Review and Giveaway: Easy-to-Say First Words

***Stephanie K was the winner of this giveaway!  Congratulations!***

This sweet book, Easy-To-Say First Words: A Focus on Final Consonants, could easily be renamed Easy-to-Love.  Created by Cara Tambellini Danilson, a certified SLP, it’s designed for parents to work on those often tricky final consonants outside of the therapy session.

Here’s why you’ll love it.

  1.  About this book:  This page provides a clear and concise description of what a final consonant is and why they matter.
  2. Guide for Reading:  These five tips are perhaps the best parent instructions I’ve seen.  There are very clear suggestions for positioning, gesturing, encouraging and responding.  And it’s just the right amount of information—not too overwhelming.  The clarity will allow parents to generalize their lessons to other books.
  3. Story pages:  Each page is stand-alone rather than being part of a story.  While this may not suit everyone, from a speech standpoint it’s magnificent since you can pick and choose which pages to use based on target, interest and attention.


easy to read copy

There are 15 “story pages” in total—five each for final p/t/k (hooray, words for each front, middle and back placement position!)

On the left side is the target word written three times.  On the right side is a short sentence with the target word at the end to encourage fill-in-the-blank attempts.

The illustrations are adorable paper cut-outs by Cara’s mom, Mary.  (Check out her greeting cards too!)

I can’t wait to use this with my littlest ones as well as young kiddos with phonological issues or apraxia.

I received a free copy for review, but the opinions expressed here are my own.  Cara has also generously offered another copy for a lucky reader.

To enter, let us know what your first word, or your child’s first word, was beyond ma-ma, da-da by midnight EST, Sunday April 13, 2014.  I’ll choose a name at random and announce it Monday, April 14, 2014.  (My daughter’s first word was “ball” and my son’s was “doggie.”)  Good luck!



This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Renee Ingram

    My daughter’s first word was “umbrella”, plain as day at 9 months!

  2. Kendra

    My sons first word(s) were “thank you” even before mama and dada, but he started talking extremely early.

  3. Karrie

    My daughter’s 1st word beyond “mama” and “dada” was “more”. This books looks fab! I’d love a copy!

  4. Maigen

    My daughter’s first “word” was “whassat” (as in what’s that) all mumbled together – she was so interested in learning all the words.
    My son’s first word was “done!”

  5. Annette

    My mother always told me that my first word was “Fwow” (flower).

  6. Kim Cooney

    Of my four children, one said “bye”, two said “da-da” and the fourth said “cacka” (cracker). Born at 38 weeks, he was the largest (9#13oz) and quite an eater, which explains why his first word was something to eat!

  7. Susan S.

    Well, he’s 17 now, but I think it was ball.

  8. Kim Hovey

    My son’s first word was “o” as in the letter. We had the whole alphabet floating in the bath since day one, and that’s the one he imitated first!

  9. M. Parker


  10. Molly

    My son’s first word was ‘ball’. This book looks wonderful!

  11. Lisa Doyle

    My daughter’s first word was “see”.

  12. Valerie

    My son’s first word was “ball”.

  13. Catherine

    My son’s first signed word was “more” and after early intervention he started saying it!!!!

  14. Faith

    Besides “mama” and “dada” my LO was saying “nana” for her grandmother and “yeah”. Her first word was ma-mee at 6 months, calling me after I put her in the crib! At 15 months she has a vocabulary of 40 words and is starting to put two words together…she also has a sign language vocabulary of 12 – all completely different words than what she says. This speechie mom is super proud! LOL!

  15. Wendy

    My oldest’s first word was “diddy da” for “kitty cat” and my second son’s first word was “du” for “juice”. Would love a copy of this book for my early intervention kiddos!

  16. Stephanie K

    Bubba for my brother!

  17. Odette

    My son’s first word was banana. After saying the word, he stuck one in his mouth. He’s still a big eater!!

  18. Annie Doyle

    I’m terrible; I can’t remember their first words without referring to the baby books. At least I wrote them down!!

  19. Karen Donatelli

    I have twins who just turned one last month. One of my boys first word was “baby”. His brother is still saying mama and dada, so no first word for him just yet 😉

  20. Alison


  21. Sarah Garner

    My little guy’s first word was dog!

  22. Katie Byrne

    My son’s first word was “stay” (he says it to our dog all the time!!)

  23. Melanie Ray

    My son’s first words were dada and mama unfortunately we haven’t had any others. His first sign word was “More”. He now signs more, help, stop, go and sleep. I’m not sure if that will count.

    1. admin

      But of course! Communication is communication! Kim

  24. Kimberly

    My daughter’s first word was ‘up’. She said it ON her first birthday. She crawled over to me with total intent, perched up on her knees, then with her arms up and with firm eye contact said, “Up!” So cute!!!

  25. Sheila Reiss

    My son’s first word was “hah” for hot… I was opening a pot of boiling soup and the steam came out and he held up his hands and said “hah”. I couldn’t believe his first word would be as abstract as hot so I tested it out on a few other items and it was most definately hot.

  26. Rebecca Gunder

    Our son’s first word was, “Go.” Even as a baby he was showing his penchant for cars, motorcycles, and everything else that moves!

  27. Laura


  28. Michelle Fargnoli

    No kids yet, but my first word was apple! Could really use this resource for my tough apraxia case! Thanks!

  29. Tara

    Baba….for puppy. Our neighbor’s puppy!

  30. Cassandra S.


  31. Susan D

    I don’t have children but my nieces first word was doggie.

  32. Jeannette

    My daughter’s first word was “Hi”, she was about 8 months old. She’ll be thirty next month and she still loves to talk !

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