Kidsmomo Podcast #41: “Face the Music”

February 8th, 2011 by

Prepare yourself for one of the terrible puns you’ve come to expect from Kidsmomo… Ready? Here we go…

From an 8th-grade jazz drummer to the Fab Four, from a song for Chicago to a tune for a New  York neighborhood, our latest podcast will surely be music to your ears! That’s because it’s all about music!

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  • “Just Beat It” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Chicago and NYC — the theme songs of our lives
  • “You say you want a revolution…” — aka our music book picks (Lemonade Mouth and Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!)
  • A review from YOU (Notes from a Midnight Driver)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books for Black History Month! So send us a review of your favorite book in honor of Black History Month, and check out our picks for books this theme.

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Black History Month booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or show off to your teacher if you want to look good!)

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

February 1st, 2011 by

This book trailer for Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Music theme. For more on Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, check out our “Face the Music” podcast.

What would you do if one day your most important problem was how to get your crush to notice you, and then BAM — the next day, you found out your little brother had cancer? What if your only claim to fame was being the drummer in All-City Jazz Band — not exactly a medical miracle? How would you use music to help your family?

Those are the questions facing the protagonist in Jordan Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Watch our video to meet him.

Ready to Rock? Books About Music!

January 25th, 2011 by

A budding musician’s first piano recital. A local competition for expert violinists. A kid’s introduction to jazz during the Harlem Renaissance. And the inside scoop behind the lives of The Beatles. Like a medley of different songs, this booklist covers a variety of tunes — from classical composers to contemporary RAWK. Pump up the volume with these books about music (in no particular order):

Fiction:

  1. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes (Karen’s pick)
  2. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
  3. Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
  4. The Mozart Season by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  5. Fame School series by Mariah Fredericks
  6. Fiddle Fever by Sharon Arms Doucet
  7. Mountain Solo by Jeanette Ingold
  8. The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia MacLachlan

Nonfiction:

  1. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music that Changed the World by Bob Spitz (Nancy’s pick)
  2. All Shook Up: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley by Barry Denenberg
  3. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and Rock Out!!
  4. Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought), written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Music booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or keep by the computer while you surf iTunes!)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about music.

UPDATE 2/8/11: We revealed the answer to our Music Mystery Book Theater in the “Face the Music” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen and Nancy make fun of one of their friends &#151 always a delight!