When I do assemblies and family night events, one of my main messages is about how important it is to read aloud every day. Hearing words, saying words. How can a child express language in speech or writing if they haven't experienced it fully to begin with? Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken put it eloquently: “Good writing has a musical quality to it, a mathematical quality, a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it’s read aloud.”
Even snippets of prose or poetry read aloud on a regular basis can go a long way to giving young readers access to the beauty and power of language that they can apply in their own work in the future.
Alexis loves to play with words and find out more about how the world works. The result so far? Picture books for kids and nonfiction articles in kids' magazines. And she's working on many more writing projects, too!