Thursday, December 13, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish
by Judy Martialay


Buckle your seatbelts! Your child 6–10 is about to take off on a trip of adventure, discovery and learning with the Award-Winning Series: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish. Easy to use, whether or not you know Spanish or French. Your child’s guide is Pete the Pilot. Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and France.
Free downloadable audio version at polyglotkidz.com. Download before using book.
 https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Martialay/e/B018DGI5CC/
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.
Twitter: Judy Martialay@judyruth10
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
“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!”
Excerpts
¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish
(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
(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

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Catch that Chinchilla by Erica Graham

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
Catch that Chinchilla
by Erica Graham


Talking Tales-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. 

Description—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. 



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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Review excerpts

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

"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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) by Eugenia Chu

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)
by Eugenia Chu


Children’s picture book about a boy bonding with his grandma while making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子). Includes Mandarin Chinese interwoven throughout the story. Buy now at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076CQJ1J2

Description:

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.

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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Review Excerpts:

“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.”

“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.”

“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 a 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.”

Monday, December 10, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo (series), Valerie Van Ballaer

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo (series)
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.



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.
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 is off on a Vespa to adventure through Italy, sightseeing all the tourist's spots that everyone loves to see. Can't wait to see what other adventures they get up too." - kids.books.we.love blog

"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

"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
  
Excerpt

“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.”

Friday, December 7, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Little Miss HISTORY series Barbara Ann Mojica

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
Little Miss HISTORY series
Barbara Ann Mojica



Want to help your child learn about history? Then follow Little Miss History on her explorations.

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is her first stop. In her second journey she sails to The STATUE of LIBERTY. Little Miss HISTORY'S third adventure to SEQUOIA National Park finds her skydiving into the park to explore its history. This book recently received honorable mention in the Children's Literature Independently Published Principal's Awards (CLIPPA), and runner-up in nature/wildlife category of the 2015 Great Northwest Book Festival. In her fourth adventure, Little Miss HISTORY arrives at FORD'S THEATER in her horse and buggy just in time for the 150th Anniversary to witness an event that changed history. This book won the 2015 IAN Award for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Book.

Awards for books in this series include seven B.R.A.G. MEDALLIONS, Eric Hoffer Award, Book Excellence Awards, International Reader’s Favorite Awards, Independent Author Network Awards, Global E Book Award, and CLIPPA Principal’s Award.


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Barbara+Ann+Mojica?_requestid=786603

About the Author 

Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC













Review excerpts

“The use of photographs and colorful illustrations by the illustrator enhances the book with visual appeal. Highly recommended.” 

“Charming and informative, Little Miss History doesn't disappoint, informing young readers about the many great places the United States has to offer for entertainment and learning.

“I love Barbara's Little Miss HISTORY books! They visit historical sites and explain the significance of that location in terms kids understand. These books can be used in the classroom as well as for reading at home. Kids love to learn!


“Because ALL books produced by Barbara Ann Mojica are just wonderful to read, I can't tell you my favorite. Each time I read one, I believe they all become my favorite.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Victor The Vegetarian Vulture by Elizabeth Vansyckle

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Victor The Vegetarian Vulture
by Elizabeth Vansyckle



Lessons about loss, transitions, and change from a baby vulture, that teaches how love and friendship can grow even with someone completely different from yourself. 

Once upon a time in the east Texas Piney country, there lived a ground squirrel named Pete. With the help of a baby vulture and a wise owl, Pete, busy at his job of gathering nuts, was about to learn new lessons in love and change. 
About the Author

Elizabeth Vansyckle is a retired nurse who was a hospice nurse throughout her forty-year career. Raised in the Salvation Army as a young child, she learned the greatest person you can be is one of service. And, as an United States Army veteran, she found that being a hospice nurse made her the very best possible nurse in any setting. Throughout her career she also was a surgical nurse and feels that the ability to ease a patient’s fears in the few minutes before surgery came from that place in hospice of holding the calm space and giving that sense of quiet and trust.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Carole P. Roman

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Carole P. Roman



Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author's Monthly. She's been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Oh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island near her children and grandchildren.









Review excerpts
"The whimsical, pastel art work adds to the light, girlish mom-daughter bonding feels. This would make a great bedtime story read-aloud." - Rainy Days Mom Days

"excellent addition to your history study, to help your student really get a grasp for what it would be like if they actually lived there during this time period.  Great spring boards for additional study as well." - A Year of Jubilee Reviews

"Starting kids off with a healthy perspective of other cultures and people is what helps create peace. This book provides that perspective." - Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)

"It's a very breezy book, with just a fact or two per page, which will be easy for many kids to absorb. The engaging tone keeps the educational aspects from feeling dry or boring. The book series has a simple but effective premise: it teaches kids the basics of another culture in a way that connects it to their own personal lives...Roman has written another winner..." - Kirkus Review
"Roman draws the reader in from the first page with illustrations that are cheerful and clever."- Kirkus Review
   
"It's awe-inspiring when a book offers young readers a sense of purpose and encourages them that they too can determine their own destinies with hard work and perseverance."- The Children's Book Review
   
"She foregoes the often-used technique of rhyming text in favor of a more natural, conversational tone that effectively captures the spirit of a child's imagination and daily play."- Foreword Review