Congratulations to Brian and Steena Hernandez for winning copies of BUILDING AN ORCHESTRA OF HOPE by Carmen Oliver! I know you will both enjoy this amazing book! If you do enjoy it, please consider leaving reviews, requesting it at your local libraries, and sharing by word of mouth with people who might also enjoy it..
An interview with Laura Sperry Gardner, author of BLUE RIDGE BABIES, 1,2,3
Laura Sperry Gardner's debut picture book is charming and beautiful and multi-layered. It takes a traditional children's song and changes the setting and the animals, fills it full of vocabulary, content, and combines all of that with beautiful illustrations, charm and sweet animals that kids are going to love. As a bonus, some of the animals will be new to them, and children's interest will be sparked to learn even more!
In this interview, Laura shares freely about her process. It's a fabulous interview for anyone who hasn't gotten their "yes" yet. There are so many wonderful tips for aspiring authors! It's a goldmine of excellent advice!
This book is beautiful, sweet, multi-layered, and a refreshing change from the well-used "Over in the Meadow" song and books. This book uses gorgeous, strong vocabulary, with a nice mix of words kids will know and words for kids to learn. The counting aspect is a nice layer. Laura uses lots of great words to discuss the homes of the various animals. Kids will love all the animals, and throw in the fact that it is singable and the book is well-worth the money you'll pay for it! Pick up a copy from the links below or at your favorite bookseller. If you read it an enjoy it, please consider leaving a review for the book on your favorite site. It is a beautiful way to help authors out! You can review even if you don't purchase the book. Check it out from your library if you prefer, and then leave Laura a review.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
I already loved the book, but hearing this sweet musical version sung by Nikki made me love it even more! Perfect for teachers to use in their classrooms before or after reading the book!
But also perfect for families, preschool teachers, daycare workers, music teachers and more!
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Since this book is based on a song, it makes perfect sense to use it in a music classroom. There are lots of ways you could do so:
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing Tips from Laura Sperry Gardner
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist with several teaching activities, book review, interview with Laura and more!
Pinterest board of wildlife in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Pinterest board with items related to the book: Blue Ridge animals, teaching activities, other versions of the song and more!
When I think about BLUE RIDGE BABIES, I think about camping, since the Blue Ridge Mountains are one of our favorite places to go camping! And when I think about camping, I think about S'Mores, so the perfect PBJamz recipe for this week is this one for these delightful-looking PBJ S'Mores! The next time you find yourself around the campfire -- or the fire pit, give these a try, and then check out all the other yums available at PureWow.com
Guest Links and Giveaways
Laura is generously giving away a signed copy of this delightful book. To be eligible to win, leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, 11/9 by 11:59 PM EST. I will do a random drawing from the comments. Don't miss out! You definitely want a copy of this book!
To purchase BLUE RIDGE BABIES 1,2,3 from
Barnes and Noble
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!