It is reported that reading to children is critical to their verbal development from birth to age three. Children television reading programs are no substitute for active reading to children to improve vocabulary building skills. It is also reported that boys are typically one to two years behind girls in their verbal skills during their middle grade years. This is why it is crucial that middle grade boys from grades 5 through 8 are involved in structured reading–both fictional and nonfictional books.

My sports books are designed to actively engage middle grade readers in reading. It is easier for students to become engaged in books where he or she can place himself or herself directly in the story. This is why I have created local books for students who see their world from a local viewpoint. I invite you to review the articles I have included on how to increase literacy and I want you to know that as a former reading teacher that my books will help inspire your son / daughter or student how to develop a healthy/active inner voice via the fun/exciting stories I have included in each of my books about believing in greatness.

Top 10 Ways to get Kids Excited about Reading

Inspirational Student Dream Stories

Grim Statistics

In the press

Author Dr. Paul Mullen Visits Hustead (May 8th, 2012) – Greenon Local School District

Speaker encourages students to follow their dreams (February 24th, 2012) – Sydney Daily News

Children’s author pays a visit to students at Waverly schools (November 13th, 2011) – The Pike County News Watchman

Taking a Peek (May 7th, 2011) – The Daily Standard

Author says ‘Follow your dream’ (April 21, 2011) – Estherville Daily News

Mullen speaks at Twin Cedars Elementary (April 21, 2011) – Journal Express

Author Visits McKinley School (April 19, 2011) – Des Moines Register

Author urges school children to ‘live their dreams’ (April 17, 2010) – The Daily Chief Union

Dream of Greatness (April 7, 2010) – Community Newspaper Group

Author’s Visit – Set goals and strive to reach them (March 10, 2010) – Batavia Schools

Former Withasmville-Tobasco student returns as published author (February 20, 2009) –

Interview with Dr Paul Mullen (December 4, 2008) – Sound Authors

Interview with Dr Paul Mullen (January 26, 2008) – Sound Authors

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