About Mamabookworm

In the early aughts, my husband and I left New York City and moved to Cleveland to start a family. Today, we live in an active community along the shores of Lake Erie. Bring on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, midge attacks, and unpredictable weather. We have four little bookworms (born in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010).

Jennifer Jarvis Burt

aka MamaBookworm 

a free-spirited blogger who can talk about books, reading & writing tips for tweens, and parenting all. day. long.

I’ve held many roles over the years. Graduate student. Aspiring screenwriter. ESL tutor. Ironman triathlete. Library aide. You could say I’ve done a little bit of everything, but I’ve always been a writer. Recently, I decided to take a crack at blogging. This space allows me to share my creative musings about books, reading & writing tips for tweens, parenting, and motherhood with you.

Here at Mama Bookworm, I deliver parenting, reading, and writing tips to parents of middle schoolers who are looking to make their adolescents better readers, writers, and independent thinkers, which in turn makes them stronger students and prepares them for life outside of the home. 

Also, I take the guesswork out of creating authentic enrichment activities inside the home.  

On a deeper level, I want to help you prepare your children for life after high school—in college & beyond—so you can feel content, confident, and proud (rather than anxious, stressed, and discontent). My hope is for you to feel at peace with your tween’s new adventures. You can feel at ease because you know you’ve given your middle schooler the tools to succeed.     

As a mother of four adolescents, I want my children to feel independent, strong, and capable when they leave my home, which is why I take pains to focus on independence, creativity, and education, and literacy.  

As a lifelong reader and reading advocate with graduate education in Literature and Creative Writing, I believe one needs adequate literacy skills to participate and function happily within – and contribute to – one’s communities. With all the focus on STEM these days, reading and writing have taken a backseat. It is my hope that we can rectify that together! 


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When I’m not at my desk writing, you’ll find me curled up with a good book. I’m a fan of science fiction, horror film, running, cooking, and embarrassing my kids by dancing or using words like lit and yeet.

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