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Tim Green Reading In Port Clinton

Tim Green is excited to announce that he will be paying the town of Port Clinton a visit for a reading of some of his most recent work. A huge thanks goes out to the Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library and the Ida Rupp Public Library itself for inviting Tim Green down.

The reading will be taking place at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center Monday, September 12 @ 6:30pm. To guarantee a seat, visit the Ida Rupp Public Library website at or give the library at call at 419-732-3212. If you’re unable to register, still feel free to show up! There very well may still be some space. After the reading, Tim Green will be fielding questions about his books, career, and life.

Tim Green is a huge advocate of reading. Even as a first-round NFL draft pick with over an eight-career in professional sports, Green advocates school before sports to his own kids. That’s not to say kids should be skipping out on sports. By all means, an active lifestyle is ideal for everyone and the earlier the start the better. Yet at the same time, we can’t overlook the benefits of reading.

Studies show that children who read 20 minutes a day not only develop more empathetic skill sets, they also perform better in every academic subject. So the ideal arrangement is a mix between getting a physical workout and getting mental workout. That’s why Tim Green helped establish the Play 60/Read 20 campaign with the NFL.

Reading is not only healthy, it’s fun and that’s something that Tim Green tries to convey in all of his books. This all sounds great, but how do you actually get your kids to be excited about reading? This is something that Tim Green has thought about a lot.

Check out Tim Green’s 5 Tips on Getting Your Kids to Read.

17 Reasons Why Reading is Important for Children and Adults

17 Reasons Why Reading is Important for Children and Adults by Tim Green


Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles W. Elio

Reading is a crucial element of every child’s education, yet when our children begin struggling with the subject, many parents and kid’s alike get frustrated and give up. All too easily they accept that they’re just not that interested in reading or worse, “don’t see the point.”

This can be especially common when the parent themselves never formed a strong bond to reading when they were growing up. But reading skills, and moreover, a love for reading, have so many benefits to minds of all ages.

Before you decide that reading just isn’t your child’s strong suit (or maybe your own!), consider the following benefits of reading, both now and in the future.

Benefits during childhood

Reading develops and expands language skills. Even before a child is ready to read on their own, children begin developing critical language and enunciation skills by listening to others speak and read. Time spent reading to your child helps them by reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. As that child grows up and begin reading on their own, the more they read the more words they will gain exposure to. This enhances not only their comprehension of reading, but their everyday vocabulary making them more article and well-spoken. Reading books is also vital for learning new languages which allow non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context.

Reading exercises your brain. Reading to the brain is what physical activity is to the body: it’s exercise! The more you exercise your brain, the better it gets at completing the task. Seems common sense, but many find it difficult to push through the initial phases of learning where they are still struggling with basic comprehension. The good news is: practice really does make perfect, at least when it comes to reading. The more a child reads, the better they will get at it. And no, TV, not even the best educational shows, are as good at exercising for your brain as reading.

Reading improves concentration. When children regularly practice sitting still and focusing on a story, they develop the ability to do this for longer periods.

Reading improves memory. Many don’t realize that when they are reading a book, they are actually practicing using their memory a lot. To understand the story, you have to be able to remember an assortment of character names, their backgrounds, motivations, history, and personality traits, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave together the larger story.

Reading improves analytical thinking skills. If you’ve ever read a book and found yourself predicting what could happen or who could have been responsible for some mystery, you’ve experienced how reading can challenge your critical thinking skills. Not to mention the analytical skills you need in order to critique the plot, writing, character development, and storyline.

Reading exposes us to different parts of the world. Through reading, children are able to learn about people, places, and events outside their own set of personal experiences. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas, and beliefs about the world which may be different from or even challenge those around them. Reading opens the door for discovering new passions and interests and further educating themselves in anything they are interested in.

Reading improves your imagination. When we read, our brains translate words into pictures. We’re imaging not only how scenes look, but how the characters feel. We connect these images to our own experiences and ask ourselves how we would feel in a similar situation.

