Welcome: Kids, Parents, and Educators!

Please stay a while and see some exciting things on my pages.

Videos from my YouTube Channel:

This is a technique I’ve used first with my own son. He learned to read before he was three, then I also used it with my grandson who also learned to read before age three.  It’s based on how the brain works and Mr. Jim (Dr. James Thomas) taught this in his early childhood literacy classes.

This is a song I learned from Mr. Jim, an early childhood educator.  It works like a charm. I used it on my grandson, and it would put him right to sleep.  As he got older, he would try to stop me from singing it, saying, “Stop, Grandma,” but then he would fall asleep immediately as I sang the song.  

Thank you, Joshua!  Such a fun and hilarious reading by a very smart, exuberant kid!

Literacy Day at the Dallas Zoo

Educational First Steps “Literacy Day” at the The Dallas Zoo. We had such a great time sharing the importance of literacy to parents and children as we gave away books to every child. Special thanks to Gustavo E Monsante, who took wonderful photos of the whole event!

Jan is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the past Regional Advisor for the North Texas Chapter, and a former freelance editor for Boys’ Life Magazine. Jan has won awards for her books, including The Green Prize for children’s poetry for THE GREEN MOTHER GOOSE.

Jan is in big demand for her dynamic presentations, featuring her books and getting kids excited about reading and writing their own amazing stories.



Jan aims to have the most interactive, encouraging, and inspiring program you’ve ever experienced!

She resides in Fort Worth and cares for “The Nest,” a writing retreat for authors, storytellers, musicians, artists, and kids!

Books by Jan Peck:

  • Giant Peach Yodel (Pelican Publishing Company)
  • The Green Mother Goose, written by David R. Davis (Sterling Publishing Company)
  • Way Out West on My Little Pony (Pelican Publishing Company)
  • Pirate Treasure Hunt! (Pelican Publishing Company).
  • Way Far Away on a Wild Safari (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • The Giant Carrot (Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • The Ballerina Princess (About You! Books)
  • The First Christmas (About You! Books)
  • The Time Travelers (About You! Books)
  • “The Perfect Dog” in the best-selling anthology Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul.
  • Also, stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys’ Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines.
  • Short stories in the anthologies Distant Lights and The Neighborhood Nine, published by Boyds Mills Press.
I first started writing in
3rd Grade!

I wrote about my pet turtle, Peppy, who escaped from his bowl and was lost in our house for a month.  My mother found him when she opened the door and cracked his shell.  But his shell was like a fingernail and grew back.  Whew!  We were so glad Peppy remained peppy and ready for more adventures!

Write and tell me about your pets and adventures!