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Three Times Lucky with Rekha Rajan and THIS IS MUSIC!
I LOVE what I do here at PBJamz! I have been blessed with learning about so many lovely books that integrate music in such amazing and interesting ways. But I also have made some fabulous friends along the way. This is Rekha's third PBJamz visit, as we are chatting about the third installment of her board book series THIS IS MUSIC. I thoroughly enjoy talking with Rekha each time and hope that someday we get to meet live and in person. Not only is she a great friend, but a fantastic author, musician, professor and more! We love chatting -- talking music, teaching, writing, publishing, read alouds, and more. You get just a little piece of our conversation here, but I think you'll find it a great way to spend 30 minutes of your time. Check out all the cool content below and be sure to leave us a comment to be entered for 3 generous book giveaways! Keep reading to find out more!
THIS IS MUSIC: STRINGS by Rekha Rajan
This third installment picks up where the other ones left off -- we've kept a beat and we blew our horns. Now, we learn about strings. Two of the things I love about this series is that Rehka does a wonderful job of introducing kids to multicultural instruments, AND she integrates great musical vocabulary throughout the series. There's a lot to love though -- these beautiful and colorful illustrations (by Tania Yakunova), the interactive element of the book, the rhythm and musicality of the text. Rekha packs a lot into a little board book. By the way, just because it's a board book doesn't mean it's JUST for little kids. Sure, it's perfect for them, and how wonderful to introduce infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to lots of musical content at a young age, but these books are also fabulous for introducing primary students to musical concepts: how sound is made/what vibrates to create sound, families of instruments/ways to group sounds, musical vocabulary, the concepts that music is all around us and that you can create music yourself using everyday objects! Because of that, they're equally wonderful at home, in a preschool/daycare setting, and in primary school! There's a lot to love in these little board books!
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
This song is better suited to the littles, but it's a lot of fun and goes through several different string instruments. One thing that might be fun after the book is to make a list of all the string instruments you can think of and then sing them into this song. If this is not right for you, there are lots more pieces below in the YouTube playlist and on the Pinterest board. Check the links section.
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
There are lots of ways you could use this book at home, in a daycare setting, or in a primary school setting.
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
For music teachers, there are even more ways to use THIS IS MUSIC: STRINGS.
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing Tips from Rekha
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist with videos about strings as a family, specific instruments, songs, demonstrations, and lots more! These are perfect complements to THIS IS MUSIC: STRINGS
Pinterest board with over 50 teaching ideas, photos of instruments, DIY instruments and various activities
PBJamz Snack -- PBJabobs
These little PBJ kabobs remind me of treats on a string, which seems appropriate for this episode. I found this on Pinterest, attributed to happinessishomemade.net. I couldn't find the recipe on their site, but thankfully it looks pretty simple:
Cut a PBJ sandwich into small squares and layer on skewers with fruits of your choice (pictured are bananas, strawberries, and grapes it looks like. You could vary this one in many ways depending on what you have on hand! What a fun string of yums!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Check out Rekha's links, visit her website, order her books (Review them and request them from your library as well!!). Visit and follow her on socials and see how and where you can connect! Make sure you leave a comment below so you're eligible for her giveaways!
To buy THIS IS MUSIC: STRINGS from Amazon
Rehka's Amazon page (with all her books)
Rehka's Goodreads page
Rekha has graciously offered up a copy of THIS IS MUSIC: STRINGS & a couple of ARCs (Advance reading copies) of her up-and-coming book DANCE LIKE A PEACOCK! That means this episode will have 3 winners! All you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment below! Good luck!
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!