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Q&A with Jo Williamson

“Papa Penguin and Pippin run the best cafe in the Antarctic, serving fish for breakfast, fish for lunch, fish for dinner, and even… fish ice cream! Everyone loves fish. Or do they?” What’s for Lunch, Papa Penguin? takes a penguin chef on a chaotic roadtrip around the world in search of new exciting foods to try. It is one of the two books featured in our Cooking Kit book box, we are celebrating its release with this 5 question chat with the author and illustrator of this hilarious picture book, Jo Williamson. Enjoy!

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Why are good speech and language skills important for children at school?

What does “language” even mean? What is it? Well, it can be tricky to define because language is actually a lot of things! But, for the purpose of this post let’s say that language is a form of effective social communication. According to the Raising Children’s Network, language skills support your child’s ability to communicate, and express and understand feelings. It also supports thinking and problem-solving, and developing and maintaining relationships. Learning to understand, use and enjoy language is the critical first step in literacy, and the basis for learning to read and write. Continue reading “Why are good speech and language skills important for children at school?”

Banana and speech – how could the two possibly relate?

Don’t worry, “A banana a day keeps the speech lady away” is not a real saying so how could a banana be relevant in the field of speech pathology? We are actually talking something commonly known as the ‘speech banana’. Sharing an interest in this are audiologists, as the speech banana refers to the banana shape that you see in audiograms.  Continue reading “Banana and speech – how could the two possibly relate?”

Tripping in the car with kids?

‘I spy with my little eye’ another parent resorting to screen time to avoid the overplayed car games or backseat arguments between siblings on long car trips.  Guilty! As a child, I remember playing “punch buggy” which involved hitting your sibling when you spotted a VW, this was before devices of course. This generations’ version of ‘punch buggy’ is known as ‘Spotto’ and involves counting yellow cars (with no punching involved).   While many car games like ‘Spotto’, ‘Punch buggy’ or ‘I spy’ are observation games, these car trips are also an opportune time for your children to practice their vocabulary and word finding skills.  So when you have the energy these holidays, here are three easy and fun word games to play with your little people in the car that will build their vocabulary skills (plus you can rest assured that you will be setting your child up for literacy and life!)
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3 reasons why nursery rhymes are still relevant now

Nursery rhymes may seem old-school, especially in this era when so many other apps, books, stories or songs available to young children. It may seem like they are no longer relevant (I mean, it’s less common to take a lamb with you to school nowadays). But let us highlight as speech pathologists, why we think they should not be a thing of the past!  Continue reading “3 reasons why nursery rhymes are still relevant now”

Bear Hug Unboxing

If you are looking for something to entertain the kids over the Easter break, our Bear Hug book box (for 3+ year olds) will certainly take the sting out of some long days!  An added bonus of our book boxes is that #winning feeling you get knowing you are doing something really positive for your child’s communication and literacy development.  We at Little Birdie Books are so much more than books in a box and this blog post will give you a little peek inside one of our best book boxes yet…’Bear Hug’!

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Best Books about Bears

You might be thinking, “Haven’t you already selected the two best books about bears in your Bear Hug book box?” and the answer is “Yes, yes we have…” BUT we do have a few more up a sleeve that didn’t quite make the cut due to various reasons. We still think these books are great so we wanted to compile this post so if your kids are wanting more books about bears! Here are our top 5:

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Q & A with Christine Sharp

“There’s a storm brewing and the hive must find a new home. With clouds filling the sky and thunder growling, Bertha bravely rises to the occasion … until she meets BEAR, that is!” Bertha and Bear is a book buzzing with friendship, about finding your place and the courage of one brave little bee.  It is one of the two books featured in our Bear Hug book box, we are celebrating its release with a 5 question chat with the author and illustrator of this gorgeous book, Christine Sharp. Enjoy! Continue reading “Q & A with Christine Sharp”