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CUTV News Radio spotlights children’s author Irene Dolnick

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El Paso, TX – There exists a perception that writing children’s books is easy because the words and stories are simple, but the truth is it’s actually much more difficult than even writing a novel. A children's author must take into consideration the development of the child they are writing for. 

Irene Dolnick is the author of the Kurt, Gert, Jazmine and Bagel series of children’s books. A former teacher of reading and literacy, Irene found inspiration in her dogs to write her first book.

“I felt compelled to create a series that would develop children's desire to read and learn at the same time,” says Irene. “I wanted to give children a high-quality choice rather than having to read from a selection of hundreds of the same old books.”

Irene says 25-30% of students she sees have difficulties that impair their reading or writing. Irene’s books introduce different word families discussed in classrooms. She developed a strategy to group similar word families, segment-blend pronunciations and color code these words.

“The book can determine how much reading experience a student needs or lacks,” says Irene. “Whatever words children can read and should read to improve their reading helps me decide which words I should choose when I write.”

Irene’s second book in the series, Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel and their Train Station Adventure was published in late 2015. The third book, Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel: A Halloween Nightmare was published in September. And Irene is currently at work on a fourth book.

For more information on Irene Dolnick, visit http://adventureswithkurtgertjazmineandbagel.com

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