How Humor Can Develop Children’s Reading Skills

7 Ways Humor Can Help to Develop Your Child’s Love of Reading and Literacy Skills

In this post, discover 7 ways that humor can develop your child’s love of reading and literacy skills.

  1. According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, over 70% of children ages 6 to 17 look for books that make them laugh.
  2. Over 50% of parents want their kids’ books to be funny above all else.
  3. When humor is involved, the whole family enjoys reading more.
  4. Fun and silly books can improve reading comprehension, improved social-emotional skills, and overall well-being.
  5. Funny kids’ books can provide a positive and uplifting interaction that encourages regular reading habits.
  6. Humor triggers our sense of wonder, which is the root of all learning. Funny and silly stories show that it’s okay to make mistakes! Kids can relate to fun characters like Junie B. Jones and Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid), who mess things up in hilarious ways.
  7. Laughter increases endorphins released by the brain, which reduces stress and promotes a sense of well-being.

What silly or fun book do you remember reading as a child? I always remember the Scholastic order forms as a kid and the excitement when book orders arrived. My favorite type of books to order were rhyming poems and joke books! Things haven’t changed much because I still love a good joke, and rhyming poems are my favorite kind of poems to read and write. Click here to learn more about my fun and silly rhyming stories which teach the joys of cooking and foster love within families.

Resources:

Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report
https://www.scholastic.com/readingreport/navigate-the-world.html

Why Funny Kids’ Books Are an Important Part of Your Child’s Library
https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/funny-kids-books.html

Learn More About Amelia’s Fun and Silly Books Here:
https://geni.us/bellamiaseries

Is Disruptive Change Good for Business?

Just when you think you’re done…things change. This article explores the pros and cons of disruptive change.

Approximately 1 month ago, on February 4, 2022, I did a soft launch of my first online course, Canva 101: Design With Ease and Build Your Business. In case you’re not familiar with Canva, it is one of the most popular, easy-to-use, and versatile design tools used by many to create stunning graphics, videos, and tons of other media in a matter of minutes. Canva has taken the social media and business industry by storm. According to CNBC, Canva, which was founded in 2013 by a 32-year old Australian entrepreneur Melanie Perkins, competes with tech titans like Microsoft and Adobe. Perkins created Canva based on a high school yearbook business, and you can read the full article to learn how a 32-year-old turned a high school yearbook idea into a $3.2 billion business by clicking here.

Canva has been my number one go-to tool over the last several years. I have used it to create social media posts, logos, branding graphics, quick reference guides, marketing videos, and the list goes on and on. In addition to writing and self-publishing books over the years, my love for computer technology and developing training to help others led me to another disruptive yet positive change: building my first online course. My Canva course officially launched on February 11, 2022. Then, a week later, something changed. The left menu bar looked different! I contacted Canva to confirm if I was seeing things and to get the full scoop on what had happened. They confirmed that they had just released some new and improved features including a menu change that combined two main features into one for better design management. Since I had just recently released my course, I immediately thought about the content being outdated already. Then I searched online and started reading Canva articles and viewing other Canva training and I remembered that this happens all the time. It even happened to me when I worked in the corporate world. Software changes frequently.

Technology is an ever-changing hub of information. The good news is that since my course is just freshly launched, there’s still time for content updates before the sh-t hits the fan. Only a dozen or so people have reviewed my course and/or purchased it thus far, but imagine the outcome if it was a thousand. For starters, I created a What’s New in Canva quick reference that highlights all the software updates. If you already use Canva, these features can help your business, so go ahead and click here to download the free guide. If you are new to Canva, take a look anyway to see what Canva can do for you.

So while the disruptive change of software updates requires me to drop everything and update videos in my online course, there is a silver lining in all of this. My Canva course is a pilot program allowing me to test the waters and perfect the process. It’s also a wake-up call for me to be better prepared for change. A pilot course is like sending a drone out to scope the area before sending in the troops.

Once the testing phase is complete, training courses for my Author Journey Success book series will be on their way. Companion training for the 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book, the KDP Self-Publishing process, and the all-important Book Marketing Strategies are forthcoming. All this equates to the evolution of more changes on the business end and career front. It wasn’t too long ago that I did something very disruptive in the career arena: leaving the corporate rat race in 2019. Doing so prepared me for the changes yet to come.

How many disruptive changes did you find in this post? You will find the answer further down in this post. In the meantime, let’s review some major disruptive changes which have occurred in the technology industry.

  • The onset the computers
  • Apple MACs vs. PCs
  • The evolution of Windows vs. iOS operating systems
  • Mobile phones replacing analogue phones
  • Smart TVs
  • GPS devices

Where would we be without these disruptive technological changes?

