Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink
Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2
JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
Sep 03, 2019
7.56 x 12.31 x 0.42 in | 1 lb
FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
IODE Jean Throop Book Award 2020, Short-listed
- Author Bio
Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! “Skinnamarink” is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.
What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly—especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.
Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music.
Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children’s entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.
BELOVED TRIO: These beloved children’s entertainers are known in Canada and around the world and “Skinnamarink” is arguably their most popular song. They produced 21 albums and have received numerous awards (including the Order of Canada).
ANTHEM FOR DIVERSITY: This book builds on the message of love and inclusivity that the song has come to represent. A diverse cast of children and families (and animals!) are included in this book. The book’s narrative was inspired by Sharon and Bram’s experience at the 2017 Pride Parade, where they were asked to participate and were greeted by the crowd’s spotanteous rendition of “Skinnamarink.”
CHILDREN’S CLASSIC: “Skinnamarink” has over 3.4 million views on YouTube. This simple song has been a positive part of millions of childhoods, popularized on the The Elephant Show. The song’s mixture of silly and sincere continues to speak to parents, teachers and librarians alike.
WHIMISICAL ART: Qin Leng’s delightful art is funny, warm and nostagic—the perfect accompaniment to this cherished song.
Marketing: -Review mailing
-Nation-wide #Skinnamarink Day
-Bunting available for accounts
-Paid social advertising
-Google search/display ads
-Consider Spotify advertising
-Fall preview title
-Gift Guide title
-PRHC YR dedicated newsletter
Publicity: -Major Canadian media
-WOTS Toronto appearance
-Telling Tales Festival headliner
Feature Website: www.qinillustrations.com
Author Website: www.sharonloisbram.com (unofficial)
Author Social Media: Illustrator: qinleng.tumblr.com / twitter:@qinleng / instagram: qinillustrations
One of the Globe and Mail's 100 Books That Shaped 2019
One of the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best of 2019
One of CBC Books' Best Canadian Picture Books of 2019
PRAISE FOR Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink:
"A lighthearted frolic ready for a rousing singalong." --Kirkus Reviews
"A joyful sing-aloud book that will have readers humming its tune long after its covers are closed." --Publishers Weekly
“Skinnamarink is a superb avenue for sharing the concept and message of love created by these three very memorable children’s entertainers. It will be hard for readers to just ‘read’ the words and not want to break out in song.” --Resource Links