One thing that gives a reader the confirmation that they just read a great book is that the book took them on a ride. It drew them in and had them feeling that they were part of the story. Is this true for you? Even as a child reads a…


Thankfulness, Freedom, and Prayer

How We Fail to be Thankful

In this country, we have grown accustomed to having stuff. Personal items like clothing, cars, homes, and electronic devices, have become part of who we are. We have developed a sense of entitlement, and we feel we deserve everything we have. Well, don’t we? We put in our 40 at…


As parents we never consider how hard it is to be a teacher. Now hear it in the teachers words. This is what teachers wish parents knew about their kids.

Recently I interviewed a couple of teachers. Both have a unique perspective on what a teacher is and how that…


Children’s Reading When You Were a Kid

When we look around at kids today, the popularity of anything electronic can be easily identified. From smartphones to iPods. From smart watches to the e-reader, the world is suffering from technology overload, and the only question is; What comes next?

The world has changed from when you and I…


The Right Book for Your Young Reader

There is nothing that compares to a Book Fair for a child. You quickly become aware that it is Book Fair season, and you will know it even before your child buckles themselves into the car. They dig through their backpack, pulling out that ever familiar brochure with Scholastic written…


The struggle is all too real for some parents. You may have done all you can to introduce your child to the wondrous world of reading, but they aren’t taking to it as you had envisioned. Whether it is just a hyper child who will not sit still, or the…


Most people can remember who their first-grade teacher was. So much that many websites will have that as one of their security questions. Thus, you won’t be getting mine, not that I have ever used it. A teacher often leaves a memory burn that presses into the minds of a…


Through books, a child is taken from the confines of their reading area and into the world of a writer’s imagination. They can walk through a land far away, fly through a cloudy sky, or experience life that is different from their own. I have often written that we read…


Have you ever seen someone so grouchy at everyone and everything? It seems that no one or nothing can do right. That is what happens to a boy in Hangry Monster. He can’t figure out what is going wrong. She yells at him, she yells at the swings, she yells…


It is far better to lead your reader to the place you want them to go than to just hand it to them. By consistently telling your reader what is happening, you are insulting their intelligence. You are, in essence, telling them that either you don’t trust them to interpret…

Jeff S. Bray

Jeff is a Freelance Writer specializing in helping writers excel in their craft as well as working with parents to develop a child’s hunger for reading.

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