Meet the Bookboard Ambassadors

by On September 12, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading


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Bookboard is thrilled to introduce its inaugural group of Bookboard Ambassadors, a selection of parent bloggers who focus on literacy, books, education, and spending quality time with family. We hope you’ll get to know them and their work and consider them to be trusted sources of information about Bookboard, reading and family. We asked each a few questions to help you get to know them. Ambassador biographies appear at the end of the post.

Valarie_Budayr_1 Valarie Budayr, Jump into a Book

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

My favorite book as a child was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I loved this story because it took me to another time period. I wanted to be one of the March sisters so badly.

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

Following in their mother’s footsteps, all three of my children love books set in historical times and places. My girls and I spent many hours inside the pages of The American Girl Books and my son loves anything to do with Vikings and the Middle Ages. We have a lot of fun with these books.

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

My biggest tip is to let children choose what they read. Children read about the things that interest them. When I see one of my children take an interest in a particular topic, I make sure to have lots of reading material on this subject laying around the house.

Is there anything else you want to add about your or your family’s relationship to reading?

My biggest goal as a mom was to instill the lifelong love of reading. I can happily say that my eldest , who is now a college graduate, still continues to read constantly. It makes me really happy.

Stephanie Glover, A Grande Life

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

I was a huge fan of the Baby-Sitter’s Club series. I tore through that series during my summers. The books were relatable and fostered my love of reading.

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

I love to encourage reading with my children. My favorite moment was my oldest “read” Blue Hat, Green Hat. He loved being able to read to Mom and Dad {still does} and was so proud of himself.

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

Start early! People thought I was nuts when I would read to my children has infants. It helped establish a reading routine that they love to continue today.

Tiffany Merritt, Stuff Parents Need

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

My favorite book as a child was Pickle Things by Marc Brown (the author behind the very popular Arthur series, which would come several years later). It was filled with delightful illustrations of pickles in ways you never dreamed pickles could exist. It was so silly, and I asked for my parents to read it to me all the time!

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

Right now I’m enjoying watching my oldest start to read. It makes reading time last a bit longer as we mull over particular words on the pages, but it is AWESOME to hear her actually reading!

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

Don’t get too caught up in having to get through the story, as written. The pages of most children’s books are filled with great pictures and fun ideas that you can build upon to go deeper into a fun, imaginary world together.

Michelle Nahom, A Dish of Daily LifeMichelle_Nahom_1

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

I read everything I could get my hands on when I was a child. I loved to read. My two favorite books were Pig in the Parlor, which was about a little girl who brought her pig into the house to live, and Trixie and the Tiger, which was about a little girl who always told people about her pet tiger. I think I loved them because I always loved having pets. I still have those books!

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

When they were little, my kids always enjoyed the Sandra Boynton books. Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman was another favorite. We read Go Dog Go so often that they knew the story pretty much by heart. We also would always encourage them to sound words out and if they wanted, we had them read to us. We also had a nightly ritual where my husband would read from chapters from a “big” book of their choice night after night! The kids all really looked forward to it.

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

Let kids read whatever they are interested in. We always had an assortment of books and when the school book fair time came around, I would always let them pick out a few books. My oldest always loved books about Greek mythology. My middle child was (is) like me and read pretty much everything she could get her hands on. And my youngest loves to read true stories, or non-fiction books about animals and how things work. They all have very different reading interests but all love to read!

Pamela_Price_1Pamela Price, How to Work and Homeschool

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

Ah, that would be Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene. I read it when I was around the age of the central character, a 12-year-old Southern girl named Patty. As a reader, it took my breath away because I could relate to Patty–and I was fascinated with WWII-era history. (I’m still fascinated by that era, actually, and my original blog, Red White and Grew, came about because of my interest in “victory gardening” from that period. Some things never change, I guess.)

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

When our son was very small, he didn’t care to “sit down and read.” He was too energetic! So I turned my lap–and a copy of Peter Rabbit–into an adventure thrill ride. I’d act out voices and move him in all directions as we read. He’d beg for more. Guess what? He’s in second grade now and a voracious reader.

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

Yes! Read to your kids daily. Repeatedly. Read to them when they are infants, too. Read in front of them–that’s so important: model the behaviors you want to see them embrace. If you do these things, kids will follow your lead and embrace reading as a part of their routine.

