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Mrs. P
Dreamy Valley
An award-winning FREE digital storybook destination, starring T.V. actress Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P
Interests: reading, books, children's literacy, writing contests for kids, literacy,
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A class of 5th graders at Double Churches Elementary, through their own creative efforts, are sharing my writing contest with younger students to inspire them to tell their story. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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Audiobooks are perfect to maintain reading skills during the summer. They are so easily accessible. Children get the benefits of building powerful literacy skills, while having fun! Just like superheroes, give them a power! Let them discover the power of listening! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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Let me introduce you to the Follett Challenge if you don't know about it. What they are providing to schools is life changing and that certainly qualifies as a Literacy Hero in my book! Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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Librarians play such an essential role in their schools. They help transform learning. They provide resources and connections. Follow these 6 Literacy Advocates to celebrate School Library Month #AASLslm Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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I’d like to introduce you to some librarians and companies that are my literacy heroes. Here’s a round up of some of the free resources they provide. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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Watch the winning video from my 9th annual writing contest and learn the theme of the 10th annual contest! Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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Let your imaginations soar and join me for story time before you head to the movies to see the new Peter Rabbit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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When we read together, we can change the world. Idea's to celebrate World Read Aloud Day from Mrs. P Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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Meet the winning schools of my 9th annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest! The theme for the contest this year was the word Dragon. It brought a lot of very creative entries from K-4 schools across the country. Authors, Josh Funk and Matthrew Winner were judges along with Mrs. P, who many know as T.V. actress Kathy Kinney. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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I'm a proud book reviewer for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18). The mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. Now in its 5th year, it was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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The year was hard on a lot of people, with the hurricanes and fires, and so much bullying. But some amazing people and companies came forth with their messages and made a difference. I wanted to share these stories with you. Happy Holidays! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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My Be-a-Famous Writer contest sponsors and I have something in common, our goals are to promote literacy. I’ve done a little round up of some of their recent blog posts that I think will aide in the final month of my writing contest. There are many great free resources for your classroom. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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When we help students to engage in storytelling we are helping them develop important skills. Using my writing contest for creative or free writing time, give students an opportunity to explore writing styles, experiment with vocabulary, and also delve into problem solving by figuring out the resolution of the story they are creating. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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If you follow me regularly on my mission to instill a love of reading and writing in young children, you know that I also love to provide FREE resources for classrooms. Thankfully many companies that support literacy also provide an ample supply of free resources from research for teachers to activities for students. Children’s book authors are another amazing resource, as they also love to share with their young audiences. So here is my round up of writing resources for your classroom! Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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This June I thought I’d kick off the summer by gathering a list of resources to share with teachers and parents with links to sites that have valuable information and programs for summer reading. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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I like to think of my vocabulary as my very own communication toolbox. The more words I know, the better the chances of having the right tool when I need to communicate. That's why I created my A to Z Vocabulary Builders for students. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
March is the beginning of spring, and it offers lots of fun ways to spring into action with reading. On March 2nd we celebrate National Read Across America Day, an annual event established by the National Education Association (NEA) to honor children’s author Dr. Seuss. We spring our clocks forward,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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I 'm just wild about creating Valentine's for young readers. Here’s a new activity for all your young writers and readers in your classroom or at home that love animals! I've provided T-riffic step-by-step directions and Un-Bee-Lieveably cute messages for readers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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My website features a library with dozens of tales, from the hilarious to the scary. I encourage kids to not just choose the stories that immediately strike their fancy, but to give others a try too. For some reason, those often turn out to be the stories that stick with you – and even change your life. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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What my writing contest teaches kids: how much power they hold in their words and their thoughts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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When you were a kid, did you ever lie on the grass at recess, look up at the clouds and see all sorts of magical and wonderful images in them? I did. It was nice to know that if I’d read all my books from the library, I could always... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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This year I have chosen the word LIBRARY as the theme for my annual Be-a-Famous Writer contest. One because I love libraries, but two because I thought it provided endless possibilities to write about. Libraries provide so many resources to us. So I thought I’d create a list of things that might be helpful to all the amazing teacher/Librarians I know! Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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I love to participate in Dot Day, a celebration about marking your mark! That’s one of the very reasons I created my annual writing contest. Sometimes the quiet one in the class in the writer, and they often aren’t out there bragging about what they have written. Dot Day helps everyone celebrate how they make their mark. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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How do we get a classroom full of students to write? How do we help them get that idea from their head to the paper? I think that first we need to spark the imagination. We also have to realize that writing and editing are two completely different things. 
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Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog
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The library provided to me a gift that stretched my imagination and developed a life long love of reading. And that's why I have selected the word "Library" for the theme of my 8th annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog