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Muffin Man Reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review May 26, 2016


4 out of 5 stars!

Most adults know the muffin man by now, but many will have never heard the story in quite this way! Author Blake Hoena has given the intrepid baker and his beloved Drury Lane bakery a new daily routine, turning the Muffin Man into an early riser who makes a wide variety of muffins to tempt the passers-by. At the end of the day, the store is empty and everyone is happy. This cute picture book is written in such a way that every page can be sung to the melody of the classic children’s song; in fact, the book even includes a CD featuring a recording of the full song, complete with toe-tappingly catchy music. Illustrations by Luke Flowers are delightfully cartoony, full of bright colors, and young readers will be smiling along with the people in the book as they go through every page. This is a fun addition to the library of any young reader, although parents might quickly get tired of hearing the song over and over again. Great for the preschool crowd.

Reviewed By Holly Scudero

Read the review on the San Francisco Book Review site.

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"I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee" Featured in Midwest Book Review’s Children’s Book Watch May 25, 2016


“I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee” is a book/CD combo that presents colorfully illustrated song lyrics telling the story of the song of the title, plus song lyrics and a written piano/vocal song sheet and a CD recording of the title song. Appealing to an audience age 3-8, this sing -along animal song series promotes early learning skills developments for physical, cognitive, and social and emotional learning. In addition to imaginative, expressive pictures of an adventurous girl who brings home a baby bumblebee, the book contains guided reading activities relating to the song and a glossary. Young children will relate to the nonsense aspect of the song and the pictures and enjoy singing the funny song.


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Cantata Learning Expands Team with Veteran Educational Publisher May 18, 2016

Award-winning author and editor of books for children andyoung adults will add her expertiseto the Cantata Learning team as Publisher.

sdrfNorth Mankato, MN—May 18, 2016— Cantata Learning, publisher of high-interest educational books and music, is pleased to announce that Patricia Stockland has joined the company as Publisher. In this role, Ms. Stockland will continue to grow the Cantata Learning catalog of titles as well as expand relationships with authors and musicians.

“We are thrilled to have Patricia join the Cantata Learning team,” said Katherine Coughlan Hobson, General Manager of Cantata Learning. “Her experience in the educational publishing industry will be invaluable to us. She understands the types of books and music that captivate children while at the same time provide rich learning experiences.”


Free Coloring Sheets for Our Favorite Teachers! May 2, 2016


This week is all about teachers and celebrating the awesome job you do! In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016) and Teacher Appreciation Day (May 3, 2016), we’re giving free coloring sheets to any teacher!

Each of the ten coloring sheets coordinates with a Cantata Learning song. You’ll find all the songs on our web site. They are free to stream or download to your smartphone or tablet.

Enjoy your special week!

Complete the form below to download the printable coloring sheet.


Put The A (Arts) In Your STEAM Curriculum (And All Day) With Cantata Learning! April 21, 2016


Teacher Librarian Shannon McClintock Miller shared a wonderful presentation on April 21, 2106 during TLA 2016.

Take a look at the presentation slides to learn:

  • How books with music support Common Core Curriculum Standards and early literacy.
  • How to use Cantata Learning books in STEAM and other curriculum content areas.
  • Musical makerspace ideas

Shannon shares amazing resources and ideas so download the presentation now!