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.

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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.

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

Chinese dumplings find their way into a savory children’s book

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is one of those rare exceptions [to flashcard like bilingual books] that incorporates both pinyin, characters (traditional), and a delightful story.”

Learn Mandarin Chinese with this fun children’s book by Eugenia Chu, Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)!

Mommy surprises Brandon with his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆), when she picks him up from school one day.  When they get home, the adventure begins!  While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh!  They chat and bond over the experience.  Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family!

This adorable story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including pin yin – pronunciation) and is a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.

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More reviews:

“The true measure of the success of a children’s book is when they drag it off the shelf over and over to be read with them. . . This book does that.”

“An illustrated children’s story that mixes American and Chinese cultures, bringing not only traditions together, but also the two languages.”

“I love your book! I was a preschool teacher and I think this book will be a great asset for any school.”

“This is a great book to spark kid’s interest into other languages and cultures.”

“This is such a cute book on so many levels.”

“Great book for someone who has child or grandchild who enjoys something different in a children’s book.”

“A short, sweet (or should that be savoury?) children’s book which links food, family and culture.”

“I love the educational component of this book.”

About the author:

Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer.  She is a first generation Chinese-American and lives in Miami with her husband and son, Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories.

When Brandon was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing her own.  Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is the first “Brandon” story.

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Post #21 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

George and Paolo Take Your Kids Traveling Without Leaving Home

“Traveling on a budget? Read a book! Instant transportation to anywhere in the world, anywhere in the *universe* actually! Highlighting today’s self-published feature: The first in a mini travel series “The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Italy” by Valerie Van Ballaer @vvbdesign. Ever dreamed of traveling to Italy? Join George and Paolo as they transport you to all the famous sites and best attractions of this vibrant country! Flip through this mini travel guide to spark the adventurer in you! Check out @vvbdesign for more travel adventures!” – Mai Story Book

“Venice – George and Paolo’s Travel Checklist:

  1. Ride a Gondola
  2. Explore Piazza San Marco
  3. Buy Venetian Masks
  4. See the Ponte dell’ Accademia and Ponte di Rialto. Built on many small islands, canals replace streets and boats replace cars, explore the narrow winding streets of Venice.”

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The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Italy, by Valerie Van Ballaer.

Are you ready to delve into a fun and exciting travel adventure? George and Paolo hop on a vespa to explore the wonders of Italy, traveling through Venice, Bologna, Pisa, Florence, Siena, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. From riding a gondola in Venice to having delicious gelato at the Amalfi coast, follow their adventure and learn about the incredible sites in Italy along the way.

If you like Lonely Planet Kids’ City Trails books, then you’ll enjoy The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo. Kids will enjoy learning about Italy’s many wonders. This book is perfect for kids who have traveled to, are planning to travel to, or are simply interested in Italy.

About The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo series: These books are based on the author’s own travel experiences in these countries, with checklists of the top recommended things to do in each city. With so many travel guides and books for adults, from Lonely Planet to Rough Guides, these illustrated travel books are specifically for kids to enjoy learning about these countries in a fun and artistic way.

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More reviews:

“When in doubt, travel with kids! And come to Italy… of course. The first thing to pack is this super cute travel guide! My kids loved it. Follow Valerie Van Ballaer and discover how amazing this young lady is!!” – tips4italiantrips.com blog

“The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo, Italy from Valerie Van Ballaer. This is the first book in the series of the adventures of George and Paolo. George the goose, Paolo the puppy are off on a Vespa to adventure through Italy, siteseeing all the tourists spots that everyone loves to see. Can’t wait to see what other adventures they get up too.” – kids.books.we.love blog

“How do you keep the kids entertained on your travels? We love a good book and if it’s got a travel theme, even better! I was so happy to receive The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo through Italy, by Valerie Van Ballaer, an ebook is so much easier when we’re on the road and as we’re heading to Italy on our European adventure, this one is perfect. Piper loved learning about places we’re planning to visit and it gave her a few new ideas for where she wanted to go. The book contains checklists for the main two characters, a goose named George and a puppy named Paolo for each city with some informative ideas like “explore the Campo dei Miracoli” in Pisa and fun suggestions like “eat spaghetti Bolognese” in Bologna which really made her giggle. It’s beautifully illustrated and they have other locations such as Thailand and Mexico if you’re planning a trip further afield. There are also hard copies available to order if you prefer.” – Are We There Yet Kids blog

About the author:

Valerie is an illustrator & writer who has created a unique kids travel book series called “The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo”. On top of this Valerie is a freelance graphic & web designer @vvbdesign, marathon runner, and traveler, born in Belgium, raised in Thailand. Follow her on Instagram for insights and to stay up to date on her latest books and adventures.

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Post #20 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.