Monday, August 12, 2019

Reading to Your Child

If you read five books a day to your child, they will enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than other children.

Even reading one book a day, your child will hear about 290,000 more words by age five than others.

Kids who hear more vocabulary words are better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school.

Important: The words children hear in books are going to be more complex, more difficult than ones they hear just talking around home.

For instance, a children's book about astronauts exploring Mars will introduce words and concepts that are unlikely to come up in everyday conversation.

Preschoolers who hear rich explanations of sophisticated words learn significantly more words than children who do not. Studies show compelling evidence for the benefits of teaching sophisticated vocabulary to children in preschool through first grade.

Children who acquire a substantial vocabulary are often able to think more deeply, express themselves better, and learn new things more quickly. They are also very likely to be successful not only learning to read, but also in reading at or above grade level throughout their school years.

We know now that if we boost children's language and literacy experiences early in life, later difficulties can be reduced or avoided.

Children pay attention to, and are interested in, the way adults use words to express precise feelings and reactions.

Find books that contain complex words, and your child will gradually pick up on their meanings and prosper in their future educational endeavors.


[1] Ohio State University. "A 'million word gap' for children who aren't read to at home: That's how many fewer words some may hear by kindergarten." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 April 2019.

[2] Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Language and Literacy, edited by A. Shillady. Copyright © 2014 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

[3] Scholastic Books; "For the Love of Words: Help your child build a rich vocabulary, and in turn, strong reading and writing skills." Susan Canizares; PhD in language and literacy development.

Mickey Kulp writes and illustrates the The Rocket Team series of children’s picture books. He crafted each book to be fun and educational, and they help introduce a rich, new vocabulary to make your child smarter.

Rocket Team books are available from a number of international outlets including

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

DCPL Local Author Expo


Meet author/illustrator Mickey Kulp, creator of the Rocket Team!

Dekalb County Pubic Library presents their local author expo...

Saturday, August 17 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Decatur Recreation Center: 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Special pricing and free gifts while supplies last!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dymocks Bookstore

I was thrilled to see that Dymocks, Australia’s leading bookseller for 140 years, is selling my books in their online store.

So, if you prefer to use Australian currency, here's the link:

About Dymocks
The origin of the Dymocks flagship store on George Street, Sydney – Australia’s greatest bookstore – goes back to 1879 when young William Dymock commenced business as a bookseller in nearby Market Street. In 1922, the Dymock family purchased the site of the old Royal Hotel in George Street upon which was built the historic, Art Deco landmark Dymocks building, completed in 1930.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ramone's Exploration Journal

Book 4 of the Rocket Team Series is out, baby! And it's a doozy.

In "Ramone's Exploration Journal: a day on Mars," we get a peek into an astronaut's daily journal exploring Mars.

Ramone is a student astronaut who roams the solar system as part of the international Rocket Team. He often travels with his robot pal, Pip.

Ramone keeps a daily journal to record his adventures at Gordo Station on Mars. Here, you will find the amazing details of a normal day in the life of a Rocket Team explorer. You’ll see special astronaut activities at the end.

Print book

Kindle edition

Comments about this and other Rocket Team books by Mickey Kulp...

"Thank you Mickey. We are delighted to share our vision of MARSHA with your young readers. We're counting on our future explorers to make the dream of living on Mars a reality!" -David Malott, CEO at AI SpaceFactory
"Granddaughter approved! And my 4th grade teacher daughter loved it too! Looking forward to more Rocket Team adventures." -Herb R.
"This book would be great in a classroom for the teacher to read to the students in the classroom." -Angelika F.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Universal Oneness

Some time ago, I noted with pleasure that I was picked for an auspicious poetry collection.  It has now arrived.

Dr. Vivekanand Jha, Editor of 'Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from around the World' contacted me recently with the final electronic copy of the massive book.

Published by Authorspress, it contains 360 poems by 360 poets from 60 Countries (the printed version is over 1/2 kilogram in weight). 

It will be available on Amazon in the next month under ISBN 978-93-89110-19-7.

My poem, 'Allen Does Tai Chi,' is on page 353.

~Mick, S.D.G.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Parabolic Poetry

Here is a first; a big first.  I sent five poems to Onkar Sharma at Literary Yard, and he accepted all five.  Yep.  All.  Five.

Read them here:

Literary Yard is an e-journal that aims at widening literary horizons by identifying and featuring the best literary works awaiting publication. The idea is to tender budding as well as established authors a constructive platform to reach out to a mass audience. An ever-increasing repository of literary articles, poems, short fiction, literary essays, socio-political commentaries, health tips’ articles, history/archaeology content, news and reviews, etc, Literary Yard has won numerous recognitions and honors from reputed platforms.

~Mick, S.D.G.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Secret Code and Free Offer

Here is your secret code. Use a QR Code reader to reveal the secret.

Also, the first 10 people who agree to provide an honest review will get a FREE advance PDF copy to peruse.

Send email to RamoneRocketeer -at- gmail -dot- com to see if you're one of the top ten rocketeers!

~Mick, S.D.G.