Author of Danny the Dragon Speaks Out About Parental Involvement

By: Robert Thomson

Tina Turbin, author of the celebrated children's book, Danny the Dragon (, is not only cherished for her contribution to children's literature, but also for her work in championing important issues to improve the lives of children. One such issue she is actively advocating is parental involvement in their children's lives.

Tina's interest and involvement in issues such as family, women, and children in society blossomed when she married and became a mother at the age of twenty-one. Since then, she has demonstrated her dedication to bringing awareness to these issues in her many endeavors as a humanitarian, researcher, and children's book author.

Danny the Dragon, celebrated by authors and illustrators, demonstrates Tina's avid interest in these topics. In this increasingly popular and celebrated children's book, Danny the Dragon and his little traveling companion, Skipper, come across a new home and meet a new family in the most unusual way. In the end, it is a story about how a family handles surprises and acceptance. Its themes of helping each other, accepting the differences of others, and treating others how one would want to be treated, are examples of the values Tina finds important for parents to teach their children. And what's the best way for them to teach their children these values? "By being actively involved in their children's education and their lives," says Tina.

Research on the effects of parental involvement shows a consistent, positive relationship between parents' participation in their children's education and their children's academic performance. Studies show also that parental involvement is associated with lower dropout and truancy rates. There is no question that parental involvement positively impacts the education of children.

Tina has found that parental involvement is crucial in raising the literacy rate. Children's literacy is yet another issue in which Tina is passionately involved, as the high percentage of middle-class Americans who are functionally illiterate is something that alarms her. Reading to children and also home-schooling are a couple of ways for parents to increase their involvement and improve their children's ability to read.

Tina offers valuable tips for parents to increase their involvement. If their children attend school outside the home, they should make sure to meet their children's teachers and stay actively connected to them with notes to and from school. A lot of teachers use e-mail these days to stay in touch with parents as well. There are a number of creative ideas for being involved with children, for example cooking with one's children.

In addition to the next book in the Danny the Dragon series, Tina is currently working on and will soon release the highly anticipated Danny's cookbook, which will teach children to prepare simple, nutritional meals through Danny's guidance and with a lot of fun. Taking children through the steps of one of the great recipes in this book is another way parents can be more involved in their children's activities, while improving their reading and teaching them important values such as taking care of oneself with nutrition. This is just one of the many ways Tina is reaching out to parents so they can become more involved in their children's lives.

For more information about Tina Turbin, visit

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