Martha Swirzinski has published three children’s books focused on movement: Leap… Laugh… Plop, Guess… Giggle… Wiggle, and Kick… Catch… Buzz.

Using entertaining rhymes and charming pictures, these developmentally based books offer fun and creative ways for children to move while providing mind-stimulating activities on each page. By following the suggested activities, children can engage in 30 to 60 minutes of their recommended structured daily movement, as well as enhancing other mind/body skills.

With more than 15 years of experience working in the field of movement with children, Swirzinski is also a certified personal fitness trainer.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Clemson University and a master’s from the University of Maryland in Kinesiology.

Swirzinski believes that every child should be afforded structured movement opportunities every day to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. She speaks with Write On! about her journey to author, as well as the importance of writing—and movement—for kids!

Martha Swirzinski and Write On! Online are part of the VBT – Writers On the Move Blog Tour. Please check out the VBT Website for more exciting author interviews and expert columns!

Why did you start writing?
I believed so strongly in giving parents, grandparents, and teachers a way to bring movement into their child’s day in an easy and fun way.

How did you come up with the idea to write “movement” books?
I’m a movement education teacher in a preschool. Movement is vital for our body and brain. Reading is of utmost importance in a child’s life, so why not bring reading and movement together?

What is your favorite part of writing? The greatest challenge?
The exchange between my co-author is fun. We have lots of fun brainstorming and laughing. The greatest challenge for me is finding the perfect rhyme to explain the specific skill I want the children to perform.

How awesome are your book titles! How did you come up with them?
Believe it or not, my two daughters ages 8 and 6 help me.

What are some important specifics people, who want to write for kids, should know?
Know what age you want to write for. Why will your book be special, different, or needed? Most importantly believe in yourself, your work and enjoy the ride.

Why is writing so important for young people?
It’s a wonderful way to express yourself and to be creative.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were a tween or teen?
That there are many different ways of writing and you can be creative, think outside of the box a little. I also wish that I didn’t think I had to wait until I was older to be published or to start on my career.

Advice for writers?
Write, write, write, and enjoy the process.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
How long it can take from idea to completion. Marketing is the hardest part, at least for me.

How has the ability to express yourself helped you in life?
It has allowed me to be who I am and to do what I want. I’ve followed my dreams and wouldn’t have if I wasn’t secure enough to express myself.

What’s next?
I’m working on the last book to finish the movement and more series. It will be based on non-locomotor movement skills.

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  1. Karen Cioffi 8 years ago

    Martha, I love the idea of your books – great titles and covers. Entertaining children with books that encourage them to move is a great combo.

    And, I agree, marketing is the tough part!

    Thanks for the post, Debra.

  2. What great words to work with to entice kids to read! Giggle, wiggle, kick, catch…buzz. Really, the internal rhyme and alliteration. Just great.

    Best,
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Tweeting writers tips @frugalbookpromo

  3. Darcia Helle 8 years ago

    I love your work, Martha. It’s great to see someone who inspires children to move, as well as read!

    Great post, Debra!

  4. Janet Ann Collins 8 years ago

    Your books are offering things kids – and parents – really need in this electronics-addicted time.

  5. Vivian Zabel 8 years ago

    You use such visual movement words (is that an oxymoron – visual movement?).

    Vivian

  6. Katie Hines 8 years ago

    Loved the name of those three books. I can see where your type of book will be very beneficial. good luck!

  7. Martha Swirzinski 8 years ago

    Debra, Thanks for having me on today. Thanks to all for the wonderful compliments on the title. I’ll be sure to pass them onto my two girls.

  8. Marietta Taylor 8 years ago

    I’m going to get my brother some of these for my niece. They look like a lot of fun!

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    Debra Eckerling 8 years ago

    Thanks, Martha, for a wonderful interview – and for the wonderful work that you do!

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping by!

  10. Elysabeth Eldering 8 years ago

    I’m a little late. Can’t wait to be on Martha’s blog next month. It’s fun learning more and more about all the wonderful authors we have. Great idea for books. And it’s what you know. I see you went to school not too far from where I live now – lol. Thanks Debra for having a great interview with Martha. E 🙂

  11. Liana Metal 8 years ago

    Great post! Well done Martha!

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