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Newspaper Fun is the brainchild of Ann Mills, a children's writer and former educator, who has been helping children enjoy learning for more than 30 years.

Before she made Newspaper Fun a popular coast-to-coast newspaper feature, Ann produced the award-winning Wee Dolphin children's activity page, which for a decade educated and entertained children in a largely military community in Connecticut.

In 2006, to supplement Newspaper Fun, Ann launched one of the first national reading club web sites – ReadingClubFun.com – with the purpose of providing readers and other adults with ideas and tools for encouraging kids to read.

Ann holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Education from Westfield State College, with a special emphasis on elementary and middle-grade education. She works from a studio in Connecticut with her husband, Ernie – a communications consultant for corporations around the world. She engages a small group of talented specialists to conduct research, develop graphics and design and manage her web sites.

Ann Mills

Cultivating a Love of Reading

Ann Mills has always been a book lover. In addition to reading books, she has worked in public and school libraries and often gives books as gifts to friends and family. And, of course, she developed Newspaper Fun and ReadingClubFun.com to encourage all children to read.

One year, Ann learned through a friend about the opening of a small school in Massachusetts. The school had a limited start-up budget and was seeking books for its library.

Ann decided to help. She visited book sales at libraries and community centers. She stopped at yard sales and church tag sales. She looked for bargains at bookstores and on bookseller's web sites. Little by little, she gathered a broad array of quality new and gently used books.

In less than two years, she was able to donate over 1,000 books to the school. Many of these are now in the school's library, but there are also many that are being given to the students so that they can begin to build their own personal libraries. She also has donated more than 100 prizes of all sizes, providing extra incentives for those who strive to improve their reading.

Ann is not done with her book donations yet. So if you see her hunting at a book sale somewhere along the East Coast, say hello!