The NEPA Creative Series: Mountain Top author promotes childhood literacy
The 24th #NEPACreative is Caroline Jones of Mountain Top. Caroline brings creativity to the area through writing children’s books. She started the Read to Succeed Project, a movement to inspire young children to read and to educate their parents on why reading is so important. Caroline used her childhood and voracious appetite for reading to inspire her first book as a way to share her personal love of reading with children.
“My passion is helping others, especially children, be the best students and leaders they can be; I believe that I can make NEPA a better place by promoting childhood literacy and leadership,” Jones explained.
When Caroline was in high school, she discovered that far too many young children in NEPA did not know how to read, nor did they have their own books.
“If children are able to read from an early age, they will have better academic performance, social skills, and will be more likely to succeed in life, but if children can’t read by third grade, they’re 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school.”
Caroline’s first book, “One More Book, Please!” was published in 2013. Since then, she has traveled all over NEPA, as well as nationally and internationally, reading to schools and child care facilities, and promoting childhood literacy.
Aspiring to earn a Ph.D in leadership, Caroline learned there is another need; there is an absence of the understanding of leadership in children. This led to her second book, “The Line Leader,” which was published this past November after nearly two years of research. “The Line Leader” is being used to give teachers and parents a resource to help their students and children understand how they can demonstrate leadership in their daily lives.
Additionally, Caroline is a titleholder in the Miss America Organization. Currently she holds the title for Miss Susquehanna Valley and is a former Miss Northeastern Pennsylvania. This week she is pursuing the title of Miss Pennsylvania. Caroline explained that she uses her title to further her initiative to promote reading.
To Caroline, being creative means challenging herself, solving problems in new ways, and using her words and art to inspire others.
For more information about Caroline’s book, please go to www.lineleaders.org.
When being considered as an NEPA Creative, individuals are asked to explain how they bring creativity to the area, how long they have been doing it and why, and finally what being creative means to them. Once chosen, the next step is to bring each creative into CoalCreative’s studio space to be filmed for a 60 second video that is shared every Wednesday across all their social media platforms. The series plans to highlight all sorts of creatives throughout the rest of the year. There are no limits to who could be considered. Photographers, musicians, barbers, magicians and improv artists are just a handful of the submissions CoalCreative has received thus far.
To be considered for the series, submit a consideration form at www.coalcreative.com/are-you-a-nepa-creative or send an email to [email protected]