MrsP.com was created with the goal of giving kids the wonderful experience of having a trusted, skilled storyteller read them classics of literature. Rather than simply presenting an audiobook, Mrs. P recreates the look and feel of “story time,” a magical ritual many kids might not otherwise get to enjoy.
Mrs. P is concerned because fewer and fewer kids are reading these days. Also, according to recent reports Mrs. P has seen, it is becoming harder and harder for many parents to find the time to read to their children. Those same reports suggest that reading to children is vital to their intellectual and emotional development. That’s why Mrs. P thought it was a good time to devote less of her energy to attending fancy balls, restoring her 1963 Ferrari and digging for dinosaur bones in Patagonia – and more energy to reading the stories she loves to kids.
Mrs. P reads classic children’s stories that have proven their value through the test of time. The authors whose work is presented on MrsP.com are the finest writers who ever lived. To complement the storytelling experience, Mrs. P commissions both new and established artists to create original artwork for each story. While our website will feature interactive reading and spelling games, but -- the heart and soul of our content on MrsP.com will always be a gifted storyteller reading great stories enhanced with a few simple illustrations. Mrs. P prefers not to compete with big-budget Hollywood movies, elaborate video games and virtual worlds; she would like to help kids learn to use their imaginations.
Mrs. P's Pledge
MrsP.com pledges to donate ten percent of its profits to groups that promote the cause of literacy. We pledge that our stories will always be streamed free of charge on our website; if viewers would like to buy a story to own (for viewing on TVs, portable DVD players, iPods, etc.), they will be directed to the iTunes Store, Tales2Go or Audible Books, where all of the stories in our library may be downloaded for a small fee. MrsP.com also pledges that its website will be always be ad-free, and that financial support will be limited to sponsorship arrangements similar to those used on PBS. Unlike most entertainment websites for children, MrsP.com is not owned by a large, corporate entity seeking to instill “brand loyalty” on its young visitors. Mrs. P only wishes to instill a love of reading.
Who started MrsP.com?
Clay Graham, co-president, was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was the head writer and Executive Producer of The Drew Carey Show for seven years. The show aired on ABC for nine seasons and is now syndicated throughout the world. Clay wrote for Mad Magazine while still in college and wrote and produced the sitcoms Benson and Who’s the Boss? soon after. He recently developed an animated comedy pilot, Big Tow, for TBS and Sony Studios, and is currently a writer and producer on the new NBC sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea? Clay has written comic essays for The New York Times, Written By magazine and The Arizona Republic.
Kathy Kinney, co-president, was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and achieved international fame playing Mimi Bobeck on “The Drew Carey Show” for nine years. (Kathy is the only member of the Mrs. P team who has had a doll manufactured in her image.) Before and after playing Mimi, Kathy has guest starred on television shows too numerous to mention. She has also appeared in many films including “This Boy’s Life” and “Stanley and Iris,” Kathy may currently be seen in a recurring role on the ABC Family hit series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". She is also co-author, along with her friend Cindy Ratzlaff, of the book, “Queen of Your Own Life – The Grownup Woman’s Guide To Claiming Happiness And Getting The Life You Deserve.”
Dana Plautz, co-president, was born in New York and raised in Southern California. She spent 10 years in the Hollywood entertainment industry, holding senior posts at Norman Lear’s Embassy Communications and Hanna-Barbera Studios, followed by 13 years in high tech at Intel, Corp. specializing in the area of new media and emerging applications. But Dana's roots never strayed far from the entertainment field: she held a government appointment for 6 years, chairing the Oregon State Film and Video office. Dana is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and web producer and has a strong philanthropic and community volunteerism record, with a special interest in supporting the arts, education, and services for women and children.
MrsP.com headquarters are in Portland, Oregon. Its corporate papers are filed in California. Mrs P’s magical library is located in…hey, that’s a secret. We can’t believe you almost tricked us into telling you!
But you can contact us at:
For press inquiries: press at MrsP dot com
For sponsorship opportunities: Dana at MrsP dot com