On Children’s Literature

Jan 15

Reading for Fun Can Boost Math Results

Reading just one hour a week for fun, not for school, can boost test results… in math! A recent study done by the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office found students who read outside of school work scored higher in both literacy and math tests.

Reading for fun, just one hour a week, improves reading and writing scores.

Experts tell The Star that it does not matter what kids are reading for pleasure–be it novels, graphic novels, or poetry–reading for fun has a positive impact on test results.

Although the importance of reading is well-known, it comes at a time when fewer children report actually liking to read, says Annie Kidder of research and advocacy group People for Education.

“Liking to read has an impact on the amount that kids read, and it has an impact on their success in school and in life,” said Kidder.

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Feb 14

Valentine’s Day: FREE Printables and Fun Facts

Only a few days to go until it’s Valentine’s Day! Mrs. P has FREE printables for your favorite writers and readers.

One of Mrs. P's printable for readers

Pop over to Mrs. P’s website for classroom and home activities to suit your little writer or reader. While you’re there, you’ll also find a special playlist that includes stories you can share with your little readers and writers. All are classic children’s fairy tales brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P. Did I mention they all have a happy ending?

TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
1. Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives close to 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet each Valentine’s Day.
2. There is an average of 220,000 wedding proposals around the world each year on Valentine’s Day.
3. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets—yes, pets!

For more Fun facts about Valentine’s Day, please visit She Knows.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Jan 13

MacCheeky News Flash: MrsP.com Announces Winners of 4th-Annual Kids Writing Contest

Great news to ring in the New Year for Vermont and Virginia!

January 15, 2013 – MrsP.com announced today the names of the two Grand-Prize winners in its fourth annual “Be-a-Famous-Writer” contest, a nationwide creative-writing competition for children held every September.

Grace Lane, age 8, from Vermont, won top honors in the 4-to-8 year-old category for The Magic Piano, a fantasy about a piano that can read its owner’s mind and mimic the sound of other instruments, weather conditions, and even the 12-Days-of-Christmas characters.

Vermont's Grace Lane wins top honors in the 4-to-8 year-old category.

Adithi Ramakrishnan, age 12, from Virginia, won in the 9-13 age group for Home Perfect Home, a fable detailing the adventures of a bird searching the far reaches of the globe for true happiness.

Virginia's Adithi Ramakrishnan wins in the 9-13 age group.

“This year, I’m pleased to give awards not only to these talented, young authors but also to their schools,” said TV star Kathy Kinney, who portrays Mrs. P and is one of the creators of the website. “Each grand prize winner’s school will receive $300 to purchase books for their libraries from our sponsor, BuyerTopia. And what school in this economy couldn’t use more books?”

The Grand-Prize winners will have their stories produced as videos featuring Mrs. P, which will be presented on her free, critically-acclaimed website.

TV star Kathy Kinney, who portrays Mrs. P, is one of the creators of the free, critically-acclaimed website.

Original artwork by award-winning illustrator Robin E. Kaplan will help bring the stories to life. The videos will be posted on the website (www.MrsP.com) beginning in March. Each winner will also receive an actual bound copy of the story and illustrations made possible by sponsor Polka Dots Publishing. A copy of the book will be donated to the child’s school library in their honor.

The Magic Piano: a sample of artwork to come from award-winning illustrator Robin E. Kaplan.

The winners for this year’s contest were selected by an über-talented panel of judges:
Julia Roberts, Academy Award-winning actress and reading advocate;
Melina Gerosa Bellows, the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Books, Kids and Family at National Geographic; and
Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds, who teaches second grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in Silver Lake, CA.

Home Perfect Home: a sample of artwork to come, also by award-winning illustrator Robin E. Kaplan.

MrsP.com was launched in 2008 to encourage a love of reading. The website is the recipient of the American Library Association’s “Great Website for Kids.”

It has been a real pleasure to partner with MrsP.com for this year’s “Be-a-Famous-Writer” contest.
Congratulations Grace and Adithi! What a great way to kick start 2013!
You are a true inspiration to all young writers everywhere.