I was a guest on Mavens Do It Better!

“I always wanted my books and stories out there, but I hadn’t actually done anything about it, hadn’t really focused on it. But then I finally started thinking, all right, I’ve got to do something—anything—just do it!” -from my interview with Heather Newman

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Heather Newman does many wonderful things, among them being the founder and CEO of Creative Maven, and the co-founder and CMO of Content Panda. Along with being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), which is how we met, she has a wonderful podcast called Mavens Do It Better, where she showcases experts—mavens—in their respective industries and fields who live their passions and spark up the world.

You can imagine how thrilled I was when she wanted to do such an interview with me!

You’ll hear (or read via the transcript) how I got started with technology and worked my way up to where I am now, and then we go full-tilt into the children’s book world. Enjoy!

EPISODE 37: Tech and Children’s Book Maven, Becky Benishek 

And remember: Always carry a pen and an eating utensil, and you’ll be fine for life.

Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and France!

“Martialay has a passion for teaching children foreign languages and it comes across in the book. I loved it and plan on buying the French one next. An excellent resource for teachers, parents, educators and even grandparents. A must own!”

Buckle your seatbelts!

Your child (ages 6-10) is about to take off on a trip of adventure, discovery and learning with Judy Martialay’s award-winning series: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.

Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and France with guide Pete the Pilot. Easy to use, whether or not you know Spanish or French!

There’s a free downloadable audio version at polyglotkidz.com. Download before using book.

Buy now!

Judy

More reviews:

“Whether you are a parent hoping to broaden your child’s linguistic skills, or a teacher studying other cultures with your class – you will find Bonjour! Let’s Learn French (and it’s companion book, Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish) a painless way to begin your journey.” –Amazon Review

 “This is one of the most informative, well-written children’s tutorials I’ve ever had the pleasure to review. As a former teacher, I was impressed by how many additional teaching tools Judy Martialay included with the base story. Imagine being provided with a skit, a cute song, and a short art lesson on impressionistic painting – none of which you had to create for yourself to extend the story. Martialay has done teachers everywhere a big favor by including these value-added features.” –Amazon Review

Excerpts:

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish

(Book includes picture of a bean field on a hot summer day in Mexico, audio provided)

Cri …Cri…Cri say the crickets. They are chirping under the hot sun that is shining down on the bean field. The beans los frijoles are growing in their rows of plants. Nothing is moving.

Look! –¡Miren! Something is moving. It’s jumping! In fact, it’s jumping towards us!

Hola, niñosMe llamo Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean. Look how high I can

jump. ¡Miren!

Panchito jumps around the field. He wants to talk to los frijoles.

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?” says Panchito.

But los frijoles don’t answer. They don’t talk or play. They are not

jumping beans like Panchito. They just stay in one place and grow.

It’s lonely here on the bean field with no friends to play with.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

(Book includes picture of a beach on a hot summer day in France. Audio provided)

“Arlette, bring more water!”

Arlette runs to the water’s edge, where the waves roll onto the shore, foamy and bubbly. The sea is a bright blue bleu under the summer sun. It’s a beautiful day at the beach à la plage. There is a boat un bateau in the distance.

Arlette scoops up water with her pail to mix with the sand. Pierre, Arlette and the other children are making a castle un château out of sand le sable. The children pat the sand and water together to form the walls of the castle le château. Marie and Jacques make towers. Pierre has some toy soldiers who will stand guard on the towers, protecting le château de sable.

About the author:

“Hi, I’m Judy Martialay. I live in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler granddaughter.

“I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter, volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons moved away.

“I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).

“Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.

“I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let’s Learn French because I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children’s brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly proficient in the language.

“I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:” Children absorb languages like sponges.” My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.

“I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. If your child continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide life-long benefits.”

Find & follow Judy here:


Post #23 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

Whimsical stories that entertain and teach through the English language!

“Picture books for young children serve several purposes. Most entertain. Some entertain while presenting a moral or lesson. Erica Graham’s “Talking Tales” teach sounds while entertaining with a delightful, humorous story and whimsical illustrations.” –Amazon Review

Welcoming Erica Graham back to these pages to make sure you don’t miss out on her Talking Tales series!

Talking Tales are whimsical stories that entertain and teach as each story centers around a core sound in the English language.

The series includes Catch that Chinchilla, Puppy’s Bubble, Cricket’s Guitar, The Bright Red Tricycle, and Sam’s Sticky Sucker. What a fun way to help your child’s speech development!

Find out about Catch that Chinchilla:

Fletch and Rachael cannot wait to play with their new pet chinchilla. After Fletch’s impatience overcomes him and he opens just a little, the chinchilla escapes! The chinchilla quickly leads Fletch and Rachael in a chase across town. Will Fletch and Rachael catch the chinchilla before their dad returns? This humorous story is a great way for any parent or therapist to target the “ch” sound. There are over 115 examples of “ch” in various word locations to help improve speech development. This book also includes tips for parents who are working with the child’s speech at home.

Buy now!

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More reviews:

“The atmosphere of the story is one of fun, and I found myself quite unexpectedly smiling throughout the entire story!” -Readers’ Favorite

“The story itself is a fine little idea, a very fine lesson in phonetics and speech therapy that introduces a whole new level of importance to children’s books!” -Amazon Review

“First, the teaching part of the story is about the letters “ch” and the sound. As the story is read, you see that duo heavily throughout the story, and it is placed perfectly. The story makes sense and is quite interesting for being a child reader. This story was adorable, and entertaining.” -Amazon Review

About the author:

Erica Graham is an award-winning children’s author. Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

As a mother, Graham understands the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language.

Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Graham enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

Find & follow Erica here:


Post #22 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.