Meet Children’s Author Jim Aylesworth

Meet children's author Jim Aylesworth

A few Saturdays ago Mrs. Karle and I, along with my two oldest children got the opportunity of being able to attend a “Young Author’s Conference.”  The school my children attend helps to sponsor a conference in which a children’s author comes to talk to interested students about his/her books.  This year the author who came to speak was Jim Aylesworth.  Mr. Aylesworth is a retired first grade teach who also has written 34 children’s books.  He was a fantastic speaker and entertainer for both children and adults.  You could really tell he was a great teacher by his ability to keep the children’s attention!  Mr. Aylesworth had a lot in common with Mrs. Karle too!  Aside from both being retired first grade teachers, Mr. Aylesworth learned the importance of using a pointer in helping keep his students attention and helping the students learn.  He told stories of how reading to his students each day helped him teach his students.  He also talked about how his students convinced him to become an author.  His students would also help him come up with ideas for his books!

After hearing Mr. Aylesworth speak, we were able to get a few of his books signed…and take a picture with him.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.  If you have the opportunity to attend a “Young Authors Conference”, or, to meet or see Jim Aylesworth, I highly recommend it!  Later in the week I will introduce you to some of our favorite Jim Aylesworth books.

Meet children's author Jim Aylesworth

Grandma (Mrs. Karle) helping her granddaughter understand where to go during the Young Author’s Conference.

Everyone is all smiles before the conference begins!

Meet children's author Jim Aylesworth

Meet Children's author Jim Aylesworth

After the conference, Grandma and her granddaughters get their Jim Aylesworth books signed!

 Meet children's author Jim Aylesworth

What a great way to spend a Saturday!  We learned how a children’s author got his start, and learned about some great books as well!


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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. I would have loved to have been there to hear him speak. I’ve written two children’s books and want to get them published.

    1. He did not give any specifics in terms of getting started with a publisher… but, you could have always asked about it! 🙂 I wish I had advice to give you…

  2. What a great experience for your kiddos! Hopefully they are inspired to continue reading and writing 🙂

  3. That seems like so much fun! I love that his students gave him a push! Very cool.

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