We are jumping (singing?) for joy over at Zoobean. Why? The Laurie Berkner will be joining us as a Zoobean Expert on Air! RSVP here to join live (kids welcome!) at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on April 24.
We will talk about everything from her own journey, to her new show on Sprout, to the importance of music in kids' lives. And, of course we will leave plenty of time for singing!
Singing with children is so critically important and is a fun, easy way for parents to build literacy and language with kids. But who wants to sing "Twinkle Twinkle" over and over and over again? Thank goodness for Laurie Berkner, whose albums are consistently innovative and addictive for parents and kids alike!
Laurie has performed on The Today Show, Nick Jr., and now has her own show, Sing It, Laurie! on the kids' channel, Sprout. She is a mom herself, and a force of musical nature! We cannot wait to welcome her to the show!
To celebrate our awesome guest, we are hosting a giveaway of Laurie's newest album, Laurie Berkner Lullabies. We promise, you will love it!!!
More About Laurie
Laurie has released multiple best-selling, award winning CDs (Whaddaya Think Of That; Buzz Buzz; Victor Vito; Under A Shady Tree; Rocketship Run; The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band and A Laurie Berkner Christmas), and DVDs (We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band and Party Day!). She has authored four books based on her songs, including two Barnes & Noble NOOK Kids™ e-books. Her first lullaby album, Laurie Berkner Lullabies, is due out in April, 2014.
These days critics widely acknowledge Laurie’s major contribution toward launching what is now dubbed the progressive “kindie rock” movement – i.e. less saccharine, more rocking music that is not dumbed down for children. But it wasn’t simply an enormous amount of talent that helped create an entire genre and skyrocketed Laurie to her current position as “the queen of children’s music” (People Magazine). It was an ability to gain parents’ enthusiasm for the songs as well. According to Laurie, “When I’m writing a song, I’m thinking about whether the kids will like it and whether I’m going to connect to them through it. I’m also thinking about whether I want to sing it over and over again, so I guess that’s the part that connects with adults. Old MacDonald Had A Farm is a great song for kids, but I couldn’t sing it 100 times!”