Award-Winning New Orleans Children’s Musician & Author Gets Kids Jazzed About Reading
Oct. 13 – Maple Street Book Shop -New Orleans
“With her signature mix of Dixieland jazz, Cajun, Creole, and zydeco rhythms, Downing creates an irresistible musical jubilee.” – Los Angeles Times
“New Orleans native Johnette Downing whips up a savory jambalaya of blues-and Dixie-flavored tunes.” – FamilyFun Magazine
Multi-award-winning New Orleans singer/songwriter, children’s musician, and children’s book author JohnetteDowning gets kids jazzed about reading with her 10th studio CD, Reading Rocks!The album interweaves eleven lively songs with readings from five of Johnette’s beloved picture books, including her newest trickster tale, Why the Possum Has a Large Grin.
To celebrate the album’s release and the book’s publication, Johnette invites families to bop into books and swing into song at a rockin’ and rollin’ CD and Book Release Party at 11:30 a.m. onSaturday, October 13 at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple Street, NewOrleans.
Fans can look forward to a singing storytime gone fun, as Johnette reads from Why the PossumHas a Large Grin and sings a sampling of songs from Reading Rocks! Refreshments, crafts, prizes, and giveaways are sure to have little partygoers grinning from ear to ear.
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.” With Reading 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!
Johnette Downing has won twenty-one national awards, including honors from Parents’ Choice,NAPPA, iParenting Media, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media, Family Choice Awards, andFamily Review Center.
Dubbed a “Musical Ambassador to Children” and a “Pied Piper for Louisiana music traditions,” Johnette brings the spicy flavors of her home state to live performances and workshops around the world, in venues in Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Indonesia and the Philippines. She is dedicated to celebrating childhood, nurturing cultural exchanges, and fostering learning, language, and literacy through her music, books andeducator workshops.