Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 3- Release Day!

Appearance on Fox and Friends- 7:50 am

Reception, open to the Rowan University community, including current students and alumni- 5:00pm in Hollybush

Public Signing- 7:00pm
Rowan University Barnes and Noble
Glassboro, NJ

Thursday, May 5, 7:30
Talk, Q&A, and signing
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St, Princeton NJ

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00
Reading and Signing
Cherry Hill Barnes and Noble
911 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 80002

Saturday, May 14, 1:30
Talk, Q&A, and signing
Millville Public Library
210 Buck St., Millville, NJ 08332

Monday and Tuesday, May 16 and 17th
Read Aloud Chattanooga Program Visit
Various locations throughout Chattanooga, TN

Friday, May 20th
Grand Central Publishing
Blog Talk Radio- Live show

Thursday, May 26
Book Expo America
Singing 12-1
Also attending Book Blogger Convention Reception Meet and Greet
Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, June 8th
Talk, Q&A, and Signing
Mrs. Nelson’s T0y and Book Shop
1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, California

Thursday, June 9th
San Diego Public Libraries Reading Promise Summer Reading Program
11 to Noon: Mission Valley Library
1pm to 2pm: Pacific Beach Library
6pm to 7pm: Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
All in San Diego, California

Sunday, June 12
Talk, Q&A, and Signing, 3pm
Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Rd.
Haverford, PA

Wednesday, June 29th
Talk, Q&A, and Signing, 6pm
Stamford Public Library
1 Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT

Tuesday, July 19th
Talk, Q&A, and Signing with Robert Strauss (“Daddy’s Little Goalie”)
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, July 20th
Talk, Q&A, and Signing
7:00 pm
West Milford Township Library
1490 Union Valley Rd
West Milford, NJ


Published on March 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm  Comments (29)  

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  1. Hi Alice!
    I just got your book at the library yesterday. I can’t
    put it down! I love the picture of you and your Dad,
    what a great relationship!
    I taught my son to read when he was four, (he’s 43 now),
    and he turned into a great reader, which thrills me!
    Keep up the good work!

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    • I’m not sure how to do that, on my end- but I will ask my tech guy and he’ll comment here for you!

  3. Thrilled about this book and your message. What a wonderful way for parents to connect with their children. Thank you so much for writing it and sharing it with the world

  4. Alice, I loved your book–just picked it up yesterday and couldn’t put it down. You know when the perfect book presents itself to you at the perfect time??? I love when that happens. My youngest is in 4th grade and I was just thinking the other day that our nights reading together sadly weren’t going to last much longer…but then your book jumped off the bookshelf and into my arms and we are determined to keep reading!! Thank you for sharing your story–I loved it and am passing it on to everyone I know!!

  5. Alice:
    I just happened to read about you and your book on-line. It is of interest to me because I coordinate a family literacy program for English language learners in Reading, PA.
    I shall share your experience and your book with our families. This was wonderful and I hope you continue to inspire young families to read to their children.


  6. Alice,

    I was reading your book yesterday and got so excited when you mentioned the diner in Glassboro. I knew right away that you went to Rowan!!! That is where I went as well! The book was great! I am a teacher and I wish that all parents would read to their children like your father did with you. Great story!


  7. I was so excited when I saw your book. I read to my Daughter almost every night. We have read all the American Girl books, Little House on the Prarie books, Harry Potter books, We are now on the last of the Green Gable books.

    My Daughter is 12 and she still loves to listen to me read every night before she sleeps. I had read some where early in my pregnancy that one of the best things you can do for your child it to read. I love reading and always have a book in my hand. My Daughter does not. She would rather draw, or knit while I read – which is fine with me! She still has a high reading level because I read to her!! Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • You have the same taste in books as my sister. She read me Anne of Green Gables aloud. Lots of reading in our house!

  8. Alice,
    Remarkable story. My oldest child, Lily loves reading each evening and story telling moments with her mother. Your work inspires me to make a similar committment. to her and our two younger children. I am stunned by the duration of your adventure. Family comes first. Great job on NPR.

    David G.
    Carmel, California

  9. I just finsihed your book and it brought me to tears. I have been a preschool special education teacher for 30 years. When I started to hear fellow teachers say that they did not have time to read out loud to their children because of the demands of the “curriculum” I thought my heart would break. So glad to know that retirement will bring me opportunities to read to others – I was inspired. I too have been told that I was not a team player when I questioned these changes. I can relate to the pain that your Dad experienced as he tried to fight for what we know in our hearts is good and true in education. Thank you – its been a long time since I was so moved by a story.

    • There’s so much left for you to do with your talents, Cyndi! Don’t give up!

  10. Hi Alice. I just finished reading your book and loved it! I am a K-12 librarian and belong to a local book club. I plan to share the book with my fellow educators and our superintendent and principal in hopes of keeping reading alive in this world of technology. I also plan to book talk the book at the first meeting of the book club in September and see if I can get the members to sign the reading promise. There is nothing as good as curling up on the couch with a cat on your lap and a book in your hands! I’m so glad you wrote this book and what an awesome journey for you and your dad!
    Sue Galloway, Librarian, Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Sulphur, OK

  11. I just finished your book. 4:35 AM. Loved it. I will send a copy to my daughter 24 years old who can relate to it in many ways,
    Thank you

  12. Hi Alice,

    I just finished your book and was both deeply touched and inspired as an elementary reading teacher. I especially enjoyed the way you recounted some of your childhood events. You have a gift for expressing your thoughts and feelings that I admire greatly.

    I’m going to try to encourage the parents of my K-1-2 students to make a reading promise of their own. I plan to read an exerpt or two from your book at Open House & Curriculum Night.

