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UW-Eau Claire instructor's new book serves as guide to fun reading for kids

January 2, 2013

RobReidBookEAU CLAIRE — Rob Reid, a senior lecturer of education studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, provides a guide for parents, teachers and librarians to share humorous picture books, easy readers, chapter books, poetry collections and graphic novels with preschool through middle school-age children in his newly published book, "Silly Books to Read Aloud."

"My literature background is in humor," Reid said. "I read and reread hundreds and hundreds of humor books for children to locate the funniest ones to introduce to parents and their kids with the goal of getting kids interested in reading. The key element in these books is humor, and humor is equated with fun."

Reid holds a bachelor's degree in English education/speech-theater and a master's degree in library science. He has expertise in children's literature and music, storytelling and motivating children to read. Reid said he found his niche for his writing while working as a children's librarian. He is glad to share that knowledge with his education students to reach a whole new generation of kids.

"Silly Books to Read Aloud" was published by Huron Street Press, an imprint of the American Library Association, and is the first book in a series. Reid is contracted to write "Biographies to Read Aloud" and "Animal Stories to Read Aloud," with expected publication dates of 2014 and 2015, respectively.

For more information about the book or the series, contact Rob Reid at reidra@uwec.edu or 715-836-5015.

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