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School is underway, and with the start of new classes and new students, I am reminded, as always, why I teach, why I write children’s books, and why I love both careers.

Children are formative and can develop into something beautiful, impressive, unique, and special. The key is to expect high standards and to be fair, upbeat, and positive. It is also essential to find an exceptional quality that each young person possesses and to affirm that distinctiveness by instilling confidence through positive reinforcement, which, in turn, encourages learning. The connection begins there.

Writing stories is no different. I start with an idea and try to sculpt the story around a positive concept, one that makes learning enjoyable. Each story focuses on characters who experience life, ask questions, and/or learn lessons. My objective is to promote an interest in reading with appealing, relatable storylines and characters. The outcomes make education a heartening, joyful experience. Such is the case in Ethan the Ending Eater, Nurse Robin’s Hats, Puddles, What If, and Don’t Pick Your Nose.

~Debbie Ladd

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As a teacher and children’s book author, I love to read to kids. I find that children are most encouraged to read when they find subjects that appeal to them. That’s the benefit of the local library, as there’s a wealth of topics from which to choose. Additionally, comic books, reading websites, and magazines are appealing.

When I make presentations at schools, I ask questions about the book(s) I’ve read in order to strengthen skills. Additionally, positive reinforcement is a wonderful way to encourage children, as they love to be rewarded for their work. A simple “great job”, “wonderful answer”, or “that’s terrific” can make a child feel super special. It also encourages buy-in for further learning. (Even if a child gives an incorrect answer, I encourage him/her by saying, “Good try, but…”) By incorporating these strategies, children begin to realize that reading is entertaining, educational, and interesting, and they are more prone to pick up a book, even just for the fun of it.

~Debbie Ladd

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