The Reading Kingdom blog publishes 5 posts a week on learning tips and educational advice, reviews of great books for kids, educational activities for kids, reading games for kids, worksheets for kids, reviews of our online reading program for kids, as well as guest posts related to parenting, teaching, and children.

Featured Contributors


Dr. Marion Blank is the founder and creator of the Reading Kingdom program, as well as the director of the Light on Learning program at Columbia University in New York. She has spent over 40 years studying how children learn to read and is recognized by her peers as one of the world’s top experts in literacy. 

She writes about learning tips, literacy, and education.

Kristen Butler is a member of the marketing team at the Reading Kingdom and a regular contributor to the Reading Kingdom Blog. She has a background in journalism and is a new mom who looks forward to sharing the love of literacy with her daughter! Her favorite books as a child were the Collections of Peter Rabbit and Friends.
Melissa Gaynor and Melissa Young live in a small town outside of New York City and have five children between them. Melissa Young was a teacher of grades K-5 and specialized in literacy. She has an Elementary Education Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. Melissa Gaynor has worked advertising and marketing and has an MBA from Columbia University. Their children and a shared passion for children’s books brought them together as friends and business partners. Voracious readers with dreams of opening a children’s bookstore, they parlayed their passions into creating Sweet on Books and establishing themselves as two of the leading children’s book reviewers on the web.
Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker and Author of the Amazon best-selling book “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the famous black and yellow series and the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She has also just launched her 1st Parenting Made Easy app for iPhones and iPads. Her new book “Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy, Children ” is available now and is published by Random House. Sue offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, well behaved children from toddler to teen. She regularly appears on ITV This Morning, BBC Breakfast and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and is the parenting expert for many BBC Radio Stations around the UK. She has a regular monthly parenting phone- in on BBC Radio Surrey & Sussex and her parenting articles are published all over the world.
Carolina Nugent is an expert in early childhood education with nearly a decade of experience in public schools and private early childhood programs. As the Director of Education at KinderTown, an educational app store that helps busy parents find the best apps for young kids, she’s evaluated more than 1,000 apps for kids. She scours the app world from the Philadelphia area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. You can see more of her app reviews in the FREE KinderTown App, available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Lauri Berkenkamp is the author of six books for kids. Writing under the pen name Maxine Anderson she has written Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review and Christian Science Monitor, chosen as the #7 BookSense Children’s Pick for Summer 2006 and named Book of the Year by the Society for School Librarians International in 2006; Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in Boys’ Life magazine and called “a fascinating gem of a book” by the New York Times Book Review; Explore Spring and Explore Winter, which were chosen as Parents’ Choice Recommended Books for 2007, Discover the Amazon as well as Discover the Oceans.
Cynthia Light Brown has a Master’s degree in Earth and Planetary Science and twenty-one years experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She is a founding partner and Vice President of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions and coaches several Odyssey of the Mind teams. Cynthia is the mother of three children in eleventh, ninth and fifth grades and a featured writer on a new writers blog (Route 19 Writers).
Verna Fisher is a freelance writer living in Pennsylvania. She has written over 100 regional, national, and online magazine articles often focusing on children, education, active living, and Native American topics. She holds a degree in English and Education from DeSales University, as well as certifications in technical writing, copy-editing, and tutoring at the college level. She is also of Cherokee descent.
Marylou Morano Kjelle is the author of over 40 nonfiction books for young readers. She is a former instructor at the Institute of Children’s Literature, and continues to teach a “Writing for Children” workshop at Rutgers University. She has written extensively in the areas of science, food, the arts, and biography.
Kathleen M. Reilly is an award-winning writer and author. She is a frequent contributor to magazines like Family Circle, Parents, Woman’s Day, National Geographic Kids, Wondertime, FamilyFun, and others. Reilly has taught science classes for kids for five years, bringing tough topics to life through interactive projects and experiments.
David Rosenberg is an award-winning television and book author. Along with many sitcom scripts, he wrote for the classic Nickelodeon series RUGRATS, ROCKET POWER and THE WILD THORNBERRYS (Environmental Media Award nominee), along with developing animated children’s programming for Walt Disney and Klasky Csupo. He was a Humanitas Award finalist – honoring writing which promotes human dignity and meaning – and won a Media Access Award for co-writing a ROCKET POWER episode dealing with disability issues. He is currently represented on book shelves by THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR joke book, various MADLIBS, and was a contributor to the MALE AND FEMALE UNDER 18 anthology as well as authoring numerous national magazine articles.
Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself, Seven Wonders, several titles in the Explore Your World Series, How to Avoid School Snafus, Writing Club, and Writing Club II. She lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori and ECE teacher who has lived and worked in many countries. A member of SCBWI, she completed her Honors degree at the University of Toronto. Anita writes nonfiction for both adults and children. Her work has been featured in Kahani-A South Asian Literary Magazine, and Highlights for Children.
Ethan Zohn is a professional soccer player known for his nice-guys-finish-first win on “Survivor: Africa.” Since then, Ethan has become a full-time philanthropist and lecturer, investing his million-dollar winnings in co-founding the African AIDS/HIV project GrassrootSoccer. He currently travels around the world talking to students about the importance of giving back to the world. Ethan has also served as a host for the MSG Soccer Report, the Fox Soccer Channel, and the environmental travel series “Earthtripping.” He has also been named one of Katie Couric’s Cancer Ambassadors, inspiring others through his own battle with Hodgkins’ Lymphoma.