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 http://johnettedowning.com
Reading Rocks Kids Music CD Giveaway Details:
Reading Rocks CD Giveaway Dates: October 18- November 2, 2012 Midnight CST
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