April 6, 2015
A few weeks ago I got a special package in the mail. I opened it to find two picture books.
It was from my friends at Cantata Learning, a new publishing company from Mankato, Minnesota
creating books for children 3-8 years old.
At first glance you see a beautifully illustrated picture book with an engaging story for young learners inside. Any child would absolutely love these stories being read to them.
These picture books were developed by publishing and early childhood experts.
The illustrations and text support early literacy skills, while introducing science, social studies and language arts themes addressing the multiple intelligences cited by Dr. Howard Gardner from Harvard University.
Now, for something that truly makes Cantata Learning stand out from the others.
As you open the cover of the books you will see a stamp on the front that invites the reader to the back of the book for music.
And not just any music…..Wonderful sing-along songs!
The books brings to life favorite classics like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Hickory Dickory Dock.
Cantata Learning use rhythm, rhyme, and beat in the music to “open up” pathways to learning. This will be very exciting for any librarian, classroom teacher, or music teacher who are already using music in their libraries and classrooms.
With Cantata, the songs and stories reinforce this learning too!
With each book, the lyrics and music are contained within the pages and each is accompanied by a CD that can be played with the story or alone.
And I love what else they have done with the music for each book.
Under the “Listen and Look” tab on the Cantata Learning website you can find each of the books they have available right now and stream the music right from the site. Teachers and librarians not only have access to this music at any time without even using the CD, but children and their families have access to it at home as well.
I was thinking about how many times we tell our kids they can’t bring the book with the CD home in case something is lost or broken. With Cantata Learning books they don’t have to. All you have to do is point out the URL to the songs in the book and make sure your students and parents know where to located everything.
You can also pay $1.99 for a download of the song.
By scrolling over the top of the book cover, you will see a little pink square link pop-up in the left-hand corner. You can click on that and it will take you…
to the page that plays the music. You just click on the white arrow in the long black box shown above.
Who wouldn’t just love reading 10 Little Kittens….looking at the fun illustrations of all the barn yard animals, counting, listening to music and singing along. It will be fun for them to read and share the book in the library or music room….then go back to their classroom to share with their teacher or home to share it with their families.
The sky is the limit!
And just look how great they look on my iPad! I loved reading it and listening to the music at the same time.
I really like how there is a Glossary towards the back that will further their understanding and use of the vocabulary contained in the book.
Also, on the very last page there is a To Learn More page that will take the learners, teachers, librarians and parents to more resources that will further the excitement around the book.
In the books focused around science and social studies topics, they have included Activities to further the learning experience.
Yesterday I had the pleasure speaking with Joan Berge, marketing consultant for the Cantata Learning team. It was so much fun hearing the story behind Cantata Learning and these wonderful new books.
She told me how her niece Katherine (Kat) Coughlan was “inspired with the idea of creating books that wouldsupport children by offering multiple languages with which to make meaning of their world and express themselves, including music, movement and art.”
So they came together to create a product for the youngest learners and also to help others, such as ESL students.
Joan said, “We do music for kids with educational content. Simple, traditional songs…..all the way to new songs like Nothing Cooler Than A Dinosaur.”
You can check out all of the books they have available on the Cantata Learning website. They are available in print and eBook format.
Make sure you check out the classics we all love like Hickory Dickory Dock, along with…
social studies topics, and….
amazing science topics too.
Cantata Learning is on Twitter at @CantataLearning and on Facebook.
Cantata Learning is an educational publisher, creating books and music audio that addresses content areas, especially for Pre-1 and Grades 1-3, using recognizable and original music, simple text and age-appropriate illustrations.
What a rich reading experience we can give our youngest learners with Cantata Learning books.