Upcoming Book & Author Events to Focus on Parents, Children & Reading

Programs presented in conjunction with Library’s Early Literacy Learning Center; parents and early childhood educators welcome!

PROVIDENCE, RI—With a focus on parents, children and the importance of reading at an early age, Providence Public Library is pleased to welcome noted young author Alice Ozma, whose book The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared highlights the value of reading to children, on Saturday, September 17. The talk will be held from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Library’s Barnard Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence, and will be followed by a book signing.

Following on the same theme in October, the Library will welcome Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Rebecca Jackson, authors of the Good Night (GoodParentGoodChild ) series of books for parents and children on Saturday, October 15, 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Library’s Barnard Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence.

“In addition to being a heart-warming account of a father’s and daughter’s lasting commitment to each other, Ms. Ozma’s book and experience also serve as a prime example for parents striving to help their children become strong readers and lifelong learners.  In addition, the GoodParentGoodChild books by Donaldson-Pressman and Jackson parallel learning approaches we espouse,” says PPL Children’s Librarian Bonnie Lilienthal.  “These are the goals of our Early Literacy Learning Center at PPL and why we are delighted to have these authors come and speak to our parents and early childhood educators.”

About Alice Ozma

Named for two literary characters (“Alice” from Lewis Carroll and “Ozma” from L. Frank Baum), the author is the daughter of a Philadelphia-area elementary school librarian. When Alice was nine, her father made a promise: to read to her every night, without missing a night, for 100 nights. But once the pair met their goal, they couldn’t stop; 100 became 1,000, and eventually they decided to read as long as they possibly could. The Reading Streak, as they called it, ultimately lasted 3,218 nights, finally ending on Alice’s first day of college. The Reading Streak changed their lives so profoundly, Alice has made a commitment to spread the word about reading and the importance of making a reading promise. 

Alice Ozma is a 23-year old bibliophile born and raised in Millville, New Jersey, and currently living in Philadelphia.  She encourages everyone to start their own Reading Streak.  She would love to hear about how you started a Streak, or your favorite book, or what you liked about her book.  Contact her at Alice@MakeaReadingPromise.com.

About GoodParentGoodChild Books and Authors

Good Night introduces you to a simple, thoughtful, and effective technique called “What’s the Rule.” The authors have taught parents this technique for over 35 years, and now present it in a clear and often humorous light in Good Night. Parents can expect great changes in nighttime behavior. What’s even more interesting is that with better bedtime behavior, a recent study shows children’s overall behavior improves.

GoodParentGoodChild books give parents successful techniques to solve specific parenting  challenges.  They are written from the perspectives of a pediatric psychologist, a clinical social worker, and the mother of both a toddler and a ’tween. The GoodParentGoodChild series presents actual case stories, making the books more interesting and real. The series also features companion story books for your children, Matilda & Maxwell Good Night. These beautiful and very funny books will help and delight your children, and make you laugh.

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, LICSW is a therapist, consultant, trainer and the author of the best selling Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment. She has been working with adults, children and families for over 20 years.  Dr. Robert Pressman is a pediatric psychologist with over 35 years of experience.  He is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is the author of five texts.  He is the editor-in-chief and president of the Joint Commission for the Development of the Treatment and Statistical Manual for Behavioral and Mental Disorders. Rebecca Jackson is the founder and CEO of Good Parent, Inc. She is the working mother of both a toddler and a ’tween.