It’s hard to believe that a children’s book could get any better than the first Big Book of Exclamations, but Talk with Me! has done it! Just like the original Big Book of Exclamations, Talk With Me! is a fun book designed to jump start your child’s brain and language development while promoting speech sound development and imitation of gestures, sounds, words, and phrases.
So why is Talk With Me! better than the original?
There are two main reasons why this book is even better than the last one. And believe me, I LOVE the original book, too, so this is a big statement for me.
- NEW BOARD BOOK –Talk With Me is created on hard cardstock making it significantly more sturdy than the original Big Book of Exclamations. For those little hands, turning pages is so much easier with the new book. This book will last longer. This board book style format has rounded edges and thick glossy pages that can be wiped clean.
- Different families in every scene – Both Talk With Me! and the original Big Book of Exclamations contain carefully designed illustrations depicting a child’s familiar environments and daily routines. Scenes include morning time, mealtime, getting ready to go, bath time, bedtime, and playing in the park. What is unique about Talk With Me! is that there is a different family in every scene. The families are diverse a cover a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. For educators who work with a culturally diverse population, this book is wonderful!
What is so UNIQUE about the Big Book of Exclamations and Talk with Me!
Both books are created by Teri Kaminski-Peterson, a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who knows how to get toddlers talking! The books are filled with all of the first gestures, sounds, words, and phrases a toddler hears and learns to use.
The beautiful illustrations depict a toddler’s daily routine and similar to a wordless book, there is no story to read. If your goal is to have your child practice using gestures, sounds, words or phrases, then follow the suggestions on the bottom of each illustration. They give you playful ideas for encouraging your child to imitate and engage in sound and word play.
If your goal is to expose your child to language, then you will describe the scenes in rich detail. There are hundreds of things you can say as you talk about each illustration. What a great opportunity to connect, bond, and support your child’s development. Remember to continue talking with your child throughout your day similar to how you talked through each illustration. Use Talk with Me! in order to develop this important habit.
If your goal is to have your child practice using gestures, sounds, words or phrases, then follow the suggestions on the bottom of each page. They give you playful ideas for encouraging your child to imitate and engage in sound and word play.
“Our goal is to get Talk with Me! into the hands of every new parent so they start developing the habit of talking/using rich language during story time and throughout their daily routines.” Research shows babies need to hear and interact with words starting their first day of life! Infants are listening and learning about words before they start talking. Talking to and with your baby is a critical factor in early brain development.