{Best Blog} Ready Set Read

This week's pick for our  best blog  feature is  Ready Set Read.

We are featuring an interview with Jackie today and rounding up some of our favorite Ready Set Read posts this afternoon.  Kids Activities Blog is so excited about our best blog series.  We are hoping to introduce you to some sites you won't want to miss!

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Best Blog

Ready Set Read is our best blog this week! We love how Jackie makes reading fun for her boys and shares all of this on her blog with us! Get inspired below and then stop over and check out all of her creative ideas on her blog.

Ready Set Read

We are interviewing Jackie today to find out about the mom behind Ready Set Read.

Why did you begin blogging?

I began blogging when I left the world of teaching and became a stay at home mom. I had been a reading specialist and taught reading recovery and early literacy. I loved reading and learning about early literacy. When I began staying home, I missed reading about early childhood literacy experiences. I began reading others’ blogs about literacy, play, and motherhood. Several of my friends were stay at home moms and also enjoyed reading kids activity blogs, but they also wanted information on how to help their young preschoolers develop literacy. I thought it would be great to journal my boys journey from birth to early reader on a blog. I knew that I could  create a resource for other parents while continuing to grow professionally.

What do you hope to inspire in the parents who read your blog?

I hope to inspire parents to read lots of books to their children at every opportunity they get. I hope that parents read my blog and take time to cozy up with their kid and a good book. I hope readers leave with ideas to make literacy fun and hands on. I hope that before they buy an expensive reading “program” for their kids, they stop by my blog and find the joy of just reading books with children.

What is it like to live in your home?

I have two boys. Logan is 4 and Tyson is 3. They are very different from each other. While they both love books, they respond to them in very unique ways. One child will sit still and read a stack of books, the other needs literacy to be more active. It is fun to watch their unique learning styles bloom.

What are your kids favorite activities?

Besides going to the library (ha), our favorite activity is playing outdoors. We are blessed to have a wooded back yard and a large dirt area where the boys can dig. My husband and I love to work outside and have the boys help with gardening. We love to take hikes in our back yard and learn through discovering in a hands on way. Now that the boys are older, they are beginning to create pretend play games as they run through the trees. I love to watch their creativity blossom in the outdoors.

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What is important to YOU as a blogger?

Thanks for the opportunity. I can’t wait to see your series and hopefully find other blogs that I’m not following yet!

What is your advice to readers?

My advice is for your readers is to read something to their child every single day. Even if a parent reads the back of a cereal box or the instructions to a video game, read something aloud with your child every day. Mem Fox says in her book, Reading Magic, that a child needs to hear 1,000 stories before he or she can begin to read independently. That sounds like a big number unless you remember that reading just 3 stories a day will meet that goal in one year! Reading to your child is the basis for future reading success.

More Ready Set Read

You can catch Jackie and Ready Set Read on Facebook, as @bookblogmomma on Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanks so much Jackie for sharing your love of reading and teaching ideas with us today. You’ve inspired us to read, read and then read more to our children. We are amazed to learn the 1,000 story mark as a guide to independent reading and encouraged to keep on reading.

More Best Blogs

If you are looking for more great blogs to follow, check out previous best blog articles here at Kids Activities Blog


  1. I love Jackie and Ready Set Read! She always has fun literacy activities and great book suggestions.

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