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A Conversation with Lindsay Bonilla, author of THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC: storytelling, music, arts, passion, and more!
Join Lindsay and me as we talk about her writing process, musical connections, storytelling, music, the value of the arts in the schools, tips for authors and so much more! Enjoy this great conversation and then get your hands on this book!
THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC
From the very first line, we know we're in for quite a romp. Hidden behind all the fun musical puns and sophisticated music vocabulary and content, is a sweet story that we can all relate to. Half note feels "not quite whole" , a bit left out, not enough. I know I can relate to half note's predicament sometimes. At the heart of this story is learning to value ourselves and to recognize that we bring a unique gift and perspective to every situation where we find ourself. But it is couched in a fun, cheeky story of a runaway note and the friends who cheerfully conspire to bring her home and let her know how much they appreciate and need her. Full of humor and wordplay, SEL heart, musical content and rich vocabulary, this book has many layers to please children and teachers alike!
Published by Page Street Kids, written by Lindsay Bonilla and illustrated by Mark Hoffman. For purchasing link, check out the Giveaway links section!
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Since the book talks about specifically Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, I'm including this piece. There are many other versions you could choose to use. I like this one because it's a little different, and it doesn't require any equipment. It also still emphasizes the half notes at the end of each phrase. If you don't prefer this one, there are lots more on the Pinterest boards and the YouTube playlist(s) that I'll link below next week. This one uses hand motions, but there are sheet music versions, boomwhacker versions and much more! Enjoy!
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
So many fun writing activities from this text:
Writing Tips from Lindsay Bonilla
1) Be authentic.
Read the work of others. Yes — read widely in the genre you want to write in, particularly books published in the last 5 years!! Be inspired by other writers, but find your own voice. Say what matters to you in the way that only you can say it.
2) Write what you can when you can.
If you don’t have a lot of time, don’t make that an excuse not to write. Scribble ideas in the margins. Write for 15 minutes or only 5 if that’s what you’ve got. When you don’t have time to sit down and write, write in your head. This is what I did (and still do!) when my children were very small, and I spent most of the day holding them, feeding them, putting them to sleep, etc.
Try to picture your story like a movie playing in your mind. See the characters and try to hear their voices. Then when you go to sit down to write something, you may have a more fully formed story waiting for you.
3) Lean on your friends.
The writing community is a great community. Make friends with other writers. Find critique partners who will give you honest feedback and who are willing to help you brainstorm. Do the same for them!
4) Have equal parts confidence and humility.
This is a hard business. You have to believe in yourself and your work. Sometimes this will mean speaking up for your vision for a project. At the same time, you have to be completely humble -- open to learning from others and willing to admit that there may be different (or even better!) ways of doing things than you had considered.
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist with lots of fun music activities for half note and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
YouTube playlist with tons of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star activities/versions
Pinterest board for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Pinterest board with half note activities and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
PBJamz Snack -- Peanut butter and Jelly Doughnuts!
Half note has a hole -- like a doughnut, so I thought these would be the perfect PBJ snacks to accompany this book! AND, these are relatively healthy -- or at least safe for those with allergies and food sensitivities. They look divine! and I'm sure they'll make everyone on your staff feel like they belong. They'll stop singing the blues and will be wholly devoted to you -- no half-noted (er, I mean half-hearted) accolades for these doughnuts! If you try them, let me know in the comments, and check out more recipes from Two Spoons: Recipes worth Sharing! Get the recipe for peanut butter and jelly doughnuts!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and children’s book author from North Canton, Ohio. She lives with her husband, two wild and creative kids (who believe themselves to be a Komodo dragon and lion, respectively), and her dog, Blitzen. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in theatre and religion at Northwestern University, she fell in love with folktales and world travel. Lindsay has performed interactive theatre, shared stories and taught workshops all over the world. These experiences have made her passionate about building understanding and relationships across cultures while inspiring the imagination. When she’s not writing or performing, she can be found building Legos with her kids as they brainstorm her next book idea.
To connect with Lindsay or purchase THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC, check out the links below. Please note, she has additional books available via her website.
To purchase THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC
Lindsay is generously giving away one copy of THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC. To be eligible, simply leave a comment below and you'll be entered into a drawing! One lucky winner will have a copy of Lindsay and Mark's beautiful book to keep!
3/16/2023 09:15:56 pm
Lindsay, thank you for sharing about your book. It sounds super fun. I love music and play guitar and piano and my daughter also plays ukulele. It is really great to see a book about notes. I can't wait to read this book and see the fun illustrations of notes. Good luck with the upcoming books with Penguin!
3/20/2023 02:29:28 pm
Thanks so much Suhasini! Wow, I love how musical you and your daughter are! Amazing! I really hope you enjoy the book. :)
3/19/2023 04:40:36 pm
This book sounds very interesting =)
3/20/2023 02:34:42 pm
Destiny Love Lawyer
3/19/2023 04:40:43 pm
This book looks like so much fun! I know both my children and students would love it. I also like the brain break video above.
3/20/2023 02:34:15 pm
Thanks Destiny!! :) Yes, Tonnye found such a cool video activity to go with the book!
3/19/2023 05:22:53 pm
The book sounds super fun! I love music and can't wait to read it. Thank you, also, for the writing tips :)
3/20/2023 02:32:10 pm
Thanks Rosalba! Glad you found the tips helpful!
3/20/2023 06:00:36 am
I enjoyed the interview, and hearing about how this delightful book came about! Congratulations, Lindsay!
3/20/2023 02:31:02 pm
Thanks so much, Steena!! Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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