I had the great pleasure of being a special guest on Fox 8 TV WVUE today to talk about my WHY THE POSSUM HAS A LARGE GRIN book and my READING ROCKS! CD. Here is the link to the segment.
Multi-award-winning New Orleans singer/songwriter, children’s musician, and children’s book author Johnette Downing gets kids jazzed about reading with her 10th studio CD, Reading Rocks! (Wiggle Worm Records, $15.00, run time 49 minutes, for ages 2 – 8.)
Two years in the making, Reading Rocks! is Johnette Downing’s first album to combine spoken word with music. The CD interweaves readings from five of Johnette’s beloved picture books, including her newest, Why the Possum Has a Large Grin (Pelican Publishing, fall 2012), with eleven lively songs that range in style from bluegrass to rock, as well asfinger plays and limericks, all designed to motivate youngsters and reluctant readers to roll into the library and bop into books.
Johnette Downing, who brings a dash of “Louisiana Spice” to her concerts worldwide, has been praised by Gambit Weekly for “her ability to translate Louisiana music into mini-parties for her kid fans. In the great Louisiana tradition, Johnette sees her role not just as a performer, but as a spark to get her audiences up and dancing.” WithReading Rocks!, Johnette hopes to get kids up and reading, too!
Writing and performing music for children has been Johnette Downing’s passion since 1990; the first of her ten CDs was recorded in 1992 and the first of her twelve children’s books was published in 2006. In addition to maintaining a full schedule as a performer and author, Johnette Downing is an educator who travels the world teaching parents and other educators how to use music to foster a love of reading. The very first tip she offers in her presentations is, “If you want your child to read,read.” This simple, but true, insight is at the heart of Reading Rocks!
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