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Music Inspired by Favorite Children’s Books a Big Hit


Emily Arrow is a former teacher with a spirited singing style
Emily Arrow is a former teacher with a spirited singing style

Students from all three Northview elementary schools got to hear stories in song form thanks to Emily Arrow, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee who creates songs from well-loved children’s books.

The nationally known artist performed three daytime concerts aimed at fostering a love of reading and music, and filmed the performances for a documentary she is making.

A former elementary music teacher and graduate of Berklee College of Music, Arrow just released her second album, “Storytime Singalong, Vol. 2.”

Donning red glasses, Emily Arrow sings about the book “Louise Loves Art”

The ukulele-playing artist/educator has won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “The Curious Garden Song,” inspired by Peter Brown’s book.

She shared many of her story-songs with students from East, North and West Oakview elementary schools at the Northview High School Performing Arts Center, as well as an evening concert for the community.

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Northview welcomes Emily Arrow with a colorful sign in the window at the high school Performing Arts Center
Northview welcomes Emily Arrow with a colorful sign in the window at the high school Performing Arts Center

First-grader Violet Hoogenstyn and her classmates intently follow along
First-grader Violet Hoogenstyn and her classmates intently follow along

Emily Arrow sings the “Max the Brave” song and students join in
Emily Arrow sings the “Max the Brave” song and students join in

Teachers from first- and second-grade classes mirror each other with jazz hands while Emily Arrow sings the “Be A Friend” song
Teachers from first- and second-grade classes mirror each other with jazz hands while Emily Arrow sings the “Be A Friend” song

Emily Arrow autographs a card for Caleigh Jones, a second-grader at North Oakview
Emily Arrow autographs a card for Caleigh Jones, a second-grader at North Oakview

First-graders from North Oakview singing along include, from left, Jackson Savage, Lily Gale and Evan Pond

Books for which Emily Arrow has written songs

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Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

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