Sing Along

Dear Readeo Friends,

Have you ever thought of songs as a way into literacy? With their repeated refrains, familiar songs can be a great way to help young children recognize words as they spot them over and over.

We’ve added two song-based children’s books to our library, THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER and ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT by Iza Trapani. You may recognize Trapani’s style—her sunny palette as well as the way she builds a story on top of song lyrics—from JINGLE BELLS, also in our Readeo Library.

In her version, the Itsy Bitsy Spider also makes its way into the kitchen, and ROW, ROW, ROW, YOUR BOAT stars a bear family in search of a picnic site. These two selections were suggested by one of our Readeo subscribers, early childhood educator Dale Bodenstein. Thanks, Dale! We’ll be adding more song storybooks over the coming weeks.


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With all my best,

Jenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publishers Weekly.  She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.

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