Congratulations, Steena Hernandez! You are the winner of the Zoom session with Jeni Chen!
and. . . .
Congratulations, Jany Campana! You are the winner of digital art from Jeni Chen!
I'll connect you all so you can work out details! Thanks for your support of Jeni and PBJamz! Enjoy your prizes!
Chatting with Kimberly Gordon Biddle about Double Dutch dreams and music and more!
I sat down, via Zoom, with retired professor, author, and musician Kimberly Gordon Biddle. Kimberly has written 3 picture books (linked in Guest Links and Giveaways section), along with some textbooks in her field of child development. She also challenges herself to write a song to go with each book, including the one we're focusing on for the next couple of weeks! Check the song out in the Jams section below! Make sure you comment on the blog post to enter to win a signed book or a Zoom visit with Kimberly!
And stay tuned next week to the blog for part 2 -- teaching tips, writing prompts and more -- all related to Kimberly's book and her accompanying song!
PB (Picture Book Tasting) DARLENE'S DOUBLE DUTCH DREAMS
The Double Dutch competition is at stake. Can Darlene become the Double Dutch Queen? Her feet get tangled and she keeps messing up. But when push comes to shove, can Darlene do it? With the right motivation, Darlene learns to step in to hard things and stay one jump ahead in this picture book by Kimberly Gordon Biddle. Kids who love jumping rope, whether they're double dutchers or not will enjoy this story full of can-do attitudes, and stepping in when people are counting on you. Darlene not only becomes the queen, but the hero, too, of her own story!
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind) Darlene the Double Dutch Queen
Click on the link to get to the song Kimberly wrote for this story called Darlene the Double Dutch Queen
Enjoy the song and the other resources available via Kimberly's website!
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
I hope you enjoy working Kimberly's book into your classroom! Here are some options:
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Rhythm is really the musical key to everything in this story! Rhythm is ever-present: the rhythm of the chants, the rhythm of the ropes, using the rhythm/internalizing it to be able to jump.
This book would be a great way to introduce and talk about the difference in rhythm and beat (or jump rope in general.). The rope must maintain the steady beat. If it's not steady, it will mess up whomever is jumping and they won't be able to jump well. It must be steady, even, and consistent. The chants are where the rhythm comes in. They have long and short sounds, pauses, and words overlaying the steady beat of the rope.
Possible lesson ideas:
Tips for authors from Kimberly
1. Write from your heart and what you love.
2. Always keep learning and honing your craft.
3. Publishing a book is a long process.
4. Keep hope alive!
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
1. Write about a dream you have -- something you'd like to be able to do, but you can't -- YET.
2. Write about a time you were sick or someone close to you was sick.
3. Darlene was the middle child in her family and she didn't feel like there was anything special about her. Write about your place in your family and what makes you special.
4.Write your own jump rope or double dutch chants.
5. Write your own song to match the story.
6. Write a letter to yourself, telling how to do something that is hard for you. What strategies should you try? What should you do when you feel like giving up?
7. Write a how-to article for "How to Jump Rope" or "How to Do Double Dutch"
8. Write an acrostic poem using your name. Each line should begin with one of the letters of your name.
9. Make a list of 10 things you can do when things aren't going right and/or you're feeling overwhelmed.
10. Write about an interesting dream you had.
11. Write about why you think Darlene was finally able to double dutch. What changed?
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
If you're going to spend some time double-dutch jumping, you might need a yummy hand-held snack. This one fits the bill -- and it's vegan and gluten-free, too! A delicious way to build up your strength for some serious jump-time. PBJ all the way. Jump in, jump out. Hey, hey, hey!
You can find the recipe here, courtesy of Sarah Bakes Gluten Free. I haven't tried these ones on my own yet, but they look quite delicious! If you give them a try, leave a comment below and let us know how you like them!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Amazon links for Kimberly's books
Kimberly has offered 2 prizes for this episode of PBJamz, which will be available through 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, July 6. To be eligible for giveaways, leave a comment on this episode any time before then. I will draw 2 random winners for a copy of (any one of) Kimberly's picture book, and a (separate winner for a) Zoom session with her.
Angel Gantnier, you are the winner of a signed copy of ROCK STAR RECESS!
Nelly Nunez, you are the winner of a zoom session with Patrick and Emily!
Congratulations to BOTH of you! Thanks so much to Patrick and Emily for joining me and sharing about ROCK STAR RECESS! You both ROCK, too! :-). I'll connect you all and hope you enjoy your awesome prizes!
Starting this week, episodes of PBJamz will air in segments. This episode will begin Thursday, June 9 and will conclude Wednesday, June 22, which means you have 2 weeks to get your comments in and enjoy this episode before a new one airs! Stay tuned next week for tips for elementary teachers, and music teachers, writing prompts, and a yummy PBJ recipe!
Interview with Jeni Chen, author/illustrator of EMET'S BOX
This is a creative conversation you do NOT want to miss! Not only is Jeni absolutely charming, but she is full of great information and beautiful insights about finding our spark! We talk art, music, writing, teaching, and more. If you've lost your creative spark, if you're a music teacher, artist, art teacher, if you haven't yet found your "element" (Watch the video to see what I mean), this one is for you! I'm pretty sure you'll be blessed! Be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for Jeni's prizes (Yes, plural! There are two prizes! Check out the Giveaway section to see what Jeni is offering! :-))
PB (Picture Book Tasting) EMET'S BOX
What a lovely book! Jeni helps us see the world through Emet's eyes -- at first full of color, zest, vibrance, and LIFE. Then, as he loses touch with his artistic creativity, his world changes to grayscale -- literally and figuratively! When his grandparents give him an art set, he 's reminded of how much he loves art, and rekindles the spark. Once his world is full of color again, he's equipped to help others regain their own zest for life. It's a wonderful book for kids, but it's also a wonderful book for adults! Whether your zest/element/passion is art, music, handcrafts, welding, travel, gardening or something totally different, my wish for you is that you find and maintain your connection to your creativity -- whatever that looks like. This book will inspire you to do just that!
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
This page is the official space for PBJamz -- multimedia Jamorama celebrating all things PB (picture books) and Jamz (music), although we'll indulge in the other PBJ snacks where appropriate :-). Join us each Thursday for new content connecting picture books and music!