About “SING BOOKS WITH EMILY” (& Emily, too)
Items on this page include:
- ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
- REGARDING THE MERITS OF MUSIC AND SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
- INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS AND MUSIC AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL
- ABOUT THE SINGABLE BOOKSHELVES
- ABOUT SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG
- ABOUT SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE PROGRAM IN PERSON
- SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE MISSION STATEMENT
- ABOUT EMILY, THE PERFORMER (Singer and Actor)
- RECOGNITION, AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS
Sing Books with Emily, a singing storytime, singing illustrated songs.
Sing a song to a child.
The child and the song
are both beautiful.
The child may some day
share that song
with someone else,
bridging the generations and
making something beautiful
that will last.
Sing Books with Emily is a singing storytime with Singable Picture Books. A Sing Books with Emily gathering is 30-45 minutes of live, educational performing arts joyously delivered by a professional vocalist. Sing Books with Emily programs fit comfortably in most any setting where children and their caregivers can gather to celebrate the marvelous combination of picture books and song.
ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Singable Picture Books are illustrated songs or poems that have been set to music and can be sung. To put it another way, Singable Picture Books are illustrated books you can sing. Or, you could say a Singable Picture Book is a song that has been illustrated. Lyrics are printed on the page and pictures illustrate the thoughts, story and action.
“SING BOOKS” IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST SINGING SONGS WITH PICTURE BOOKS. IT IS EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT
I like to share with the children that the songs we sing together (and every Singable Picture Book in this blog) represent many genres of American song, including The Great American Songbook, Art Song, Country, Folk, Broadway and Bluegrass. Many of these songs have important cultural relevance and are loaded with educational content like science, geography, poetry, history, music, art, civics, and robust vocabulary.
I am passionately dedicated to the cause of enriching the lives of children (educators, caregivers, and anyone with an open heart) through song and Singable Picture Books.
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY “MESSAGE” IDEAS
Friends, I am not a marketer.
I’m obviously still (and will probably always be) working on my “message.” Mostly, what I want to do is find, research and make music and then perform for kids in libraries and classrooms…everything else just gives me a little headache.
I’m listing these things, little clips of “promo” I’ve come up with to help me in some day editing everything into a simple coherent message. Until then, I’ll keep gathering…stuff like this:
- Educational & cultural enrichment singing illustrated songs.
- Sing Books with Emily is a singing storytime with Singable Picture Books. Emily combines music and illustrated songs in a fun, educational, interactive, and engaging performance for children, caregivers, educators, and anyone with a love of song. Read more about it on Emily’s blog: www.SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com
- Sing Books with Emily is a singing storytime with Singable Picture Books. A Sing Books with Emily gathering is 30-45 minutes of live, educational performing arts joyously delivered by a professional vocalist. Sing Books with Emily programs fit comfortably in most any setting where children and their caregivers can gather to celebrate the marvelous combination of picture books and song.
Printable Sing Books with Emily Informational Flyer
To view or print this flyer, click here:
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REGARDING THE MERITS OF MUSIC AND SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Singable Picture Books preserve and convey our musical heritage. By singing these songs (using the books as vehicles to convey the words, stories, ideas and images), and sharing the songs with each other (especially children!), we participate in the human history of the songs by giving them life and interpreting their stories and ideas in the present day. When we sing with children, we gift these songs (and the experience of sharing them) to future generations.
Singing makes people happy and it is good for the brain (the heart and soul, too). Singing the text of a book to children offers opportunities for sharing magical experiences and helps them learn to read. When you put singing and reading together, you’ve got yourself a recipe for joy, discovery, and brilliant fun.
Music makes community (creating a positive, beautiful common experience) and brings people together in a way that nothing else can. Singable Picture books are a wonderful vehicle to share music (using words and pictures) with children.
Emily’s missive, “Reason to Sing”
INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Lots more information and many more of Emily’s thoughts about Singable Picture Books and the Power of Music, here:
Discover the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books in the Singable Bookshelves:
Titles A-E: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-a-m/
Titles F-J: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-f-j/
Titles K-O: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-k-o/
Titles P-S: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-n-z/
Titles T-Z: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/bookshelf-2-u-z/
Illustrated Songs, organized alphabetically by title, are added daily, so please check it often for more Singable Picture Book fun!
Discover Articles and Online Resources Expressing the Many Benefits and Virtues of Singable Picture Books:
ABOUT SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG
In this blog, I explore the subject of Singable Picture Books and all the elements that go into making them so special, including discussion on the lyrics, music, illustrations, song history, lyricists, composers, illustrators and sing along accompaniment.
