Book Tour – “A Parent’s Playbook for Learning” by Jen Lilienstein

Book Tour – “A Parent’s Playbook for Learning” by Jen Lilienstein

I’m happy to be hosting a stop in another book tour presented by Around the Universe Tours – and this one is a bit of a change for me, a nonfiction book.

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The book is “A Parent’s Playbook for Learning” by Jen Lillenstein.  First, let’s introduce our author:

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Jen completed her undergraduate senior thesis on Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence

and its effect on self-esteem, attendance rates and love of learning in 1994 and in the years prior to

founding Kidzmet, she worked in the education industry in various capacities including brand and

product management for JumpStart educational software and in marketing for a non-traditional

post-secondary certification. Once she became a parent, she started seeing just how differently her

kids learned than she did…and was reminded how critical it is that teachers and parents “get” how

each unique student likes to learn in order for kids to become engaged, enthusiastic learners. She

also started to realize how many parents didn’t know personality-based techniques and strategies that

could help their kids learn how to learn better.


Ms. Lilienstein currently serves on the Editorial Board of the National Afterschool Association, the

Publications and Platform Committees of the NAA, the Quality Committee of the CA Afterschool

Network, and advocates for Afterschool for All with the Afterschool Alliance. She is also a member of

BOOST and ASCD. Ms. Lilienstein is also a weekly contributor on the Total Education Network,

which is syndicated on 80+ networks and heard by more than a million people in 180 countries

around the world.


At home, Jen is Mom to an extraverted seven year-old daughter–who has already dabbled in music,

swimming, gymnastics, ballet, nature, yoga and art–and an introverted four year-old son who loves

to do puzzles, build with LEGOs, examine the lives of animals and insects, and admire anything with

an engine.


You can follow Jen at her Kidzmet website and also on Goodreads.


Here’s the book…



A detailed, practical guide to help parents (and teachers!) understand how different personality types learn best. INCLUDES PERSONALITY QUIZ!


The techniques revealed in this book will teach parents specific, research-backed, actionable strategies amassed from nearly 100 reference texts with respect to:

* How to create a learning environment that allows their kids to excel and develop confidence in their abilities.

* How to support and encourage their kids’ educations in ways that are best for him or her.

* How to teach their kids the strategies that help them each play to their individual learning strengths.


The book reveals how each of the eight personality types naturally:

* Get organized

* Get motivated

* Approach new concepts

* Learn in groups

* Take notes and “file” knowledge

* Tackle homework and test prep

* Gravitate to certain extracurriculars and teachers

* Handle successes and failures


and you can buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.


I’ve also got an interview with Jen…

What books have most influenced your life?

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and One by Richard Bach

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Oooh! Tough question. I have so many places on my bucket list that I’d like to visit. I’d love to go back to Basque country—San Sebastian, in particular—but high on my places I’ve never been before are Peru, the Serengeti, Egypt, Tibet, Caracas (where my Mom was born and raised), and Easter Island.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Because personality type matters as much in learning as it does in life. In fact, it actually plays a bigger role in how we interpret the world as children than it does when we’re adults.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

~Ignacio Estrada

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Do your best to treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

While I love ALL of the letters and testimonials we receive—all of which keep me going on this path—my favorite was when a teacher that uses Kidzmet profiles with her middle school kids wrote to tell me that she had several students read their profiles and realize that they naturally learned in different ways than how they had been “taught” to do it by teachers and parents. These were kids, that, until they took the profiles, had thought they just weren’t “good” at learning.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Making sure I condense and organize everything as well as possible, so that parents don’t have to spend a lot of time reading, but can easily find techniques and tips to address specific issues that they can immediately put into action.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

If you had asked me before about 7 years ago, I would have said Monkees…but then I got a chance to see Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE show in Las Vegas and the movie Across the Universe. My answer now is definitely the Beatles.


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