I worked in academic and public libraries for ten years. In my last position I served as a children’s librarian in an inner city branch. I was trained through the American Library Association (ALA) program Every Child Ready to Read where I developed a passion for helping parents raise readers from birth.
I left the library world in 2008 to raise my growing family. By applying the knowledge and techniques I learned from library school and the ALA all three of my children were reading independently by age 5. I continue to work as a volunteer in a Reach Out and Read program modeling reading for parents to engage their young readers. I volunteer at the Cleveland Kids Book Bank, which helps distribute books to various agencies and schools within Cuyahoga county to build home libraries and literacy skills. And most recently I started as a literacy specialist with Daily Dose of Reading. Our goal is to build literacy in Cleveland through literacy rich storytimes and teacher and parent training.
There are so many books to choose from. My 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 will help build future readers.