will have their story professionally illustrated and made into a hard-cover book!  To learn more about how to enter this year’s contest go to:  Below are some suggestions to help your child start working on their short story. Start by reading short stories to your children or students.  By doing this you are showing them what a short story is and helps them to start thinking about what type of story they would like to write. Spend about 15 minutes and brainstorm different ideas about the character and plots for their story.  Have them write down three of their … [Read more...]