April 6, 2020
Valerie Bolling has been an educator for over 25 years and a writer since age 4. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College and currently works as an Instructional Coach with middle and high school teachers.
In addition to writing picture books, Valerie writes a Monthly Memo for teachers that she publishes on Twitter, and she has been published in The National Writing Project’s Quarterly (“The Family Writing Project Builds a Learning Community in Connecticut”) and NESCBWI News (“Microaggressions Don’t Feel ‘Micro’”). Recently, she had a poem accepted for publication by Cricket Media.
March 30, 2020
Jo Ann Gramlich is a speech pathologist and the award-winning author of Talk, Play, And Read With Me Mommy, which was inspired by her personal interest and passion for helpig young children and watching them learn and achieve.
She believes that every child has a voice that should be heard, and that it begins by empowering a child to tap into their imagination and skillful mind.
Jo Ann feels her philosophy of making learning fun brings out the best in our children and helps them to explore their own creative abilities during their early years and going forward.
She currently lives in Buffalo, New York, where she continues her writing, educating, speaking, and creative endeavors.
Official Website: www.TalkPlayAndRead.com
To learn more about Jo Ann and read my review of her book, click here.
March 25, 2020
Lauren Mosback is a mother of 3, a new children’s book author, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Behavior Specialist living in the Philadelphia suburbs. She has provided counseling services for children, adolescents and their families throughout the last 10 years of her career and opened a private practice a few years ago.
Lauren specializes in helping children, teens, and their families navigate issues related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief/loss, trauma, social skill difficulties, and low self-esteem. In counseling, Lauren helps cultivate a strong sense of self-worth in her clients, instilling in them the value of kindness toward self and others. Lauren helps her clients identify and build on their unique strengths while equipping them with useful tools to help address their individual areas of need.
Lauren wrote My Sister's Super Skills to introduce children to healthy social-emotional skills in a fun way! This interactive story teaches emotional awareness and shares various empowering skills with children by linking each skill with an animal behavior, which children can easily remember and act out. As a counselor for children, Lauren knows the importance of learning these invaluable tools at an early age to manage stress, grow self-esteem and assist in navigating today's world! To learn more about Lauren, check out her website here.
To watch Lauren read her book and read my #kidlit review, visit my website here.
March 23, 2020
Phyllis Fagel has worked in both public and private schools with students in grades K-12. She currently works full time as the school counselor for Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and provides therapy to children, teens and adults in private practice at the Chrysalis Group, Inc.
Phyllis is the author of “Middle School Matters” and a journalist. She’s a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, focusing on counseling, parenting and education, writes the Career Confidential weekly advice column for PDK, Intl. for educators, and “The Meaningful Middle” column for AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators). She also has written for Psychology Today, Working Mother, Time, U.S. News & World Report, and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune, among many other outlets.
To learn more about Phyllis, visit her website here.
For additional resources suggested by Phyllis for online learning for your middle schooler, visit my website here.
March 17, 2020
Patrick Arguin is a proud children’s author and the creator of the Tools of the Heart where he combines three passions; illustration, teaching and helping little ones blossom into their own! Originally developed in French with the help of two heart-minded collaborators, later to be translated in English, Tools of the Heart aims to help young children learn self-care and develop or maintain a stronger sense of self through its books and guided meditations.
Patrick resides in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, where he continues to develop Tools of the Heart and its different projects, while also working as a Reiki Master, a counselor, and a school educator.
To learn more about Patrick and how to incorporate language and learning tips, go to my website here.
March 11, 2020
Today I will be interviewing Helena Ku Rhee, author of The Paper Kingdom. Helena Ku Rhee works as a VP at Sony Pictures, and also as a writer of children's books. Helena's lifelong dream was to be a writer, and she has been in love with picture books as an art form ever since she was a kid. Her latest picture book, The Paper Kingdom, will be released in a few weeks on February 18th by Penguin Random House.
The Paper Kingdom is based on her childhood, and has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, who called the book "Enchanting and powerful." The book is also the list of Most Anticipated Children's Books of 2020 by BookPage. You can visit Helena on her website for more information about her writing journey (helenakrhee.com).
To learn more about Helena, read my review of The Paper Kingdom and learning tips, click here.
March 5, 2020
Today I will be interviewing Hallie Sherman, certified speech language pathologist, founder of Speech Time Fun, and author of the children’s book Ella Bella Just Can’t Tell ya!
She graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2005 and received her masters in 2007 from Adelphi University. Since then, she has worked with children from preschool to high school, in both schools and home-based agencies.
Check out her website at: https://speechtimefun.com/
To learn more about Hallie and learn some language and learning tips, click here.
March 2, 2020
Today I will be interview Buck and Rebecca Schleifer, the founders of Share Your Wish.
Buck is one half of the founding team of Share Your Wish, which also includes his wife, Rebecca. He is a dedicated father to his three children. He is a full time proprietary trader for a hedge fund in Westchester, NY, and spends a lot of his free time pursuing his passion, which is Share Your Wish.
He believes that “things” do not create happiness is what drives Buck to fight the impulse to give his kids everything they want, and was the main catalyst for creating Share Your Wish
Rebecca makes up the other half of the founding team of Share Your Wish. Rebecca was a Special Education teacher for ten years. She left her position in 2008 to take on the most important role of all, motherhood.
Rebecca hopes to utilize her experience with young children and how to teach them effectively, by offering parents ways in which to teach their youngsters the virtues of being charitable.
Rebecca and her husband created Share Your Wish in hopes that families will begin teaching their young children about what is truly important in life. She believes that people must always come before things. She hopes to inspire families to celebrate their children’s birthdays with presents that have special meaning, and create a way to make their child’s day even more special by sharing with others. Rebecca’s goal is to continue to “teach, share, and inspire” others.
To learn more about Share Your Wish and to get your discount code for your next event, go to my website here.
February 18, 2020
Ashley Wheelock is a writer and lawyer on the central coast of California. She loves book, especially children's book, and began her book career as the then youngest editor-in-chief of her elementary school's press. She dreams of marshmallows and witches.
Arwen Evans is a PR executive. Her mission is to raise strong girls, which is important as she has three of them. She spends her commute embroidering elaborate gifts while dreaming up her next story.
We Toot! Is both Ashley and Arwen’s debut picture book.
To read my review, hear the We Toot! song and help your child improve their language and learning with this picture book, click here.
February 10, 2020
Today I will be interviewing Antonia Llull.
Antonia, better known as “Tonina”, has been a practicing occupational therapist for over 21 years, specializing in Pediatrics. Tonina, holds a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rollins College. In her career’s journey, she has founded/directed a multidisciplinary, pediatric rehab clinic and a private school for students with special needs in Orlando, FL; and has been part of a rehabilitation medicine department’s management team at a top rated hospital in Manhattan. Tonina continues to treat children and work with families while also building educational programming for parents and professionals. She loves discovering, sharing, and collaborating with her community to maximize growth, learning, and creativity in children of all ages and skill levels.
She recently founded MPowerMe, LLC and https://mpowermetoys.com/ in her efforts to share her experience with the use of toys, games, gadgets, literature, and sensory accessories to build children’s social skills, physical performance, ability to respond adaptively to their environment, and foster their continued journey as life-long learners. She offers consultation, workshops, and telehealth services – email@example.com.
To learn more about Tonina with tips for parents, go to my website here.