About  the Author


Jill Javelosa-Alvarez lives in Whitby, Ontario, with her husband Erwin and two children, Erill and Belove. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who currently works as an Early Literacy Specialist and a College Faculty Supervisor. A community advocate for children’s literacy, Jill has run workshops that enhance children’s literacy and numeracy development through play-based activities, she has recommended thousands of books to parents of children six years and under, and now she’s written a book of her own that incorporates the early literacy skills she teaches every day.

In her leisure time, Jill and her family love traveling and exploring the outdoors. In 2015, Jill was a nominee for the Educator of Character award from the Character Community Foundation of York Region. Jill enjoys reading, photography and theatre arts.

“ is book is a tapestry of contemporary ideas from an early childhood development perspective, one that educates and provides real-life experiences that are possible for all parents. All it takes is you, the parent, to be present. ank you, Jill, for such a clear and concise gathering of ideas. My children will get this book from me when they have children...”

Kathy Boelsma Lead Collaborator ReCognition and Early Literacy Specialist for Lanark County www.re-cognition.ca

“What an incredible resource for families, caregivers and professionals alike – I gobbled it up! Jill is an absolute superhero for early childhood literacy, child development and for helping families build stronger connections with each other. Her passion and expertise shine through in this handbook. It is full of useful tips, resources and activities to incorporate in your everyday interactions with your family and/or community. A great read.”

Emily Gladding, BA, MLIS Library Manager, Vaughan Public Libraries www.vaughanpl.info

“A quick read for a busy parent. A comprehensive recipe to have fun and enjoy with your child.”

Vilma Raymundo Supervisor, Ontario Early Years Centre

“ It is a powerhouse book of tips, tools and strategies for busy parents that simply work. A fantastic book that every parent or grandparent should read! Jill’s done it again.”

Cathy Ferlisi York Catholic District School Board Trustee and mother to three amazing children www.trustee.ycdsb.ca/ferlisi

“As a first-time mom with a starting career, life becomes more challenging and this dependable book is heaven-sent! An easy read for practical and heartfelt advice on parenting, I will definitely ‘prescribe’ this to my parent friends.”

Joann Kathleen Garcia, M.D. Consultant, Pulmonary Medicine National Kidney and Transplant Institute

“This book is powerful and enlightening, yet concise enough for a busy parent. A must-read for those looking to stimulate interaction with their children, especially in those first formative years!”

Sandeep A. Ponniah, M.D. Hospitalist, Assistant Professor University of Florida, College of Medicine

“Being parents, for us, is like a rebirth of our own journey. When our baby was born, so did a new chapter that would redefine an improved direction of our lives. This book can serve as a guide for all of us new parents.”

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera-Dantes Actors Chair, YesPinoy Foundation www.yespinoy.ph

“A practical resource that celebrates the power of play and meaningful relationships within the early years. Jill offers simple yet profound methods and tools that will benefit a child’s well-being and sense of wonder.”

Alan Dean Faigal Part-time Faculty, Ryerson University National Youth Outreach Director, Culture Shock Canada www.ryerson.ca/ecs | www.cultureshockcanada.com

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