Reading develops empathy. When we use our imaginations to understand how characters are feeling, we are also engaging with our sense of empathy. As with reading, the more we practice empathy, the better we get at being able to identify with and feel with others.

Reading makes kids do better at all aspects of school. The benefits of reading aren’t limited to subjects like English and history. Children who read tend to do better at all subjects, and they do better all the way through school. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. Think about it, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he/she be expected to grasp other subjects written out and explained in texts books as they discover new subjects?

Reading is fundamental in developing a good self image. Nonreaders or poor readers often have lower opinions of themselves and their abilities than their literate classmate counterparts. This can be isolating, discourage kids from learning altogether, and consequently, behavioral problems can surface.

Reading is a fun form of entertainment. Aside from the benefits to performance, reading itself is really fun. Immersing yourself in a story, feeling suspense as the storyline unfolds, and getting emotionally attached to the characters you watch develop are all parts of reading that keep avid readers come back for more.

Benefits in adulthood

Reading is fundamental to functioning in modern society. Many adults today lack crucial literacy skills. This can prevent them from properly performing a number of important, everyday tasks that are expected of adults, including: reading/understanding instructions on a medicine bottle, acquiring/filling out applications, reading warning signs on the road, or even following directions on a map. Day-to-day activities that many people take for granted become a source of frustration, shame, and fear.

Reading is vital to finding a good job. Most of today’s well-paying jobs require reading as a basic skill to properly perform the functions of the job. Instructions, reports, and memos all need to be read, understood, and properly applied. Poor reading skills can slow or even halt your professional development.

Readers enjoy art and do good things in the world. A study by the NEA found that people who read for pleasure are many times more likely than those who do not to visit museums and attend concerts, and almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are more active participants in the world around them, and do more for the well-being of others.

Reading makes you more interesting. With all the knowledge that readers acquire from books, they tend to have more subjects they can participate in during conversations, both casual and academic. This also allows you to engage with a wider variety of people and conversations, which in turn improve your knowledge and conversation skills.

Reading reduces stress. Many studies have shown that reading reduces your stress levels. In fact, in one study done by consultancy firm Mindlab International at the University of Sussex, they found that subjects only needed to read silently for as little as six minutes to begin experiencing a slower heart rate and less tension in the muscles.

Reading builds new brain connections and strengthens existing ones. Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated through reading and similar mentally challenging activities can slow the progress of (or possibly prevent) cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Final Thoughts

Reading is a crucial skill that better prepares you for professional success and personal happiness. Never be afraid to reach out for additional help if you or your child are struggling with literacy skills. The extra steps you take to improve them will create a lifetime of greater opportunities.





Tim Green Attends BookSpring’s Annual Storybook Heroes Luncheon

Kay Gooch and Tim Green at Storybook Heroes Luncheon for BookSpring.
Kay Gooch and Tim Green at Storybook Heroes Luncheon for BookSpring.

Since 2008, BookSpring has been inspiring young children in Texas to fall in love with reading. Originally built as a merger between local affiliates of two acclaimed national organizations, Read Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental, BookSpring has continued their missions while tailoring their approach to suit the unique needs of Central Texas, especially in regards to tackling the early literacy gap.

Through their dedicated outreach across schools, childcare centers, medical clinics, and community partners, they are able to reach an average of 40,000 children with over 140,000 books each year, not to mention hundreds of hours of motivational activities aimed at inspiring a lifelong love of reading. The work they do is invaluable to the community, and Tim Green is thrilled to contribute to their cause.

Each year, BookSpring holds an annual Storybook Heroes Luncheon to celebrate those who help spread their message. This year, attendees included ‘reading rock star‘ librarian, Kay Gooch, volunteer Mindy Reed Gomillion and Keller Williams Realty International. Also along for the fun, of course, was Tim Green, who loved the chance to speak at an event so closely tied to his life’s work and passions.

