Valarie Budayr is the founder of Jump into a Book; a website dedicated to creating fun activities and adventures for children and lovers of children’s literature. Valarie is a children’s book author having published The Fox Diaries: The Year The Foxes Came to Our Garden ,The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A Year in The Secret Garden and Dragons Are Real.
Valarie is a co-founder of the much-acclaimed Multicultural Children’s Book Day– a special event that celebrates diversity in children’s literature.
Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
Teaming up with fellow mom and diversity advocate, Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom, Valarie worked to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. January 27th, 2014 Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom presented the first ever Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Books that included four major sponsors, over seventy review bloggers and thousands of readers. Five years later, this non-profit is going global and the 2018 event garnered over 3 billion social media share impressions.
When not reading, writing or publishing, Valarie is a reading mentor, a children’s play and reading advocate, Suzuki piano teacher, photographer, traveler and a lifelong learner.families, and also Audrey Press-an independent book publishing house. Valarie lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with her husband and three children.
Valarie in the News:
#1 Seller on iTunes iBookstore List December on 2012
Fox 6 News WBRC
LiveStream Event: Waldorf Family Storytime Extravaganza
Articles & Mentions
My Kids’ Adventures
Snowman Pancakes: A Twist on Winter Breakfast
Melissa Taylor’s Imagination Soup: Top iPad Apps for Kids
- Member of SCBWI Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators
Member of Independent Book Publisher’s Group
Reading mentor in Blount County with local schools.
- On the board of directors for The Maryville School of Music.
- ON the Board of visitors for the University of Tennessee Knoxville
- RIF (Reading is fundamentall) participant
Awards and Achievements:
Two-time winner of the National Endowment of the Arts Meet the Composer Award
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie Wins QED Award
Twitter: 12, 900 Followers
Facebook: Over 3,100 Likes
Pinterest: 2,201Followers -over 56.8 impressions per month
Instagram: 1,121 Followers
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