I grew up with parents who were avid readers. My dad could get so absorbed in a book he didn’t hear you when you spoke to him. Mom was a slower reader but generally had at least two books going at a time. We learned how to access the library early on and the dictionary was the most important book in the house. Growing up I too was an avid reader. I could hardly wait to get home from school so I could get a snack and sit down with whatever book I was reading. I read well above my grade … [Read more...] about Look It Up! By Susan R. Stoltz
I think part of what writers like about blogs is that we can take a break from those things we’re supposed to be writing and confabulate, commune, and converse about things that are on our minds. What did we do before the blog? We journaled. Few were privy to the copious pages of prattle, and, after reading some of the blogs out there in the sphere, I often think it should have stayed that way. But, be that as it may, most of us take to the proverbial airways fairly often. According to my … [Read more...] about Blogs to Vultures… How Does This Happen?
There are lots of reasons why reading is important for children, and as an author, I’ve done extensive research on why it’s so beneficial. This article could be pages long, but hey, nobody reads anything pages long anymore – oh the irony! Reading connects many different areas of the brain. When you read the words on a page your brain develops a picture of the characters in the story engaging the imagination as we translate descriptions, it leads to more highly developed language skills and … [Read more...] about Slow Down! Connect! Read!