What people are saying about Pageturners, Ink

“Ellen Kahaner and Pageturners, Ink has provided the South Orange Library with an excellent series of family literacy programs for four- and five-year-olds. Each three or four week session focuses on one author, which helps highlight and advertise our collection here at the library. Authors presented here have included Eric Carle, Vera Williams, Ezra Jack Keats, Mem Fox, and Tomie dePaola. There are opportunities for caregivers to interat with the children during the program, which provides techniques that can be implemented at home. Weekly handouts also assist the parents by providing continuing activites that can be done at home with the children.

While observing sessions, I am always impressed with the comprehensive approach used. The kids read books, interact with the group, write in their own notebooks, do artwork using varying media, and take advantage of our library’s mobile computer lab to learn about authors and books online in interactive forums. These tasks allow the children to use their emerging listening, reading, social, motor and thinking skills in a friendly environment with their caregivers and other children their own age. This is a program I would recommend to any public library!”

              -- Christine Policastro, Children’s Librarian, South Orange Public Library

Ellen has presented her workshop program three times over the past year at our library.  The classes have been very well received by the youngsters and their parents.  Her program consists of a series of three workshops, dealing with one children’s book author, e.g. Eric Carle or Mem Fox.  To engage the children, aged 4 and 5 years, in guided reading and writing, she presents strategies such as having the children produce their own stories in their own “composition”  books or make  striking collage pictures for display in our library.  At the same time, the parents have the chance to work together and  bond more fully with their own children and with all the other members of the group.


The program has been so successful that we intend to keep presenting it at our library for each group of emergent readers as long as Ellen is willing.

              -- Carole Bollini, Youth Services Librarian, Ramsey Public Library

“My children and I have enjoyed these sessions! They are so much more aware of reading more into a book than we were ‘reading’ in the past. They think more critically about the author, illustrator, and the story. I think this is a great program and my children and I have all grown more aware and interested. This is another way to have interest peeked for children to want to read and understand books.”

              -- A Ramsey, NJ parent

“We loved your classes. Your ability to educate and stimulate their interest was wonderful. You also always took the time to help them relate better socially. We want you to know how much we appreciated everything you offered us.”

              -- Miriam Funtoniez, South Orange parent

“My son and I have enjoyed our workshop. The small group experience at the library was fun – and enriching. I enjoyed sharing the ‘class time’ with my son. Ellen is a patient teacher, well-prepared and clearly enjoys working with the children.”

              -- A South Orange parent

“My son and I enjoyed the author study workshop very much. Most valuable was the following: -tips on teaching early readers -use of sounds and sentence breakdown for learning -phonics support -storytelling tips Always appreciated is the use of activities throughout the class that allow a physical outlet (eg. treasure hunt). This allows high energy kids to pay attention.”

              -- A Maplewood parent

“I'd like to see you do an emergent reader class just for parents! The parent letters were great.”

              -- Colleen Broderick, Maplewood parent

“I was amazed to see the kids so engaged and it really seemed they were all learning some valuable pre-reading skills. I also liked how the art project tied in to the art in the books.”

              -- A Maplewood parent