QUIZ ANSWER: This article post contains at least 5 disruptive changes:

  • The launch of Canva by Melanie Perkins and team (approximate launch date was August, 2013)
  • Leaving the corporate world and moving to freelance (2019)
  • Writing several book series to help the world, nonfiction for business, and children’s books to foster love in families
  • Launching online courses in 2022 and the evolution of online learning
  • Canva releases major feature updates on 2/17/22, one week after the release of my Canva course

What can we do to embrace change?

Be mindful of where you are and your physical surroundings.

Be open to the possibility that some disruptive thinking and disruptive change is for the good.

Remember that not all disruptive changes are good, but they do offer opportunities for us to take a chance and make a change.

Step out of your normal cycle of life and do something different today.

Do something pleasantly disruptive.

People don’t like changes, but change is the only thing that works.

~ Gary Vee

Announcing the Author Journey Success Toolkit Series!

The day has finally arrived! The first book in the Author Journey Success Toolkit series, Author Journey Success: 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book is now available in both eBook and paperback formats! The companion workbook is also available.

Perhaps you have always had a dream of writing a book and becoming a published author. Whatever your dream may be, whether it is to write a novel, a memoir, a self-help book, a training guide, or a children’s book, I’d like to try to help you get there. All you need is drive, commitment and discipline, along with faith, determination and confidence. With all those things, along with a thirst for learning, anything is possible. My wish is for you to use the information in my book as a springboard to your success.

Reviews are greatly appreciated! When posting a review on Amazon, did you know that you can post a review with or without commentary? If you just want to leave a star rating, you can either click on the number of stars to rate a book when you reach the end of the book on Kindle, or you can go to the “Write a Product Review” page from your Amazon Orders page, and then just click the number of stars to rate the book; you will see a green checkmark confirming the submission and at that point, you can exit from the review page. If you would like to leave a written review, continue filling out the information on the review page including the Headline, Written Review comments and then click Submit.

There’s also a special page dedicated to the Author Journey Success Toolkit. Click here to visit the specific toolkit page which will be updated as additional materials, books and videos are available.

Author Journey Success Toolkit Series

Launch News

Author Journey Success 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book

Over the past several months, I have been on a bit of a hiatus with social media, working hard on my new book series. Proofs have arrived and they are finally ready. Today I will begin the 10 day countdown, as I prepare for the blastoff!

I am happy to announce that June 17, 2021, is the official launch day for book 1 in the new Author Journey Success Toolkit series, Author Journey Success – 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book as well as the companion workbook, Author Journey Success Workbook – Track Your Writing, Self-Publishing and Book Marketing From Start to Finish!

Topics include:

  • Building a Rock-Solid Foundation and Setting Measurable Goals
  • The Writing Process and Optimizing Your Writing Schedule
  • Getting Started With Pre-Marketing
  • Building a Successful Author Network
  • The Formatting and Editing Process
  • The Publishing Process
  • The Book Launch and Beyond

To learn more about how I got started on my journey, and as a prelude to reading my book, be sure to view the presentation, “Getting Started on Your Author Journey – A Bridge to Success” WWJ Youth Summit, hosted by Jen Lowry and the WWJ Team.

Learn About My Journey and How I Wrote, Formatted, Designed, Self-Published and Launched 9 Books in Five Years While Working Full-Time!

Accomplish Your Writing Goals and Get to the Finish Line
Follow 7 Proven Steps to Become an Authorpreneur
Take Your Writing to the Next Level and Become a Published Author

Anything is Possible…So What Are You Waiting For? Start Your Author Journey NOW!

An Excerpt From My Book…and a Cover Reveal

Why do I write? I just didn’t wake up one morning and decide to write. I’ve always loved to write ever since I was a little girl, but I also loved to do a lot of other things too – I always loved to draw, create things, fix things, tell jokes, listen to music, cook and dance. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you should do in your life. So, while I was trying to figure out what to do in life, I saved things. I saved stories I wrote and pictures I drew as a child. I saved all the watercolors and acrylic paintings I created in high school. I wrote in a journal for years and then discarded things I wrote for fear or shame that no one would care what I wrote let alone that I wrote it. When I was a young girl, I watched reruns of the series called “The Walton’s” and envied the oldest child named John-Boy, played by actor Richard Thomas. John-Boy wrote secretly and hid the pages of his book under his mattress. I did the same thing.

Author Journey Success 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book by Amelia Griggs

When I was in college, I was told I had to pick a major course of study. I had no idea what I wanted to specialize in. At first I picked something that I was least interested in: Accounting. However, there was a silver lining. Majoring in Accounting meant you had to be in the school of business, and one required class was Fortran programming. I learned programming and flowcharting and became fascinated with computers. So, I decided that computers would be my career. I always loved computers, and I still do, but the writing thing was always there. Flash forward 20 years – as an Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer, I wrote educational content and designed and developed online learning over the years, but the author in me was always there. So I decided to take a leap of faith and begin my author journey. Over 10 years ago, in my spare time, I started writing online articles, and then short stories. In 2014, I had 2 short stories published in a real book and then I was hooked. I knew then that it was time to move further along my journey doing what I loved.

