Julie Bower, you are last week's winner of an autographed copy of FIRST NOTES OF SPRING by Jessica Kulekjian, illustrated by Jennifer Bower! CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks for jammin' with us! Check back in each Thursday for a new episode!
A FUN SURPRISE!
Allison Strick, the artist and designer of the PBJamz logo, was kind enough to provide the logo in the form of coloring sheets. Feel free to print these off and let the children color to their heart's content. If you'd like to take a snapshot of your child's coloring of the sheet, or designing their own PBJamz cover on the blank book, I'd love to feature some on the blog. Send the photos to me via Twitter (@tonnyef) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Enjoy! And thank you Allison!
Video Interview with Annie Lynn, kids' musician and writer/composer of "Earth Hour" song
Check out this short video where Annie Lynn and I chat about Earth Hour -- an event everyone can engage in to help conserve energy and help our planet. This year, Earth Hour is taking place Saturday, March 26. You turn out all NONESSENTIAL lights and make a concerted effort to save energy during that hour. It's a small thing, but if we all work together, it can make a big difference!
PB (Picture Book Tasting) -- EARTH HOUR by Nanette Heffernan
EARTH HOUR is written by Nanette Heffernan and beautifully illustrated by Bao Luu. It not only tells about Earth Hour, it tours the entire earth, highlighting landmarks from all over the world. It begins by talking about energy -- what it is and how it's used, gives the reader a whirlwind tour of the world, then calls on each one of us to make our own little difference, and reminding us that we can certainly do more together to make our world a better place.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Annie's song is linked up here and such fun as a call and response song. Get your students involved! Sing, pledge, and make a difference!
Teacher Tips/Curriculum Tie-ins
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts/Author Tips
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
Pinterest board full of Earth Hour resources, telling time, crafts, and things to do when the power is out. I'll be adding in some activities for world landmarks too, and other energy-saving activities.
YouTube playlist with a read aloud of EARTH HOUR, AnnieLynn's Earth Hour song, and other resources that could be used in conjunction with the book, song, and event.
Earth Day -- short YouTube playlist with a few songs that you could use for this or for Earth Day in April.
Google slides I did in conjunction with NTC when they did our energy-saving program. The beginning and end were seasonal, and not relative to energy. Feel free to make a copy and adjust for your needs or simply use it to pull the links for the videos.
PBJamz Snack 3x3 PBJ Sammies
Here's the link to the recipe pictured here.
Since I am trying to eat gluten free as much as possible, I'll do a variation on this recipe. I have gluten free bread (Canyon brand) and I plan to make 3 columns of various nutty spreads and on the other piece of bread, 2 jams/jellies and a stripe of marshmallow fluff. Each bite will be a variation! Another benefit is that this snack, lunch, supper. . . can be made without any power. Just some jars, some bread and a knife -- maybe a napkin or a plate. I haven't tried these yet, but I wonder what my favorite bite will be. If you try them, comment below and tell me your favorite combo!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Nanette is generously offering a copy of EARTH HOUR as a giveaway, and AnnieLynn has two jump drives with her excellent music going out to two lucky teachers! To be eligible for the book, leave a comment below. To be eligible for the jump drives, comment below with your school name and ages/subjects taught.
Nanette Heffernan's Links:
Annie Lynn's Links:
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!