Early Learner Books Focus on Speech and Language – Zinger Book Zoo by Kristin Zinger

Early Learner Books Focus on Speech and Language – Zinger Book Zoo by Kristin Zinger

Their Facebook page explains, “Welcome to the Zinger Book Zoo! Here you will find all kinds of stories. We specialize in stories with embedded speech and language goals.” This post introduces you to Kristin Zinger who has already written and illustrated thirteen early learner books for her Zinger Book Zoo series. This post features the third book titled Here Come the Vehicles! Listen! and it came out February 25, 2016.

Ms. Zinger’s picture books focus on speech, language and communication  goals for early learners. Here Come the Vehicles! Listen! is in the Learning to Listen Sounds Series from Zinger Book Zoo. This book brings vehicle sounds with simple to recognize pictures. Easy to learn sounds. Beginning vocabulary growth.

The following are the other books in the Learning to Listen Sounds Series with a short description:

Here Come the People! Listen!Here Come the People -Early Learner Books by Kristen Zinger
The fourth book has bright pictures for people, actions and objects. Simple vocabulary for beginning listeners and talkers.

Here Come the Animals! Listen!
The second book features farm animal sounds that are brought to life in this simple repetitive phrase book.

LING 6 Sounds
Contains pictures and how-to for the LING-6 Sound Test as developed by Dr. Daniel Ling. Helps parents to complete the test at home with their child as an extension of what they learn with an AVT or SLP.

We thank Kristin Zinger, a Canadian author, for writing a guest post introducing her much needed books that can be shared with caregivers and a child learning to communicate. Her Zinger Book Zoo books are a needed resource because too often we hear educators say preschoolers are not developing language skills in this age of “too much screen time”.

Taken from an article titled by David L. Hill, MD, FAAP “Why to Avoid TV Before Age 2” by Good evidence suggests that screen viewing before age 2 has lasting negative effects on children’s language development, reading skills, and short-term memory. It also contributes to problems with sleep and attention. If “you are what you eat,” then the brain is what it experiences, and video entertainment is like mental junk food for babies and toddlers.”

Guest Post by Kristin Zinger

Early Learner Books Focus on Speech and Language

 Zinger Book Zoo

The books featured by Zinger Book Zoo are typically short stories with simple pictures and phrases. They are ideally used for Page for The Lost Laugh  Early Learner Books Focus on Speech and Language - Zinger Book Zoo by Kristin Zinger targeting specific speech or language goals; articulation, grammar or oral motor movements. Our books have been used by therapists in creating cohesive themes in treatment sessions or by parents to highlight and practice goals without “drill” type practice. The books are illustrated with simple pictures with minimal backgrounds to increase the focus of early learners on specific goals.

The first book created was an adaptation of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. It was written as the focal point of a therapy session on ‘f’ when I was a student. As I continued to work in the field of speech and language, I found we needed more stories. Typically a therapy session will involve circle time, during which a story is read. Therapists choose from the millions of books on the market and attempt to tailor the story to fit their clients needs. This might mean skipping pages, telling our own story with the book’s pictures or talking about the pictures to elicit goals. It somehow seemed easier to make up my own stories. By designing the story with a goal in mind, it proves easier to highlight a goal, can increase the exposure to the goal and build in interactive elements (like a repetitive phrase) that would help practice during story and lend itself to complimentary activities.

Target Audience:
The books can really be used by anyone, although specifically planned for use with children who have a speech or language goal to work on, early readers/talkers and learners can benefit. Each book has a main goal (h sound, lip rounding, animal vocabulary) but additional goals are embedded and suggested on the parent page or activity page that is included with most books. The parent and activity pages give general ideas about reading the books and other activities that can help continue your fun.

One set of books with a specific target audience is the “Learning to Listen Sounds Series“. These 4 books are written with one picture per page and the accompanying sound for that noun or action. These books were intended for children with a hearing age of 12 – 18 months. They are based on the set of sounds used to teach listening to children who have hearing aids or cochlear implants. As an extension, the simple introduction to the vocabulary and sounds has been beneficial for late talkers and second language learners.

 Kristin Zinger has already written and illustrated thirteen early learner books for her Zinger Book Zoo seriesBio of Author:
My name is Kristin Zinger. I am a married, mother of two girls, ages 5 and 7, from Kitchener Ontario. I have an Honours Degree in Linguistics and a Communicative Disorders Assistant Diploma. I commuted to a children’s treatment centre for ten years to work with children who had speech, language, behaviour and other communication needs.

I started making books as laminated 8 1/2 x 11 pages held together with binder rings. In the last few months, I have been presented with the opportunity to self-publish soft cover books. Friends and colleagues loved the idea of having my handmade materials as “real” books and off I went to create them. I have never thought of myself as an illustrator, but my simple drawings appeal to children and are suitable for the type of pictures the stories need to present. I truly love the challenge of imagining a story that is just right to fit possible goals.

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.