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Encouraging Readers to Write, Author Ali Maier

Posted on: August 11, 2015

Ali Maier wrote Mom Made Us This in The Summer to encourage young readers to read and write, two things that she herself loves to do. For fans, Maier has created two accompanying books, one is a quiz book and the other is a shared journal. Her website also includes journal resource. I’m reviewing the first book tomorrow. Save the date: August 12!

AliMaierBorn in Pennsylvania, Maier moved a few times in the state while growing up. In high school, she spent a lot of time with children, working as a summer camp counselor for many years, volunteering to teach Sunday school at church, working in the local day-care center, and working as a kindergarten aide.

After high school, she relocated to Ohio to attend college. There, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and intended to become a teacher. In addition, Maier worked at a local toy store and later in product development at a company making art and craft kits for kids. Eventually, Maier married and left her job to work start-up a marketing company with her husband.

While Maier continues to support the company, she also now stays at home to raise their children. And, of course, Maier writes.

The family have a rabbit, whom Maier describes as: “the world’s most adorable mini-lop bunny. Her name is Angel, and I talk to her like she’s a baby – then my kids tease me. She thinks she’s a cat. She has a litter box and spends most of the day hopping around the house. I love when she lays under my chair when I’m writing at my computer. Before we got her, I had no idea what a great pet a bun could be!”

Maier loves to read, write, and spend time with her family. By far, their favorite place to travel is Lake Erie! Maier and her husband love being able to teach their children about the world with hands-on adventures. She also enjoys paddle boarding on Lake Erie.

Book Publicity Services describes Mom Mad Us Write This In The Summer as a “funny he-said, she-said journal-style book by 10-year-old twins, Maggie and Max Pruitt. When their Mom comes up with a plan for a summer journal, Max and Maggie Pruitt cannot believe it! Worse yet, they have to SHARE! The book is full of back and forth comments of the kids that highlight the joys and challenges of siblings. Anyone with a brother or sister will identify with the fun and struggles that Max and Maggie experience.”

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