When I was a kid, my mom used to read me stories. I loved the worlds of giants and fairies; the land of make-believe. It ignited my imagination and made me an avid reader. I was so avid, in fact that I frequently got in trouble for reading, rather than taking a nap!
Today, I still love to read – and write. I am a big advocate for children’s books and believe that reading is a key to doing well in school and excelling in life. In a world where kids are entertained by video games and television, it is so important that we as parents read to our children and get books into their hands. Studies have shown that reading helps increase vocabulary, improve writing skills, improve analytical thinking, reduce stress, and increase intelligence.
If all that isn’t enough then know that reading with your child is quality time you are spending together. This is what helps build lasting memories and strong relationships. So go get a book and sit down with your kid. Read the story. Talk about the pictures. You’ll be glad you did!
Read an interview with Sherry Ellis here.
Sherry Ellis is a freelance writer and children’s author. Her first book, That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN, was published in 2005. Her second, That Mama is a Grouch, was published in 2010 and was honored as a finalist in the 2010 USA Book News Awards as well as in the 2011 International Book Awards. It also took first place in the parenting category of the 2011 Pinnacle Book Awards, and was the recipient of the silver award in the 2013 Mom’s Choice Awards.
Sherry is also a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. She has appeared as a soloist in Germany and was a semi-finalist in the 2004 International Viola Competition in Paris, France. Sherry is also a former PADI SCUBA instructor. She has travelled to many exotic places and has seen much of the world above and below the water.
Sherry lives with her husband and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.
You can learn more about Sherry Ellis on her website, www.sherryellis.org