"I love to talk with people!" announces the toddler narrator of this charming board book. Language is an essential communication skill and an important avenue for self-expression, meeting needs, conversation, problem-solving, and cooperation. "My friend and I talk about things we both like. We get along." Through simple text and engaging, realistic illustrations, young children learn when, why, and how to speak up: in order to share feelings, wants, and interests; to say thank you and ask for help; and to offer kind words and feel a sense of belonging. Includes tips and information for teachers, parents, and caregivers and downloadable bonus activities.
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has her master's degree in elementary education and gifted education. A former first-grade teacher, she has taught education classes at Utah State University and has supervised student teachers. Cheri is the author of the Learning to Get Along and Being the Best Me! series. She and her husband, David, have six children and enjoy the lively company of their grandchildren. They live in Laurel, Maryland.
Penny Weber is a full-time artist and illustrator working both digitally and traditionally in acrylics and watercolors. Penny attended classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has illustrated many books and has also done residential murals, greeting cards, portraits, caricatures, and pet portraits. She lives in Long Island, New York, with her husband and three children.