Congratulations Jennifer Cowan! You are the winner of the PB Manuscript critique from last week's episode (THE BUNNY HOP)! I'll be in touch and I look forward to reading your story!
Video interview with Janna Matthies, author of HERE WE COME!
PB (Picture Book Tasting)
This is an adorable book, full of whimsy and fun, music, kindness, and more! While it is probably MOST appropriate for the preschool and early elementary level, I believe children and adults of all ages can and should enjoy this precious book. It's a perfect bedtime read, but full of so many additional layers. For all ages you can use this book as a starting point for some music instruction, science study, or a rhyming mentor text. Younger children might enjoy sequencing activities, counting, and playing some of the instruments mentioned. Whatever the age or subject, this little book has something to offer everyone. With Hundred Acre wood vibes to the story and Mary Poppins feel to the song, it is bound to find many fans. Take a read and a listen to find out if one of them will be you.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Listen up for the tune for the book! Janna sings the book to demonstrate the melody for us. You can use the video with your children or students or simply use it to learn the melody and then sing it with your class or your children.
Teacher Tips/Curriculum Tie-ins
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
So many fun musical mentions that could evolve into lots more:
Writing Prompts/Author Tips
Writing prompts for the author in us all -- students, kids, adults, professionals. . .
Writing Advice from Janna for those of us trying to get published:
1) READ, READ, READ books in the genre you want to write--picture book, middle grade, poetry, YA. Use the ones you love as "mentor texts," studying them to learn how they do it successfully. Then write, revise, receive critiques...REPEAT!
2) Scour the most recent CHILDREN'S WRITER'S AND ILLUSTRATOR'S MARKET guide book, in print or digitally, to better understand the industry, your genre, the craft of writing, what editors and agents are looking for, how to find an agent, how to submit queries. It includes indexes by subject matter at the rear, full of publishing info.
3) Join the SCBWI (pro organization for the children's publishing industry). Read the website thoroughly and find a local critique group via your region's chapter. SCBWI conferences offer great learning and networking, chances to meet agents and editors and to register in advance for a paid critique.
4) Regarding finding an agent, check out manuscript wish lists on twitter at #MSWL as well as www.manuscriptwishlist.com, where editors and agents show what they want in general.
There are simply no shortcuts!
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
If you're looking for a yummy gluten free cookie for your moonlight tea party, I'm thinking this is it. After your moonlight parade, a couple of these with some hot tea or a glass of milk would be just the thing to wrap up a night of adventurous romps in your pajamas. Here's the link for the recipe if you'd like to try them next time you're out for a moonlight stroll with thumbs and strums and such.
Guest Links and Giveaways
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!