About the Author & Books
Tom McLaughlin has been writing for years, creating advertising for items ranging from toys and ice cream to enormous construction equipment. Working for a book publishing company, he also promoted New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books, authors, and illustrators.
Raising three energetic kids, zigzagging cross country on family vacations, and growing up in a typically crazy Catholic family have given Tom years of writing material.
The McLaughlin clan currently lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in the Midwest. When Tom’s not renovating or writing, he’s piloting the crew on another adventure. Or he’s simply in the backyard battling the dandelions and crabgrass. ABCs and 123s for Boys is his first book. To contact Tom, email McLaughlinMediaGroup@gmail.com
Storytime & Bedtime
My favorite time of the day was storytime ….
When I was little, my dad would put three boys into bed and read to us. And later, it was my turn to tuck two boys into bed. For nearly 10 years, I pulled the covers up to their chins, turned the lights down low, and told a story or read a book until they nodded off.
There’s something magical about storytime with kids. Describing far-away lands, adventures and daring heroes stirs their imagination.
When you see the spark in their eyes and hear, “Read it again!” you’ve connected. I hope storytime produces wonderful memories for you and your family. And I hope the children in your life connect with ABCs and 123s books.
Once we Sell 1 Million Books
Here's our mission ...
Once we sell 1 million copies, we’ll donate a truckload of free books. Our goal is to donate $10,000 worth of books!
We'll support local libraries, daycare centers and children’s literacy causes, such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Julia Witherspoon’s Cops ‘N Kids Reading Center, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, First Book and others.
ABCs for Boys?
Why write an alphabet book for boys?
I grew up in and raised a family of (mostly) boys, so a "boys book" came naturally. While writing, I also discovered studies that show boys may have a more difficult time learning the alphabet and reading:
Reading comprehension differences between boys and girls can be found at preschool.
Studies with 10-year-olds find differences in favor of girls in nearly 40 countries.
Some research says boys’ reading levels don’t catch up until about age 15.
Using boy's names for characters, I created ABCs and 123s for Boys to be more engaging . If your little boys are engaged, maybe it will nudge them on their reading and counting journey.
Note: The book's multi-cultural characters and names can be enjoyed by boys and girls alike. And ... "ABCs and 123s for Girls" is on its way!
A Big Thanks
As a new author, there are a lot of people who helped me on this journey. First and foremost is my wife. And there are many others who reviewed preview copies, tested pages with their kids, provided input for characters and more. I'm extremely grateful to: J. O'Brien, J. Anderson, F. Meier, C. Petzke, C. Baker, J. Cooper, C. Cauffman, S. Felix, T. Simpson, and C. Replogle. Thank you!