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Children's Fiction Music

Music is for Everyone

by (author) Jill Barber

illustrated by Sydney Smith

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2014
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


Music is for Everyone is sure to get you excited about making music! Singer-songwriter Jill Barber takes her young readers through many different kinds of music—hip hop, jazz, classical, folk—and instruments in an energetic, rhyming tour. Sydney Smith’s gleeful illustrations capture all the joy that comes from making music—in all its forms!

About the authors

Jill Barber is an acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter, Juno nominee, and multiple East Coast Music Award winner. An Ontario native and graduate of Queen’s University, Jill spent six years in Halifax developing her music career before following her heart across the country to Vancouver, where she now lives with her husband. Baby’s Lullaby first appeared on a CD compilation for Read To Me, a program that promotes early literacy in Nova Scotia. This is Jill’s first children’s publication. HildaRose lives and works in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia. Trained as a graphic designer, she worked in museums for many years but now works in her home studio on various graphic design and illustration projects, as well as studying towards a MEd. She has illustrated several children’s books, including the baby board book Kisses, Kisses Baby-O!

Jill Barber's profile page

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book and has been long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, both highly acclaimed. Sydney has received a number of other awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown.

Sydney Smith's profile page


  • Winner, Moonbeam Award (Picture Book 4-8)
  • Winner, Atlantic Book Awards, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

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