Maya Payne Smart offers a living example of how to make books and stories a joyful part of children’s lives as well as a vehicle to lift communities. Whether through her engaging blog series, her community leadership roles, or as an author, she has a track record of using practical ideas to inspire people and connect them.

Meg Medina, Newbery Medal-winning author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears

I have never encountered another individual that can match Maya Payne Smart’s passion for early childhood literacy. She is nothing short of remarkable, and if anyone can develop a feasible and parent-friendly blueprint to help America’s youth develop a lifelong love of reading, despite our educational system’s failures, it is her.

Nancy Redd, bestselling author of Body Drama

By accident, my parents turned me into a lover of books and I feel very lucky. Now that I am a parent myself, I am eager to learn how I might pass the same traits on to my own children. I can’t wait for this book.

Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way

Maya Smart is a powerful communicator whose intellectual gifts are matched by an intense clarity of purpose and commitment to improving literacy for all children. Sharp, keen, and thoughtful, she has the rare ability to take in vast amounts of detailed information, summarize the key issues, identify the most important concerns, and plan for action in a clear, precise way. I eagerly await the arrival of Maya’s treatment on what parents need to know about literacy as I know it will be grounded in evidence, accessible, and immediately actionable.

Keffrelyn D. Brown, Suzanne B. and John L. Adam Endowed Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

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