Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November is Family Literacy Month

 Hello, Friends!

November is Family Literacy Month. It's a special time to put reading and books in the forefront of our family activities.

What does that look like? It looks like...

  • Adults reading books, magazines, the back of cereal boxes, road signs, ANYTHING to/with kids
  • Adults talking to kids about what the kids are reading
  • Adults encouraging kids to think about what they read
  • Adults listening to kids read out loud
  • Adults providing language-rich environments for their kids (language-rich just means lots of interesting and varied reading material)
  • Adults modeling reading to kids (I know you've got a TBR stack somewhere!)
  • Adults doing literacy extension activities with kids (after you read a book together, have the child write his or her own story of a similar style or voice, or do a craft that reinforces what they learned, or read another book about the same subject, but maybe nonfiction this time, etc.)
  • Adults taking kids to the library (or bookstore) for books, magazines, programs

In short, family literacy is families spending time together with books! What could be better?

Kellie Houx of the Courier-Tribune in Liberty, Missouri, interviewed me for Family Literacy Month. Hope you enjoy her article, linked below. Happy reading!



Choice of books, positive parent modeling keys to family literacy


Friday, April 17, 2020


Hi everyone,

I had a little fun yesterday creating a book trailer for EMERGENCY KITTENS! Hope you enjoy it!

Stay safe!


Sunday, January 12, 2020


Hi everyone!

EMERGENCY KITTENS! is out in the world! YAY! I wanted to share some pictures from my recent book launch at Barnes and Noble/Zona Rosa in Kansas City (thanks for hosting me, BN). Thanks to all who braved the snowy weather to come! And thanks, of course, to Frances Gilbert/Doubleday, who edited and championed my story and to Dave Mottram, illustrator-extraordinaire, who brought the characters of Mimi, Twee-Twee, and Adorbs to life!



Sunday, November 25, 2018


Just a quick note to say that Bookroo, a curated book club for kids, is featuring my books today! Check them out, and happy reading! Thanks, Bookroo!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wall Street Journal features A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK for Earth Day 2018

On April 22, the Wall Street Journal featured A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, illustrated by Daniel Miyares and published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin! I'm honored to be included with the other titles focused on Mother Earth!

Monday, February 19, 2018


It's here--release day for A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, illustrated by Daniel Miyares (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)!

Available from your local independent bookstore, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and others.

I'd love to hear what you think!


Friday, July 7, 2017

PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW at the National Book Festival!

Hey everyone,

I am beyond thrilled to announce that PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW has been chosen by the Missouri Center for the Book to represent our state at this year's National Book Festival in Washington DC on September 2! The annual festival is hosted by the Library of Congress. 

Thanks to the Missouri Center for the Book!! I am so honored!

Come celebrate with me on Twitter @jodywrites4kids! 

National Book Festival