Interview with Al Molaison

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I created the persona of Mrs. Ima Wordlover a decade ago because I wanted to write books for children. Loving words and reading have always been linked in my mind. I didn't know any man named Ima so my character is a woman. She's probably a composite of the four elementary teachers who contributed to my early educational development, especially in reading. I remember them as special---caring and committed teachers.

And I had all these grandchildren who enjoyed reading. I wanted them to enjoy reading what I had written.

I had, and have, some friends who were and are very successful writers of children's books. I sent them my materials for review. The opinions were nearly unanimous, "These are not books for children, but adults will find them clever and amusing." I believe that's called damning with faint praise.

So I put my writing ambitions aside. But on computer after computer, I kept my files. And as I learned, I revised, looking to create material children could enjoy and be encouraged to read more.

Over the years I followed the various solutions to teach reading in our schools: look/say, phonics, accelerated reading programs, read-aloud; and the list goes on. I kept track of the research. And I concluded that the key to having a child who is a competent reader is an active parent. One who is involved in the child's language acquisition, who models reading behavior, and who supplies reading materials. Ah, it sounds so simple and straightforward.

But it isn't.

I hope I help a little.
Published 2014-03-09.
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Books by This Author

Your Child, Reading, Common Core
Price: Free! Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Parent participation, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Reference
(5.00)
why do i read? because I can, because I seek new information. because I want new experiences, because I enjoy it. every child should be able to give these answers.
The Biggest Cat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc., Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Intermediate
the lion bears the title, king of the jungle, his mane is kingly. he is big. his roar is heard for miles. but he is not the biggest cat. the world’s biggest cat is the tiger. he’s big enough that he doesn’t roar at other animals. when he’s on the attack, the prey hears a hiss or a huff, not a roar. he lives alone. he hunts alone. he’s big enough to do both.
Proud as a Peacock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
(5.00)
Mrs. Wordlover continues presenting idioms to her students. In this story, she doesn’t use a word game. She introduces peafowl. And she actually uses some photos. She supplies the facts. Then she lets the students apply these facts. They ocome to an understanding of the idiom. Her idiom of the day is “proud as a peacock.”
Mrs. Ima Wordlover
You set the price! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
yes, i am a word lover. i’m a teacher. i’m a storyteller. sometimes, i play word games with my class. now, we’ll laugh together at my use of old idioms to create class rules. it’s the first day of our class. turn the page and meet me.
I Am Bald Eagle
You set the price! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Ducks, Geese, etc., Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Biology
(5.00)
The bald eagle lives only in North America. It was almost lost to the continent. It was hunted. Pesticides killed its eggs. Chemicals coming into the waters poisoned the fish it ate. The hunting stopped. The pesticides are banned. The chemicals are controlled. The bald eagle has recovered.