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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

Not goodbye, but see you later!

February 27, 2014

It’s impossible for me to believe that I started blogging for Reading Rockets in January, 2007. My girls were 5 and 7 then, and our days were filled with preschool celebrations and I Can Read chapter books. Fast forward 7 years and we’re firmly entrenched in middle school and more dystopian and realistic fiction than I could possibly read.

Throughout it all, I’ve tried to remain true to my belief that everyone — kids, parents, teachers, librarians, principals — is working harder than ever to raise our next generation of readers. Together on this blog we’ve discussed many important issues and laughed along the way. You gave lots of great advice as we debated whether to send our summer birthday to kindergarten in the fall, suffered with me through the jokes and riddles stage of second grade, and joined me in bemoaning the daily reading logs that threatened to squeeze the life out of my readers. Throughout it all, we treated each other with respect and care. Thank you for that!

My career is taking off in a different direction now, but I know I’ll continue to pore over my Reading Rockets newsletters, the daily blasts of news, and the terrific blog posts written by others. Reading Rockets has always been — and will remain — the friendliest and most authoritative source for news and research-based information about raising young readers. So, it’s not good-bye, but rather see you later!

With my best wishes,


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