Hi, I’m Melissa Taylor, a mom of two girls ages 8 and 11 (where does the time go!?) who inspire my writing and playful side. I’m also a teacher with an M.A. in Education, a freelance education blogger / writer, a children’s book geek, a Pinterest expert with over 1.5 million followers and a passionate advocate for literacy and high-quality education. I’m represented by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Lit. I just published a book for parents about reading called Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader and Pinterest Savvy. You can download a sample chapter the Book Love Amazon page. Also, I freelance write for various clients such as ALEX Toys, Imagine Toys, Scholastic Parent and Child, Sylvan Learning, and Parenting Magazine.
Imagination Soup‘s focus is making learning fun, active, and engaging for kids. It’s a place where parents and teachers can find ideas, resources, and community. My goal is to make your life easier. It’s my delight to write it and I hope you enjoy reading it.
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Awards and Achievements
PBS Kids VIP Blogger 2012
Circle of Moms Top 25 Teacher Blogs, 2011
Mom Congress, Colorado Delegate, 2011
Advisory Committee Member, Colorado State Early Childhood Education standards, 2011
Cybils Panelist for iPad Books, 2011
Cybils Panelist for Early Readers & Early Chapter Books, 2010
Scholastic Parent and Child Best Book and Reading Blog, 2010
Outstanding Teacher, Douglas County School District, 2000, 2001, 2002
Book Editor-at-Large, Colorado Parent Magazine 2010-2012
Blogs, Online Writing
Parenting Magazine’s Class Notes
Bookmarkable, Book Editor-at-Large
Building Parent Engagement webinar, Shutterfly
full list of online writing on my freelance portfolio site
Melissa Taylor’s Amazon Author Page
A mom of two girls and an award-winning educator with a M.A. in Education, Melissa Taylor’s expertise is in early childhood and elementary education, with a focus on literacy and play, having spent several years as a literacy trainer. Taylor freelance writes (http://melissatayloronline.com) about education, learning, children’s literature, technology, and advocacy for publications online and in print such as Parenting.com, Scholastic Parent and Child, Babble.com, Colorado Parent Magazine, Denver Magazine, Colorado Expression, Working Mother.com, Mile High Sports Magazine, and others. She is represented by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Lit. In 2010, Taylor won the coveted Colorado delegate spot for Parenting Magazine’s Education and Learning Mom Congress, who she now works for as the Mom Congress / Class Notes blogger. Entrepreneur Magazine featured Taylor as the ‘Trep of the Month in the January 2012 magazine.
Taylor writes an award-winning playful learning blog called Imagination Soup http://imaginationsoup.net which boasts a huge following – over 18,000 followers on Twitter, 6,000 subscribers, 6,000 Facebook fans, 1 million+ Pinterest followers, and is in 3,000 circles on Google Plus. Imagination Soup is a PBS Kids VIP Blog, and the Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine Best Reading & Book Blog for 2010, as well as a top 25 Circle of Mom Teacher Blog and top 25 Circle of Moms Tech Blogs.
In addition to her writing, Melissa teaches entrepreneurs how to successfully market their businesses on Pinterest, having turned her 1.5 million Pinterest following & expertise into a book, Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest), and a Pinterest Savvy business.
Taylor worked for two years as the Book Editor at Large for Colorado Parent Magazine, writing a book review blog called Bookmarkable. Ripple Reader, an eBook company, contracted Taylor for several years as their social media manager to coordinate Twitter, Facebook, and blog giveaways. Shutterfly asked Taylor to present for their Parent Engagement webinar August, 2011. Parents magazine interviewed Taylor for a September 2011 article about helping your child learn to read.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Taylor loved teaching Spanish-speaking children in Denver Public Schools inner city, and for the federal migrant program. The Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) hired Taylor full time as a literacy trainer to work in underperforming schools. When Taylor returned to the classroom, she hosted groups of PEBC and University of Denver teachers who wanted to learn best practices from watching her teach. Taylor won Outstanding Teacher in Douglas County four years in a row, every year she applied. In her role as teacher, Taylor’s taught English as a Second Language, all subjects for the elementary grades, Spanish, and preschool.
Taylor served as a panelist for the 2011 Cybil Book Apps and the 2010 Early Reader Books and Early Chapter Books. She earned a B.A. in English with a Spanish minor at Colorado State University and a M.A. in Global Education from the University of Denver. She’s a member of the Education Writer’s Association, the Denver Woman’s Press Club, and the Lighthouse Writers.