Rob Reid


Rob Reid is a senior lecturer of education studies at UW-Eau Claire. In addition to writing Children’s Jukebox (ALA Editions 1995/2007), Reid has also written two more books about children’s music: Something Musical Happened at the Library (ALA Editions, 2007) and Shake and Shout: 16 Noisy, Lively S

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Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Local Hiking Aficionado Compiles List of the Valley’s Best Trails

author & photographer by Rob Reid

Beginning with a list of six hiking trails in the Chippewa Valley published a few years ago by Volume One, Rob Reid and his wife, Jayne, have traversed scores of trails in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Step ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

A Helping Hand

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library's new social worker is ready to serve

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

Hickory in Hallie

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

Lake Hallie Golf Course hosts second annual Hickory Classic

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Hiking Beyond the Valley

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

grab your boots and bug spray, then hit the road to find these fabulous hiking spots

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Acting Like Kids Again

Rob Reid

Last spring, my wife Jayne and I were hiking on the Ice Age Trail near New Auburn. The temperatures were slowly warming up and the snow was nearly gone, but there were still some ice-covered puddles alongside the trail. My wife, mother of four grown children and grandmother to four more, took her walking stick and promptly started breaking up the ice.

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017

Surviving Another Tick Season

Rob Reid, photos by Justin Patchin

walking in the woods while (mostly) avoiding the creepiest of creepy-crawlies

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

10 Hiking Trails to Try With Your Family

Rob Reid

Step by step, Rob has compiled information on each trail, including its description, difficulty level, fees, and location. Here are some of the easier trails in the Chippewa Valley you may want to check out this fall with your family.

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

My Mom's Growing Years

Rob Reid

I own hundreds of books and the most valuable title is one not found in any bookstore or library. It is a self-published autobiography by my mother, Helen Mary Goff, written a few years before her death.

Fri. Jul. 14th, 2017

This Is the Hand That Touched the Hand ...

Rob Reid

Every semester, I read aloud the picture book Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco to my children’s literature university students. It’s an emotional book. I usually cannot get through the reading without choking up.

Tue. Jun. 27th, 2017

Within These Cabin Walls

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

First the family built a northwoods retreat. Then they built generations worth of memories.

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Cake? I WUV Cake!

Rob Reid, design by Janae Breunig

Late this past winter, a storm dumped 11 inches of snow on the Chippewa Valley. Eleven inches that quickly melted due to abnormally high temperatures. Three days after the snowstorm, I stood alone in my driveway, looked at my yard and said aloud, “Where dit go?”

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Heavy Lifting Continues Even After Kids Grow Up

Rob Reid, illustrated by Serena Wagner

‘That’s it! I’m getting too old for this. This is the last time I’m moving any of you kids!” Those harsh words were uttered in complete exhaustion immediately after my wife Jayne and I helped move my daughter Alice from her dorm room at UW-River Falls to an apartment a few miles ...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Sign Here: the value of a good book can be measured in memories

Rob Reid, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Last Father’s Day, my daughter Laura gave me a gift she knew I would love. No, not another tie or sweater or screwdriver. She gave me books. Books signed by the authors. I have a collection of approximately 175 autographed books, mostly children and young adult titles. I call it “The Shrine...

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Just the Two of Us

Rob Reid

My wife is the sixth of eight kids. Do you think we can find a photograph of her as a child all by herself? No. Any photos we have of her include two, three, four or more siblings. When we had our three daughters ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

The Frog Days of Summer

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

Frogs have hopped through many aspects of my life. We recently took my 3-year-old grandson, Harris; his 8-month-old sister, Ruth; and their father, Kirk, to hike the nature trail at Lake Wissota State Park ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Books About Summer to Read Aloud Together

Rob Reid

When you're not relaxing at the beach, the pool, or the woods this summer – or even when you are! – remember to take time to read with your family. Here are some fun suggested reads ...

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016

Sticking It Out

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

After one year in Eau Claire, I wanted to leave. After 30 years, I’m happy I stayed.

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

I'm the Funniest Guy Around just ask anyone (except my family)

Rob Reid, design by Janae Breunig

To supplement my income, I travel and perform as a storyteller. To distinguish myself from the other storytellers, I bill myself as a “children’s humorist.” I was inspired to come up with this term when I heard Garrison Keillor refer to himself as the “world’s tallest radio humorist.” I specialize in making kids and their families laugh via storytelling ...

Fri. May. 6th, 2016

Step by Step

Rob Reid

In a quest to get healthy, local writer Rob Reid began to hit the Chippewa Valley’s hiking trails. Here’s what he discovered.

