Friday, March 28, 2014

"Grammy Pags Stories" Newsletter #1 - Ready to fly!!

Rhonda "Grammy" Paglia reading
Doonsey's Beach Adventure,
the Great Rescue to
3 of her 5 grandchildren.
Hi Everyone,
My first "Grammy Pags Stories" Newsletter
is ready!!  If you want to be on my mailing list, 
please e-mail me at:

If you sign up, I will send you some free activity pages from "Doonsey's Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue."

Love, from Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia 
& the Gang

Rhonda Paglia is a retired elementary 
and gifted support teacher from Hermitage, PA. 
She is the author of 3 children’s books.  
Her 4th book, "The 3 Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion" 
will be released in May 2014.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Heart-felt review of children's book "The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission"

Hi Friends and Followers - Please check out the beautiful book review of my children's story, "The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission" by Mark Weidler. His words reduced me to tears. You can read Mark's heart-felt review at:
 - it's featured on the right side of the page. Thank you, Mark. 

Check out: Rhonda Paglia's Grammy "Pags" Stories - Fans Page

Author, Rhonda Paglia
Rhonda Paglia is a retired elementary teacher from Hermitage, PA. 
She is the author of 3 children’s books.
Her 4th book, "The 3 Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion" 
will be released this spring or early summer.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Learning to Read - Tip #2 from Rhonda Paglia "Grammy Pags Stories"

Author, Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia
with 3 of her 5 grandchildren,
reading "Doonsey's Beach Adventure,
the Great Rescue"
Learning to Read
Tip #2 
Grammy Pags

Most kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to draw pictures - at any age. Here is how to develop an early interest in reading through art.

#1 - Encourage your kids or grandkids to draw - and draw a lot without pressure for perfection.  It doesn't matter what the picture looks like.  In fact, draw together!!  Get the creative juices flowing. Just have a fun, social time with your child.

#2 - When the drawing is finished, ASK ABOUT THEIR WORK   SAY: "Please, tell me about your picture."

#3 - NEXT - Here is YOUR job:  
  • Write down EXACTLY what your child tells you.
  • PRINT the words - right on their paper - usually at the bottom of the page if there is room, or on the back. On the front is best because It will look like a caption under a picture.

# 4 - READ the words back to your child, SLOWLY, pointing at each word.
# 5 - READ IT AGAIN - pointing at each word. The 3rd read through, have your child read with you.  [Kids get so excited when their words are written down.]
#6 - DISPLAY THIS STORY - on their wall, on the frig, somewhere for everyone to see and read.  Make a big deal out of it.  Read it again and encourage your child to read it too.  
#7 - Go back to step #1 and repeat often.

Why do this?  
  • kids will start to make the connection: "their talk" can be written down.  They can "see" their words. This is a really cool concept for kids.
  • their words and thoughts are important to someone else - YOU!
  • this is a fun way to get kids interested in reading - and later, writing.
  • these are your child's first stories!!  Make a collection. Put them in a little scrapbook.  This is their personal "storybook that they can "read" or have read to them whenever they want.  [You have no idea how often kids want to "read their stories" to you and others.]
Have fun!!  It works and you will be amazed!
Love from Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Doonsey's Beach Adventure at

Beach time is coming!! Enjoy a little preview of "Doonsey's Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue." An "Easy Reader" adventure for kids.
Available from Amazon:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"This Kid Reviews Books" Interview with young Illustrator, Taylor Galaska

Author / Illustrator, Rhonda Paglia and co-illustrator, Taylor Galaska
at the Gallery 29 of Sharon, PA  Book Signing Event
 14-year-old Taylor Galaska helped illustrate "The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission."  Read his interview  This Kid Reviews Books - creative-kid-thursday-meet-illlustrator-taylor-galaska/#comments  and make sure to check out the great comments Taylor received.  Thanks again, Erik the Great, of  This Kid Reviews Books for the wonderful interview and book for sharing our book.

Love from Rhonda "Grammy Pags Stories" Paglia

If anyone would like to write a book review of "The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission" in exchange for a free PDF version, please e-mail Rhonda at:

Amazon:  The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission
To learn more about "The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission, and the "Angels in Charge Scholarship Fund" click here:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Looking for Reviewers

Available at: The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission
Hi Everyone - I am looking for volunteers to review my children's story, "The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission." I will send you a free PDF file of this sweet little children's story if you will post your review on Amazon. Please e-mail me at 
if you are interested in reviewing this children's story, The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission .

Thanks everyone!
Love, Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia 
Or message me at: Rhonda Paglia's Grammy Pags Stories

Author, Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia and young illustrator, Taylor Galaska at a book signing for
"The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission"
at Gallery 29 in Sharon, PA

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Learning to Read - Tip #1 - from children' author, Rhonda Paglia of "Grammy Pags Stories"

Author & Grandmother, Rhonda Paglia
reading "Doonsey's Beach Adventure,
the Great Rescue"
to 3 of her 5 grandchildren.
Learning to Read 
Tip #1 
from Grammy Pags

As a mom, grandmother, and teacher, I love to teach reading.  Here are a few ideas I used when teaching my children and young students to read:

1. When teaching the letters of the alphabet, teach the sounds as well.
Letter  B -“bah” – ball – bird – boy – “bah – bah – bah”
Letter T – “ti” – toy – turtle – tick-tock - “ti – ti – ti”

Letter F – “fff” – fish – funny – farmer - “fff - fff - fff”

2. NOW – ADD ONE MORE COMPONENT:  This is fun!  Try this little activity.  Hold your hand or finger or fingers in front of your mouth about 2” – 3” away.  When you say the letter B – “bah” or T – “ti” or F – “fff” – you can feel the breath on your hand.  Young kids get so excited, because now they can see, hear, and feel the letter!!

3. SEE the letter, SAY the letter, and now FEEL the letter!!  What could be more fun?  Try saying and feeling the sound 2 - 3 times before and after the word you are practicing. Using more senses helps young learners make the connection between the letter and the sound, which later on, will lead to . . . early recognition of letters, sounds, and reading.  

HOMEWORK FROM GRAMMY:  How many letters of the alphabet can you “feel” with your breath? 

Try it and have fun!! 
Love, Rhonda “Grammy Pags Stories” Paglia

Rhonda Paglia is a retired elementary teacher from Hermitage, PA. 
She is the author of 3 children’s books with her 4th book to a 2014 release.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fun at the Shenango Valley Community Library
Doonsey's Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue

Monday, March 10, 2014

Come join the fun!! This Wednesday, Shenango Valley Community Library!! We're going to explore the beach with Doonsey and his friends!! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

P.S. - Grammy's coming too!  

Shenango Valley Community Library
11 North Sharpsville Ave.
Sharon, PA 16146

Story Hour
11:00 AM & 3:30 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014