Is there anything else you want to add about your or your family’s relationship to reading?

My mother is in her seventies, has severe disabilities because of rheumatoid arthritis–and she just got a Kindle! When we visit her, it’s so awesome for our son to see that reading is for all ages, not just for kids and parents. Literacy is the gift of a lifetime, which is one reason why I’m so happy to collaborate with Bookboard to reach out and nurture literacy in families like ours.

Rosalynda Segovia Thorn, Mommy PowersRosalynda_Segovia_Thorn_1

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

I was very much a bookworm growing up. My favorite book as a child was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I had never read anything like it before, and I immediately fell in love with it!

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

Our youngest is just learning to recognize sight words. I will be so thrilled when he’s actually reading! I have very fond memories of our oldest reading to me every night, and vice-versa, before I tucked him into bed.

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

Find books on subjects your child is interested in, they’ll be more likely to want to read if the subject matter appeals to them.

Is there anything else you want to add about your or your family’s relationship to reading?

Reading is such an important skill to master. Our children need to be great readers in order to succeed not only in school, but life! It’s our job as parents to foster a love of reading in them.

Chrissy_Watson_1Chrissy Watson, Outlaw Mom

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

I still have the original copy of I Am A Bunny, written by Ole Risom and illustrated by Richard Scarry, that my mother read to us nightly as children in the 70’s. The story conveys the beauty of the seasons with a softness and simplicity that still reminds me of my early childhood evenings being snuggled up in bed reading stories as a family.

Do you have a favorite moment involving sharing reading with your own children?

We have a bedtime ritual in our house that always includes at least one story per child no matter how late, or tired, or busy we are. Knowing this comforting activity is waiting for us at the end of every day makes the bedtime routine easier for all of us.

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

Even before my children could hold up their own heads, we were reading books together as a family to establish a reading tradition and an early love of books. As they got older, even when all they could do was chew on the books, we started a Baby and Toddler “Book Club,” where in the beginning we would simply choose our own books and look at the pictures, and later, try to storytell, practice reading our first words, and discuss what we liked or disliked about each story.

Is there anything else you want to add about your or your family’s relationship to reading?

We try to make reading fun in our house by doing a hands-on activity related to a story we’ve read. It makes the stories and characters come alive for us. Sometimes we do them on our own and once a month we’ll join a virtual book club and see what book-related projects other children come up with that inspire our next activity.

 

Valarie Budayr is the award-winning and best-selling author of The Fox Diaries and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She blogs at Jump into a Book, a website dedicated to bringing the pages of our favorite children’s books alive through fun and creative activities. Valarie lives in the mountains of Tennessee with her husband and three children.

Steph Glover is an inspired photographer, social media specialist, and brand ambassador. When she doesn’t have a camera in her hands, you’ll find her with a cup of coffee. She lives life with her two boys and husband, taking it one latte at a time!

Tiffany Merritt is a Harvard grad and college faculty member turned chief executive playmate of two amazing little girls (Darah, 4, and Layah, 1). She blogs at Stuff Parents Need about easing the chaos of life with little ones, one find at a time.

Michelle Nahom is the head writer and editor in chief at A Dish of Daily Life. She is a Connecticut soccer mom with three kids, and has been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years. She works in social media from home. Having also worked in the photo organizing industry for years and being an avid photographer, she has a passion for people and their stories and often writes about photo-related topics on her blog.

Pamela Price is an award-winning journalist-turned-blogger-turned-author who came the homeschool lifestyle due to her child’s severe food allergy. Pamela admittedly reads and thinks too much but counts her lucky stars to have no major regrets in life.

Rosalynda Segovia Thorn is a freelance writer and photographer. She has been married for 20+ years, and is the mother of two. Rosalynda is an advocate for women and children’s rights, and was recently named a [email protected] Champion, by the United Nations Foundation. She’s been a lover of books her entire life!

Chrissy Watson is a Silicon Valley lawyer and mom to two curious, independent thinkers. She writes the Outlaw Mom? blog, which features art, learning, and play ideas for #RaisingThinkingKids, and Bloggy Law, where she offers tips for bulletproofing your brand and blog. In her spare time, when she’s not daydreaming about opening her own paper goods store, she plans educational workshops and networking events for online influencers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Diana

    September 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Nice to see so many talented, inspirational women devoted to talking about children’s reading/literacy issues!


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