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Comment by Margot Finke on February 26, 2011 at 10:01pm

Patricia, I took a quick look at your writing and the stories seem interesting.  However for kids with reading problems, short picture books that are fun but VERY simple usually get their interest.  The illustrations back up the text and help kids remember the words. 500 words tops!! 

Their attention span at that age is short anyway, and with ADHD etc it is even shorter. Themes that bring in their interests are also good to use - trucks, horses, dogs, baseball etc.  Use whatever they are keen to do or play with as your simple plot. Short, easy to grasp words and sentences work best.

I would be happy to critique a page of one story if you think that would be helpful.


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Comment by Patricia Johnson on February 26, 2011 at 7:28pm
My grandson is ADHD and developmentally delayed, is way behind on his reading skills.  He is in second grade but reading just barely at a first grade level.  I also wrote a book with short stories that will hopefully help children with reading problems want to read.  It has seemed to work for him.  I want to eventually get it published.  If you want to read some of it, you can at  It is called Granny's Stories
Comment by Margot Finke on February 26, 2011 at 6:40pm

Book signings can be fun.  It is always good to meet your readers.

11 books so far Tonya: all for children and most are in rhyme.  My kids had some minor reading problems, so I try to write books that tempt kids to read - especially boys.  One picture book helps kids with dyslexia, and their parents. Another is for kids who are dealing with BIG changes in their lives - both these have helpful parent/teacher guides.

Then I have a rhyming series of eBooks that tell about animals from the US and Australia - I am originally from Australia

My latest is a mid-grade adventure for boys.  It is set on a cattle station in the Aussie outback.  Sure to tempt reluctant readers. You can see them all here, link to a sample page or reviews. :

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Comment by Tonya Peele on February 26, 2011 at 5:46pm
Thanks Margot. I spoke and did a book signing today. Walked away knowing I changed someone's life! How many books have you written?
Comment by Margot Finke on February 26, 2011 at 4:28pm

Huge congrats Tonya.
Nothing beats the thrill you get when your first book is published - YEA!!

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Comment by Margot Finke on February 24, 2011 at 3:37pm

Want to WIN my great new adventure story for your boy - or to tempt that reluctant reader?

Comment on my short story "Tease" named below, and you could be the WINNER

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Comment by Carla Jansen on February 24, 2011 at 2:06pm
Hi Ladies!  Do your young kiddos have you laughing with their unique way of looking at the world?  I'm looking for more submissions for The Things Kids Say on Houston Parents Magazine (  We are a quickly growing online resource for parents in the Houston area (so far we've had over 2800 hits in February).  We currently compensate with a byline and link.  The best way to submit is to email, though I also check messages here. ;)
Comment by Tonya Peele on February 24, 2011 at 8:33am
Margot Finke - following you back on Twitter. I am an author too! Thanks for following me!!!
Comment by Margot Finke on February 23, 2011 at 4:29pm

Food on your Colorful Apron site made me salivate!!!  I am a follower.  Please follow me too.

And for those who want to write books, check out the "Secret of Writing for Children."

Lots of helpful suggestions on writing tight and terrific stories. 


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Comment by The Colorful Apron on February 23, 2011 at 2:39pm

i loved reading all your blogs! checked them all out.


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