About Me

Welcome to Growing Book by Book!  I’m so happy that you have found this site.  Growing Book by Book is dedicated to helping caregivers nurture our youngest readers.  You will find reading and writing tips, book lists and recommendations, literacy activities and so much more!

Jodie Rodriguez is the creator of Growing Book by Book


*Educator for over 20 years- Taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Coordinator, Federal Programs Coordinator and most recently Head of School

*Became a National Board Certified Teacher- Early Childhood Generalist in 2003.

*Hold two advanced degrees in education and administration.

*Taught several teaching reading courses at a local university to education majors.

*Currently, I’m staying at home with my youngest readers, my sons (4 and 5).

*Early Literacy is my passion and I hope to inspire you to cultivate readers in your life.


1.  I worked in a children’s bookstore when I was in college.

2.  I can still recite a list of 50 prepositions I memorized in the 5th grade. “About, above, across, after….”

3.  My favorite shows include Cedar Cove, The Good Wife and Downton Abbey.

4.  I love to cook and bake.  But, I do not like nuts in my desserts.

5.  During grade school, I was not considered a strong reader.  The light bulb finally clicked on the summer after 8th grade.  I fell in love with the library!  Thank you to The Girls of Canby Hall!

6.  Surprise, I love to read now!  I have over 100 books about literacy development.  I also enjoy my magazine subscriptions to Cooking Light, Southern Living, Kiwi and Scholastic Parent and Child.

7.  I love to do random acts of kindness!

Would you like to see and hear me?  Here is a video introduction too!


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*We share new ideas three times a week!

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Read, Create & Share is an e-book resource for families who want to build meaningful service learning experiences with their children. Books for kids, creative hands-on projects and service learning ideas are included.

*You can also visit our Growing Book by Book Store to see my newest E-book, Read, Create & Share!

Jodie Rodriguez is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate  advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and  linking to amazon.com.

Happy Growing Book by Book!


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