Hello from the New Bookboard Head Mom

by On June 17, 2013 in General


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Greetings! I’m Suz Lipman. I’m thrilled to be the new Head Mom at Bookboard and eager to share the latest resources with you about childhood literacy, parenting enthusiastic lifelong readers, and great children’s books.

What drew me to Bookboard?

First, I am a near-lifelong reading enthusiast. I believe in the transformative power of books to help all people better understand the world and one another. To be a reader is to be ever enlightened and entertained. I fell permanently in love with books and with libraries on a rainy day in second grade, becoming enthralled with the “big-kid” paperbacks in the school library that spun on their own gold rack. Something about one book in particular really jumped out. The book was Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family. On its cover was a drawing of five similar girls, of varying heights, wearing matching pinafores and high-topped boots. I checked the book out and began devouring its tales of family and neighbors on New York’s Lower East Side, in the early 1900s, a group “rich in kindness, though poor in money”. I read about penny candy and Roman candles, pushcart peddlers and the power of imagination in tough times. I went on to read the book’s three equally enthralling sequels and, when my daughter was in second grade, I read All-of-a-Kind Family to her.

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As a parent, I delighted when my daughter made her own reading discoveries. She loved The Berenstain Bears and The Boxcar Children series, Greek myths, Egyptology and, later, Harry Potter. Our nightly family reading time, cuddling and holding child and books in our laps, resulted in warm lifelong memories for my whole family.

I became involved on the boards of my local library and of my daughter’s schools, helping shape literacy curriculum and offerings. I wrote articles about education, parenting, family life, and the importance of reading and books. I eventually wrote my own book,? Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which advocates for a family-centered lifestyle that encourages bonding through activities like reading and other quality family pastimes.

I was thrilled when Bookboard came onto my radar. It seemed to seamlessly blend children’s love of reading with their curiosity about technology and tablets. While encouraging deeper engagement through fun graphics and reading milestones, Bookboard never lost sight of the fact that reading is its main activity. It was clear that this was a service created by caring parents who wanted quality literary experiences for their own and other children.

I look forward to helping engage a community of Bookboard parents, teachers, caregivers and other supporters, as we share our children’s favorite books, their reading challenges and triumphs, creative reading suggestions and activities, and librarian-curated lists, and together encourage a new generation of lifelong reading enthusiasts.

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Suz Lipman is Bookboard's Head Mom. She has been an enthusiastic reader since early childhood. Suz is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which grew out of her blog, Slow Family Online . She writes for the New York Times ‎Motherlode blog and the Christian Science Monitor's Modern Parenthood blog and is an outspoken advocate for children's literature and literacy as part of a rich and well-rounded childhood.

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