Back while Green was still in the midst of his career in the NFL playing for the Atlanta Falcons, he began pursuing another childhood dream: becoming a writer. He published his first book while still playing for the Falcons, and although now retired from football, he has continued to publish books ever since. His most prolific work has been his sports-themed books for middle readers. To date, he has published more than 30 books for adults and youths, most recently being the hit novel ‘Home Run’ about a young boy trying to help his family by winning big with his traveling baseball team.

More than just writing books, Tim Green has been inspiring young readers across the country, visiting schools and library’s all over the United States in order to spread the importance of reading, physical fitness, and being nice. He makes about 100 visits to schools a year and has spoken at over 800 schools to date.

Moreover, he donates books wherever he goes. In fact, he uses any money collected as speaker fee’s to go directly towards buying books for kids who less fortunate.

Emily Ball Cicchini, the Executive Director of BookSpring, shares Green’s passion for literacy and the belief that all children have a right to an education and to a love of reading. Her goal: provide 20 books each for all 75,000 needy kids in Central Texas. Click on the following link to donate to BookSpring and help support their cause.

Tim Green is an author, lawyer, former NFL player, Coach, and TV personality. To learn more about his life and career, please visit Tim Green‘s website.

Tim Green Releases ‘Home Run,’ His 17th Sports-Themed Novel for Middle Readers


Tim Green Releases Home Run His 17th Sports-themed Novel for Middle Readers

Tim Green released his 17th sports-themed novel for middle readers, Home Run, this month.

Home Run is a continuation of his bestselling “Baseball Great” series, and this time, Green takes three main characters his readers will already know and love, Josh, Benji and Jaden, who all appeared in previous books in the series.

As their lives intertwine, each character is taken on a new odyssey filled with conflict, action packed sports, and triumph of the spirit.

In a previous book, Josh’s parents separated, so Green looked for ways to incorporate that plot in a meaningful way into Home Run. As Josh’s father moves the family to Florida and settles then into an uncomfortably small apartment in a shady part of town, Josh begins to worry about their well-being. Josh’s traveling baseball team provides its own challenges, with a new coach who acts more like a drill sergeant than a team leader.

As Josh begins to feel like his life is falling apart, Benji informs him of a home-run derby in which the winner gets a brand-new house. All Josh has to do is hit twenty home runs during his travel-team season to qualify. With Benji and Jaden’s help, the three set out on a journey to save Josh’s family.

As Green explains, “I already had the characters and their personalities and their back stories. A lot of it was just imagination — looking for conflict, looking for a plot that I could twist and turn to come up with a surprise ending.”

Tim Green writes two middle reader level books a year for Harper Collins, one on baseball and one on football. His next football novel is set to come out in the fall and will centers around a boy who is deaf but still aspires to become a football player. In challenging this adversity, he seeks to find acceptance from both himself and his community.

This storyline, like many others, was inspired by the real students Green meets while touring the country, most recently to promote reading and physical activity for the NFL’s PLAY 60 / READ 20 campaign.

While on tour this past year, Green was particularly inspired by two boys he met — one in Iowa and one in Kentucky.

“Both fans of my books, both football players as I was, and they were both deaf and had cochlear implants,” Green explains. “The challenges and obstacles and experiences that they had really were the grist for that story. … Even though the conflict and everything is somewhat from my imagination, a lot of the anecdotes from the stories were taken from these kids’ real lives.”

He was impressed at their ability to cope with daily difficulties like people thinking they are mentally impaired because of their speech deficiencies, embarrassment over the look of the implants, and challenges in school and sports.

Although Green started out writing suspense novels for Warner Books, he was immediately interested in writing for kids as soon as a Creative Director from Harper Collins read one of his books recognized that his action-packed style would resonate well with children, especially ones who were more interested in sports than school.

Green was an active reader growing up, going on to study English literature as an undergraduate at Syracuse University (while making a huge name for himself on the school football team.) At Syracuse, he had the opportunity to take creative writing classes and study with literary legends like Tobias Wolff and Raymond Carver.

“I was around some incredible writers. Knowing them and being exposed to them kind of emboldened me to say, ‘They’re actually real people. Maybe I can do this too.’”

