My Reading Story: Martha Zschock

Did I hear one thousand books by the time I went to kindergarten? Yes, I think I did! Our parents and grandparents were avid readers, and they read to my twin sister and me a lot. What I loved most about the books were the pictures, and I still remember them vividly. I recall choosing picture books even when I "should" have graduated to chapter books!

As a teacher of grades 1-3, I saw a vast difference between children who had been read to frequently before they entered school, and those who hadn't. I wrote my first book, "Journey Around Cape Cod from A to Z," in order to help teach the children in my class about discoveries in their own backyards. I have since created many more books that take children on "field trips" to all sorts of special places. I love it when children make a connection to places through my illustrations.

As a parent, I read to my children a lot. It was a way to relax with them, and to be honest, it was the only time when they weren't moving! At the time, I thought this was a little selfish, however, it turns out it wasn't. It was magical! They benefitted tremendously from those early books. We built a foundation for success when they entered school, and had many wonderful adventures right in our living room!

About a year ago, I was asked by a local library to help design a 1,000 Books early literacy program. I jumped at the chance! As an educator, parent, and author this was right up my alley! I became so excited about the benefits of the program, and wanted to support efforts that encourage early- literacy development that I created "Read to Me!," a board book celebrating the benefits and special bonds formed when you snuggle up and read to your child. I also created a companion reading log so parents everywhere could join the challenge and help make reading a habit. I hope reading together will help foster the loving bonds for your family that it did for mine! Happy Reading!

Read more about Martha and her books by clicking here!

Martha Zschock, Heather Zschock

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