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Blues From Alabama

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Luedtke teams up with his childhood inspiration

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Testing the Limits

Rob Reid, photos by Michael Lundebrek

from tornadoes to fatherhood, BJ Hollars’ new essay collection focuses on survival

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

May I See Your License, Registration, and Parenting Permit?

Rob Reid, illustrated by Janae Breunig

In the early 1980s, my 1-year-old daughter Laura tumbled down a flight of stairs and landed on her head. My wife Jayne and I had visitors in our second-floor apartment in Red Wing, Minn. Jayne walked ...

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep ... and all that jazz

Rob Reid

Given the choice between the stories in his big, oversized Richard Scarry collection and the Mother Goose nursery rhymes found in between the stories, my two-year-old grandson Harris chose the rhymes. And not just any old nursery rhyme. He wanted to sing the ones that came with a tune. So, for a long, long time ...

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Tangled up in Each Other's Lives

Rob Reid

I’d like to introduce my granddaughter Ruth Ann to the Chippewa Valley and indeed to the whole world. Ruth was born on Labor Day (insert your own joke here) to my daughter Julie; her husband. Kirk, and hero two-year-old brother, Harris. Ruth is the newest member of my clan, and that got me thinking about ...

Tue. Oct. 27th, 2015

"Malcolm" is Back

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

children’s author pens sequel to critically acclaimed novel

Thu. Sep. 10th, 2015

Glad to Meet You ...does it matter where it happened?

Rob Reid

My parents fell in love in an insane asylum. That’s the joke they would tell their friends throughout their lives together. No, Mom and Dad weren’t patients. They worked there. My parents were college students working summer activity director jobs at the Woodward State School and Hospital in Woodward, Iowa ...

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

12 Top Recordings to share with your kids

Rob Reid

I like to think that I’ve heard more children’s musical recordings than anyone in the entire history of mankind. I listened to over 300 children’s recordings for the first edition of my book Children’s Jukebox, and another 650 children’s recordings for that work’s second edition. As a result of this Guinness World Record-like ...

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Kids are Into It

Rob Reid

inspiring children toward a love of music through an award-winning kids music scene

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Building Sound

Rob Reid

before music can be made, someone has to make the instruments, and three local craftsmen are well known for their work

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

First Sunday: Serving up New Family Traditions

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

My two-year-old grandson Harris grabbed the plastic creamer with snake-strike speed and re-decorated our corner of the Altoona Family Restaurant with one squeeze. White liquid dripped from the window shades, the table top, and the back of an elderly man’s ...

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

5 Playful Alphabet Books

Rob Reid

Many standard alphabet books have the upper and lower case letters on a page with an item that begins with that letter. Oftentimes, A is for Apple, B is for Ball, and C is for Cat. That’s fine and good; these books serve their purpose. However, many alphabet books have very ...

Thu. May. 14th, 2015

A Series of Adventurous Flops

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a look behind the scenes of Michael Perry’s first adult fiction novel, The Jesus Cow

Tue. Aug. 19th, 2014

Stretching Boundaries

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Michael Perry’s foray into young adult literature

Tue. Jul. 22nd, 2014

Signature Golf

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

exploring the signature holes of some great local golf courses

Wed. Jul. 17th, 2013

Taking Time to Give Names

Rob Reid, illustrated by Luke Benson

I have this little bad habit that might benefit Eau Claire

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2012

Glimpse | Local Man makes a Jeopardy Run

Rob Reid

Though he racked up $15,200 during the game, Eau Clarian Michael Tvaruzka finished in third place during his Jeopardy! appearance on April 4. The 43-year-old Stout research specialist employee got on the show through 50-question online contests ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2012

Eau Claire man on Jeopardy today!

Rob Reid

Eau Claire resident Michael Tvaruzka will appear on Jeopardy this Wednesday, April 4 at 4pm WEAU television will carry the broadcast. Michael, a Contracts and Human Subjects Research Specialist at UW-Stout, recently sat down and talked about ...

Mon. Aug. 29th, 2011

Fall into a Book

Rob Reid

recommended fall picture books for your kids

Mon. Aug. 15th, 2011

Picturing Tolkien

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

local experts edit Lord of the Rings essay collection

Thu. May. 12th, 2011

Local Poet Wins Statewide Competiton

Rob Reid

Local poet Jessi Peterson won third place in a prestigious statewide poetry contest for her poem Century Farm. The contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, affiliated with the Wisconsin Academy of Science & Letters.

Thu. Nov. 18th, 2010

Printed in Cricket

Rob Reid

local illustrator published in big-time children’s magazine