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Early Reader Workbook by Andrea C. McLean (Book Spotlight)

Open a world of wonder for your little learner with this engaging Early Reader Workbook! Designed to spark a love for reading long before pen meets paper, this delightful book builds on your child’s existing vocabulary and uses familiar pictures to bridge the gap between spoken words and their written forms.

Through playful activities, your child will embark on a delightful journey filled with:

  • Connecting Names and Pictures: Familiar objects come alive as children learn to associate their everyday vocabulary with words written on the page. The child no longer just hears the word “car” but now sees and understands “C-A-R.”
  • Upper and Lowercase Adventures: Letter recognition takes center stage! Children embark on a quest to identify both uppercase and lowercase letters, laying the foundation for future reading fluency.
  • Sounds and Letters Unite: The magic of phonics unfolds as children discover how letters connect to form familiar sounds, weaving together the building blocks of words they already know.
  • Coloring and Cutting Fun: Learning extends beyond the page! Coloring vibrant illustrations and carefully cutting out letters not only enhances motor skills but also fosters creativity and color recognition.

This charming workbook is much more than just an alphabet primer. It’s an invitation to embark on a magical journey to discover the world of words. Watch your child’s face light up as they make the remarkable connection between spoken words and their written forms, taking their first step on the exciting path to becoming a lifelong reader.

So, grab your crayons, unleash your inner explorer, and prepare to be spellbound by the wonder of language with this interactive Early Reader Workbook!

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Meet the Author

Andrea C. McLean is a board-certified life, career, and executive coach. She is a global leadership coach and mentor focused on developing women leaders in corporate and university settings. Andrea has a spirit of encouragement and a passion for inspiring others on their journey toward achieving personal transformations. She can be reached at andrea@acmcoachinggroup.com and you can follow @andreacmclean on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn for more inspiration.

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Why Is This My Name?: Not Just a Children’s Story by Aloysia Burgess (Book Review)

A young girl goes through her first day at a new school and struggles with her unique name as she introduces herself to new teachers and friends. With the encouragement from her family, she will soon discover how special her name really is.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


Every child who ventures back to public school has their own feeling about stepping into a new school or classroom. Jitters. Excitement. Apprehension. Indifference. Most kids prep for the big day with a new haircut or selecting the perfect outfit. What they can’t prep for is how kids will interact or treat them. The little girl in the story went from excitement to nervousness because of her name. Why? Because people have trouble pronouncing it. This dilemma happens every day, all across the globe. 

When the little girl went to school, her fears came to life. The teacher had difficulty pronouncing it. Some kids snickered at it. BUT, she met kids who were kind. Students invited her to sit with them at the lunch table. 

When the child’s dad picked her up from school, she asked him why they chose that name and not something “normal.” To avoid spoilers, I will not disclose what her name is, why it was chosen, or its meaning. I will share a snippet of her father’s response, though. “Everyone has things that they may want to change about themselves, but what’s most important is loving yourself.” Words to live by! 

The second day of school went spectacularly well, and hooray for her! 

After Why Is This My Name? Not Just a Children’s Story, there’s a box where the child writes down the meaning of their name. I looked up mine and was shocked to find out it meant “crooked nose.” Since I did break my nose when I was a teenager, the meaning fits (now). 

Amazon didn’t list a reading age when I was writing my review. I think any preschool and elementary school child, new to a class or school, can relate to and find enjoyment in this story. Maybe teachers can read this story to their students on the first day of class and discuss the importance of being kind to others and embracing our differences. 


Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤

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Aloysia Burgess, née Colquhoun, is a wife and mother to two boys. She always had a love of literature and, as a child, would write her own stories. Her goal is to encourage acceptance and self-love through her writing.

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