Building Voices at OC Book Festival 2015

Each year the Orange County Children’s Book Festival features popular authors, illustrators, storytellers, entertainers, and exhibitors that support reading and education along with fun activities for families. This years event, held on October 4th at Orange Coast College, showcased tons of authors and exhibitors.

Building Voices ™ was one of the few publishers that attended this years event. They are an independent publishing company that specializes in Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction resources for home and school. They publish coloring books, chapter books, interactive journals, and more. Check out their award-winning Broccoli Chronicles, now available on and

If you missed this years event, be sure to attend next year for tons of fun and books!


Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Reading Builds Character is a reading program and nationwide initiative which encourages kids to read at least 15 minutes per day. Building Voices is working with Read Aloud, TCD Kids Foundation, and local parks in order to promote reading and provide free books to kids. They also participated in the 2015 Read for the Globe and Read for the Record campaigns.

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva reads to kids to support Reading Across the Globe

On November 19, 2015, Building Voices is searching for educators and parents to read to various children across the world. With your help, Reading Builds Character will inspire children to embed reading into their daily routine. You can get involved by hosting your own reading event or partnering with another organization. Contact Building Voices for details.


Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

Below are reading stepping stones and suggestions of great books to purchase for your children to read.

Stage 1: Baby Books – Age 0-3

These books are for infants and toddlers. They usually consist of alphabet sounds, books about color, lullabies and nursery rhymes.

Example: Goodnight Moon

Stage 2: Picture Books – Age 4-8

These are hardcover books filled with tons of color and illustrations. The storyline is usually short and simple.

Example: Pinkalicious

Stage 3: Easy Readers – Age 6-8

These are usually paperback books. They are easy to read and for those that are just starting to read paragraphs.

Example: Junie B series

Stage 4: Chapter Books – Age 7-10

These books are normally found in series with very little to no illustrations. These books look and feel just like a normal book, but often times the chapters are shorter and the print is larger than a YA book.

Example: Little Kids, Big Voices series

Stage 5: Middle Grade – Age 8-12

These books have longer chapters and the storyline is more advanced. The overall length of the book is longer and the vocabulary is more complex.

Example: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Stage 6: Young Adult – Age 12+

These books address typical teenage problems with multiple characters and themes. The word count for this stage is 40,000+.

Example: Chronicles of Narnia series

Likes: My favorite color is green and I love to eat grilled broccoli and cheese sandwiches. Actually, I love broccoli with everything. My best friend is the robin who hangs out in my backyard and I love all subjects especially Reading.

Dislikes: I do not like the NEVC (No Eating Vegetable Club) because they do not eat their vegetables. The color pink looks like vomit and it makes me sad when Papa forgets Mr. Doodlebug. I especially do not like Maria Diarrhea because she smells like…….well, you just have to find out for yourself.

Children are like sponges and therefore they are able to retain information at great levels.  Their brain is able to absorb anything that is presented to them.  If they listen to inappropriate music, then their brain will memorize every word.  If they watch violence on television, then their brain will remember the images.  If they read a book, then their brain will absorb the vocabulary and creativity.

What sort of information do you want your child to retain?

Each time your child picks up a book to read, they are introduced to new vocabulary words, creativity and overall knowledge expansion.  I’ve discovered that reading builds character and character opens the door to more creativity. We must change the mindset of our children at any early age by incorporating reading into their daily regimen. It’s never too early to start building a stable foundation of reading for your child.

Purchase some books for your child today!

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