What do we do when we discover we enjoy something? We all have things we love to do, and sometimes we find ways to incorporate it into daily life. Maybe you love to cook and secretly wish you could have your own cooking show with a bestselling cookbook, but instead life got in the way, so you cook for your family and stop there. Maybe you love science fiction or mystery suspense, and you have pages and pages of short mysteries you have written and you secretly wish you can write a mystery or science-fiction series; but instead you read thrillers and mystery books and watch detective shows on TV and keep saying “I could have written that!”. Maybe you doodle all the time and absolutely love to draw – and every time you go to a bookstore, you imagine a children’s picture book that you wrote and illustrated.

It’s ok to dream, and it’s ok to imagine. It’s also more than ok to chase your dreams and achieve them. Isn’t that the point of life?

What is your dream? If you’re not living your dream, write it down right now on a piece of paper or index card and look at it everyday. Believe. Learn how to make it happen. Take the first step. Climb all the steps you need to climb to make your dream a reality!

Looking Ahead to a New Beginning

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Happy New Year and Happy New You! 2020 was certainly a year for the history books! Let’s take a deep breath and exhale. 2021 is a year of new journeys, new beginnings, and new ideas. It is a time to experiment with better ways to work, exercise, eat, and learn. It’s ok to feel like a fish out of water sometimes. New situations, odd and awkward as they may be, bring new opportunities to learn.

“When you learn to let go of things, a greater generosity, openness, and breath comes into your life.”
~ John Donohue

I’m looking forward to a happier, healthier year. It’s time to write down some goals. For starters, I’m trying to get organized this month for a busy year. I’m trying to exercise a lot more at home, move to a healthier, plant-based diet and practice mindfulness and deep breathing. It’s so important to practice self-care these days more than ever. In 2020, many of us were on our computers, smartphones and smart TV’s a lot more. I don’t know about you, but I found social media overwhelming. When I looked at my iPhone for one thing, I found myself checking feeds and posts…and then an hour would quickly go by. It’s easy to get swept away in technology. If you are on the computer a large part of the day, remember to stand up and stretch every hour. Did you know when you stare at your computer or smartphone you blink less? Every hour, make a point to look away from the screen and blink 10-20 times. This will help to lubricate your eyes. I recently bought a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses and now I wear them every day on the computer.

What are your plans for 2021? Here’s what’s coming in 2021:

Follow me on my blog here for the latest announcements on current books and new books and videos.

Looking ahead and hoping that this new year brings much happiness, joy and good health to all!

2021 Goals

Coloring and Activity Books Update

The third coloring and activity book, “Candy Canes, Snowflakes and Gingerbread Houses PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!” is finally here in time for the holidays. This fun coloring and activity book is holiday-themed and includes lots of FUN activities including:

  • Matching Activities
  • Drawing Activities
  • Spot the Difference
  • Seek ‘N Find
  • Mazes (Easy, Medium, and Hard Levels)
  • Color by Number
  • Decorating Activities
  • Counting Activities
  • Snowflakes Dots Games
  • Missing Letters
  • Christmas Crossword
  • Fun Coloring Pages Throughout
  • BONUS Letter to Santa!

This coloring book is inspired by the book “Snowflakes With Sugar” which is part of the Bella and Mia Adventure Book Series. There are lots of candy canes, snowflakes and gingerbread houses throughout this book!

The second coloring and activity book in the Bella and Friends Learning Series, “Counting and Math with Pasta and Meatballs PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!” is also available on Amazon and helps children learn math with the help of pasta and meatballs!

The Bella and Friends Learning Series is inspired by the books in the Bella and Mia Adventure Series, where the use of rhymes and recipes promote fun activities with parent and child. Now it’s time for more interactive and educational fun with counting and beginner Math using pasta and meatballs! Understanding numbers is important for young math learners as it promotes confidence and encourages flexible thinking.

Counting and Math with Pasta and Meatballs PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!” contains a wide range of activities to keep kids busy for hours including:

    • Learning About Different Kinds of Pasta
    • Counting Using Different Kinds of Pasta
    • Counting Using Spaghetti and Meatballs
    • Counting and Matching with Pasta
    • Beginner Math: Adding with Pasta
    • Beginner Math: Subtracting with Pasta
    • Count, Write and Compare Meatballs
    • Practice Addition with Meatballs
    • Practice Subtraction with Meatballs
    • Seek ‘n Find
    • Spot the Difference
    • Fun Coloring Pages Throughout!

AMAZON REVIEWS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

In case you missed it, the first coloring and activity book, “ABC Letter Tracing PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun” was released in March, 2020, and had a facelift in 2021 with a new and improved fun cover!

