Literacy Tips from Experts!

Jambo Books was so lucky to sit down with literacy experts from the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy to get tips from the experts on raising enthusiastic and self-motivated readers. If you have any questions for our experts, please send us an email with your question to info@jambobooks.com.

Raising Enthusiastic Readers with the READ Strategy: Repeat the Story

Literacy expert Crystal Grimes talks with Jambo Books about how to encourage your children to become enthusiastic readers. READ is a acronym for Repeat the Story, Engage and Enjoy, Ask Questions and Do More. Here, Crystal jumps right in with Repeat the Story.

Raising Enthusiastic Readers with the READ Strategy: Engage and Enjoy, Quick Overview

Do you have 4 minutes? Here, Crystal gives us a quick overview of the E of the READ strategy: Engage and Enjoy.

Raising Enthusiastic Readers with the READ Strategy: Engage and Enjoy, Entire Interview

Do you have 13 minutes?. Listen to our entire interview with Crystal as she explains the E of the READ strategy: Engage and Enjoy.

Raising Enthusiastic Readers with the READ Strategy: Ask Questions

Crystal suggests that we ask our kids questions to encourage them to go deeper into the books. Ask about the illustrations, the plot, and how the story could have ended differently. Your only limit is your imagination.

How to Engage a Reluctant Talker

Having trouble trying to pull more than one word responses from your kids or grandkids? Stop struggling to pull out conversation. Literacy expert Crystal Grimes offers some great strategies on how to engage a reluctant talker.

Positive Strategies for Managing Constant Chatter

Maybe you have the opposite issue and your sweet LO just won’t stop talking. Crystal gives us great tips on how to handle your child’s constant chatter in a positive way that continues to support literacy and language development. These 7 minutes could buy you hours of quiet.

The Cover of the book is Like the Trailer of a Movie

Don’t speed past the cover of your kids’ books! Let Crystal tell you more.

Raising Enthusiastic Readers with the READ Strategy: Do More

Watch our interview with literacy expert, Crystal Grimes, about how to DO MORE with the books you and your children read together.

Building Conversation Skills: Serve and Return

Being a strong conversationalist is an important skill for success in many aspects of life. Literacy expert Crystal Grimes shows us how to play Serve and Return with our kids to increase their mastery of language.

Supporting Literacy Outside of Books

Literacy expert Crystal Grimes talks with Jambo Books about how to encourage your children to become enthusiastic readers. Here, Crystal explains how to build literacy outside of reading books. Join us!

The Value of Reading about Characters from Diverse Backgrounds

Literacy experts, Cheryl Kirksey and Yvette Manns from the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, discuss the value of reading literature about characters from diverse backgrounds.!

How to Teach Bilingual Children to Read in Both Languages

Literacy experts, Cheryl Kirksey and Yvette Manns share their best strategies for teaching bilingual children to read in both languages.

Paper Books vs. E-Books: Which Format is Best for Childhood Literacy?

Cheryl and Yvette weigh in on the paper vs e-books debate for building childhood literacy.

About Our Experts:

Crystal Grimes, M.Ed.: Educational Trainer and Mentor Coach Specialist who has served for over 20 years in the field of Early Childhood Education. In Crystal’s current role as a Birth to 5 Facilitator at the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, she empowers families by coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Crystal is also an Empowerment Life Coach with a focus in Coaching and Positive Psychology. She is passionate about empowering others and creating an environment that will allow them to embrace their full potential intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.


Cheryl Kirksey:
K-3rd grade literacy facilitatorat the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School.


Yvette Manns:
K-3rd grade literacy facilitator and content developer at the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School