Happy Friday. One of my true parenting pleasures is reading to my children, hearing them read to me and watching their love of books and reading unfold right before my eyes.
I am so pleased to introduce you to Melissa Taylor and her new and lovely book called “Book Love,” a book filled with activities for letters, phonics, rhyming, and lots more. I read a good chunk of it in the parking lot of my local mall while waiting until it was time to pick up my girls. It’s a super easy, super fun and totally inspirational book on raising happy readers. We all want that, right?! There’s also a giveaway at the bottom so read to the end.
1. Welcome. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let’s start by asking about you. Who are you and what’s your story? How many children do you have and how old are they?
I’m Melissa Taylor, a mom of two girls ages 10 and 7, a teacher, an education advocate, a kid-lit addict, a blogger at Imagination Soup, a freelance writer, a coffee drinker, and I better stop now . . . sorry.
2. I love the name of your book, “Book Love.” What was most compelling for me as the mother of two beginning readers is that my eyes are now opened to some pretty bad habits we are forming as a family. Since they began reading on their own I have wanted to encourage them to read more but it has been very hard because after work/school/dinner/homework, there’s only an hour and I’m not going to tell them to read instead of play. Your book shares some really great tips for inspiring children to read and so now I’m feeling encouraged to make it more fun for them. Can you share three of your favorite ideas in the book?
- Stay up late to read in bed with headlamps. They love that!
- Start reading aloud a book, get them hooked, and then get “too busy” to keep reading. Inevitably, the kids can’t resist the lure of the story and continue reading on their own. (Insert evil laugh!)
- Fill a bag of books at the library. I don’t limit my kids books as long as they can carry their books in a bag or backpack. They don’t get through all the books but they certainly read way more than if we hadn’t gone in the first place. We love the library. (And they love me and all my fine money!)
And adults, right? Both my husband and my oldest daughter don’t sit still ever. It’s kind of hilarious but is just the way they’re made. So, we must adapt to being in the vicinity of each other. Often times, I have two kids bouncing on their exercise balls reading books. It’s not exactly cozy reading chairs but it works for them.
4. Tell us about Imagination Soup. What is your blog all about?
Imagination Soup helps give parents (and teachers) ideas and resources to make literacy and learning fun and engaging for kids.
6. You encourage us to keep reading to our children as long as humanly possible. What are your favorite books that you are reading with your own children right now?
7. Tell us about something that you are so happy you said YES to in your life.
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