    I’d also be interested to know how to go about booking you to visit our school.

    Thanks so much,

  13. Hi Alice, loved your book and every story in it. I volunteer at our local library in DeSoto County Florida, and will be coordinating the writers and photographers from our local A & H council on “Snapshot Day”–a program of the ALA and Florida Lib Assoc. It’s November 3 this year, and I want to post the reading promise and get folks to sign up to support reading. Do you have a publicity kit for libraries?

  14. Alice,
    THANKFULLY, our public library set your book in a PROMINENT spot and I saw it! I found your writing honest, humorous, inspiring! My husband is now reading your book (at my invitation) and I’ve ordered copies for our grown children. Your message about the importance of reading to children in the home is timeless presented in a refreshing format. THANK YOU!

  15. Hi Alice, I saw your Dad on the CBS Sunday early show, then I got your book from our local library and that did it, I laughed out loud, I cried, all of lifes emotions ran through me. My husband returned my book to the library today for me and then went to Schuler Books and bought me a copy, because I couldn’t bear the thought of not having your book close so I can read it over and over again. Thank you for taking the time to write this book and the tribute to your Dad. God Bless you and your future writings. I hope to see you at a book signing in Lansing, Mi. I would absolutely love to have you sign my copy of your book.

    Pam Brown
    Mason, Mi.

  16. Hi Alice,

    What a great movement you are starting! I am in the early childhood field and work closely with parents, many low income families, and I continually stress the importance of reading with their children. This summer I spent every Wed going to public housing and reading with children and providing free books to children who have none.
    I will begin the Streak here in Ancortes, WA. We would love to have you come visit our little corner of the world to spread the news of reading with your child. I will pass along your website to all in our community and the surrounding area!

    Thank you for all you are doing to emphasize the importance of reading and spending time with a child!

    All the best,
    MaryJo Christenson
    Anacortes, WA

  17. […] Alice Ozma a bit, I noticed that she presented at the Millville Public Library in May. How come I hadn’t heard of […]

  18. HI Alice,

    I’ve known for a while how important it is to read to kids so I’ve tried to make it a point to read to my kids (I have 7 ages 7 to 21) My two oldest are out of the house now and my 21 year old son still reads I’m proud to say!) I still read nightly to the 5 kids that are still at home. We are doing the Percy Jackson books right now. My 17 year old daughter is usually the first one in our bedroom with her blanket and pillow when I announce “family reading time”. I love hearing them say just one more page! In the last book, they were actually cheering when a character we thought was gone turned out to still be alive! I was thrilled. I have made a promise to read for 100 nights.

    I am really enjoying your book. I can really feel the connection you have with your dad. I loved story about the funeral for Franklin. I was laughing out loud…my husband kept giving me funny looks. I am telling everyone I know about your book and have asked for a copy for my birthday next month. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    Stephanie, homeschooling mom of 7
    Henderson NV

    • 7!?! Hats off to you, Stephanie!

  19. Alice Ozma,
    I just finished reading your book and I enjoyed it very much! I love reading and I read often to my children, but it is difficult to do it consistently every night. I am astounded by you and your father’s perseverence and determination! Your story truly is an inspiration! I am determined now more than ever to read consistently with my boys. Thank you for sharing your story with us! I wish I lived where I could vote for your dad! If there were more people with his passion for reading, I doubt our schools would be in the shape they are in. Blessings to you and your dad!


  20. Hi Alice,
    Just finished your book this morning…I am inspired. I am an elementary school librarian and have 2 boys–3rd and 5th grade. I also teach at a school with a similar socio-economic status to your dad’s. I hope that I can inspire the kids like your father and you continue to do.

    Even more, thank you for the gift of this book. My 3rd grade son and I have started a streak. We began it last Saturday, the week after I heard about your book. I am trying to get my 5th grader to do this with me, but at this point, he prefers to read on his own. (He is an avid reader–already on an 8th grade level–he read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy this past summer). Anyways, I just want to thank you for sharing your life, because I know I will have some extra special time with my boys now because of you.

    And also, I have to know–did your father win the election for school board?

  21. Hi Alice, I loved your book.Saw it at the library and went home and read it straight through. The relationship you have with your father is just amazing. I am the father of three grown children and one 6 year old grandson. My wife and I read daily to each of our children when they were young and I continue with my grandson, Christopher when he visits. The importance of reading cannot be overstated.Thanks so much for writing your book and if you are ever in the lansing/east lansing area for a book signing, I would love to meet you.Thanks again..Dan

  22. Hey Alice,
    Just wanted to let you know how much i loved your book, and the wonderful relationship you and your father share. I am a literature student in Oklahoma, and I have a 5 month old daughter. I started reading to her in the womb and still do, although admittedly not everyday. The bond that you share with your father is something i am striving for with my own daughter, and am glad to see that my belief in the power of literature to forge a bond like that is true. I finished your book and was left wondering how your father’s campaign for the school board went?

  23. Alice Ozma –
    Thank you for writing and sharing your story in The Reading Promise. It is a beautiful book. I read a chapter with my 6 year old this morning and just finished the book myself. I have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son and truly hope to give them the gift of a love of reading. Your book has helped inspire me to make this a more active commitment in my daily life.
    Many thanks to you and your dad.
    Winchester, MA

  24. What a great book! I too had heard that the most important thing you can do is read to your children. We have three and have read to them since birth. The two in school have skipped a grade and the youngest at 4 has the vocabulary of a much older child. We continue to read to them each night and they are 11, 8 and 4. We enjoy our time together even if it’s only 15 minutes!

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