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Read a Book

Katherine Dines

Tell us about your music:  

In 1993, I began my career writing, recording, and performing for children and families in communities throughout the US. Early on, parents and teachers I met along the way recognized what I didn’t: the educational content of my work. Thanks to them, I continually strive to create fun songs, with memorable melodies, lyrical language and often “hidden” educational social/emotional connections. Being a former dancer, I’m also motivated by the way our bodies react to sound. So every song I write contains some form of movement. Today, my record label “Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta” is a growing series of (12) recordings that has garnered 37 national awards, and I have many more teachers and parents to thank, who continue to help me grow.

About your song (e.g., unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  

“Read a Book” is a favorite with library and school circuits. As a songwriter, I love to read, and am inspired by words, language, and stories. Books offer all of those elements, and several of my own songs will be published in book-form soon. Reading allows us to travel and explore many lands, which is one of my favorite activities.  Since the locations mentioned in the song are on maps, it’s fun to see if students recognize them.  When I read children’s stories and poems, I often hear melodies in the words, and can’t keep from singing them.

What you hope children, teachers and families will get from this song:

I hope children and families will sing along to the lyrics, and be encouraged to read, write stories, and sing together—wherever they go! 

Photo © Katherine Dines