and Download Music…
A Soup Opera
2010 Notable Children’s Book & Recording Award — American Library Association
Illustrated by David Moose
The orchestra tunes. The audience is filled with anticipation. The conductor brings the musicians to attention. The opera begins!
A Soup Opera is a richly illustrated story about a man, a bowl of soup and the man’s operatic and comically frustrating quest to eat it. Additional characters in the cast include a chef, a police officer and the President of the United States! The book is based on a silly concert piece that Jim performs with symphony orchestras throughout the country.
With inspiration from an orchestrated CD (included), children and parents will enjoy playfully singing the story together. Classroom teachers and librarians will enjoy the opportunity to dramatize the book with children using the CD recording as accompaniment.
It is truly a book to read, sing and play!
May There Always Be Sunshine
2015 Illinois Reads Selection
Winner of the 2002 Book Award from the Philadelphia Children’s Museum
Illustrated by Susie Signorino-Richards
This hardcover book, based on a Russian folk song, is a gorgeous celebration of children’s thoughts and ideas. It’s a great morning, afternoon, and bed time book to read and sing.
The book was also created in the hopes that teachers, parents and children might begin to create books together filled with their own ideas of what they would like there to always be. Thanks to the hundreds of people who have sent me copies of “May There Always Be…” books they have created with children using crayons, markers, construction paper and staples!
When we inspire children to “play” in this way, creation becomes a habit… and so does the reading!