Book Monster welcome link

For an overview, please click the image above to watch the welcome video.

Thank you for visiting Raising Book Monsters.

Raising Book Monsters has been developed as a resource for adults who wish to encourage a passion for books in children- parents, caregivers, teachers, authors and other adults. This site is not about reading instruction, but enjoying books, building relationships, and changing attitudes. It will, we hope, help you make a difference in kids’ lives and your own.

My name is Cindy Williams Schrauben. I am a retired teacher and administrator embarking on a career of writing for children.

 For more details or to contact me, click About Us/Contact.


*Purpose: to help adults instill a passions for books in the children they love.

*Dr. Frank Serefini said: “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read, there are only children who have not found the right book.” While I believe this is true, I also believe that kids who have not found the right book might truly believe that they hate to read. It is an attitude shift; often for adults as well as children. And that’s why we’re here.

*Justification – I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that kids need to know how to read. That’s the easy part. The difficulty lies in instilling a passion for reading – beyond what is required of them! When people – children or adults – discover a love for the written word, a whole new world opens up to them. That is my mission – to help them discover that world.

*Do you know a child who resists reading? Raising Book Monsters will provide strategies to encourage reading and a love for books. Each presentation will include a strategy and “how-to” details along with specific examples modeled for you.

Let’s raise some book monsters!


We will include weekly videos, podcasts, blog posts, and/or challenges along with guest posts from other experts in the field of education and children’s literature. The comment section following every lesson will allow for Q&A in order to best meet your needs and provide you with valuable follow-through. I will also do tutorials using kid’s books to help model the suggested behavior and attitudes. Each lesson will also include show notes for those individuals who prefer to read the lesson.

Simply click BookTalks in the menu above to get started.


New sessions will be aired weekly.


The resources tab will provide a variety of locations to further your experience at Raising Book Monsters including books, websites, and articles.

We will also have a Pinterest board that will provide you with further resources.


22 thoughts on “Home

  1. What a wonderful resource you have created for parents! I look forward to learning more every Wednesday!

  2. Hi Cindy! Your new site looks awesome. I can’t wait to read your new posts and updates!

  3. sharon williams

    hi cindy, I checked out your web sight and it is great. I put it in my favorites, so I can get in anytime i want to. good luck on your new adventure. love, aunt sharon

  4. Janet Haring

    Way Cool Cindy – I know my three grandsons, Alec, Sam & Hayden, all LOVE LOVE LOVE reading….

  5. Joanna

    Fabulous resource site, Cindy!

  6. Nice! I’d like to find some way to contribute!

  7. Congrats on the blog. This looks awesome.

  8. Nice! Looking forward to your weekly updates!

  9. So wonderful, Cindy! This site will do wonders. 😀

  10. Thanks for encouraging children to read – this is awesome. Rosemary Evans, Children Award Winning Author http://www.TinaToothFairy.com

  11. This is awesome! I have three kids – two who love to read, sometimes and one who claims to hate it. I’ll be exploring for ways to change her attitude about books.

  12. Cindy: I am so happy that you are writing children’s books. I met Rev. Michael Beckwith a few years ago and he said this: “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” So, if you have a calling to share your wisdom on the pages of a book, or any other way you ARE qualified. It is the passion, desire and your own transformational journey that will make a difference to others Not some external standard of what someone else’s projection of what it means to be an author/expert/light in the world.” – I love this quote because we let our our fears based so often on other people’s comments derail us from doing what we love. We sometimes have to “move past” our need to fit in and just free ourselves (from negative comments) and do it. Which brings me to another great quote by Walter Gagehot: “A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” So you go girl!!

    Here is a little tip for parents. When my oldest son was about 3 years of age we were outside and he saw an air plane flying up in the sky. I started to ask some questions about what the plane was doing, where he thought it was going; who was on the plane etc. Then he drew some drawings of a plane in the sky and the plane dropping some bread for the birds, the birds coming to eat the bread, etc. – we put a little book together. He was so thrilled that he had made his own book that his interest in books escalated and to this day he is an avid reader. I think when they have a sense of accomplishment it helps peak their interest in other things. Just a thought that might be worth doing.

    • What awesome thought, Rosemary. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I would welcome your participation on the site if you are interested. 🙂

      • Rosemary Evans

        Hi Cindy,

        I would love to participate, but not sure how to do that on your site. I clicked on the author submissions link, but didn’t know where to go from there. If you could let me know, that would be great.


        Rosemary Evans

  13. Sounds great, Rosemary. Head to the About Us/Contact page and send me an email. 🙂

  14. Hi Cindy: When I try to fill in my info, all it does it show a large photo of you – and I can’t fill out the information. Love your photo – you are a beautiful woman – but it just won’t let me fill in the information – so maybe I am doing something wrong or there is something wrong with your site, not sure!

  15. Yikes! You’re right. Good to know. I will get that fixed. In the meantime, here is the email: raisingbookmonsters (at) gmail (dot) com so sorry for the trouble. Thanks for the persistence. 🙂

  16. We love books! This is such a great site to get information and also share what we know.

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