Articles & Books

Lake Mary Life

Jan also enjoys being a regular contributor to Lake Mary Life, a magazine full of uplifting stories and helpful resources.

Nov/Dec 2012, “A Chalkboard and a Piece of Chalk” & a review of Press Here
Jan/Feb 2013, “Praise Her Effort” &  books by children’s author Nancy Tafuri
Mar/Apr 2013, “The Echo of Musical Training” & review of The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders
May/Jun 2013, “A Visit to the Library” & review of Koala Lou
Jul/Aug 2013, “Simple, Real Life Learning” & review of Captain Small Pig
Sep/Oct 2013, “Pediatricians Promote Literacy” & review of Bear’s Loose Tooth
Nov/Dec 2013, “Distracted Parents” & review of Little Mouse’s Big Secret
Jan/Feb 2014, “Mommy’s Book Club” & review of When Charley Met Grampa
Mar/Apr 2014 “The Quality and Quantity of Speech” & review of Time for a Hug
May/Jun 2014 “Pleeease Tell Me the Story Again” & review of Nighty, Night Cooper
Jul/Aug 2014 “Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age”
Sep/Oct 2014 “Imaginary Play” &  review of Bear Has a Story to Tell 
Nov/Dec 2014 “Closing the Word Gap” & review of Animal Opposites: a Pop-Up Book
May/June 2015 “What Fathers Do Best” & review of Tap Tap Boom Boom

Altamonte Springs/Wekiva Springs Life

Jul/Aug 2014 “Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age” & review of Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry


Grand is a bi-monthly digital magazine for today’s grandparents and their families.

5/1/13 “10 Best Storybooks for Babies & Toddlers
6/21/13 “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? A Beloved Bedtime Story”Nov/Dec 2013, Top Ten Children’s Storybooks of 2013


Peak with Books
by Marjorie R. Nelsen & Jan Parish
Foreword by Jim Trelease
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Perfect for the early childhood educator, caregiver, and parent alike,  Peak With Books shows how to use popular children’s literature to build reading, writing, and cognitive skills in an inquiry-based environment.

Each chapter’s central storybook is accompanied by strategies that employ art, music, drama, finger rhymes, poetry, math and science activities. Graphics and children’s presentations illustrate how research and discovery through fiction can enliven whole-class and individually directed projects.


A Child’s Book of Responsibilities
by Marjorie R. Nelsen
Illustrated by Sue Dreamer
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Gives You:
• more time in your day
• an end to the tension & tears of daily battles over responsibilities
• a self-reliant, competent child
• lists of tasks relevant to your child’s age

Gives Your Child:
• the motivation of picture cards and pocket format
• choices from age-appropriate tasks
• responsibility for his own actions
• an inner confidence that he is useful and needed


Gently into Sleep: A Bedtime Ritual
by Marjorie R. Nelsen
Illustrated by Jenifer Patrick
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Opens the door to cooperation.

• Bedtime becomes your child’s responsibility.
• The child creates her own definite, no-tears, bedtime ritual by sequencing colorful cards into book pockets.
• A predictable routine in pictures offers your child comfort and security.
• A caring sitter or grandparent can follow the same easy ritual.
• The inviting sequence visually leads your child to bed, ready for sleep.