Our Reader Leaders
Michael, age 7, is chief of the Roving Reader Leaders. He reads and reviews books in gymnasiums, taxis, bookstores, ski lodges, libraries, and on playgrounds and city streets. He also writes the “Bash and Lucy” book series with his mom, Lisa Cohn, and helps her create audiobooks that feature his voice and the voices of his friends. He recently was honored to interview Laurie Sutton, author of many of Michael’s favorite “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo” books. You can follow his YouTube Reviews and Author Interviews on our YouTube Channel. Michael was last seen reviewing a book while camping along the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River! If you’re an author, learn more about having Michael and team review your book here. Email him at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com
Mia is a 15-year-old book lover who has been seen reviewing books with Michael in gardens, chocolate stores, on the Oregon Coast, and in her backyard! Her favorite books are Harry Potter, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Fever 1793. In addition to reading, she likes to watch movies and bake. She attends an arts high school. Mia was Michael’s favorite partner in book reviewing when he first began doing KidLit reviews on YouTube at the age of 5. She is a founding member of the Roving Reader Leaders.
Lukyan, age 9, and Levko, age 7, are Ukranian Americans who can be found with their heads in books on forest logs (see photo), at the Oregon Zoo, at libraries, and in bookstores and their front yard. Their favorite books include Big Nate, Calvin and Hobbs and Captain Underpants. Like Mia, they are founding members of the Roving Reader Leaders. Levko recently helped review “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb,” a “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo” book by Laurie Sutton. Find his review on our YouTube Channel.
Ally, Michael’s sister, is a 17-year-old high school student who volunteers for Start Making a Reader Today, reading to elementary school children. She loves books about books, including “The Book Thief” and “The Shadow of the Wind.” She often can be seen at Powell’s Books in Portland. In addition to being a book lover, she helps film Roving Reader Leader book reviews and author interviews, helps organize public events, serves as a public relations advisor, and is the first and most important person to read and give feedback about Michael and Lisa’s “Bash and Lucy” manuscripts. When she’s not reading and serving as a critical team member, she attends an arts high school, acts in school and community plays, and is a member of “Impulse,” an improv troupe.
Edward, age 9, and Matthew and Adam, age 7, are brothers who are founding members of the Roving Reader Leaders. Edward reviewed “Scooby-Doo and the Phantom Cowboy” here: https://youtu.be/cgmJhj0s6Vo
The brothers take part in many Reader Leaders events, and recently took part in book readings at two fundraisers for dogs, and provided voice-overs for Michael and Lisa’s audiobooks. Edward likes Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books, and Adam and Matthew like mysteries, fantasy and mythology. When they’re not reading and reviewing, they play basketball and soccer, sing in a choir, and take part in Boy Scout activities. Read a story in The Oregonian about their efforts to encourage kids to be authors here. Watch our reader leaders in action here: