Authentic learning can’t start too young. Exposing children to books and reading should start the day they are born. As they grow, let them explore and enjoy books that interest them, on their level.
Having a rich reading environment for children is hugely important. Not only having lots of high interest reading material available, but having care-givers that model reading as well.
And remember, reading is reading. It doesn’t need to be Shakespeare for a child to grow as a reader. I am a voracious reader, mostly sci-fi. I don’t believe I would be the reader I am without sci-fi. No offense to the Great Bard, but not my cup of English tea. I’ve been reading sci-fi since I was old enough to hold a book. And now I write it!
And yep – that is my book, Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars. And yep – it is upside down! (Authentic Exploration)
Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars just won its sixth award!
2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Winner
2019 Independent Press Award® Distinguished Favorite
2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards Shortlist
2018 Story Monsters Approved
2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Winner
2018 Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient
Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars by Ellie Smith, Illustrated by Eyen Johnson, is available on Amazon.
I am really excited to announce that Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars won a Distinguished Favorite honor from the Independent Press Awards in the Picture Book Category.
This international competition is judged by industry experts and had entries from around the world. Eyen and I are truly honored!
Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars is available on Amazon. (Read for free on Kindle Unlimited)
Eyen read our book Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars to a preschool class today. They are studying space. How cool is that!
Royal Dragonfly Second Place: Best Illustrations Honorable Mentions: Children’s Picture Books 5 & Under, Children’s Picture Books 6 & Over, New Author (Fiction)
Story Monster Approved
Chanticleer International Shortlisted
Available on Amazon
Tex the Explorer: Journey Around the Earth
Tex the Explorer: Journey Around the Fifty States
Tex the Explorer: Journey Around the Solar System
Tex the Explorer: Journey to the Moon
Tex the Explorer: Journey to the Oceans
Tex the Explorer: Journey through the Alphabet
Tex the Explorer: Journey through Numbers