Friday, February 8, 2019

Reading is the key to learning.

I had an amazing interview a few weeks ago on Mindalia TV, with hosts Dan Blanchard ( ) and Angel Ribo ( . Dan is a great educator with several books on the market, and Angel is a former corporate world guy who has a charitable organization WISDOM FOR KIDS.  He teaches children in Latin America how to become entrepreneurs using their natural resources. (Here is the link to their Facebook page : )  Besides visiting and teaching in rural areas of Latin America, Angel is trying to bring the English language into their world, and he does a great deal of collecting books to take and share on his travels.

I had a follow-up meeting with Angel a few days after the TV interview, and I liked what he had to say about his efforts to help others. I sent him a few hundred copies of my book GRADY GETS GLASSES - the paperback- that are no longer in print.  He took them to a remote village outside Puebla, Mexico, and every child in grades 1-6 received their very first book in English!  The pictures are below.  Angel told me the school principal said thank you over ten times, and the expressions on the faces of the children with their new GRADY GETS GLASSES books is pure joy.

I am so thrilled to be able to help the cause of literacy in another venue.  Each time I present at a school, I give a copy of my book to the library.  I remember so fondly how much I loved the library, because my parents could not afford to buy us books, and I hope a child will find my book and enjoy it. I applaud the efforts of WISDOM FOR KIDS for making a difference!

Everyone can serve in some capacity, and I am so delighted that Angel helped my books to find kids who ant to read and learn English!  Reading really matters - in every language. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 
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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom.  GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.

Visit Dede's webpage for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 

I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out! 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at  The website now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!

Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. 

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