What if a longtime classroom teacher were able to meet her future students’ parents at the exit door of the maternity ward to share the single most important thing they could do to foster their parent-child bond and child’s future learning potential?

Theinvisibletoolbox.org is Kim Jocelyn Dickson’s answer to that question. Nearly thirty years teaching hundreds of elementary school-aged children has convinced Dickson that the simple act of reading aloud from birth has a far-reaching impact that few parents understand and that our recent, nearly universal saturation in technology has further clouded its importance. Theinvisibletoolbox.org aggregates research findings in neuroscience, education, and psychology along with practical anecdotal experience from the classroom and parenting to illustrate that the first years of life are critical in the formation and receptivity of the primary predictor of success in school—language skills—and that infants begin learning immediately at birth, or even before.


Kim Jocelyn Dickson ( M.A. Princeton Theological Seminary; B.S. University of Missouri-Columbia) is a parent, educator, author, and lifelong lover of books. She has nearly thirty years of experience in the elementary school classroom, has taught in public and private schools in the east, Midwest, and west coast of the United States, currently teaches literature and writing in an independent school in Southern California, and frequently speaks on the subject of literacy. Dickson is the published author of various articles in psychology, literature, biography, women’s issues, religion, and Gifts from the Spirit: Reflections on the Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a collection of reflective essays on the beloved author of Gift from the Sea.