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.