As we return to school and approach National Book Reading Day on September 6, the importance of reading in today’s children is front and center for many parents. and educators.
Now, a trio of children’s authors come up with ideas to inspire kids to pick up books and discover the excitement of reading.
One of the authors is critically acclaimed illustrator and writer Ashley Belote, a creative force behind the books Valenslime, Frankenslime, The Me Tree and the recent Listen Up Louella. Ashley talks about the importance of children’s reading and the power of illustration: “Creating children’s books is a huge responsibility! Picture books are often a child’s first introduction to art and literature; it’s my job to present something catchy and interesting enough to foster a love of books in every reader.
Another voice in children’s books is award-winning author and wife of the late Bob “Gilligan” Denver (Back To The Beach, Zen & Now, Four Bears In A Box), who believes we need to be creative and mindful of children today when creating books for them. Says Dreama, “I think our kids these days with all the devices and everything, we’re kind of losing all that imagination, so I hope this book will encourage kids to read and have a book in their hands.”
And finally, early children’s author and legendary lead singer of classic pop band The Platters, Joe Coleman, whose debut book The DanSing Pancakes’ Healthy Choices Musical Story, was motivated by the children he sees around him around the world. . Joe says of his work, “I am committed to teaching children that reading and making healthy choices can be fun and empowering.”
These three superb authors are speaking out on “National Book Reading Day” on September 6 to offer ways they hope parents and educators can use books like theirs to inspire enthusiasm around reading and early childhood education.