Bella and Friends Learning Series

Podcast Author Interview

Many thanks to my fellow author Jen Lowry who connected me with another fellow author, Ann Harrison-Barnes. Ann runs a podcast called Inspirational Journeys, and she was kind enough to interview me so that I can share my story with the world. You can listen along to the podcast here. Click here or on the image below, which will redirect you to the podcast page, then scroll down and click on the Play button. Please listen to Ann’s overview and her inspirational messages (there may be a view pauses) before she begins the interview at 1:42 in the recording. Thanks for listening!

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You can view the full article on Ann’s blog at: https://annwritesinspiration.com/2020/05/07/inspirational-journeys-presents-special-guest-interview-with-amelia-griggs/

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Please visit Ann’s blog to learn more about her at https://annwritesinspiration.com/

To view all books by Amelia Griggs, visit her author page at: https://www.amazon.com/author/ameliagriggs

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What is Your Favorite Season?

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What is your favorite season? I can’t decide if my favorite is Spring or Fall. When Spring arrives in my neck of the woods, flowers are sprouting and trees are blooming. Everything is beautiful and colorful. I love sunny days especially on Mondays, don’t you? The day just seems to feel better and go better when it’s sunny outside. In honor of the Spring season, I’m happy to announce that my coloring and activity series in the Bella and Friends Learning Series is now available. The first one in the series is alphabet themed and entitled ABC Letter Tracing PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun! It features coloring pages, alphabet tracing pages, a variety of fun activities, and prompts like “How loud can you laugh?” and “How high can you jump?” to inspire lots of interactive fun! Others in the series include Counting and Math With Pasta and Meatballs, and Candy Canes, Snowflakes and Gingerbread Houses. Click here to see the series page.

Whether it’s sunny, cloudy, chilly or warm in your neck of the woods, have a great sunny day anyway, wherever you are!

Book Update for 2020

Leap Year News

The year 2020 will be a special year for all of us. Since 2020 is a leap year, there is a whole extra day in February which offers us an extra 24 hours to devote to anything we like. What will you do with the extra time? Will you…

  • Take a fun day trip?
  • Spend time with family?
  • Read lots of books?
  • Write a book, maybe a memoir?
  • Catch up on sleep?
  • Self-publish a book?
  • Look for a new job?

If something is holding you back, let go of it. There is no time like the present to follow your dreams and make things happen. Make 2020 the year you make your dreams come true. Dream a little…dream a lot! Set your sights on something on January 13, 2020, which is Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Dream a lot and dream big on September 25, 2020 which is World Dream Day!

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If you have an idea about something you want to do in 2020, write it down before it flies right out of your head. I keep journals and notebooks, both paper and electronic all over the house, because you never know when the next big idea will pop up.

Here’s what I’m working on and what to expect in the new year:

Children’s Books

As you know, I write in different genres including fiction and non-fiction; first, let’s start with my children’s books, the Bella and Mia Adventure series. There are three books in the series so far, including Silly Willy Apple Cake, Squishy Wishy Meatballs and Snowflakes With Sugar. Formats include ebook version, paperback and hard cover. These books are close to my heart because each book is based on sweet memories of me watching my mother in the kitchen as a young girl, and learning how to cook. As companions for the children’s book series, I am working on coloring and activity books. More news coming soon!

New Series! My Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing Journey

Although I love to write and create, my life would not be complete unless I was helping others. My Author Journey Success Toolkit series documents how I managed to write and self-publish six books while working full-time over several years. There will also be links to resources including articles, weekly tips and videos to demonstrate the process. I’m looking forward to helping other aspiring writers fulfill their dream of publishing a book. UPDATE: As of 2022, I have self-published 14 books in various genres, and I’m happy to share the story of my journey with you in my latest book series, “Author Journey Succcess: 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book“.

Technology Books

My first book series was based on years of training and support on Microsoft Office. Working in different industries helped me see first hand what people needed across the globe – bite sized learning and online reference to help them do things quicker in a fast paced world. Now that Office 365 is out, I’m testing out the waters in the latest version of Office. So if you want lots of tech tips, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel where you’ll find dozens of software training videos. To keep up with the pace of the latest version of Office 365, more videos are coming, along with Office 365 quick reference guides. You are also welcome to visit my Easy Learning “techie” website which I’m in the process of revamping and expanding.

What…No Novel Yet?

I starting writing a novel a few years back, but when I decided to pursue self-publishing, I decided to start with some smaller publications first, which were more manageable as I researched and learned the self-publishing process. My novel is out there, waiting for me when I’m ready to return.

In the meantime, look for more articles and posts coming in 2020 including:

  • Book sneak peaks and trailers
  • Cover reveals
  • Author interviews and spotlights

Finally, I want to take this time to express my thanks and gratitude to all my family and friends, as well as aspiring writers, and avid readers as well!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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