Sunday, August 30, 2009

Books by Tara

This contest is closed.
Melanie from Wifey Wows and Mom's Memories is the lucky winner.

Thanks to all who participated!

Our first Birthday Party giveaway is sponsored by Books by Tara.

Books by Tara is owned and operated by Tara McClintick. Tara is a certified early childhood special education teacher. She taught in typical and special education settings. However, after her youngest son began showing all the signs of what many refer to as severe autism, she quit teaching outside of the home to provide him with intense one-on-one therapy.

While working with her son, Tara found simple books and pictures to be one of the best interaction tools available. She says that, "They have provided a mutual focus for making social connections." However, she also found that there are a limited amount of simple books that aren’t too "babyish". Therefore, she created Tara Books to help fill that void.

Tara Books are fun picture books created to promote awareness, thinking, and interaction with children. Each book celebrates everyday topics with playful themes that make learning easy and fun. The photos in the books are of familiar scenes and items. They are perfect for stimulating children to look, point, vocalize sounds, words, phrases, and sentences, and ask and answer questions. In addition, on her website, Tara provides extension ideas for each of her books.

Tara Books would be a wonderful addition to any home or classroom library. As Tara says, "Some children seem to develop language skills almost magically. Other children require extra patience, support, and encouragement to make it through each miraculous step. ALL children require engaging experiences with caring adults to truly thrive linguistically."



Tara was generous to send me several of her beautiful books. Upon receiving them, I knew that Jesse Bear would absolutely love them. I was right! He immediately chose to pick up and read "Jack-o-Lantern". This is by far his favorite. He laughs at all of the different Jack-o-lantern faces and points out all of the "gooey pumpkin stuff". I appreciate this book because it is wonderful for introducing or reinforcing the skill of sequencing. From choosing the pumpkin to putting it on your front porch, each page in the book shows a different step in the procedure of pumpkin carving. It is perfect for this time of year, as well!


For this giveaway, Tara is offering one lucky winner two Tara Books: "Water" and "Holes".

To enter this giveaway ~ Visit the Books By Tara website and subscribe to her newsletter. Then come back and leave me a comment.

For additional entries:
Giveaway ends Sept. 7.

Thanks for partying with us! Be sure to stop back by tomorrow!


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42 comments:

Gidget Girl Reading said...

her books look awesome I love that she has activities for her books on the website! thanks!

Chawksgirl4ever said...

i subscrib ed to the newsletter

Julia said...

I subscribed to the newsletter!
BlueAppleFarm at aol dot com

Goat Gal said...

I subscribed to her newsletter!

Goat Gal said...

I am Tara's friend on facebook.

Annette W. said...

Wonderful! I signed up for the newsletter!

windycindy said...

Tara has a delightful site!
I subscribed to her newsletter.
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

Also, I follow Books by Tara on
Twitter.....
Many thanks to you!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I sent a request to be Tara's friend
on Facebook.....
All is appreciated!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

melaniet42 said...

Very neat books! Water looks super cool - my daughter loves all things water! I just subscribed to her newsletter.

melaniet42 said...

I followed on twitter too!

The DO said...

I just started staying homw with my 3 and 5 year olds. I can't wait to really sink my teeth into their education, and boy howdy, wouldn't these be great!

Lisa said...

I just subscribed.
iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

Unknown said...

I signed up for the newsletter

nmgills at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I follow on twitter. mgills

nmgills at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I'm a friend on facebook:)

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Thanks for the give-away. I subscribed to the newsletter

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

I began following her on twitter.

Elemenope said...

All signed up!

Alicia Falls said...

Congratulations on celebrating 2 years. Love your curriculums.

KR said...

Her books look great for my kindergarten class. I signed up for the newsletter.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

KR said...

FB friend
mj.coward[at]gmail.com

KR said...

Following her on Twitter - sumrthyme

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Gosfam said...

I signed up for her newsletter: mattles22@yahoo.com

Tracey said...

Subscribed to Tara's newsletter
jezie_bell8 at yahoo dot com

Tracey said...

Follow booksbytara on Twitter

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing ... Tara's website will be a favorite ... just like yours!!

4torock said...

LOVE these book!! thanks Tara!! and Itty Bitty bookworm momma!!

4torock said...

Became a fan on FB!!
ktwalser at yahoo dot com :)

Kellie said...

I just signed up for her newsletter - thanks for the chance to win!

Debbie Stanton said...

I subsribed to neewsletter. : D

Kimberly said...

I just subscribed to the newsletter. I love the way Tara's books are vibrant. Not only are they bright for the adults, but also for the children.

Homer Family said...

Tara's book's are great. I signed up for her newsletter.

kimmymp said...

I subscribed to her newsletter! Awesome books and I love that they are made by a mommy!

Mama Pickles said...

I just subscribed to Tara's newsletter. Her books look amazing!

Luvdaylilies said...

I subscribed to the newsletter=)
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Jennifer said...

I can see so many ways to use these books in my kindergarten classroom. These look great.

Stephanie V. said...

Hi Tara,

Thanks for sharing this unique author with us! I can't wait to share the Jack-o-Lantern book with my Pre-k class, and my own children as well!

Stephanie Vives

Nancy said...

nice site, thanks
nsurja(at)hotmail(dot)com

Erin said...

I subscribed to the newsletter!

Erin said...

I am following Books by Tara on twitter!

Maine Mommy of 5 said...

I'm new to your blog and your website. Your books look great, keep up the good work!

Mainemommyof4@yahoo.com