Keep A Poem In Your Pocket this April - Music & Poetry

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? To me, lyrics are poetry so I love celebrating the art of creative writing. Since Poem In Your Pocket Day is coming up on April 27th, here are some ways you can celebrate poetry along with me all month!

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Also, check out some of my favorite poetry picture books including:

Shoutout in Publisher's Weekly: THEY ALL SAW A CAT Song

"One of the more unusual aspects of the promotional push is an original They All Saw a Cat song and video, replete with hand motions, by singer-songwriter Emily Arrow, who has created tunes for several other Chronicle books. Kids have been singing and playing along at various appearances and online, according to Chronicle senior children’s book publicist Lara Starr."

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4 Reasons To Give a Ukulele As A Gift

1: It's Simple To Learn

From kids to parents to teachers, ukulele is a simple instrument with only four strings. All size fingers can reach most chord shapes.

I recommend beginning ukulele with kiddos ages 6 and up. 

One of my favorite books for beginning adults is THE DAILY UKULELE.

2: The Price Is Right

Ukuleles are affordable and accessible. There are three popular sizes of ukuleles. Soprano, tenor, and bass. I recommend tenor ukuleles and swear by the brand Kala. Here are my uke gift recommendations:

Kala Soprano Ukulele $54.99

Kala Tenor Ukulele $74.99

Kala Tenor Acoustic-Electric (like mine) $229.00

*Tip: If you dip below spending around $50, you'll end up with a "toy" that won't stay in tune and will ultimately frustrate vs. inspire. It's worth the investment to give a quality gift.

3: Take it anywhere.

Ukuleles are durable and portable. You can practice in the backseat of a car, in a park, at school-everyone loves to watch! Plus, learn to play all of your favorite songs after learning about 4 chord shapes. 

Funny story: I began playing my Kala ukulele in a burrito shop in Boston! You can literally learn anywhere.

4: A Gift That Will Keep On Giving

At author/illustrator Ashlyn Anstee's NO NO GNOME book launch this spring at Once Upon A Time Bookshop.

At author/illustrator Ashlyn Anstee's NO NO GNOME book launch this spring at Once Upon A Time Bookshop.

Music is a lifestyle, a hobby, a communal activity. The gift of an instrument could be the start of a kid's future music career or lifelong appreciation for the arts. A ukulele could be the first step for a tired teacher to have a new excitement about her classroom for the new year. An instrument is an opportunity to add an extra bit of joy in someone's life. How can you resist? :)

 

 

 

Photos in article by Alex Crawford Photography.

Spooky & Silly Facebook Live Show - Weds 10/19!

Prepare for our spooky and silly show by reading these awesome fall books: 
-CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger & Dan Santat
-YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer & Goro Fujita
       *watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFEoISs7ai0
-LEO: A GHOST STORY by Mac Barnett & Christian Robinson
       *watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6bgx_amHJY