Award winning author don m winn talks about his picture books
Don M. Winn (born 1961, Denver, Colorado, United States) is an American award-winning author of children's books, radio show host, dyslexia advocate, speaker, and founder of Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing. As the main contributor to the Cardboard Box Adventures blog, Winn writes on educational issues, helping struggling readers, and fostering a love of story. He has authored 11 picture books for children, including the book Superhero, and four chapter books for middle readers centered on the adventures of 12-year-old knight Sir Kaye. He has won numerous awards including the Indie Reader Discovery Award presented at the 2013 Book Expo America, two Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, and a Readers' Favorite Book Award. Winn’s articles on dyslexia have been featured in TODAY Parenting, Costco Connection Magazine, MD Monthly, Fostering Families TODAY, Latin Times, and many others.
Winn began writing in 1989: first, poetry, then children's picture books. In 2012, he began a series of chapter books for middle readers.
As a young dyslexic student, Don never imagined becoming a writer, since both reading and writing were such challenges. But working through those struggles taught him that the harder one works for something, the more treasured it is.
Winn has been candid about his ongoing struggles with dyslexia. Growing up at a time when little was known about the processing disorder or its implications, his educational experiences were strenuous and problematic. His empathy for children who deal with dyslexia motivates his activism and educational efforts. Winn speaks publicly and blogs about educational models, research, and home strategies to help struggling, at-risk readers. His model focuses on teaching a love of story and helping children develop their identity as a reader. He encourages lap reading as the foundation of this model. Winn has included questions in each of his picture books specifically to encourage the verbal exchange between reader and child. This format was inspired by Winn's childhood experience of reading with his grandmother, then talking together about what they had read.
Winn delivers presentations for parents, teachers, and children at schools and literary conferences. Two such presentations he developed specifically for parents and educators are “Dyslexic Readers: Meeting Challenges, Reaping Rewards,” on how best to help dyslexic readers and "Discuss, Understand, Grow," which reviews the importance of using questions during lap reading. Winn has presented “Dyslexic Readers: Meeting Challenges, Reaping Rewards” at the Region XIII Library and Literacy conference and "Discuss, Understand, Grow" has been presented at the Region XIII Library and Literacy conference and Harmony Science Academy in Austin, Texas among other venues.
In 2017, Winn became the host of The Cardboard Box Adventures Radio Show, a monthly show broadcast by Podfire Radio. Featuring guests and different education topics each month, the show focuses on raising readers through fostering imagination, developing a love of story, and embracing learning diversity.
August: "Preschoolers and Pre-Literacy"
July: "Helping Reluctant Readers"
June: "Interview with Illustrator Dave Allred"
May: "Explicit Multi-sensory Literacy"
February: "Social and Emotional Help for Kids with Dyslexia"
Interviews with Don Winn
Interview with Don Winn about Legend of the Forest Beast, by IndieReader Review. (April 2017)
Interview with Don Winn about Space Cop Zack, GARG's Secret Mission in Education News by Michael F. Shaughnessy. (May 2017)
Interview with Don Winn about Legend of the Forest Beast in Education News by Michael F. Shaughnessy. (March 2017)
Interview with Don Winn about Superhero by The Family Review Center. (February 2015)
Interview with Don Winn by Gia Volterra de Saulnier for the Renaissance Performers and Merchants blog. (January 2015)
Interview with Don Winn about Space Cop Zack by Michael F. Shaughnessy for Education News. (August 2013)
Interview with Don Winn, 2013 IndieReader Winner, by the IndieReader Review. (June 2013)
Interview with Don Winn about Sir Kaye by Michael F. Shaughnessy for Education News. (March 2013)
Interview with Don Winn by Rachel Brownlow for Georgetown View Magazine. (December 2012)
Interview with Don Winn by C. Wayne Dawson for Round Rock Focus Magazine. (March 2012)
Interview with Don Winn by Michael F. Shaughnessy, for Education News. (February 2012)
Interview with Don Winn by Eric Wind for the Round Rock Leader. (October 2011)
Articles by Don Winn
"Untangling the Words: Dealing with Dyslexia." The Costco Connection.
"Is Dyslexia the Root of Your Child's Anxiety and Behavior Problems?" MD Monthly.
"Challenge of Learning: 5 Misconceptions About Dyslexia that Every Parent Should Understand." The Latin Times.
"Inspire a Lasting Love of Reading in Dyslexic Children." Parenting TODAY.
The Lost Castle Treasure was reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review. The Knighting of Sir Kaye was reviewed by BookLife for Publishers Weekly. Space Cop Zack and Superhero were reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Reader's Favorite. The Lost Castle Treasure was reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Reader's Favorite. The Knighting of Sir Kaye received a review by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader. The Lost Castle Treasure was reviewed by IndieReader. The Paramus Post has featured reviews by Mel Fabrikant of The Tortoise and the Hairpiece, The Incredible Martin O’Shea, Chipper and the Unicycle, and Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge.
The Eldridge Conspiracy received the Readers' Favorite Book Award.
The Eldridge Conspiracy received Gold from Mom's Choice Awards 2016.
The Legend of the Forest Beast received Gold from Mom's Choice Awards 2016.
The Legend of the Forest Beast received Silver in 2016 from Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the Pre-Teen Fiction category.
The Lost Castle Treasure received Honorable mention at the North Texas Book Festival 2016.
The Lost Castle Treasure received Honorable mention from the 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards
The Lost Castle Treasure received the Gold Medal given by the Mom's Choice Awards.
Space Cop Zack received the 2015 UK Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal.
Space Cop Zack received the Seal of Approval from the Family Review Center Book Awards 2015.
Superhero received the Seal of Approval, Gold, and Best of the Year Award from the Family Review Center Book Awards 2015.
Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy won honorable mention in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.
The Knighting of Sir Kaye won the 2014 Voyager Marble Award from Storytellers Campfire for Best Pre-Teen, Teen, and Young Adult book.
The Lost Castle Treasure was a finalist in the 2014 Wishing Shelf Awards.
The Knighting of Sir Kaye won silver in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Awards.
In the December 2013 issue of Shelf Unbound Magazine, The Knighting of Sir Kaye is listed as one of 12 notable books.
The Knighting of Sir Kaye won first place in the 2013 Dragonfly Book Awards in the Children's Chapter Books category.
The Knighting of Sir Kaye received the 2013 Indie Reader Discovery Award in the Children’s Category on Saturday June 1, 2013 at Book Expo America in New York.
The Knighting of Sir Kaye is the 2013 Silver Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Awards winner under the Pre-Teen fiction category.
"The Knighting of Sir Kaye" received the Gold Medal given by the Mom's Choice Awards.
Mr. Winn received the Silver Medal awarded by Mom's Choice Awards for all 10 of his children's picture books in the Children's Picture Books category.