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Debra J. Mines – on “Stinky Shoes” and Its Creation in a Radio Interview with AMI Radio

Children’s literature is significant in catering the mental development of every child.


Author Debra J. Mines talks about her lighthearted, humorous book “Stinky Shoes” and her passion for education that eventuated to the birth of the book in a radio interview last Friday, October 5, 2018, with Blog Talk Radio: Blog Talk Radio Link.

One time in class, Mines showed her students a magic box and let them guess what was in it. Since it was a shoe box, the students were quick to think that inside it was a pair of shoes—there were no shoes inside the box. She opened the lid of the box, took a peek, and exclaimed in a feigned disgust, “Phew-oo-oo-oo-wee! It’s so stinky!” upon finding out stinky shoes in the box. There was a peal of laughter from the class. This event birthed into “Stinky Shoes”.

“Stinky Shoes” is not only a story weaved with a healthy humor but is also an educational tool that aims to inculcate the dangers of desperate wishes. Moreover, the book’s rich figurative language effectively guides young learners, specifically grades K through 2, to write a unique story of their own.

Know more about Debra J. Mines’ journey and her future endeavors as both an educator and a writer. “Stinky Shoes” is available on the author’s website:

“Stinky Shoes”
Written by Debra J. Mines
Published by iUniverse
Published Date: June 23, 2017
Paperback: $33.99
About the Author
Debra J. Mines grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  After graduation from East High School, she attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading Instruction.  Soon after graduation, she married the late Herman C. Mines and enjoyed family life with him and their two children, whom they read to continuously.

During these years Debra J. Mines also graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Reading Supervision.  Additionally, she completed all but the dissertation for a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Akron in the USA, and achieved the distinction of being a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

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