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A Read-Aloud with Sarah L. Thomson: Around the Neighborhood

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This post is part of a series of videos by Maine-based children’s book authors and illustrators reading aloud. This week, we’re featuring Sarah Thomson,  author of Around the Neighborhood. Doctors in Maine gave Around the Neighborhood to 2-year-olds back in 2014. 

Sarah wrote to tell us a little more about how she was inspired to write Around the Neighborhood: A Counting Lullaby. Here’s what she said!

Around the Neighborhood is based on an old counting song that I used to sing with my daughter, Over in the Meadow (you can sing it as well as read it if you can find the tune.) It’s such a simple little song, but it carries so much inside it–a love of the natural world, a sense of exploration and adventure, and a loving and teaching relationship between a parent and a child.

My daughter liked “Over in the Meadow,” but the animals it references –foxes, turtle, fish–weren’t ones that we say on our daily walks around our own neighborhood. So I wrote her a version with her favorite animals. I have to admit though, that my girl was not a fan of the new song at all! If I tried to sing it to her, she cried. Really. Every single time. But I still liked the song, and so did my editor, and with the help of Jana Cristy’s gorgeous and clever art, we turned it into a picture book that I hope parents and children everywhere will enjoy singing and reading together.

Head on over to our Facebook Read-Aloud Group by clicking here (or click on the image below) to see Sarah reading aloud her colorful and catchy picture book.

More Books Written By Sarah Thomson

What’s for Lunch
Quick, Little Monkey!
Cub’s Big World
The Sound of Colors
Imagine a Night
Imagine a Place
Imagine a Day

Activities for Sarah’s Books