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“I wrote a book by accident”: an Essay by Author Susan Count

Saddle up and ride along. I’m always surprised to hear myself say, “I’m an author” because I wrote a book by accident. In fact, if anyone had told me to write a book I would have scoffed at the notion. Now there are three novels in the Dream Horse Adventures Series. I started writing in… Continue reading “I wrote a book by accident”: an Essay by Author Susan Count

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My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

Today I’ve got a first for Rosco’s Reading Room and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you: video. It’s a video in which my guest blogger, author and illustrator Nathaniel Gold, discusses and illustrates on screen, the story behind his series, The Diary of Henry Chimpman. Hit Play on the video below… Continue reading My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

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Q&A With Author John Contratti

A quick online search of my next guest revealed pictures of actor John Contratti posing with no less than Hollywood stars Mary Tyler Moore, Danny Devito, Jenna Elfman, and Cuba Gooding Jr., just to name a few. As I dug deeper, I soon found that this actor-turned-teacher-turned-author has an impressive and wide-ranging professional background, with… Continue reading Q&A With Author John Contratti

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Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What Should I Do?

Please welcome New Zealand author, guest blogger, and creative writing teacher, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, as she discusses ways to help children learn to love the art of writing. Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What should I do? I often hear this from parents. Unfortunately I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for you. What I can… Continue reading Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What Should I Do?

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How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Even General Mills has gotten in on the leprechaun trap-making trend this year, as I noticed on my grocery store run this morning. While building these traps and leaving them overnight in the classroom on the night before St. Patrick’s Day has been a popular activity for elementary school children during the month of March for… Continue reading How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

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Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

Please welcome children’s author and illustrator, the lovely Sally Huss, to the Reading Room today. Q. Thanks for joining us, Sally! I know that you write children’s picture books for all seasons and that you base many of them upon an inspirational message. I’d love to hear about what sort of theme you wrote for… Continue reading Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

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The Obsession of Writing-Why Do I Write? By Mackenzie Reide

…I remember reading a biography of Sting and how he was asked to describe his music. He realized that he couldn’t call it a hobby because that description was not strong enough, yet he couldn’t call it a business because he was at a job interview.

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Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

My guest today is a man who not only writes books for children, but juggles that currently with his busiest time of year, tax preparation season. Please welcome children’s author, Michael Cascio. Q. Hi Michael. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hello and thanks for having me. I am… Continue reading Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

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10 Ways to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child

From the time my children were toddlers, every other week or more we’d go to the library and max out our cards. I’d carry a large mesh bag in and load it up with a huge stack of board books and picture books (and later chapter books and early readers and so on). We’d read… Continue reading 10 Ways to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child