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Video Interview with Jessica Kulekjian, author of FIRST NOTES OF SPRING
With Spring knocking on our door, there is not a more perfect book to share today than this one by Jessica Kulekjian, illustrated by Jennifer Bower ( a NC illustrator!) FIRST NOTES OF SPRING is a beautiful book welcoming spring with music and frolicking text full of onomatopoeia and a lovely message about finding your voice -- and your group. Join Jessica and me below as we explore the background, the music, favorite parts, and upcoming projects!
PB (Picture Book Tasting)
FIRST NOTES OF SPRING is a book to delight the senses. It is wonderfully fun to read aloud, and absolutely perfect for kids to interact with -- using bodies and voices! As a teacher, I know the message of "Too loud, too wild . . ." will resonate with students (some more than others ;-) The woodland setting and fun characters add to the charm and appeal of this book, but the onomatopoeia are like the cherry on top. The way Jennifer Bower hand-lettered all the delightful sounds of the book helps readers know how to read the words and infuse their own beautiful charm and appeal. It is full of interesting teachable moments with elements of SEL, music, literature and language arts, science, and more! Even a little "Easter egg" hunt (Watch the video above to find out what to look for!)
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Theme song "Find Your Band" by Tara Trudel. A great musical piece to accompany THE FIRST NOTES OF SPRING. Another element which makes the book a perfect inclusion for music classrooms, the song is full of actionable onomatopoeia, fun rhythms, adorable language and might be the most pleasant ear worm you've ever had.
Teacher Tips/Curriculum Tie-ins
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Oh, my -- this book is replete with musical opportunities:
Writing Prompts/Author Tips
Author Tips from Jessica:
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
PBJamz Snack (Gooey PB&J Blondies)
Here's the recipe for these delicious-looking (and gluten-free) Gooey PB&J Blondies. Blondies are brownie-textured, but without the chocolate. These have peanut butter and jelly appeal thrown in. Plus they're made with garbanzo beans and oats, so if you get GF oats, this recipe is gluten free! I wish I could tell you I've taste-tested them, but it is a very busy week, and I have not -- YET. But they are on my list to do very soon! Let me know if you try them first!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Jessica is giving away one signed copy of THE FIRST NOTES OF SPRING to ONE lucky classroom! To be eligible, comment below with your name, your school, and what subject/grade you teach. Random winner selected from comments received!
Here is where you can find her on-line:
Illustrator Jennifer Bower website
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!