Thursday, July 16, 2020

"To learn to read is to light a fire." Victor Hugo

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I have loved reading for my entire life.  In fact, my love of words and reading were two of the reasons I became an English teacher.  As a young child, we had only a few books in the house, and I could read them all cover to cover before beginning kindergarten at age 4.  In junior high, I read all the fiction books in the small school library, taking home 4-6 books every Friday.  I read the Richard's Topical Encyclopedia set we had at home, and even now, at age 67, I still have the first book I ever bought on the Scholastic book form in 6th grade (with my own money.)  I always wanted more books in our house, but my parents couldn't afford them.  Every summer. twice a week, I walked the mile to and from the plaza to go to the Bookmobile. 

I created a classroom lending library during my 37 years as a teacher, persuading many students who "hated reading" to give it a try. I introduced kids to other kids in different classes so the "readers" could make extra friends to exchange books and ideas. I loved helping readers to find each other.

In these COVID times, reading offers a calm and magical way to pass the time in the house.  I am not sure what will happen in the Fall, but I read an article today about creating a virtual book club for students that sounds really interesting.  I know that teachers already have so much to do, but I think a virtual book club could really help the kids who are struggling with too much alone time or family time at home.  Here is the link to the project: 

Whether school is virtual or in person, kids still need the support of their teachers.  If you decide to give this a try, please let me know how it goes.  Happy reading! 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®

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.  and a company called 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 web page 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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