Donna Richardson

Donna Castle Richardson, Ed.D.

Donna Castle Richardson, Ed.D. serves as the CEO of Educational Dynamics, LLC. She previously served as the Director of the Central Comprehensive Center, one of 15 Comprehensive Centers providing technical assistance with funding from the United States Department of Education through the University of Oklahoma. She also served as the Director of EDUTAS at OU. She is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education at Oklahoma City University (OCU) where she designed and directed the teacher certification program in Early Childhood and directed the Elementary Education. She taught courses in early childhood education, curriculum, children’s literature, emergent literacy, and reading development. She mentored teachers during their first year of teaching.

She has developed a Reading with Children Series for parent, grandparents, and early childhood educators that focus on informing parents, grandparents, and early childhood educators on how to create a stimulating learning environment for children during the early years. Her Activities & Ideas for Enhancing Young Children’s Language won the 2022 Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc 2022 Published Book – Non-Fiction award. The series has two additional adult handbooks Teaching Your Child to Read Naturally Parenting Handbook and Teaching Alphabet Letters and Sounds with Meaning. To complete the series, she wrote three children’s books to assist adults in how to read using interactive reading techniques to young children reading strategies and letters and sounds in context. Three of the author’s children’s books, The Teeny Tiny Tadpole, Little Lilly Ladybug, and Birds Being Birds, serve as companions to the parenting handbooks to give young children a head start in reading.

Dr. Richardson’s interest in family literacy research, early reading, children’s literature, language development, and school improvement led to national recognition. She evaluated the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Even Start project in which her research and the project design was validated by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Diffusion Network and awarded a National Dissemination Grant to fund national dissemination. Her Reading Discovery Tutor Training program was highlighted as one of ten programs featured in the U.S. Department of Education’s best practices document So That Every Child Can Read…America Reads Community and Tutoring Projects.

Donna is married to Don Ray Richardson. Their home is in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have two married children and five grandchildren who live in Denver, Colorado.

The Teeny Tiny Tadpole

At the edge of a lake floated some little jelly balls with black spots in the middle. Out of one of the little jelly balls swam a teeny tiny tadpole.  The teeny tiny tadpole doesn’t know where she is. She doesn’t know who she is. But she is changing, and fast! Join The Teeny Tiny Tadpole as she meets all the different fish in the lake. Will she find out what kind of animal she is before it’s too late?

Little Lilly Ladybug

The excitement of change and growing up is the underlying theme of Little Lilly Ladybug. Little Lilly Larvae matures magically into a beautiful ladybug. The life cycle occurs as the Little Lilly Larvae meets other ladybugs and learns about sharing and manners while growing up in a beautiful herb garden. She discovers her purpose in life to help make things better around her. The rhythm, imagery, and rhyme of folk literature characteristics influence this story through the use of refrains and talking insects. Folk literature characteristics are used to create an unforgettable story based on an age-old theme of change. This book is a classic to be savored and shared for generations and a second in a life cycle series.“Little Lilly Ladybug is dedicated to my lovely mother, Margie Hamilton Castle Perryman, who will turn 90 this year.

Teaching Your Child to Read Naturally: Parenting Handbook

Books can be a catalyst for building stronger relationships by talking, reading, and listening. This handbook shares initial strategies for parents who really want to make a difference in preparing their child for reading with understanding. This book evolved from a nationally recognized reading training program that was developed as a part of a US Department of Education tutor training grant. Dr. Richardson’s interest in literacy and children’s literature lead to the writing and publishing of the Teeny Tiny Tadpole and Little Lilly Ladybug written with folk literature characteristics. The stories are themed around changes as the body matures and grows. The interactive strategies in the handbook will make young children’s stories come alive for the child and parent.

Activities & Ideas to Enrich Young Children's Language

Little Lilly Ladybug

Parenting Handbook: Teaching Your Child to Read

The Teeny Tiny Tadpole

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