Mompreneur Bucks the Digital Trend by Publishing Children's Books that Kids Can Write In to Entice Kids Away from Screens

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Former award-winning journalist ventures into uncharted waters to champion handwriting and creative writing with unique children's books.

Spies Inc., The Adventures of Dash Danger

“Most kids in today’s high-tech world never met a screen they didn’t like, including my own kids,” says Carolyn Starks. “That’s why I was determined to publish books that could go toe-to-toe with any screen."

A mom who spent her career writing is bucking the digital trend by creating interactive books guaranteed to entice kids away from screens and into writing. With Pencils. On paper.

“Most kids in today’s high-tech world never met a screen they didn’t like, including my own kids,” says Carolyn Starks, owner of Storybuilders, a suburban Chicago publishing company. “That’s why I was determined to publish books that could go toe-to-toe with any screen competing for my children’s attention.”

The company’s first series – Spies Inc., The Adventures of Dash Danger – follows the same proven path as successful series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate: The recurring, hilarious characters face challenging dilemmas. But unlike traditional, static books, the reader is encouraged to add to the story by writing in the pages. Clever writing prompts keep kids engaged for hours.
Recent research shows that handwriting increases brain activity, hones fine motor skills, and can predict a child's academic success in ways that keyboarding can't, Starks said.

“We’re purists, so to speak,” Starks said. “We are writers and illustrators who believe that the physical act of writing produces benefits for our children that go beyond just communicating.”

Starks was an award-winning journalist with the Chicago Tribune for 12 years before founding Storybuilders. She tapped many of her former colleagues to write and illustrate the books, which can be found at http://www.StorybuildersBooks.com

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