Education, Reading

The Benefits of Reading to Children and the Importance Putting the Book Down

Children's books

The most powerful part of reading often happens when you put down the book,” Erin Clabough, Ph.D., says.


The benefits of reading to children are immeasurable, and they have been studied and cited countless times. Articles on the importance of reading to children explain that doing so helps develop children’s communication skills, increases their vocabulary, enhances their creativity, and can deepen the bond between the child and the parent or caregiver. There’s a great post about the benefits of reading aloud to children on Ragamuffin Books.

As it turns out though, how you read to your children also makes a difference. Continue reading “The Benefits of Reading to Children and the Importance Putting the Book Down”


First Book Trailer Release

Coming Soon: A new kind of picture book for creative children. 

Today, I released a short book trailer on YouTube, which is also now on the home page of my website.

Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain one as he grows up.”

The picture book I will release this fall is a celebration of children’s artistry and imagination. Children will be invited to draw, color, and imagine their own illustrations in The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie.



Children’s Literature Past and Present: What’s Changed?

Library of Congress, Children's Book Week

The world’s largest library, the U.S. Library of Congress recently made a collection of historic children’s books publicly available online. These relics from the past, some of which are 100 years old, would likely not be viewed by children today, but now anyone can view these children’s books for free online. All of the books in the collection were published in England and the United States before 1924 and are no longer under copyright, meaning they can be enjoyed and shared by anyone. Continue reading “Children’s Literature Past and Present: What’s Changed?”