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I have been a professional musician since I was fifteen, and after touring with a national band doing lead guitar and vocals for ten years, left my nightclub days behind to sing with my own kids. Then other kidsÖ and lots and lots of kids who are now parents themselves! Along the way I became passionate about the connection between early literacy and music, and began presenting workshops for teachers and librarians nationally and internationally, where Iíve developed a reputation for creating songs and materials that are simple and easy to use.

In 2012 I added a new website, SingWithOurKids.com, devoted to educating parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents and other caregivers about the unique role singing plays in early literacy. In addition to lots of free resources and information, it also has over 100 traditional songs and lyrics for anyone to download with great tips from performers, librarians, and other professionals on how they use the songs to help children get ready to read.

Here are some of the awards Iíve won along the way.

  • Ala Notable Childrenís Recording
  • Multiple Parentsí Choice Awards
  • WLA Visionary Award for Service to You
    (Iím honored to be the only non-library staff person to receive this prestigious award)

Awarded to "Rhythm of the Rocks"

Awarded to "Singin' Sidesaddle"