Barefoot Singalongs

    

These two books from the publisher Barefoot Books include music CDs where the story is sung. 

The first, Dragon on the Doorstep by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Debbie Harter, sung by Fred Penner, is a very cute story of two children who keep on finding wild animals throughout their house.  The animals follow them from place to place and children can spot their tails or ears in the illustrations.  Finally it is revealed that it is all a big game of hide and seek.  The illustrations are light and colorful.  The song that accompanies the book is lilting and fun.

The second, The Journey Home from Grandpa’s by Jemima Lumley, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, is a repeating story with a chorus.  This works very very well with the accompanying CD.  The song is a simple one that children will enjoy listening to.  The illustrations in this book are loose and charming.  It is certainly a story that will have transportation loving preschoolers coming back again and again.

In both cases, the CDs include instrumental versions of the music, allowing talented children’s librarians, parents and teachers to sing along on their own.

Teen Book Video Awards

The Book Standard is expanding its Book Video Awards to include a Teen Edition this year.  Working with Random House, the Teen Book Video Awards will feature films of How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.  The videos will be online starting November 29th.