The Monkey Balloon
Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to write my own children’s book. As you know from my blog, I have a love and passion for children’s literature, so writing this book has been extremely fulfilling and rewarding. I am very lucky to have worked on such an amazing project with Mindy Winebrenner (co-author and special educator) and our talented illustrator, Yuki Osada, who has brought our story to life.
The story of The Monkey Balloon was created when my own daughter let go of her balloon at a carnival. After she had lost it, we talked about where it went, etc. I thought, “What a great idea for a children’s book” and this is what we did. Three years later, The Monkey Balloon was published and is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
My Second Year of Kindergarten
This past week was the blog tour for My Second Year of Kindergarten. This book has been a project that I have been working on with Mascot Books for about 2 years and is close to my heart in many ways. This book is intended to be an educational tool for parents and educators about the topic of repeating a grade, specifically kindergarten. It’s a story about celebrating progress and having a flexible mindset.Thank you to Parenting ADHD and Autism, Super Mommy to the Rescue, All Done Monkey, Crayons Freckles and Maria Dismondy for participating.
Check out the reviews, giveaway and podcast below. Don’t forget to check out Crayons Freckles free getting ready for Kindergarten calendar.
The Tale of the Monkey Balloon
Have you ever lost a balloon? In 2014, special educator Mindy Winebrenner, illustrator Yuki Osada and I teamed up to make our life long dream of becoming authors a reality -we published our first book, The Monkey Balloon. This book is a unique story about Mimi and her adventures in finding her lost balloon. With the help of Yuki Osada, our extraordinary artist/illustrator, our visions became a brilliant reality! Children loved this book so much that we decided to write a sequel. In our second book, A Tale of The Monkey Balloon, Mimi goes on another adventure through magical fairy tales to find her lost balloon. She meets old time favorites such as The Three Pigs, Goldilocks and The Gingerbread man.
Our book is now available! Thank you for our Kickstarter supporters for making this possible.
Improve your Child’s Language and Learning in 20 minutes
Do you want to improve your child’s language and learning in 20 minutes?This ebook that I wrote is a combination of evidence based tips that any parent can use at home! Each chapter highlights a different research article with various tips for parents that can used right away. The book also includes a parent glossary and additional information for parents on reading aloud during mealtime.
Improve Your Child’s Language and Learning in 20 minutes includes the following chapters:
1. How to Motivate Your Child to Read
2. When Should You Start Reading to your Child?
3. What are the best books to read to babies and toddlers?
4. Read with Expression
5. How to Help a Child Retell a Story
6. Different Types of Reading Strategies, What is the best?
7. The Importance of Repeated Readings
8. Using Gestures to Build Vocabulary
9. How to Build Vocabulary During Story time
10. Reading to your Older Child
11. Language Learning in the Home
Thank you to Nancy Day for editing the book, Goran (around86) on Fiverr for doing a beautiful job on the cover and trailer and to Okson 70 at Dreamstime for the stock photo that was used for the cover.