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY (the Blog) is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, caregivers and anybody who loves songs, books, children, and the young at heart. Each post is categorized to make Singable Book Titles, Song History, Lyrics (etc!) easy to find.
The posts and pages in this blog are perpetually UNDER CONSTRUCTION. As the posts about specific Singable Picture Books (or subjects related to them) are intended to be resources, the entries will be edited as information is discovered.
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS: Ways to Describe them:
- Illustrated Song
- Book to Sing
- Sing Me a Story
- Musical Book
- Musical Picture Book
- Picture Book Based on a Song
- Singable Book
- Singable Picture Book
- Book with Music
- Picture Book with Music
- Children’s Songs Made into Picture Books
- Singable Story
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BLOG MISSION BULLET POINTS
The purpose and mission of the Sing Books with Emily blog is to recognize the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books and with its components:
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG IS:
- a Singable Picture Books catalogue
- a cabinet of curiosities for Singable Picture Books
- a museum of Singable Picture Books where each post is a mini-exhibit
- a wonderland of Singable Picture Books
- a Singable Picture Book library
- a Musicological Romp through the Wonderful World of Singable Picture Books
- a Musicological journey through the Wonderful World of Singable Picture Books
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG, POSTS AS EVOLVING EXHIBITS
I like to think of each one of my posts as evolving exhibits about the song, Singable Picture Book, artists, or subject depicted in the post. So when I find new information or have a new experience, I will add that to the post.
ABOUT SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE PROGRAM IN PERSON
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY is a “Singing Storytime.” Emily SINGS picture books made from your favorite songs (or songs sure to become favorites) in a program of surprising artistic and musical variety from the folksy “Waltzing Matilda” and the funny “Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” to the fanciful “Beautiful Dreamer.” The joyous combination of words, stories, pictures and music delights children and adults of every age.
For a 27 second preview of Sing Books With Emily, this video was made by a wonderful librarian at Arlington County Central Public Library in July 2010:
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY can go virtually anywhere. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, which is as educational as it is entertaining, is to share the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books which combine the magical wonders of music, text and illustration.
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY seeks to support the arts and emergent literacy; inspire imagination and love for words, stories and music; cultivate and convey our musical heritage; and provide a medium of quality time and positive interaction between children and their caregivers.
In addition, SING BOOKS WITH EMILY compiles and updates a comprehensive bibliography of illustrated books, poems and stories that can be sung; actively seeks the illustration of suitable songs; and promotes the “musicalization” of appropriate stories and poems.
GOALS FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
- Have Fun
- Enrich our lives with music and live performance using the vehicle of Singable Picture Books
- Bring intimate, personal, live performance to children using the vehicle of Singable Picture Books
- Inspire a love of the music, words and art
- Inspire and facilitate quality time between children and their caregivers
- Help kids more fully understand the songs we are singing and to explore facets of the song like its vocabulary, composers and history
- Compile a complete catalogue of Singable Picture Books and articles that provide knowledge about the works and facilitate singing and sharing
Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus was born in Germany, grew up a Hoosier, became a New Yorker, married a soldier, started a family in DC, and now calls Arlington, VA home. She went to Indiana University and spent most of her time in the Theatre and Drama Department, performing in many plays and musicals. Favorite roles included Robin in “Godspell,” Mrs. Thompson in ”Hunting Cockroaches,” Shy in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” Emily in “Marriage of Bette and Boo,” Lettie in “Something’s Afoot” and Little Nun in “House of Blue Leaves.” After graduation, Emily enjoyed performing in musicals at Indianapolis Starlight Musicals (Ursula in “Bye Bye Birdie;” Adult Chorus in “Wizard of Oz,” starring Phyllis Diller; Fredrika in “A Little Night Music,” starring Lainie Kazan, Walter Charles, and Dororthy Stanley) and Indiana Repertory Theatre (Della in “Gifts of the Magi” and Lindsay/Mona in “Secret History of the Future”).
Once in NYC, Emily studied at HB Studio, taking vocal performance classes (with the fantastic Michele Grace and the fabulous Noel Katz at the piano) and performing in her first cabaret under the direction of Charles Nelson Reilly and Donna McKechnie (including a comic appearance by Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara). Emily was also an acting student in Elizabeth Dillon’s master class.
After her move to DC, Emily performed in stage musicals including Jenny in “Three Penny Opera” and as a soloist in a revue of Lerner & Lowe music at the National Institutes of Health. She soon began to study the fabulous art of Cabaret. Emily was selected to attend the 2003 Cabaret Conference at Yale University (with an incredible staff of instructors like with an incredible staff of instructors like Amanda McBroom, Tovah Feldshuh, and Julie Wilson) and studied locally with resident and visiting artists that include Wendy Lane Baily, Erv Raible, George Fulginiti-Shakar, Judy Simmons, Rick Jensen, and Lina Koutrakos, Amanda McBroom, Liz Callaway, Michele Brourman, Ann Hampton Callaway, Alex Rybeck, and Beckie Menzie.