Getting into children’s literature, and finding the motivation to going on to write 17 novels is all about one thing for Tim Green: the kids.

“I’m having such a good time with the kids stuff and the impact that I’ve had on kids that I didn’t even know,” he says. “I love doing this. … Right now, I’m really in love with writing for kids and the response that I get.”

Green gets almost daily response on both his website and Facebook page from children all over the country, particularly from boys who may also be athletes telling him that they never read a book until they picked up one of his because they were drawn in by the sports theme.

At a school in New Jersey, Green spoke with a librarian whose 11-year-old daughter was a reluctant reader. The librarian would have to set a timer to get her daughter to read for a minimum amount of time, but she never read beyond that — until, that is, she found Green’s book “Unstoppable.”

“She just devoured it. She kept reading. She’s read every one of your books,” he says the librarian told him. “I actually get a lot of girl readers as well. It’s not just limited to boys, though boys tend not to be the readers that girls are. I think part of it is they think maybe you’re kind of wimpy if you’re a reader. Maybe they associate it with that. My background kind of shatters that myth.”

As Tim Green continues to tour the country, he’s excited to read excerpts from his latest novel and engage students in the storyline. It’s their excitement and interest in the material that makes the work worthwhile.

To learn more about Tim Green’s life and career, please visit his main website. To purchase Home Run, go here.

Tim Green & 2 Fellow Former NFL Players Teach Sweeny Students About the Importance of Reading

Tim Green & 2 Fellow Former NFL Players Teach Sweeny Students About the Importance of Reading

Tim Green and two fellow former NFL players, Cedric Woodard and Johnnie Lee Higgins, visited Sweeny High School last Wednesday to spread to the word to students about the NFL’s READ 60 / PLAY 20 campaign.

Cedric Woodard and Johnnie Lee Higgins are Sweeny High graduates themselves, so they were especially excited to be given the chance to encourage kids from their own community to strive to reach their full potential.

Sweeny High School has actually had seven graduates go on to become NFL players, an impressive number for any school. Principal Robert Morrison knows that great things lie ahead for his students. Half jokingly, he exclaimed “I’m going to take a selfie with y’all, that way, if any of you get rich and famous, I have your picture on my phone,” as he posed for a selfie with the junior high classes.

Tim Green was equally impressed by the number of Bulldogs to go pro. “I’ve been all over the country. I’ve been to 1,000 schools in the last 10 years,” he explained. “I have never been to a school that has so many.”

Green followed Morrison’s lead, taking a photo with the crowd of students, before launching into an impassioned speech about the importance of education and physical activity. He attributes his dedication to education with helping him find success in both sports and beyond. Without a proper education coupled with his passion for reading, he may not have achieved all the successes he found in and outside of football, like becoming a successful author and lawyer.

Higgins shared his advice with students as well, imparting on them “You all have to decide what your core values are, what things make you who you are. That doesn’t start in high school, that doesn’t start in college, that doesn’t start when you’re rich and famous. That starts now.”

The PLAY60 / READ20 program encourages kids to play for 60 minutes a day and read for 20. Green helped spearhead the addition of READ 20 because both fitness and reading have played such an important role in his life. Green spent eight years as a football player and 11 as an NFL commentator, but one of his biggest passions has always been reading and writing books.

“I love books,” he told who wrote a story about their visit. “When I was on the bus every day going to school, I was reading a book. When I finished early in the cafeteria, I was reading a book. When I finished getting my gear on for football practice, sitting in the locker room waiting for coach to blow the whistle, I was reading a book.”

As a New York Times bestselling author with 33 published works, so far, Tim Green says books made him not only a more intelligent person, but a better one. He credits books with opening his mind to new experiences and his heart to people who have different viewpoints or backgrounds.

During the presentation, Green encouraged students to read, even if they find it difficult. He promised that the more they read, the easier it will be, and the more they will benefit from it. As Green explained his feelings about books, “They will make you smarter, in every subject. They will make you a better person. They will make you kinder and more forgiving.”

