Picture candidJes Z. Smith worked in academic and public libraries for ten years. In her last position she served as a children’s librarian in the inner city. She was trained through the American Library Association (ALA) program Every Child Ready to Read where she developed a passion for helping parents raise readers from birth.

She left the library world in 2008 to raise her growing family. By applying the knowledge and techniques she learned from library school and the ALA all three of her children were reading independently by age 5. She worked as a volunteer in a Reach Out and Read program modeling reading for parents to engage their young readers. She continues to volunteer at the Cleveland Kids Book Bank, which helps distribute books to various agencies and schools within Northeast Ohio to build home libraries and literacy skills. And most recently she became a literacy specialist with Daily Dose of Reading. DDR builds literacy in Cleveland through literacy rich storytimes and teacher and parent training.

There are so many books to choose from. Building Future Readers goal is to assist parents in finding books their kids love while building the skills necessary to become future readers.

Research shows that by reading to children starting at birth helps immensely in future school success. (The Word Gap, NAEYC) By choosing books that focus on pre-reading skills parents build future readers.

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