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Storytime Singalong V 2

Emily Arrow has a new cd coming out April 7th (you can still preorder).  I got to listen to the sneak peek of the cd and I just kept listening. This cd will have the song Be A Friend based on Salina’s book!!

Emily’s music has helped me find lots of good books. I really like it when she turns a book into a song. It helps you look at the book differently.

I recommend her cds to teachers, librarians and parents! I am ordering a bunch for my cousins and friends!

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Meet Emily Arrow

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Social media/website: http://www.EmilyArrow.com, twitter:helloemilyarrow
Tell me a little about you: I created a genre of music called KidLit Tunes, or songs about my favorite books written for kids! I have a ukulele named Bow and I perform all over the country and create videos and songs while I travel.

How did you start writing songs about books? I was an elementary music teacher and I wanted to start using books in my music classroom. I couldn’t find many musical resources online that went with the books so I decided to create my own!
How do you pick the books you write a song about? I pick the books based on a few things: the illustrations, the titles, and the way the book makes me feel. Sometimes I totally love a book but it’s not right for a storytime. Or sometimes I love the illustrations but the the title is too long for a song. I always know a right match for a song the first time I read it.
Do you have a favorite song you wrote? I love performing the BE A FRIEND Song inspired by the book by Salina Yoon. It’s so funny to watch audience members do “jazz hands!” with me!


Do you have a favorite kid author? One of my favorite authors is Peter H. Reynolds. He creates the most inspiring picture books and every time I read one, I feel brave and creative.
Do you have a recommendation for kids who want to write songs? I would recommend learning an instrument. Ukulele is a great place to start because it’s a bit simpler than guitar and is a fun instrument to write song with.
Is there a book you really want to write a song about? Tons!! I’m working on a song about the book PENGUIN PROBLEMS by Jory John right now and haven’t finished the verses yet. I have a huge list in a notebook of all of the books I want to write songs about. I add more songs every time I go to a bookstore and feel inspired!

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Tim Kubart

Note: in exchange for continuing to call my brother “Annoying Little Brother” here, I am letting him write a guest review.

Annoying little brother here and I am reviewing Tim Kubart. He is a musician. He is a host on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up show. He is also Tambourine Guy for Postmodern Jukebox. He has two albums and won a Grammy for his most recent one. I don’t know what a Grammy is but it is a trophy.

I love Tim Kubart. I am his biggest fan. I dressed as Tim for Halloween. I met him at a concert. We even stayed in same hotel!

I listen to his album Home a lot. My favorite song is Breakfast Club. My sister says she is tired of hearing it. It make me want to dance and sing very loud! 

I am going to move this summer so I am listening to Moving Day. It will make moving day easier. I like jobs at the house.

I really really recommend his album. He is the best. 

Tim’s best friend is a tap dancer named Jumpsuit Alex. I now do ballet and tap because of him.

Annoying little brother

(Bridget’s note: I like Tim’s music even though I claim not to. Shh, don’t spill my secret to my brother)