- Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power (iParenting Media Award Winner, Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner)
Holly Engel-Smothers is a former Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers early childhood program and continues to work as a consultant for Parents as Teachers, especially for families with twins. To qualify for this certification, Holly participated in hundreds of hours of training and workshops to study a brain-based curriculum that benefits both educators and parents. Since 1990, she has been an educator specializing in teaching parents and their children up to age seven. She works in a Title I program teaching low-level students and is on her district’s Communication Arts Committee and Literacy Team. She has a Master’s degree in Teaching Reading.
Holly’s writing credits include The Read and Respond series, consisting of six curriculum guides based on children’s literature. She also has written The Real World series—three books for practical applications of reading, math, and science. Engel-Smothers has had numerous articles published in magazines, including Missouri’s national education magazine Something Better, as well as Mother and Child Reunion: A Parenting, Education, and Health Resource. She is a contributing author to the books Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith (2008), It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy through Adolescence (2007), and Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples, and Singletons (2007).