Reading Rocks Kids Music CD Giveaway

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.)  Being that I grew up largely in Cajun Country, I couldn’t resist this CD for my kids to get some Lousiana heritage and spice.  As an added bonus, the CD gets them jazzed about reading and it has all the lyrics printed so you can read along to them.

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.  “If you want your child to read, read,” says Downing.   This simple 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, and Family Review Center.

Praise For Reading Rocks CD:

“With her signature mix of Dixieland jazz, Cajun, Creole, and zydeco rhythms, Downing creates an irresistible musical jubilee.”
— Los Angeles Times

“Bonnie Raitt move over!  There’s a new(er) blues belter in town.  And she’s easy on the ears.  New Orleans singer-songwriter Johnette Downing has a velvet set of pipes, but instead of using them to sing of men who’ve done her wrong, she’s belting out tunes about penguins and stingrays, crawfish and hermit crabs.”

My 5 and 7 year old love listening to Reading Rocks when they go to bed at night.  Their favorite story song is “Why the oyster has its pearl.”

Check out Johnette’s website at

Reading Rocks Kids Music CD Giveaway Details:

One lucky reader will win one Reading Rocks Kids Music CD by Johnette Downing ($15 value).

Reading Rocks CD Giveaway Dates:  October 18- November 2, 2012 Midnight CST

How to Enter:  Enter through rafflecopter- just sign into the widget and click the entries you want to complete. (If you want to express your opinion on the giveaway entry form, please do so in this poll.)

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Giveaway Rules:
Open USA and Canada, age 18+ to enter. Winner announced right here on November 3, 2012. Thanks for entering and good luck! I will select the winner through rafflecopter and notify by email. Winner must respond within 5 days or the prize will be forfeited. Your email will not be shown and will be kept private.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY AND VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

I was provided with the CD in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions.  I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I like the books! I’m most interested in Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud

  2. I like the Silly Singalongs CD!

  3. The Amazon Alphabet book looks good

  4. i like that she encourages education thru music

  5. Would love the oyster book!

  6. Tammy1409 says:

    I didn’t realize that she wrote books, as well as music.

  7. i like that she is not only a musician but also an author! very cool!

  8. Jennifer Moore says:

    I like the oyster book

  9. Mary Dailey says:

    I think it’s great that she’s a musician and writes books too!

  10. I like the books

  11. Like the oyster book

  12. Like the cds my nephew would love them.

  13. I would love to win this prize.

  14. The singalong cds would be big hits here

  15. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    why the oyster has the pearl book

  16. Stephanie Larison says:

    She’s won a lot of awards!

  17. I would love this for my son.

  18. I would also love to read her book Why the Opossum Has a Large Grin:-)

  19. Love that she includes the lyrics

  20. I didn’t realize she wrote books and sang songs. I like how she links them up together.

  21. I would love this for my niece since she’s just learning how to read! plus she loves music! what a great combo!

  22. Love how she incorporates music into education. It’s such a great way to get children interested in learning!

  23. Joni Owada says:

    I think my kids would love them all, but if I had to choose just one..perhaps Amazon Alphabet book!

  24. Love the different book activities:)

  25. Suzanne Warren says:

    Love it!

  26. Why the Crawfish lives in the mud looks like fun

  27. I loved the fun resources section with ideas for kids!

  28. I like her books, especially “today is monday in…” state books

  29. I love that she is both an author and a musician.

  30. My kids love both books & CDs!

  31. Wow – there are tons of great resources and I love the music and the writing on the site.

  32. Mike Davis says:

    Awesome site– great things for all my kids– I like the crawfish Lives in the Mud

  33. I love all the photos of children dancing and having fun at her concerts. What fun!

  34. Brandy Fisk says:

    I liKe that he is geared to help children.

  35. The Boogie for Bugs CD looks like fun!

  36. Kym oneill says:

    Silly songs

  37. CD’s look fun, gumbo in the pot

  38. The Wild & Woolly Wiggle Songs CD looks good. :)

  39. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like The Oyster Book!

  40. I like the Silly Singalongs CD.

  41. The cds all look great. My daughter never stops singing, she’d love them!

  42. Diane Baum says:

    Very cool and fun resources for children

  43. I like the Why the Possum has a Large Grin book :)

  44. Mel Bjorgen says:

    Silly sing along looks great!

  45. Jamie Martin says:

    Amazon Alphabet.

  46. love it

  47. Wayne Lecoy says:

    Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win The
    Reading Rocks Kids Music CD By Johnette Downing
    In Response To Your Requirement To Please take a look at Johnette Downing website and leave a comment here on this blog post with something you like.
    I Liked That You Can Go To The “Store”
    Section Of Her Website
    And Buy Her CDS And Books.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!

  48. kathy pease says:

    i like the Wild & Woolly Wiggle Songs cd

  49. Laurie Emerson says:

    I like the book Down in Louisiana.

  50. There Was An Old Lady
    Who Swallowed Some Bugs

  51. shirley zolenski says:

    I like the Amazon Alphabet book

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