Today I have the pleasure of reviewing once again another book written by a NJ based, fellow SLP, Kimberly Scanlon of Scanlon Speech Therapy LLC entitled “Learning to read is the ball”.
I have previously reviewed another book by Kimberly entitled “My Toddler Talks“, which discusses parental strategies to facilitate language abilities in toddlers. In “Learning to Read is the Ball”, Kimberly created a picture book with an accompanying guide, which offers advice on how parents and related professionals can work on developing emergent reading abilities in young children.
Kimberly’s book is filled with super adorable bright and friendly hand designed illustrations centering around – you guessed it: balls! It is both child and parent friendly! Children can focus on bright colorful pictures, simple text, and repetitive warts to begin developing their emerging phonological awareness abilities. The parent guide summarizes and explains the importance behind foundational reading skills and how parents can use this picture book to facilitate the development of literacy skills in their young children.
The book uses early vocabulary words coupled with catchy rhymes to develop foundational reading abilities such as sound and print awareness. It is applicable for a variety of age groups.
It can be used with language impaired toddlers to introduce them to functional vocabulary words, as well as with emergent readers to introduce them to repetitive thematic text.
The book looks deceptively simple but it’s actually incredibly versatile. In addition to reading to the children, it can also be used to develop their critical thinking skills (see pg. 35), enhance their lexicon by discussing synonyms and antonyms (see pg. 37), as well as boost their narrative (storytelling) abilities (see pg. 38).
I highly recommend this book to parents, early intervention professionals, as well as speech language pathologists as a terrific research-based resource for improving oral language and emergent reading abilities of young children with and without language disorders.
You can find Learning to Read is a Ball (on Amazon), where you can also find Kimberly’s other book, My Toddler Talks . Now for the fun part. Thanks to Kimberly’s generosity I am doing a Rafflecopter giveaway off to book copies to two lucky winners. So enter below for a chance to win your own copy “Learning to Read Is the Ball“.