All posts by Dawn Durfey

Children’s Literature Makes All the Difference in the World

“My dear young fellow,” the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, “there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.”

—Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

jamecover5Thankfully, we don’t really live on a peach, but the grasshopper does have a point. And children’s literature is the perfect platform to explore and wonder about the (actual) world we all share.

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Social Media: Multiple Pathways to “Make Way For Books”

68e96967e54a860231593fe8389c3e85With the love of reading and children’s literature at heart, the Make Way For Books (MWFB) mission is “to foster and support the success of children in our community through cultivating a love of books and reading.” But how do they do this? Besides their work in the community at various preschools, libraries, and the annual Tucson Festival of Books, teaching the importance of reading to children daily, MWFB connects with their audience by various social media portals. MWFB uses Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Perhaps they take some social media advice from Dr. Seuss: Continue reading Social Media: Multiple Pathways to “Make Way For Books”

“How to Make an Email and See the World”

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This picture book title merges my interests in early literacy and children’s literature with my work experience in the travel industry.

In my post from last week, I referenced my customer service experience and although I am aiming to generally direct this blog toward those with an interest in early literacy efforts (a.k.a. my “customer”), this week, since I am exploring the connection between an expertise to a particular genre, I am going to focus on the communication I used with my typical client at Madden Media. Continue reading “How to Make an Email and See the World”

Writing to serve early literacy interests

Books on a platter Early literacy and children’s literature are near and dear to my heart, so as a professional writer in-the-making, my associated discourse communities include people who already enjoy or are curious about how to incorporate early literacy in their life or the lives of those around them. This may include early literacy groups (like Make Way for Books in Tucson, Arizona), libraries, bookshops, teachers, parents or anyone with children in their life, and of course the children to whom we want to serve a feast of books for them to devour.

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Successful Written Communications to Make Way for Books

I have always loved children’s literature, so in the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I (and, undoubtedly, most people, right?) can relate with Meg’s character, Kathleen Kelly, when she says, “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”

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I love the possibilities that come from pages of a book!

I caught Melinda Englert, the Grant Writer and Communication Specialist at Make Way for Books in Tucson, AZ at her desk when I called. Melinda was probably in the midst of writing one of a multitude of writing projects when she graciously stopped to chat with me over the phone. Make Way for Books (MWFB) is a non-profit organization whose ultimate goal is to help preschool children enter the school system ready to learn so they may have the best start possible in their future educational pursuits. Continue reading Successful Written Communications to Make Way for Books