Emily has performed in group and solo cabarets in many venues around DC and Arlington, VA, including Signature Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, H Street Playhouse, Art-O-Matic, Warehouse Theatre, Kennedy Center, and Capital Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), Arts Club of Washington, Maggie’s Cabaret, 1409 Playbill Cafe, and Capital Fringe Festival. Emily’s Capital Fringe Festival credits include: “Naked Cabaret, Emotionally That Is,” “Naked Cabaret, Beyond Bare,” “Psycho Cabaret,” “Run Away With Me, a Contemporary Cabaret”). Emily’s one woman shows include “Let Me Tell You” (Parts I and II), “Domestic Disturbances,” “It’s a Jungle Out There,” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.”
Emily conducts a program for children and families called “Sing Books with Emily,” in which she sings picture books made from the texts of songs. Emily enjoyed singing twice monthly at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore (now closed) in 2009 and 2010. She regularly performs “Sing Books with Emily” gatherings at schools in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC as well as many visits to birthday parties, places of worship, play groups, and public libraries all over the the DC Metro Area and Northern Virginia. She is proud to have performed in the 2011 and 2013 Reading: A Family Affair events produced by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.
In the school year of 2011-2012, Emily is honored to visit Tuckahoe Elementary School (with occasional visits the Key School in Washington, DC) to Sing Books in -5-8 classes per week.
In the school year of 2012-2013, Emily is honored to visit Tuckahoe Elementary School (with occasional visits to Claremont Elementary School in Arlington and Key School in Washington, DC) to Sing Books in 8-12 classes per week.
Emily premiered her new show “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” in the June of 2011. A one woman cabaret show for the whole family, the production of the live performance and CD was supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington County Commission for Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.
Click this link for information about the show, CD, performances, books (etc!):
August 2011, Emily was excited to return to the Kennedy Center to perform in a Staged Reading of the new musical “Kris Kringle, the Musical” as part of the Page to Stage Festival.
March 2012, Emily recorded 3 demo tracks for a new musical, “Welcome to the Hard Luck Cafe” by Arlington songwriter and author Karin Ringheim.
RECOGNITION, AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS
- Emily was selected to attend the 2003 Cabaret Conference at Yale University
- Emily served on the Board of the DC Cabaret Network from 2003-2012
- Emily received a 2010-2011 Individual Artist Spotlight Grant from the Arlington County (Virginia) Commission for the Arts to create her show and CD: OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET
- Emily was nominated for a 2010 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) ”Wammie” in the “Cabaret Artist” category.
- Led by Emily (but thanks to their great enthusiasm and spirit!), Brownie Troop 2740 gets a Special Commendation for Outstanding Spirit at the 2013 George Washington Birthday Celebration Parade
SING BOOKS BIOS WRITTEN FOR EVENTS
A collection of bios I wrote for Sing Books in January 2013
INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY IN THE MEDIA
April 2013, Interviewed about growing up with Hoosier Pie in Indiana by friend from American Food Roots Magazine, video includes a song that mentions pie, by Mo (link in this post of pie related SPBs),
July 2010, Arlington County Public Library blog post:
July 2010 video by Arlington County Public Library for their ”Get Caught Listening” Summer Program:
September 2010, Michael Miyazaki’s blog: DC Cabaret Update:
June 2011 video interview on Dale City Patch.com for gathering at Dale City Neighborhood Library in Dale City/Woodbridge, VA
July 2011 article on Woobridge/Occuquan Patch.com for gathering at Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library in Woodbridge, VA
July 2011, my own article for SongSpeak (the blog of the DC Cabaret Network) about applying for the grant from the Arlington County Commission for the Arts:
February 2012, Mr. Pascal (Assistant Principal at Tuckahoe Elementary School) wrote about “Sing Books with Emily” in his blog:
March 2012, Aurora Hills Library blog post about Sing Books with Emily at the Kids Club Event:
UPCOMING AND PAST PERFORMANCES
For recordings featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
Pictures from Emily’s Cabaret, Theatre and Sing Books performances, here:
More about Emily’s cabaret performances on “Emily’s Cabaret Page,” here:
Theater, Musicals, and Vocal Performances
More about Emily’s Theatrical, Sing Books with Emily and Cabaret Performances, here: