Inside Scoop: Raising a Rock-Star Reader

KidLit TV welcomes Amy Mascott, the creator of Teach Mama, and Allison McDonald founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards, a parent and educator blog syndicated by on their Raise A Reader blog.

Inside Scoop! | Raising a Rock Star Reader

In this interview, KidLit TV team member and Pinterest consultant Kim Vij chats with Amy and Allison about their new book Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love for Reading (Scholastic).


About Raising a Rock-Star Reader

via Scholastic

Raising A Rockstar Reader – From the creators of the popular education blogs Teach Mama and No Time for Flash Cards comes a must-have parents’ guide for raising lifelong readers and learners. Written for today’s time-crunched parents, this book is filled with easy-to-implement tips for creating a literate environment and fun, quick activities for building children’s oral language and early reading and writing skills. Just five minutes a day every day is all it takes to foster a child’s love of reading and learning. For use with Grades K-5.

More About Amy:


amy-mascott-profile-new-3-538x550Amy Mascott is the creator of, where since 2008, she has shared tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children.

A Reading Specialist, writer, and literacy consultant, Amy’s work has been featured on dozens of online and print publications, including Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents,, PBS Digital Studios, and more.

Amy is a former high school English teacher who has truly expanded the walls of classroom, sharing her expertise at local and national events and publishing her first book with Scholastic, Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love for Reading in 2015.

Married to an elementary school principal, Amy resides in the DC Metro with her three crazy-cool kids (11, 10, and 8 years old), a dog, two birds, and one fish

More About Allison:

via No Time For Flash Cards

allison-head-shot--266x266I have been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so you can imagine I have done my fair share of crafts, songs, and circle times. I started as a day camp leader at a local recreation center while in high school. Taught various preschool age and after-school programs through university and worked as a reading tutor while pursuing a second degree in elementary education. After graduating with honors I set out to teach, ended up as a director of a large childcare center and preschool and returned to the classroom after a year realizing pretty quickly that I belong in a classroom, not an office.  My son’s birth brought me home and my love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time For Flash Cards. Last fall I returned to the classroom teaching 2-3-year-olds. Now I use ideas I shared here with my own kids with my own students.

Since starting this blog  in early 2008, I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful brands like Melissa & Doug, speak at conferences, and write curriculum for Itty-Bitty Bookworm a literature-based preschool curriculum and MeMeTales.  I am also proud to have this blog syndicated by and write about family literacy on their Raise A Reader blog. You can also find me over at PBS’s new Adventures in Learning blog where I share hands-on ways to learn.

This fall my book Raising A Rock-Star Reader  was released, I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for books using a new platform! Read more about it here.

Early childhood education is my passion. Whether in a classroom or family room I want to help adults make learning fun and meaningful for the children they care for.

The entire KidLit TV team thanks Amy, Allison and Scholastic for this book, and we’re excited to tell every parent we know about it!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter amy mascott

ACK! My error, remember? I KNEW Dan Brown didn’t sound right. . . WE knew it didn’t sound right! MARC BROWN is the author of ‘Arthur’!! *head hits desk*

Kid Lit TV Commenter Julie Gribble

So many Browns…we all know who you meant! No worries. You’re a mom and you’re allowed! That’s that.

Kid Lit TV Commenter writersideup

Wow, girls, this was fanTASTic! I totally spread the word to my “Special Ed Teacher” daughter-in-law and her “Elementary School Principal” mom :D


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