Last Week's Winners!!
Big congratulations to:
Brandy Bellittera! Brandy won a PB Critique from me. I can't wait to read one of your stories, Brandy!
Steena Hernandez! Steena won the copy of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Steena, I'll be in touch to get an address to mail the book!
Video Interview with Valerie Bolling, author of LET'S DANCE!
Join me as I interview Valerie Bolling, author of LET'S DANCE, about musical connections, teaching points, and her new projects!
And, stay tuned NEXT WEEK when Vivian Kirkfield is with me talking girl power, music and star power, discrimination and friendship with the book MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD. It is a PB Biography about the wonderful friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. Don't miss it! It drops next Thursday!
PB (Picture Book Tasting)
This book is an absolute joy! From the very short rhyming couplets to the diverse and beautiful illustrations, it exudes happiness and movement! There is one spread (2 pages) of back matter (informational text) in the back of the book that explains and gives a bit more detail about each dance and its place of origin. This book is a wonderful introduction of dances of the world and would be a tremendous addition to a classroom library for classroom teachers, music teachers, and dance teachers. It would be an integral part of a Music Around the World unit or a Dance Around the World unit, and would be a wonderful addition to a social studies unit focusing on world studies, dance, the continents, etc. For families, it is a beautiful bedtime book as the last spread ends with a child snuggled in bed counting sheep. There are so many amazing ways to use this beautiful book! Illustrated by Maine Diaz, published by Boyd Mill Press 2020.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
A super-sweet and fun little song -- perfect for Preschool - (maybe) 2nd grade. It goes through different body movements and how music makes our bodies want to move. It begs for interaction. You can download the music on Nancy's website
Teacher Tips/Curriculum Tie-ins
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts/Author Tips
Valerie offers writing classes. You can find out more here.
Beginning author tips from Valerie:
1. READ as many books as you can in the genre you intend to write. Some people say that you shouldn't write a picture book until you've read at least 100 of them.
2. STUDY the basics of writing by taking a class or going to writing conferences with workshops. I teach classes. Here's my page: https://www.westportwriters.org/valerie-bolling.
3. WRITE those ideas down and turn them into stories.
4. GET FEEDBACK on your stories. Find a critique group.
5. JOIN writing communities, like SCBWI, 12 X 12 Picture Book Challenge, and Black Creators HeadQuarters*.
*(if you’re Black, of course)
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
PBJamz Snack (Peanut Butter Dip with Fruit!)
Full confession -- this is not my picture :-(. I ran out of time this week and didn't actually try this recipe, but it is definitely on my radar. If you try it, let me know how it was. I'm planning to make it soon! Since we're talking about dancing this week, I wanted something light, but still full of protein, and this fit the bill as a very healthy and protein-rich snack!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Follow Valerie on Twitter
We still have 2 thumb drives of Annie Lynn's music available and
Valerie's publisher is kindly giving away a copy of the book LET'S DANCE
In order to be eligible for the giveaway, please comment below either:
1. A favorite dance memory
2. A tip for teachers for integrating more movement into their classrooms
3. Your favorite dance from the ones featured in the book LET'S DANCE.
if you are a teacher or NOT a teacher.
You must comment by Wednesday, March 9 at midnight EST to be eligible for the prize, but comments are welcome any time if you found something helpful or have a question!
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!