I met Erica Graham first in the Facebook Author & Readers Group ‘Readers Review Room’. Erica is a Speech Language Pathologist and created these wonderful book series ‘Talking Tales’ to help little kids pronounce the sounds of letters in the English language.
The first book I read from her is ‘Puppy’s Bubble’. Many preschoolers can have some difficulties with the letters in the English language. Well, in this book the focus is on the letter ‘b, p, m, n, d and h’. It is an amazing, easy and fun book for toddlers will enjoy. At the same time parents and caretakers will love to have this tool to support their kids.
Each book in the series focuses on other core sound in the English language.
It is such an honor to have Erica Graham with us today!
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
My name is Erica Graham and I am from the state of Illinois in the USA.
- Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Rock climbing is one of my favorite hobbies.
- Give 2 things about yourself that you think matter the most?
Enjoying time with loved ones and living in the moment. Life is too short to spend regretting where you are. Make the most of every day.
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- Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but one of my favorites as a child was Harold and the Purple Crayon.
- What makes you laugh?
My kids make me laugh all the time. They have also been known to make me cry, but I would be lost without them.
- In which genre do you write?
- What makes your book special, how is it different from other books in your genre?
Each book in my series is designed to help with speech development by focusing on a core sound or group of sounds in the English language. However, the fun story lines make them fun for children who aren’t working on speech or who are learning to read certain sounds.
- How do you feel when you write, do you have a special ritual?
With two little ones, I would get nothing done if I depended on rituals to write. I write whenever I get a few minutes to myself, which is usually very late at night or earlier in the morning.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired to create my series after realizing the lack of materials for parents to use at home to encourage their child’s speech development.
- How did you come up with the title?
My book titles are often inspired during the writing process. Either a phrase or a character from the story itself will become the title of each book.
- If you could be any famous book character, who would you be and why?
I have always admired the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, however, I do not envy his social skills.
- Is there a message in your book that you hope the readers will grasp?
There is not necessarily a message, but I hope that my readers take away a priceless bonding experience between parents and their children.
- What are your top 3 books of all time?
Any Sherlock Holmes story, The Harry Potter Series as it revived a lost love of reading for me as a child, and The Hobbit—I have fond memories of reading The Hobbit with my grandfather.
- How important is marketing and social media for you?
Marketing and social media are important and the most difficult aspect for me of being an author.
- Is it important for you to get book reviews? Do you read them?
Book reviews are essential for sales and I do read them—even the negative reviews. My goal is to meet a need for families and I take their feedback very seriously.
- What advice do you have for other writers?
Never forget the reason you began writing in the first place. It will be easy to get lost and even discouraged during the publishing and marketing process. Don’t let that frustration steal the joy of expressing yourself in words.
- Can you give your book information: blurb, link, genre (for children’s book, please tell for what age)
Books: The Talking Tales series (Puppy’s Bubble, The Bright Red Tricycle, Cricket’s Guitar, Sam’s Sticky Sucker, and Catch that Chinchilla)
Ages birth-7, depending on what sounds a child is working on improving.
Hook: Each book in the Talking Tales series is designed to help with speech development by focusing on a core sound or group of sounds in the English language. Their fun storylines make these books enjoyable for all children, regardless of their speech skills.
The Bright Red Tricycle
Blurb: The bright red tricycle loves spending every day riding around with his boy Ryan. But when Ryan’s dad brings home a new bicycle, the little red tricycle quickly finds himself on an unknown journey. Will the little red tricycle ever be ridden by Ryan again, or is he destined to rust away in a scrap yard? This story is a great tool for any parent or speech therapist. It explores the tale of the bright red tricycle while providing over 80 examples of the “r” sound in various word locations and blends to increase speech development. This book also includes tips for parents who are working with their child’s speech at home.
Asin (Amazon): 0997855525
Catch that Chinchilla
Blurb: Fletch and Rachael cannot wait to play with their new pet chinchilla. After Fletch’s impatience overcomes him, the escaped 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.
Asin (Amazon): 099785555X
Sam’s Sticky Sucker
Blurb: Sam has dreamed all night about his strawberry sucker. When morning arrives, he is unable to resist sneaking downstairs to eat his sucker before breakfast. But when mom comes toward the room and Sam is forced to run back to bed, he loses track of his sticky strawberry sucker. Now where could that sticky strawberry sucker have gone? Will Sam find the sucker before his mom? This funny story is a great tool for any parent or speech therapist. It provides over 170 examples of the “s” sound in various word locations and blends to increase speech development. This book also includes tips for parents who are working with their child’s speech at home.
Asin (Amazon): B06XBT2DKJ
Blurb: When Teri hears a small voice calling her, she never would have guessed who she would meet…a cricket! But not just any cricket. This cricket has a guitar. He is hoping that Teri can help him replace a broken string on his guitar. Will Teri’s creative thinking be able to help cricket, or will cricket never play his guitar again? This engaging story is a great tool for any parent or speech therapist. It provides over 80 examples of the “t” sound in various word locations to increase speech development. This book also includes tips for parents who are working with their child’s speech at home.
Asin (Amazon): 0997855509
Blurb: When Puppy wakes up from a nap, he sees a bubble. When it disappears, Puppy begins his long journey to find the missing bubble. Will Puppy find the bubble, or has it vanished forever? This engaging story is a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. This book also includes tips for encouraging speech development.
Asin (Amazon): B06XRYXWH5
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- Is there anything more you want to tell your readers?
I love to hear from my readers! If anyone has any questions or would like to reach out to me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much Erica Graham, it was such a pleasure to have you with us.