“I was in a couple of bands,” Jim Gaven tells me, “And then I just started writing children’s books.”
If you don’t think the transition between music and kiddie lit is totally self-evident, you’re not alone. But Jim Gaven (who still produces music) seems to dabble in almost anything–he has songs on his website, but also poetry, does TV Commercial work and coordinates a music program for ARC Mercer.
So now it’s children’s books.
Specifically alliterative literature.
He started playing with alliteration in Friends Find Fun For Food, a book he wrote for his nephews which was published by Key of Awesome Music in January. Then he moved on to a more musical masterpiece, Making Musical Melodies.
The books take the alphabet beyond the simple ‘A is for Apple,’ and try to construct full sentences, all starting with the same letter.
As you can imagine, finding names, verbs and musical instruments that all begin with the same letter and actually make sense together isn’t super simple (for once, X isn’t so tricky,) but Jim Gaven thinks it’s part of the charm.
Part of the end goal is to get kids to ask their parents what, exactly, a Quena is… so that the parents have to do some learning of their own. (Spoiler alert… It’s a traditional flute from the Andes.)
So check out Making Musical Melodies. It’s an alphabet book that won’t talk down to your child, and that might teach you something new too.