Featured Profiles

HAPPY Reading is pleased to feature luminaries in the field of literacy education. Here under Profiles, you’ll find the spotlight on an author or illustrator, an adult learner, a past or present parent of young children, a stand-out educator, and a stand-out reader who also happens to be a celebrity. We hope you enjoy their stories and that theirs enrich your own.

LeVar Burton
Angie Miles with Jim Trelease

Jim Trelease

September, 2020 Free

Read-Aloud Guru  Jim Trelease is a hero to millions. Jim Trelease is a hero to me, Angie Miles, founder of HAPPY Reading. The year that…

Expert Profile
Lauren Lewis

Lauren Lews

June, 2020 Free

2020 Visions of First-year Teachers First Grade Goochland, Virginia How did you come to this moment in your professional life? What experiences did you have…

Educator Interview

Brad Shonk

June, 2020 Free

I simply love reading. Every book has a profound impact on me because at a minimum the book makes me think and I always learn something new.

Educator Interview

Julie Dauksys

June, 2020 Free

My earliest memories are of my older brothers reading to me. We had lots of books around the house. My oldest brother would always read “The Night Before Christmas” to me on Christmas Eve.

Educator Interview

Karen Drosinis

June, 2020 Free

Karen Drosinis is Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach and for Virginia’s Tidewater Region. She is a kindergarten teacher at Pembroke Elementary School.

Educator Interview

Maria Liranzo

June, 2020 Free

Maria Liranzo is an experienced actress and a professional voice talent.  She lives in New York City with her husband and their two young sons.

Parent Interview

Dr. Cathy Grace

June, 2020 Free

Dr. Cathy Grace is Director of Early Childhood Development and Policy for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She is the mother of two…

Parent Interview

Dr. Michele Cooley-Strickland

June, 2020 Free

Dr. Michele Cooley-Strickland is a licensed psychologist and an associate research psychologist at UCLA.  She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School. …

Parent Interview

Peter Reynolds

June, 2020 Free

I was born in Weston, Ontario, Canada on a cold, snowy March day – the 16th to be exact. Funny, so was my brother, Paul….

Author Profile
Marty Kelley

Marty Kelley

June, 2020 Free

If you enjoy smiling, Marty Kelley is the guy for you. He’s author of more than a dozen books, which tend to range in potency…

Author Profile
The Lyons family

Carter Lyons

June, 2020 Free

An interview with Carter Lyons of Powhatan, Virginia June, 2020 How important to you is reading as a parent of young children? I believe that…

Parent Interview
LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

June, 2020 Free

You know him as an actor and director. From his earliest role as Kunta Kinte in the consciousness-raising mini-series, Roots, in 1977… to his role…

Celebrity Interview