Author Sandra Jean Smith recently appeared on Melbourne’s popular morning talk show ‘The Circle’ where she spoke about her new book, Teach Baby to Talk … and Make Reading Fun: The Importance of Speech and Language in Learning to Read.

Smith uses her extensive experience as a teacher in Public Primary Schools and as a TAFE teacher of illiterate adults to examine the possible causes for the ever-growing number of children starting school with speech problems, something unseen in previous generations. Her research on the topic, interspersed with personal stories, make for impressive reading. She uses humour and anecdotes to entertain and inform on such topics as childcare and parenting issues, and the library’s role in stimulating children’s interest in reading to counteract the influence of computer games and television.

Smith’s insights into this timely and important topic has gained her and the book much attention; she was featured in an article on the subject in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, as well as interviewed in 2UE Radio.

Watch The Cirlce interview at:

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For more information on the book, visit: and watch the book’s video trailer at: