Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hoo Hoo Who? by Mary Maier + Giveaway

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Hoo Hoo Who? by Mary Maier Giveaway

I cannot wait to share with you the first title from a new children’s publisher Building Block Press: Hoo Hoo Who? written and illustrated by Mary Maier with speech pathologist Lauren Horton (February 2019; ISBN: 978-1944201142; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 2-5; 32 pages).   

In this kid-friendly picture book, readers help Owl figure out which guest is at the door.  It’s Mouse’s Surprise Party, but Owl’s glasses are broken so he can’t see!    Children participate in the story by using expressive language to respond to Owl’s WHO questions.  Readers get to yell, “Surprise!” and sing, “Happy Birthday” — what fun!

Hoo Hoo Who? by Mary Maier Giveaway

About the Authors: 

Mary Maier graduated from Miami University, where she met her husband, with a degree in Art Education. She is an avid painter with a huge imagination; an important quality when raising two wild boys. She resides in Louisville, KY.    Mary has previous experience owning a publishing company for 25+ years solely based on books about the card game bridge.
Roughly 1 in 12 children have a speech or language delay, including author Mary Maier’s 3-year-old son Max, who is also on the autistic spectrum. Here’s an excerpt from her blog explaining the importance (and shortage) of books focusing on WH- questions:
“Kids with language delays work on WH- questions A LOT. Many children know their colors, shapes, numbers, letters, but not the difference between who, what and where. These questions are the building blocks of conversations and are HUGELY important to language development. I started thinking, why didn’t I know about this? Why doesn’t every parent know about the importance of WH- questions? Why aren’t WH-question books as prevalent as shape and number books? So I started doing some research. I wanted to find something to help with my son’s language development. All I could find were books with the word AUTISM in bold print on the front cover. No parent wants to read their child an AUTISM bedtime story—so I decided to write and illustrate my own WH- series of books for all kids, beginning with WHO. And WHO better to go on this journey with than a speech pathologist?   My hope is to spread the word to ALL parents (not just to those whose children have language delays), the importance of WH- questions in language development and that they can be focused on in a fun and natural way—just like all those color books.”
Lauren Horton received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University in December 2016. Lauren was born in Muncie, Indiana, but now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. 

Hoo Hoo Who? will be followed by titles focusing on “WHERE” and “WHAT”, and is the first title from Mary Maier’s new publishing company Building Block Press, a publisher of books focusing on early childhood development and thoughtful design.   Hoo Hoo Who? will be available wherever books are sold through distributor National Book Network.

Enjoy the preview below:


Hoo Hoo Who? by Mary Maier + Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a copy of Hoo Hoo Who? by Mary Maier!  The giveaway is open to US/Ca readers ages 18+.  Void where prohibited by law.  Good luck!

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7 comments:

  1. My kids would enjoy this book, a great learning experience!

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  2. I would love this for my great nephew !

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  3. This is such a wonderful book with amazing art work. My daughter would love this book to read

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  4. This looks like a great book! My son would enjoy it! :)

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  5. I would love to win this for my granddaughter.

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  6. My granddaughters would really enjoy reading this book.

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  7. My youngest daughter would love these books thank you for the opportunity

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