Posts tagged ‘music’

Do your children enjoy music? Mine thrive on it – and so, it seems, do the children whose parents buy our Singalong Songs, and the families who like to spend time in our Oxford studio. I love to watch little ones sway and groove to the music we play as they explore the studio and its treasures.

Today, we are pleased to have guest blogger Eve (Agush) Costarelli*, an accomplished flamenco dance performer and instructor, teach us a little more about this beautiful, expressive art form and how it nurtures creativity. Read on to learn more!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Amber Guillet, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

This week’s podcast is based on an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is featured in The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera. In “The Magic Flute,” Prince Tamino sets out to rescue Princess Pamina from an evil wizard, but soon discovers that all is not what it seems. Be sure to tune in to see if Tamino is able to save Pamina, and read on for a chance to win!

We have some very exciting news to share! Our dear Bear, beloved by children all over the world, has been invited to participate in a very special symphony orchestra led by some of the finest musicians in the land. The Canton Symphony Orchestra in Canton, Ohio, will be bringing Bear to life through music for young people at their annual SymphonyLand series, which runs January 11 through April 19.

This past weekend, Rosi and Brian Amador* of the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto stopped by our Concord Studio for a rare family concert. They delighted the audience with live readings of The Parrot Tico Tango and Lola’s Fandango, and performances of songs from their award-wining children’s CD, “El Doble de Amigos/Twice as Many Friends.” For those of you who weren’t able to be there, here is a video of the event taken by a budding young videographer. Read on to see photos of the show!

Our book, Lola’s Fandango, has been generating all sorts of buzz lately, including a coveted starred review from Booklist! It tells a tale of classic sibling rivalry—so who could bring the characters to life better than a real family? Check out our video interview with Rosi, Brian, Alisa and Sonia Amador, the talents behind the voices of Mami, Papi, Clementina and Lola, and learn what it’s like to be a voice actor and how the Amadors are like Lola’s family. Be sure to read on for a Q & A with Rosi and Brian* for more behind-the-scenes details about the narration!

Treat yourself and the young music-lovers in your life to the latest animated video in our collection! Multi-talented SteveSongs is the author and performer of The Shape Song Swingalong, a colorful, fun-filled adventure in learning how to draw with basic shapes. We asked SteveSongs a few quick questions to learn more about him and the story behind this new Barefoot book.

We’ve recently had the extraordinary pleasure of working with two organizations that are all about helping kids have fun. Plain and simple. B. toys and Rabbit! Come again, you say? B. toys is a truly phenomenal toy brand created by Gisela Voss, a mom designer with the same focus on imagination, creativity, fun, and giving back to the community as our own mom co-founders, Nancy and Tessa. A few months back, Gisela and her merry team of toymakers introduced us to Rabbit!, the incredibly talented and full-of-life band, whose songs have appeared on SuperBowl commercials, on the Zappos Happiness Bus, and most recently, on the Crayola glow in the dark chalk commercials.