Congratulations, Jany Campana! You are the winner of a prize pack from Molly Ruttan! You'll receive a copy of the beautiful book and some super-fun swag to go with the awesome, wild book! I know you'll enjoy the prize! Thanks, Molly, for your generosity and thanks, Jany, for your support of PBJamz!
A Musical, Writerly discussion with Julie Hedlund
Come join Julie Hedlund and me as we have a fun conversation about the power of music, the power of revision, and the power of perseverance. We chat about the writing process and the musical connections, as well as a sneak peek at what's coming next for Julie Hedlund. If you're a Julie Andrews fan or a Julie Hedlund fan, you do not want to miss this conversation!
SONG AFTER SONG: THE MUSICAL LIFE OF JULIE ANDREWS
From the opening spread to the last lines, Julie Hedlund weaves a musical story of a musical life. Word after word, line after line, page after page she spins a web of story, capturing Andrews' struggles and triumphs in beautiful language that matches Julie Andrews' beautiful voice and indomitable spirit. The illustrator, Ilaria Urbinati, adds beautiful strands that complement the story! Shiny silhouettes and a reflective "undies" illustration are just two of the artistic highlights in this gorgeous book! As a fan, I found myself with tears in my eyes in a couple places, and closed the book with even more love and appreciation for Julie Andrews and her phenomenal and multi-stranded career.
Author: Julie Hedlund
Illustrator: Ilaria Urbinati
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2023
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Since PBJamz is all about musical connections, I think this is the perfect music video to feature! It's a wonderful video for music teachers to use to integrate pitch, solfege, and would also work beautifully to use with bells, boomwhackers or other color coded instruments for young students. If this one isn't what you need there are lots more videos on the YouTube playlist -- performances, movie music, music activities, and more. Peruse the list and I'm sure you'll find something suitable for your situation.
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
I've been using this book in my music classroom this week. The kids have enjoyed learning about her. and there are lots of follow-up ideas/topics/lessons you could teach from this book. I'll highlight a few here, and there are more on the Pinterest board in the links section, and in the YouTube playlist as well.
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing Tips from Julie
Three tips for aspiring writers:
1. READ way more picture books than you think you need to. Make sure most of them were published within the last 5 years so you'll understand the modern market for picture books. Certainly read the kind of books you want to write, but read beyond that, too. I only decided I wanted to write a PB biography after I read a bunch and fell in love with them.
2. WRITE way more picture books than you want to. (Notice the subtle change in the advice there?) Most beginners have an idea or maybe two that they're passionate about getting published, but the truth is, you have to write a LOT in order to get good enough to get published in today's market. And it's not enough to be working on the same 1 or 2 manuscripts (trust me, I've been there). The whole reason I started the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge is because I knew I needed to write lots more to find my voice and build a body of work.
3. FIND a writing community. Preferably one with other picture book creators. Nobody publishes books alone. You need people in your corner who can give you objective critiques of your work and know what the writing life is like. They'll be the ones to celebrate your successes and lift you up when the going gets tough. I'm going to squeeze in a 4th tip here too, which is to PERSEVERE. You WILL get published if you don't give up and have patience and joy in the process. A writing community helps immensely to keep things fun and joyful.
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist full of great music, performances, music activities, and more.
Pinterest board with many activities, music, and tons of teaching ideas and fun connections.
For a PBJ snack as sweet, delectable, rich, and full of complexity as Julie Andrews' voice, talent, personality, and career, look no further than this decadent salty-sweet treat, which will look equally at home at the tea table and in the school lunchbox. Give it a try and find lots of other great recipes at www.shugarysweet.com
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!