Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.
What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly -- especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.
Through Qin Leng's wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music.
Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children's entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children's television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.
About the authors
Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.Despite her many years of study to become a biologist, Qin decided at the age of 20 to follow the same path as her father and enrolled in the School of Cinema to study Film Animation at Concordia University. She has produced animated shorts, which were nominated in various nationa
- Winner, IODE Jean Throop Book Award
One of the Globe and Mail's 100 Books That Shaped 2019
One of the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best of 2019
One of CBC Books' Best Canadian Picture Books of 2019
PRAISE FOR Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink:
"A lighthearted frolic ready for a rousing singalong." —Kirkus Reviews
"A joyful sing-aloud book that will have readers humming its tune long after its covers are closed." —Publishers Weekly
“Skinnamarink is a superb avenue for sharing the concept and message of love created by these three very memorable children’s entertainers. It will be hard for readers to just ‘read’ the words and not want to break out in song.” —Resource Links
“Children of all backgrounds are included in this story, making it a real life, digestible and beautiful book for families everywhere.” —TheBabySpot.ca