Last year, I reviewed this adorable book called Let's Hear It For Almigal by Wendy Kupfer about a little girl who cannot hear but is about to get a cochlear implant that will allow her to hear all the beautiful sounds she feels she is missing out on especially her mom's I Love Yous.
This year in honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month, I am hosting a giveaway of this special book.
According to the March of Dimes, hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects, and more than 12,000 babies (3 in 1,000) are born in the U.S. each year with a hearing impairment.
Let's Hear it For Almigal is an award winning children's picture book about a little girl with cochlear implants. Almigal is unhappy when she can’t hear a baby’s giggle, robins chirping or Mommy and Daddy saying, “I love you.” Young readers will identify with Almigal and her friends, and rejoice with her when a solution is found. Let’s Hear it for Almigal teaches a universal message for ALL children to celebrate and accept our differences, and makes the perfect starting point for conversations about people with disabilities.
Other Facts on Kids and Hearing Loss:
· The Center for Hearing and Communication finds that about 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss, with 1.3 million of them being under the age of 3.
· According to ASHA more than twenty-one million infants, children, and adults in America suffer from some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears.
· According to the CDC the earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential.
*** 5% of sales from Let’s Hear it for Almigal are donated to organizations that support children with hearing loss and their families***
More about Wendy: When her daughter Ali was born in 1977, doctors said she would never speak, due to a profound hearing loss. Now at 60-years-old Wendy has authored her first book, Let Hear it For Almigal (May 2012, Handfinger Press), featuring a precocious little girl wearing cotton-candy pink cochlear implants, based on Ali who has grown into a beautiful, self-confident, happily married woman with a masters degree in Social Work. As a advocate for children with hearing loss Wendy is advising new moms of children with hearing loss, reading to students in schools, speaking to various organizations, and working closely with leading cochlear implant surgeons. Based in South Florida, Wendy is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 3, and is currently working on the sequel to Let’s Hear it for Almigal.
More about Let's Hear it for Almigal: Let’s Hear it for Almigal has been honored time and time again. Recent awards include Gold in the national Mom’s Choice Awards for Children’s Picture Books – Values & Life Lessons, Silver in the Florida Publishers Association 2012 President’s Book Awards, Best Children’s Picture Book in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards, Finalist for Best Children’s Fiction in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards, and Runner-Up in the Readers’ Choice Contest for Best New Special-Needs Book for 2013. 5% of all sales are donated to organizations that support children with hearing loss and their families.
For Much more information about this very special book, visit Let's Hear It For Almigal
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