Green Bay author making a difference in young readers

Green Bay author, Miranda Paul, reads to children at the Kress Library in De Pere. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- It's what every parent loves to see: a child, engaged in the pages of a book.

Reading can open a wide world of incredible imagination.

Green Bay author, Miranda Paul, writes for children.

One of her latest books, "The Great Pasta Escape," uses humor to connect with kids.

"Everybody likes to laugh. It can heal the soul and it's a way to sneak in a little bit of learning, or a little bit of educational matter. If we're laughing while we do it, we don't realize that we're learning or that we're growing in our literacy skills," Paul said.

Getting kids to read can be a challenge for parents but there are things you can do to help your child pick up a book and develop that skill. One is use your librarian.

"I think one of the most important things is to let your child pick some of the books you read together. So if you're going to the library, go to the stacks and let them pick a few things on their favorite subject," said children's librarian, Jessica Pyrek.

Librarians say, how to get their kids to read more, is a common question from parents.

"If you have a child with a lot of energy and it's hard to get them to sit and focus on the book, you could do it at bedtime when they're drowsy and want to sit and cuddle and listen to a book with you," said Pyrek.

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"I think there is a book for everyone and it's not always the best-sellers that always fulfill those needs," said Paul.

Paul wants her books to be engaging for others, even a call to action.

"I want it to be an experience, either between parent and child, or something that motivates a family or a kid to go and do something after they read the book," said Paul.

She also still gets a kick out of seeing her books on the shelves in the Kress Library.

"It's a remarkable feeling to think I'm contributing to something that will last longer than I do," said Paul.

And she loves making a difference and sharing her talents with kids.

Reading experts suggest having a goal of reading 20 minutes a day for your child.

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