Monday, May 4, 2015

Attention All Preschooler Moms, Grandmothers, and Teachers! (a book give-away)


Kim Scanlon is a certified and licensed pediatric speech language pathologist who lives and practices in New Jersey. Kim is the author of two books. MY TODDLER TALKS will help you help your child with language development. LEARNING TO READ IS A BALL is a rhyming picture book about balls with an excellent parent's guide to help you prepare your preschooler to be a lifelong reader.

Reading is the foundation for your child's future. Children who like to read do better in school. As a former teacher and as a parent, I put a lot of value on teaching reading skills to your children early in life. When my daughter was a preschooler almost everything in our house was labeled with index cards. We read to her daily and nightly. She memorized books when she was two and a half. She loved books then and still does today. (Sometimes I think she is the reason Barnes & Noble is still open.)

Kim's new book, LEARNING TO READ IS A BALL, is not only a cute rhyming picture book about all kinds of balls, but it has an amazing parent's guide in the back. You'll want to start on page one of the story, but don't! To get the most out of this book you should read the parent's guide first.

Kim gives specific techniques to help your emerging reader do more than memorize words. She gives you examples of ways to connect your child's reading and learning to their real life. Those connections increase the value of reading for your child. She shows you how to use synonyms and antonyms to improve your child's vocabulary. She even shares a lesson on how to use elaboration help your child develop his or her own stories. And if that's not enough...she guides you through phonological awareness, rhyme, alliteration and print awareness. These are all skills that will benefit your child as he or she becomes a skilled reader. LEARNING TO READ IS A BALL even has some activity pages. The parent guide  is versatile. Once you grasp the concepts, you'll be able to apply them to other books.


Learning to Read is a Ball is available on Amazon in print and a Kindle version. It is also available at Barnes and Noble. Kim has a wonderful website full of insight on speech and language.


Kim also has a website specifically for My Toddler Talks.  My Toddler Talks can be purchased on Amazon.

You can learn more about Kim, her books, and her services on Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to be entered to win a copy of Learning to Read is a Ball please tell me if you are a mom, a grandmother, a teacher, a caregiver, an aunt or uncle of a preschooler who would benefit from Kim's book. (Random.org will choose a winner on May 7th and Kim will send him or her a signed copy.)

Please show Kim some book love and tweet about her new book.

18 comments:

  1. Kim's books both sound wonderful, Mayhew. Hmm. I know a toddler. She's two. Does that count? Congrats, Kim.

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  2. My name is Neta and I have two little boys ages 4 years and 5 months. Our family would love a signed copy of Kim's book!

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  3. I don't need the book at this time. I have a little cousin, but she's only 2 1/2.

    Nice to learn about Kim and her books. Great giveaway opportunity too!

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  4. Hi Theresa! 2.5 year olds will enjoy the picture book portion - it's very fun and the rhymes are catchy. Many toddlers will want the story read over and over. You can also use the strategy - complete with the rhyming word - to get them to "read" the story too.

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  5. Anne Lee RhoadesMay 3, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Anne Lee here...super excited to learn about language development for my 3 month old from the expert. It's never too early right? Kim, looking forward to reading all your books and gifting them to all our new parents friends!!

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  6. This sounds really good and something I would have liked when my daughter was younger. Let someone win who has a child who could benefit from this. Congrats to Kimberly!

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  7. I am a grandmother and would love to have a copy of this book.

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  8. Way to go Kim! We hope the young ones read, read, read!

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  9. Oh, how exciting! Thanks for this giveaway, Sharon. I will share news about these books!

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  10. This is great, Kim! So many parent/grandparent/teachers will love this!

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  11. Nice! Sounsd like a good read!

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  12. Oh, wow! I would LOVE to win a book for my son! In fact we just came out of his IEP right now and funny I came across this. He's behind reading and writing and we are doing all we can to help him succeed in every way imaginable. It would be an honor to win. Thank you for the opportunity!!

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  13. Thank you Sharon for sharing Kim with us! XO

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  14. Kim's book sounds awesome! Love that she's combining her knowledge to help out kids and their families!!!

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  15. Thank you so much for introducing such a wonderful author. I already admire her. Speech and language pathologist for children must be a wonderful field. How rewarding too. I shall let my son know about Kim as he is a pedriatician and a councilor for little children and my cousin is a student of speech pathology as well. She will like to read the book too.
    I hope that all is well with you. I have not written too much lately nor I have read a lot of posts. My new line of work as a sales person keeps me busy but is rewarding too. Hopefully once I catch up I shall go back to my hobby ie reading blog posts.
    Take care.

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  16. These look like great books. I'm a teacher, but for older kids. These look great for the younger crowd, though.

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