Out of this World: Music and Stories from Space

Out of this World: Music and Stories from Space

December 1, 2018

The summer reading program for 2019 is booking now!

And it’s going to be a good one. Check it out.
– d

Dinosaur O’Dell’s
Out of this World: Music and Stories from Space

Join us for an interactive music and storytelling show about outer space science. Out of this World includes a kid-friendly demonstration of gravity (Try eating a pizza when the pepperoni keeps floating away!); a song about meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites (Do you know the difference?); plus the story of Dino’s childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. (2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the very first moon-walk!)

“Learning hasn’t been this groovy since School House Rock.”

- School Library Journal






March 21, 2017

Zar and the Broken Spaceship just got a shout-out from Kids Rhythm and Rock. We tested Zar at library story-times because, despite my years of experience working with children, I am still occasionally surprised by what garners a strong reaction from four-year-olds. As a result, the edits made a big difference for group presentations.

Here’s a snippet from the article:

“One of the librarians who works with me has been using this book in her preschool visits this winter. The fun, interactive aspects of the story have made it such a hit with the preschoolers that it quickly became the finale of each story time.”

Here’s the link to the full article.  IMG_0568WorriedZarIMG_0567IMG_0567
February 13, 2017

This is a busy month. There aren’t any public shows, but I am performing my outer space science show, “The Milky Way, Moons, and Meteorites” for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. I’m flying to New York City for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. And I am visiting one of my favorite preschools, St. Peter’s Early Childhood Learning Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

I visit a lot of preschools, but St. Peter’s is one that I particularly look forward to.  Last year the teachers began a new tradition. The 8th graders were asked to join our audience and sit with the preschool classes. The four-year-olds had a wonderful time while unwittingly giving the thirteen year olds permission to be little kids again. And the teens took full advantage of it in the best way possible: helping the preschoolers count on their fingers, fixing Zar’s spaceship, handing out imaginary high-five pizzas, and even puppeteering a story about little monsters under the bed.

Building bonds is especially powerful during adolescence. We are at our most vulnerable as hormones change our bodies and intensify our feelings. St. Peter’s is excellent at creating community and fostering a safe environment that allows their students to connect in constructive ways across age groups. Win-Win!!!