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Moxie Girl Musings is about starting over from square one after tragedy impacted my young family. It's filled with stories of triumph, struggle, snafus, hopes, and dreams. Sometimes there will be features from other writers that I like and every so often I'll include an original short story, but normally I simply write what's on my mind at the time. Welcome to my unfiltered true-life story as I figure out this thing called life. http://www.amberleaeaston.com

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Importance of Children's Literature--guest post by Jo Linsdell

I'm always happy to host my friend and talented children's author, Jo Linsdell, to my blog.  She's currently on a virtual book tour for her new release, Fairy May, and has graciously taken the time to write a guest post about the importance of children's literature.  I hope you'll share your thoughts with us in the comments below the post.  Enjoy!  

Importance of Children's Literature

By Jo Linsdell

Reading is good for kids. We tell them that all the time but we don't always tell them why. The simple truth is that the more kids read, the better they become at reading. 

The benefits:
  • Books help children to develop language skills. It teaches them grammar and increases their ability to express themselves verbally. 
  • An important life skill, reading provides the ability to learn about new topics and find useful information. This includes anything from understanding the instructions on a medicine bottle to being able to get a good job in adult life.
  • Reading opens up new worlds. Internet has made reading part of our daily lives. Being about to read opens kids up to an endless source of information about any subject and novels and stories allow them to work their brains in numerous ways depending on the genre. Even simple books for the very young can teach through patterns and repeated text which will boost a kid's confidence.
  • Books can provide a positive influence. Stories with strong messages can encourage kids to; share, be helpful, be kind to other, follow their dreams, etc...
  • Good for socialising. Book clubs, libraries... great opportunities to socialise with others. 
  • Books bring people together. Reading a story together is a nice way to spend some quality quiet time together and enhance your relationship.
  • Reading is fun. It's a source of entertainment and by encouraging kids to read you are setting them up for a lifelong source of pleasure.

Help your kids appreciate the magic of reading. You'll discover that there's a wonderful world of children's literature available that you will be able to enjoy with them.

Excellent reasons, Jo.  Some of my fondest memories with my children involve cuddling up and reading them a bedtime story.  I still remember their favorites and have made sure to keep those books safe for my future grandchildren (even though both my kids swear they are never getting married and having children...I'm betting they're wrong).  For any of you readers out there, do you have a favorite children's book that you remember from when you were a kid?  What are some of your children's favorite bedtime stories?  We'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

More about Jo and her amazing new children's book, Fairy May...

Jo Linsdell is an award winning blogger and freelance writer living in Rome , Italy . She is also the author of several books including the popular Italian for TouristsA Guide to Weddings in Italy  and the best selling children's picture book Out and About at the Zoo. Her latest book Fairy May was released on 1st February 2013. You can find out more about her at www.JoLinsdell.com

More about Fairy May, Jo's newest release...

Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realise her dream and become a tooth fairy?

Release Date: 1st February 2013
Product details:
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481951424
ISBN-13: 978-1481951425
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
Purchasing links:

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What the reviewers are saying about Fairy May...

5 Stars

"More than a picture book, Fairy May teaches anything worth having is worth working for. A delightful read that teaches without preaching. A simple lesson beautifully told."
- By C. Bullard

5 Stars

"Fairy May is a story that will encourage little kids to not only to keep their teeth clean but also to try their best and work hard in school! A rhyming story filled with cute pictures, it would make a perfect addition to your child's book collection. I read it to my 1 1/2 yr old and he laughs and points to every picture!"

5 Stars

"Fairy May is a story that will draw in younger children with it's colorful, playful illustrations and clever writing. Younger children will favor it as a bedtime read, while older children learning to read can choose it to practice their craft. Well produced with high quality!"
By J. campbell

5 Stars

"When a story is told using rhyming words, too many times it does not work, but this one surely does! The rhyming does not feel forced and the story line flows. I think it would be great for a beginning reader to use for practice as well as a fun read-aloud that reveals an important lesson!"

"This delightful picture book is bound to become the favorite book of anyone who believes in fairies. The rhyming verse and soft delicate pictures will take you into the fantasy land of Fairy May's; a land you won't want to return from. Linsdell will have you child wondering if Fairy May really makes it to be her dream- tooth fairy. A fun read-a-loud and wonderful for beginning readers, very easy to read. This book will help your child see that you can be what you set out to be."

"It’s like a gentle hum that makes you smile each time you think about it once you’ve put the book away."


  1. One of my son's favorite books was "I don't want to go to bed" about a baby tiger who would sneak out at night because he didn't want to go bed but all of his animal buddies were sleeping. Of course he loved that one...and another about fire trucks...and another about dinosaurs...and on and on we go...We are a book family, what can I say?

    Very happy you stopped by today, Jo. Your books are amazing and I'm sure they will be treasured memories for many kids out there today.

  2. Thanks for having me back here Amber. Always a pleasure :)

    When I think back to books from my childhood "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle is one that comes to mind. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter would also be on my list. I've always been a huge Winnie the Pooh fan too.

  3. My favorite as a kid was Tiki Tiki Tembo, Henny Penny, The Little Elephant, and MUD... I still have them from when I was little. The edges are warn and the spines are ragged but I still love them. I Keep them safe in a plastic baggie in my writers bag even- I had forgotten about them until this post Jo! Thank you for reminding me, I bet my kids would LOVE for me to read them! ;)

    1. I started reading Winnie the Pooh stories and Chicken Licken (another classic) to my kids when I was pregnant. They LOVE those stories... although my eldest always comments on how sad it is that the foxes eat them at the end of Chicken Licken. I've thought several times of rewriting the ending for him. Who knows what might have happened if they'd all made it to the King to tell him the sky was falling down...

  4. I also LOVED the Beatrix Potter stories on cassette tape... I think I still have those around here too somewhere lol

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