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Literacy Statistics Need To Be Confronted by Parents

     First, the most important thing you can do to ensure the literacy of your own child is being involved.  Research on the effects of parental involvement shows a consistent, positive relationship between parents’ participation in their children’s education and their children’s academic performance.

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Speaking Out about Parental Involvement

     Parents often ask me how to make their own family more like Jimmy’s in Danny Meets Jimmy. One answer is being actively involved in their children’s education and lives. Research on the effects of parental involvement shows a consistent, positive relationship between parents’ participation in their children’s education and their children’s academic performance. Studies show also that parental involvement is associated with lower dropout and truancy rates. There is no question anymore that parental involvement positively impacts the education of children.

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What Makes Good Children’s Literature—Some Helpful Tips

 As a children’s author, I’m often pleased to find that I’ve inspired children and adults to write children’s stories of their own. A question they wonder is what exactly makes a good children’s book. Whether you’re a children’s author, illustrator, parent who reads to your child, or someone who is shopping for a children’s book to give to a cherished child, it’s important to know the components of a good children’s literature. This question perhaps can’t be easily answered, as delightful children’s books come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties, but it’s worth taking a look at it.

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How do you make reading and writing fun for kids?

I am thrilled and honored to be associated with a very fine educator, Carlynn McCormick. What she shares through her written words is spot on. Please enjoy and do give her your feedback. Please reply to me if you’d like me to share more of Carlynn! Tina

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Florida, It’s Home

I can honestly say I love the weather in Florida. I want to go home! Some say I am crazy but I will take sweating and humidity over the cold winds of the Puget Sound and the North East any day. I guess this is why I moved to the South East to do my writing. Did I say I am really bi-coastal? You will see I am on the West Coast frequently, yet do prefer the clean air of Florida and sitting out in my studio overlooking the little lake, big oak tress (yep Florida oak trees) and all the space writing away on my computer daily, taking breaks to try out another recipe, occasional attempts at learning Photoshop and the use of my digital camera. I am happy to be heading back soon, but first to Yellowstone and the Dakotas.

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The Wonders of the Grand Canyon

I am writing daily, making notes for more ideas, sharing Danny with others and reading books all the while. I was to be in the Grand Canyon and then off to California but this East Coast Book Tour is too jam packed. So fo now I am enjoying my East Coast necessities:  laptop, vitamins, gluten free snacks and some good Starbucks shaker-iced green tea. I have to ask the producer about the Danny the Dragon CD!

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Danny the Dragon and Airplanes

There is nothing better than “have job-will travel”. Yep I am off to the West Coast fairly soon BUT will be able to devote more time to my writing and developing recipes in the wonderful California kitchens. I must share the amazing times I am having on my East Coast Book Tour. This week I was honored to be able to attend a reading at St. Josephs Hospital in Tampa. These kids were absolutely beautiful and eyes wide open to hear the tales of Danny the Dragon. Walden Books was so kind to have collected 150 boxes full of donated books from their customers for the kids at this hospital. My day ended with an amazing taped interview with a hospital employee that has been there 23 years. This interview will be up on the Net vary soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

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The Fun Part of Life

Dental work is no fun. Ok, I said it! Now back to the fun in my life, writing! I am oozing with ideas and so much coming off. I am not only writing but developing these recipe ideas which are amazing! Visit www.GlutenFreeHelp.info for a little peak at some of what I do besides Danny, yet he is by my side. You betcha!

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It’s GREAT to be home

I’ve arrived! Back to Dunedin and loving it – time to get un-packed and settled in and then back onto Danny, recipe development and research for more writing.

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Text is fully completed

Yes! The text is fully completed – all of the elements are in place, and now it’s time to arrange them. But for right now, it’s time to concentrate on making it back to my East Coast home.

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