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

5 Reasons Plum Creek Fest is Plum Perfect

1) The People

So many amazing authors, illustrators and literacy experts.  Check out this year's line up. It was insane. 

(Upper Left) Author/Illustrator Salina Yoon, (Upper Right) Festival Director Dylan Teut, (Bottom Left) Author/Illustrator Brian Floca, and (Bottom Right) Author/Illustrator Bob Shea (to name a few).

(Upper Left) Author/Illustrator Salina Yoon, (Upper Right) Festival Director Dylan Teut, (Bottom Left) Author/Illustrator Brian Floca, and (Bottom Right) Author/Illustrator Bob Shea (to name a few).

2) The Attendees

Cool kids, invested educators. 

Soon to be teachers who attended my session!  

Soon to be teachers who attended my session!  

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3) The Energy

I felt inspired and supported by the amazing Plum Creek and Concordia community. 

I even wrote and performed a LITTLE TREE Song while I was there, inspired by Loren Long's beautiful book.  

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4) The Organization

It's very rare something runs smoothly and according to plan. This does! Thanks to the fab Dylan Teut. They even have cupcakes.

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5) The Support

CD Sales in the event bookstore! 

CD Sales in the event bookstore! 

Performing at the luncheon :) 

Performing at the luncheon :) 

Kind words that mean a ton.

I stumbled upon your videos on Facebook last week, and I want to tell you how much you’ve inspired me! I teach all 5 related arts subjects to k2-k5 and I immediately recognized that your songs are the perfect way for me to link library, music and art! I have spent lots of my spare time this week watching your videos (I’m obsessed) and learning ‘Louise’ on ukulele. Your songs are great and your love for music and books is contagious! Thanks so much for what you’re doing!
— Lauren Golden Smith, K2-K5 Arts Related Subjects
We had a great time celebrating International Dot Day with Peter Reynold’s wonderful book, The Dot & Emily Arrow’s The Dot Song 2nd grade made their mark with Dot Quilts. #Bisdpride
— Bess Brannen Elementary
I have a confession, I’ve already made a playlist on YouTube of all your songs with motions and we watch them every afternoon during snack and while we are packing up! The Dot Song is still their favorite but they love the others as well. Hopefully we will catch a live event soon too!
— - Stephen Wolfe, Kindergarten teacher in Birmingham