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Building A Culture Of Reading In Your Classroom Comes To Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa MarketCenter In San Diego On Saturday, August 3rd

Youth literacy rates are the lowest they’ve been in decades, according to a recent National Public Radio (NPR) report. And while the stats are concerning around the nation, the data closest to home remains particularly frightening.

The San Diego Council on Literacy recently revealed that 46% of third graders throughout the San Diego Unified School District are not currently meeting reading and writing standards, the latest setback for educators who have been helping students to overcome the inherited struggles from the pandemic.

And so, to help ramp up reading in classrooms across America’s Finest City, four of the brightest lights in the KidLit community are uniting together in San Diego this Back-to-School Season to help build a culture of reading in the classroom, one book, one story, one child at a time.

We encourage families across San Diego to join us on Saturday, August 3rd (from 12-2PM) at Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa MarketCenter for Building A Culture Of Reading In Your Classroom.

This Back to School-themed event will feature a special panel discussion (moderated by PR From The Heart’s John Masiulionis), where the featured guest authors will be talking about what it means to build a culture of reading in the classroom, how we can do our part to make that more of a reality for our children, how they’re helping to create that reality for kids across San Diego, through the release of their new books, and much more.

PR From The Heart and Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa MarketCenter are proud to welcome the featured guest authors/panelists for Building A Culture Of Reading In Your Classroom:

 Sharon & Randi Hampson: Award-Winning & Best-Selling Children’s Authors (from the beloved children’s music group, Sharon, Lois & Bram, as seen on Nickelodeon’s Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show and TLC’s Skinnamarink TV)

 Brady Smith: Film/Television Actor (as seen on Netflix’s Original Comedy Series, Alexa & Katie), Acclaimed Author, Artist, & Children’s Book Illustrator

 Ellissa Schwartz: Award-Winning Children’s Author

Upon the conclusion of the panel, there will be an interactive Q&A for those in attendance, followed by an author meet & greet, photo-op, and book signing.

All event guidelines are subject to change.

For event-related questions, please e-mail

RSVP’s are strongly encouraged. To reserve and guarantee your seats for Building A Culture Of Reading In Your Classroom, please visit the event’s official Eventbrite page (seen below).

Thank you for your support of Building A Culture Of Reading In Your Classroom and for helping us walk home the children of San Diego.


PR From The Heart’s Clients Have Been Featured On:

Testimonials From The Hearts Of Our Clients

PR From The Heart has been a great partner in helping me achieve my dreams as a children’s book author, and in promoting my business, Author My Day. I appreciate the knowledge I gained about reaching audiences through the media, for the opportunity to share my story and the Jax and Friends Adventure Series on television (from Portland to Pittsburgh), and for the chance to be in-studio with David Newell (who played the beloved Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) on The Neighborly Reviews Bookcast. There is so much “behind the curtain” that John was able to reveal about media markets and how to craft a compelling story. Thank you for helping me put some of the polishing touches on expanding my dream.

Tammy Stuhr

Motivational Speaker, Award-Winning Children's Book Author, & The Creator of the Jax and Friends Adventure Series

When the time came to help promote my debut children’s book, Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, and the release of my newly-illustrated story, Spanish Is the Language of My Family, I knew John Masiulionis was the top person for the job.

John is a professional, hardworking, goal-driven, and truly genuine individual, who cares deeply about the people he serves and the wonderful KidLit community. As part of my two Book/Media Tours with PR From The Heart, John scheduled multiple TV interviews in high-profile markets, as well as advised me on bookstore locations ideal for having book signings and for sharing my story.

John also promoted my book with scheduled online marketing posts, including creating content and social media connections. His creative ideas, passion, and good-hearted nature made for a super working relationship and successful promotional tour partnership.

Thank you, John, and your team at PR From The Heart, for your truly amazing service.

John Parra

Award-Winning Artist, Illustrator, & Children's Book Author

It was a pleasure working with John Masiulionis and his team at PR From The Heart. John worked extremely hard to find opportunities that were a good fit for me to promote my first children’s book, Andrew Conquers the Court. I would have never been able to get in front of the audiences I did without John’s help. He was able to secure media interviews in my local area and across the country! All the while, he always communicated with me throughout the process. John believes in his clients and is passionate about promoting their work, and it shows. I highly recommend PR From The Heart to any children’s author looking for dedicated support.

Antonietta Tripodi Quinn

Award-Winning Children's Book Author & Educator

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