Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead book cover

Welcome to the new and improved MayaSmart.com! Here you can find all our fabulous articles, advice columns, book reviews, curated reading lists, literacy activities, crafts, recipes, and more—newly organized for easy browsing and searching. 

Sort blog posts by the age groups they’re relevant to, from babies & toddlers, preschoolers, or young readers to tween, teen, or adults. Or poke around in our dozens of themed collections. You’ll find collections of books for kids and adults, of course, but that’s just the beginning. 

We also have collections organized by topic, like social emotional, diversity & inclusion, or personal development… By type, like family activities or seasonal posts… And even by the literacy skill they support, like letters & sounds, spelling, or vocabulary.

There’s also a section with information about upcoming and past events, from my speaking engagements to book clubs, workshops, and (coming soon!) parenting courses. And you can learn about my book, Reading for Our Lives: A Literacy Action Plan from Birth to Six and how to pre-order it.

You can also become a VIP—very intentional parent, that is—and opt in to my free library of fun downloads, including literacy printables, seasonal crafts, games, and more to help you raise your reader!

I invite you to explore the new site and join me on my mission to increase literacy for all. Together, we can raise a generation of readers and construct a brighter future.

It’s my fervent hope that this new website will be a helpful source of evidence-based advice, ideas, and inspiration for parents. Got ideas of something you’d like to see on the site or resources you’d find useful? Let me know!

A big thank you, too, to our wonderful web team at Glide Design for translating my vision into a beautiful, user-friendly website that will help more parents and caregivers raise thriving readers.