Visiting thousands of schools, and being a father of five himself, Green understands that it can be difficult to convince children of the true importance of reading and education. Kids often ignore advice given from adults and are in a place in their life where they are still unsure whether or not to believe things like school are really as important as their parents and teachers say. Green avoids delivering his message as any sort of command, and rather tries to show students how reading has helped him in his life and explaining how it can also help them, if they choose to do it.

“When I talk to students, I never tell you what to do, I tell you what you can do,” he said. “If you make a decision to do it, you can make yourself better.”

After the presentation, students had the chance to meet and take photos with all the presenters, before going home for the day.

Former Henninger Basketball Coach, Joe Mazella, Named Character in Tim Green’s Next Book

There are a million ways to come up with character names for a book. You can look in a baby naming book, research popular names from other era’s, or pay tribute to an important friend or family member. It’s always exciting when you find the perfect name for a character, and for Tim Green, giving his fans the chance to name a character is incredibly rewarding.

Several years ago, Tim Green came up with the idea of holding contests online, asking his fans to nominate inspiring people in their community that they would like to see memorialized in one of their favorite authors books. Using Facebook, the community votes for their favorite nominees. This month, another character was named.

After a five-day contest on Facebook, former Henninger High School boys basketball coach Joe Mazella will be the name of a teacher in Tim Green’s next book, titled “Left Out.”

Joe Mazella was a beloved basketball coach, physical education teacher, and assistant principal at Henninger High School who died in 2009 from self-inflicted wounds after receiving negligent treatment which resulted in him being overmedicated on anti-depressant drugs.

Mazella was a staple of the community and a dedicated staff member of Henninger High School for 28 years. His death shocked those who knew him, as he was thought of as an upbeat person to be around with a great sense of humor. His funeral was attended by thousands.

As a coach, Mazella had a record of 245-78, including nine league championships, five Section III basketball titles, five regional, and five final four appearances. In 2002, his team won the Class A state championship, the first one in Section III. He even coached former Syracuse University guard Lazarus Sims and NBA player Andray Blatche.

Joe Mazelle Court - Henniger High SchoolThree months after Mazella’s death, Henninger High named its basketball court in honor of their late coach.

Tim Green has named his characters after a number of inspiring individuals like Joe Mazella. Griffin Engle from Cicero, who died at age 7 in 2014 after a battle with brain cancer, appeared as a character in the book, “Kid Owner.” Christian Brothers Academy baseball player Jack Sheridan, who is currently battling leukemia, appears as a character in Tim Green’s latest book, Baseball Great sequel “Home Run.”

“Really it just feels good,” Tim Green told Syracuse Media Group, “because people are happy to remember someone. They’re happy to know they’re going to be in this book. It’s something that’s just fun. Instead of throwing away the opportunity. I thought it would be nice to provide people – like all of Joe’s fans and supporters – an opportunity, even if it’s just on Facebook, to say how much they miss him, how much they loved him, everything he did for them.”

Mazella is survived by his wife and three daughters who still live in Syracuse. His widow, Janice, said their daughters were very excited to see their father win the contest.

Green used to use the names of his children and their friends as characters, but as his roster of books began to grow, so did his desire to make the process more meaningful.

“One day I thought, instead of making up names why not solicit names from people who follow my Facebook page,” he told Syracuse Media Group. “Sometimes it’s just someone who has a lot of friends on Facebook. But it seems like lately it ends up being, more often than not, someone like Joe who was wildly popular.”

Tim Green started writing books for middle grades – kids from 8 to 14 years old – about 10 years ago. “Left Out” will be available for purchase on September 27th, 2016.

For more about Tim Green’s life and career, please visit Tim Green’s career website.

Tim Green Visits Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green reads to students at Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta on Dec. 2, 2015. Marlon A. Walker/
Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green (center) reads to students at Parkside Elementary in Atlanta joined by current players Joey Mbu (left) and Vic Beasley Jr. (right) on Dec. 2, 2015.

