It's never too early to read to your baby!

Susan Lupone Stonis has been a bookworm as long as she can remember and is passionate about the power of reading aloud to children. She has shared her love of reading and books with others in each of the roles she has played so far in her lifetime, as mother, elementary teacher, literacy coach, staff developer, blogger, and now author/illustrator.

Susan taught elementary school for 18 years and, following extensive postgraduate work through Lesley University’s Literacy Collaborative, she became a literacy specialist, teaching reading and writing workshops to children and providing professional development to teachers in literacy instruction. She was also trained through the Lesley University Literacy Collaborative Coaching Academy, a small cohort of educational professionals led by nationally renowned literacy expert Dr. Irene Fountas. She has now become a literacy consultant, coaching teachers in best practices in reading and writing instruction.

A mom of three and stepmom of two, Susan lives by the sea in Scituate, Massachusetts, with her husband Jon and their dog Apollo. She looks forward to collaborating with Jacqueline on their next project, a Belly Book made just for Daddies-to-be!

SilliesSusan and Jacqueline  have been friends for almost 40 years, a friendship that has often been defined by the creative projects they’ve worked on together.

“When we were kids it was crafts, drawing, songs, and poems,” Susan says. “Now as grownups we continue to have so much fun making things. Actually, our Belly Book is a grown-up version of what we’ve been doing together our whole lives.”

Jacqueline Boyle is a writer, illustrator, book editor and copyeditor. Reading has always been one of her greatest joys, especially the English and Russian classics. It’s no wonder she wants to pass this love along to coming generations through the magic of in utero reading!

Jacqueline is a lifelong writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She has a bachelor’s in English from Boston College and has participated in writing workshops at Grub Street Writers, Inc. in Boston, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and the Chatham (Mass.) Writers’ Workshops.

In visual art, Jacqueline is crazy about paper of all kinds, and transforming it into mosaics and collage. She also works in oil painting and drawing, which allow her to express her love for nature and the beautiful seacoast and woods around her home in Gloucester, Mass. See what she’s up to on her personal blog!

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9 Comment(s)

  1. Doreen Chagnon

    July 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Susan,
    I don’t remember reading to our children in utero, but sure did read to them as babies. It’s a beautiful way to spend time with your children. I highly recommend it.
    Great website!
    Love,
    Doreen

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  2. katy

    November 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Are there any books you particularly recommend reading to babies in utero?

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    • Susan and Jacqueline

      November 20, 2011 at 10:19 am

      HiKaty! There are many, many books that are appropriate for reading to your baby in utero. The research shows that pre born babies respond best to rhyming and rhythmic stories and that he/she will remember these types of stories after birth. There are many great collections of rhythmic and rhyming poems and some of our favorites are Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Missing Piece, and Everything on It by Shel Silverstein, or A Pizza the Size of the Sun, It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Pretlusky, or anything by Dr. Seuss, such as Horton Hears a Who, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. It’s important that you enjoy reading the book, too, so choose something that is fun for you as well. If you check out our post from June you may find the answers to some of your other questions about reading to your baby before birth.
      We are so happy to hear from you, Katy, and would love it if you could share more about your prenatal reading endeavors! Have fun!

      Susan and Jacqueline

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  3. thewriteedge

    October 18, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Thank you so much for following The Write Edge! I hope you find that it becomes a valuable part of your week. Have a great weekend!

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  4. thewriteedge

    October 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much for following The Write Edge! I’m honored to be on your reading list and hope you find it a valuable addition.

    As an aside, we read _The Magician’s Nephew_ to my older daughter when she was in utero. Today, as an eight-year-old, she can test as high as a high schooler on vocabulary before the words start tripping her up!

    Thanks again! Have a great week!

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  5. Joanne Westerhouse

    February 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    A group of us are in the process of forming a Sandwich Arts Council to coordinate and foster arts here. The three components to our Council are Visual Arts and Artisans, Performing Arts, and Literary Arts. The Literary Arts group will be meeting again with a wine and cheese at Christie Lowrence’s, 8 School St, Sandwich, this Wednesday, Feb 25th, 4:30 – 6 pm. We’d love to have you attend, and please let any writer friends know. The Arts Council Formation Mtg will be Wed, Mar 4, Library, Rm 2.

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