Brightly Storytime: How to Get Your Teacher Ready

Welcome to another installment of Brightly Storytime, our video series for young readers! Settle in and enjoy How to Get Your Teacher Ready, a new picture book written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish that celebrates all that educators know and do for their students.

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Library kids party brings best-selling writer

Library kids party brings best-selling writer

Many of Jean Reagan’s best ideas for her books come directly from kids at her readings.

Reagan, a New York Times bestselling author, will be in the youth wing of Teton County Library at 11 a.m. Saturday to read from her new book, “How to Get Your Teacher Ready.” The library is located at 125 Virginian Lane.

Reagan’s reading is part of the Library Summer Fun Finale Party, which begins at 10 a.m. and is a celebration of the written word featuring plenty of family-friendly activities. It is free to attend.

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Jean Reagan Tips On How To Make Reading Fun

Jean Reagan Tips On How To Make Reading Fun

You might wonder what expertise I have. Nope — I’m not a trained teacher. Rather, I personally struggled to learn how to read, and so did my son. Also, when my kids were little, I fussed at them more than I care to admit. But when we sat down on the couch with a stack of books, we entered a magical world together. All the “shoulds” melted away, and “time” became suspended.

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Deseret News Family Write Up

Deseret News Family Write Up

Though Utah author Jean Reagan started writing children's books in 2003, her first book was published in 2009. It centered on her son who died at the age of 19 from a drug overdose. He left behind a sister, his only sibling, and Reagan wanted to acknowledge her daughter's loss that often got ignored for the sake of her parents, she said in an interview with Ted Capener on KUED.

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Jean Reagan Skypes with Kennedy First-Graders

Jean Reagan Skypes with Kennedy First-Graders

While traversing through the hiking trails of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last summer, Kennedy Elementary School teacher Stephanie Marchant wasn't aware that the woman she would cross paths with just so happens to be a New York Times best-selling children's author.

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Jean Reagan: 2015 National Book Festival

Jean Reagan discusses "How to Surprise a Dad" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Children’s book author Jean Reagan spent most of her childhood in Japan and currently lives in Salt Lake City. Since 2000, she has served as a seasonal backcountry volunteer in Grand Teton National Park.

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Picture Book in Braille

Jean Reagan shows us her book How to Babysit a Grandpa with Braille added to it.

Picture books for young children can also be written in Braille in a way so the sighted adult and the blind child can share the experience.

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