In December, Tim Green stopped by Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta to share his love of reading with the local youth, read excerpts from his latest novel, and encourage students to get a good education and stay fit.

The 75+ students assembled in the library at Parkside Elementary School continuously asked Tim Green to keep reading from his book “Kid Owner” even after Green asked them multiple times if they were ready for him to stop.

Green is a New York Times best-selling author with nearly three dozen books written. His last 16 have been focused on young readers. “Kid Owner” is his 16th children’s book, published by Harper Collins, and has become a new favorite amongst his young fans.

After reading, the students made their way down the hall for an hour of rope climbing, football throwing, running and other activities as part of of the NFL’s “Play 60” program, which Tim has been taking one step further by adding “Read 20” to the recommendation.

Launched in 2007, Play 60 / Read 20 advocates for kids to have 60 minutes of physical activity each day to keep their bodies healthy, along with 20 minutes of reading to keep their minds sharp (added by Green.)

As Tim Green told myAJC, “I’m not curing cancer or creating world peace, but it’s my own way of giving back.”

“Teachers have been saying for years that reading for about 20 minutes a day enhances a child’s skills,” he went on. “The idea that all you have to do is play for 60 minutes a day to be physically fit, that’s something the NFL is promoting across the country. Kids can also read 20 minutes a day and make themselves stronger mentally and build their character.”

As a former NFL player and world-class athlete himself, it makes sense that Tim Green would promote fitness and reading in a single program.

The NFL has contributed more than $325 million to Play 60, allowing them to give more than 73,000 schools new programs that positively affect more than 38 million students.

As Tim Green tours the country speaking with students, some of his tours get funded by the schools themselves. When that is the case, he uses whatever he gets to buys books for those at less-fortunate stops along his journey.

As he describes, “I love seeing that reaction to know that kids are enjoying my stories. I do well enough to where I don’t have to ask them to buy books.”

The NFL’s Play 60 program has made a huge impact on young students lives, and it continues to grow in may ways:

• The NFL and American Heart Association recently released an updated version of the free NFL PLAY 60 app, where users can virtually race through “Super Bowl 50.”

• Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will be appearing in videos leading middle-school students through workouts in order to inspire activity.

• The NFL and Shriners Hospitals for Children have teamed up to create a free NFL PLAY 60 All-Ability Guide, which includes activities to help children with physical disabilities live active, healthy lives.

• The NFL and the National Dairy Council launched Fuel Up to Play 60 en español, extending their resources to Spanish-speaking communities.

Green was in town for several reading engagements over the course of his stay, including two events in cooperation with the National Football League’s Play 60 program.

Magic Tree House Series

Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series started the books in 1992 with a contract to complete four publications.  She thought that when she signed the deal to write four books that that would be the end of it.  Little did she know the impact it would have on parents and kids and she soon became swamped with letters.

timgreensyracuse_magictreehouseShe has even memorized some of the letters she has received including some that had young children writing their own stories and telling Osborne about them.  She realized how great these simple books were to this demographic of children and according to NPR, they were “catching fire with young readers.”  Osborne had written 20 books before that had not been nearly as successful.  Nevertheless, the Magic Tree House series has sold millions of copies worldwide and there are more than 50 books in the series now.  Each tells the story of Jack and Annie, who are brother and sister and the adventures they take using their magical tree house.  The tree house serves as a time machine and brings kids to the pyramids, the great earthquake of San Francisco and back to the dinosaur times.

What has been so successful about the series is its ability to have simple language in a chapter book form, as it is many children’s first experience with chapter books.  It also brings kids on a ride of rich history from a unique perspective.  The series is paired with companion series, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers which gives the nonfiction version of all the stories Osborne writes.  With the success of the series she has decided to start giving back and she now donates the books to schools in need.  Her most recent visit was to Palmer, Massachusetts and  Old Mill Pond School where after she read entries from her newest book she also announced she was giving each student in the school a brand new book of their own.

For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.