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Reading to young children

I had the opportunity to spend a week with my youngest grandson. At the end of that week, he went back to preschool following his spring break and I read to his class before heading back home. This classroom and a few others now have my book for the children to enjoy at their leisure. Jordan is the little guy to my left in the photo. The children sitting on the letters on the other side of the rug (as directed by their teachers) are creeping in (as can be seen by the partial child to the right).

I’m thrilled that the book is reaching more and more children with the message that it is cool to be smart. This means that they enter the world of learning knowing that curiosity, exploration of ideas, reading, and thinking are all positive traits or skills for them to develop.

Book signing on April 14

I’m excited to have the opportunity to read and sign my books at one of the most popular sites that grandparents visit with their young grandchildren in Madison – Ella’s Deli. Please bring your young children or grandchildren to visit with me and get their personalized copy of the book between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m on the 14th.

Go to the following links for more information:

Book Signing with Ellie Schatz – Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor
Ellie Schatz Book Signing – April 14. Join us on Wednesday, April 14 for a book signing event with children’s author Ellie Schatz
www.ellas-deli.com/ellieschatz.php

Fellow Literacy Advocate – Jessica Doyle – Shares Her View

It’s not every day that I get a letter on the Governor’s letterhead. I did today, and it was from fellow literacy advocate, First Lady of Wisconsin, Jessica Doyle. Of “Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart” she writes, “It is a tribute to your talent and determination to publish your own book. You must be very proud!

“The book is a beautiful collection of words and illustrations. The wonderful message will reach readers of all ages, and the brightly colored illustrations will make the children read it over and over. As a lifelong advocate of education, I am heartened by the message that learning and being smart are cool! Your experience as an educator makes this an exemplary work, and I adored the grandma’s personality.

“Congratulations on this marvelous book, and thank you for your contribution to excellence in Wisconsin.”

Second Printing: Grandmas and Little Kids Love This Book

Authoring a book about the importance of early childhood education has not only created many wonderful opportunities for me, it has given me a new career.  Copies of “Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart” are now available from the second printing. For those of you in the Madison area, watch for them in more and more boutiques and book stores. For those of you from further away, feel free to introduce me to individuals (grandparents, parents, early childhood education teachers, elementary school teachers, early childhood caregivers, or anyone interested in the education of young children) as well as public venues that you would suggest for distribution. Your continuing notes to me – like this one from a grandma of a one-year old – are heartwarming: “Your book is marvelous. (My son) was very touched to have a copy of your book for his Ellie.  You can be sure that I will read it to her often, as will her parents.”

Buy Smart; Buy Now!

Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up smart. This idea begins in the home. “Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart” is a book to help parents and grandparents reinforce this belief from birth to age 7.

I am hosting an Open House at my home on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 2-4 p.m. If you live in the Madison area and would like to buy a signed copy, stop by. For directions let me know of your interest via this site. I will also ship. See the instructions on the Ellie Books page.

See previous posts for more information on “Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart” and how it might fit your need for that special little child in your life.