Emily Arrow has a new cd coming out April 7th (you can still preorder). I got to listen to the sneak peek of the cd and I just kept listening. This cd will have the song Be A Friend based on Salina’s book!!
Emily’s music has helped me find lots of good books. I really like it when she turns a book into a song. It helps you look at the book differently.
I recommend her cds to teachers, librarians and parents! I am ordering a bunch for my cousins and friends!
Social media/website: http://www.EmilyArrow.com, twitter:helloemilyarrow
Tell me a little about you: I created a genre of music called KidLit Tunes, or songs about my favorite books written for kids! I have a ukulele named Bow and I perform all over the country and create videos and songs while I travel.
How did you start writing songs about books? I was an elementary music teacher and I wanted to start using books in my music classroom. I couldn’t find many musical resources online that went with the books so I decided to create my own!
Do you have a favorite kid author?
How do you pick the books you write a song about? I pick the books based on a few things: the illustrations, the titles, and the way the book makes me feel. Sometimes I totally love a book but it’s not right for a storytime. Or sometimes I love the illustrations but the the title is too long for a song. I always know a right match for a song the first time I read it.
Do you have a favorite song you wrote? I love performing the BE A FRIEND Song inspired by the book by Salina Yoon. It’s so funny to watch audience members do “jazz hands!” with me!
One of my favorite authors is Peter H. Reynolds.
He creates the most inspiring picture books and every time I read one, I feel brave and creative.
Do you have a recommendation for kids who want to write songs?
I would recommend learning an instrument. Ukulele is a great place to start because it’s a bit simpler than guitar and is a fun instrument to write song with.
Is there a book you really want to write a song about?
Tons!! I’m working on a song about the book PENGUIN PROBLEMS
by Jory John right now and haven’t finished the verses yet. I have a huge list in a notebook of all of the books I want to write songs about. I add more songs every time I go to a bookstore and feel inspired!
Note: in exchange for continuing to call my brother “Annoying Little Brother” here, I am letting him write a guest review.
Annoying little brother here and I am reviewing Tim Kubart. He is a musician. He is a host on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up show. He is also Tambourine Guy for Postmodern Jukebox. He has two albums and won a Grammy for his most recent one. I don’t know what a Grammy is but it is a trophy.
I love Tim Kubart. I am his biggest fan. I dressed as Tim for Halloween. I met him at a concert. We even stayed in same hotel!
I listen to his album Home a lot. My favorite song is Breakfast Club. My sister says she is tired of hearing it. It make me want to dance and sing very loud!
I am going to move this summer so I am listening to Moving Day. It will make moving day easier. I like jobs at the house.
I really really recommend his album. He is the best.
Tim’s best friend is a tap dancer named Jumpsuit Alex. I now do ballet and tap because of him.
Annoying little brother
(Bridget’s note: I like Tim’s music even though I claim not to. Shh, don’t spill my secret to my brother)
Emily Arrow writes songs based on books. My favorite song is “Are we there yeti” . The book is by Ashlyn Anstee. It is a fun song.
I listen to the cd at bedtime. Some times we hear it on the radio. I love singing along to the songs.