Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times®, Vol. 1 by Pam Gittleman Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway! {Ends 12/15/23}

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Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times®

Helping to Raise Kind Kids, One Rhyme at a Time!

Book Details:

Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times®, Vol. 1 by Pam Gittleman
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 2 to 5), 46 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Kids, an imprint of Amplify Publishing Group
Release date: Oct 3, 2023
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 8
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

What happens when Three KIND Mice put their heads (and bodies!) together to get some cheese on top of the counter? Will Humpty Dumpty be left in pieces when his friends notice that he’s fallen off the wall? And who will get bags of wool–and toys and books–from Baa Baa BRIGHT Sheep? Read all about the beloved characters from traditional nursery rhymes in this endearing collection of eight updated rhymes that nurture kindness, empathy and gratitude!

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Review By LAWonder10:

Do you remember the Nursery Rhymes from your childhood? Do they still make sense?

Many of us, after a lifetime of living, still remember the rhymes and tunes from our childhood. They truly stick in one’s mind.

Author, Pam Gittleman, used this inspiration to improve upon and personalize many of the well-known nursery rhymes. She improved on them by making them rhyme with familiar concepts that children can relate to. They also relay positive cognitive thoughts. Thus, as a child memorizes these rhymes they are also putting positive thoughts and attitudes in their memory banks.

The first volume has eight popular nursery rhymes woven into this magical new concept and positive thinking. Also available ae songs and other aids in further teaching these improved nursery rhymes.

At the end of each rhyme are a couple of thought questions the children can respond to which further enhances the learning experience.

The Hardback book is of good quality and the binding is firmly set. The Cover Image and illustrations done by Pam, collaborating with Dan and Catherine Markowitz, were very vivid, bright and gorgeous!

I am anxious to see more of the same to be produced by this awesome author!

I offer a Five-Stars rating.

This book was gifted to me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

Guest Post:

What was the inspiration for your book?
As a preschool music teacher for the last 20 years, I was surprised by the fact that students were increasingly unfamiliar with many nursery rhymes/songs. After all, nursery rhymes have always played such an important and whimsical role in supporting language development and musicality, not to mention stimulating imagination and fun.

Well, it didn’t take long to realize that millennial parents, teachers, and caregivers were avoiding those stories because so many of them are “dark” and outdated:

Three Blind Mice get their tails cut off by a carving knife! Ouch!
Humpty Dumpty falls off the wall and can’t be put back together again. Bummer!

“Ring Around the Rosie” is reportedly about the circular red rash that developed on bodies infected with the plague.
The posies were the flowers carried in pockets to mask the smell of the dead bodies and their ashes that “all fell down.”


I realized that as a genre that benefits the development of language, literacy, musicality and imagination, nursery rhymes could be modified to have positive messaging and a strong impact. That’s why I decided to leverage the inherent appeal of traditional rhymes in a way that would be more socially responsible and compelling to everyone and created Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times®.

What were some educational aspects that were important for you to include in this children’s book?
There is a wealth of compelling research on the importance of social and emotional intelligence. That research indicates that social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical for high-quality early childhood education and foundational to improved academic, behavioral, and lifetime outcomes. I really wanted to create fun, memorable, easy-to-access SEL content for preschoolers and the adults who love them. Updating nursery rhymes to be more relevant, putting beloved and whimsical familiar characters in situations that would model and convey messages of kindness, empathy, and gratitude, and pairing the rhymes with tools for SEL (an emoji chart and guiding questions) were important ways for me to retain the educational, memorable qualities of traditional rhymes for a new generation of young readers. Making sure the rhyming and musicality of these new rhymes were on point was also an important goal so that the rhymes
would support the language development that young children’s brains are hard-wired for when it comes to hearing rhyming words and processing rhythm and music.

What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer in this book, and for the series?
I really wanted to strike the right balance between a fun book to read and a book that stimulated young children and their grown-ups to engage in conversations about situational and emotional awareness as well as about compassion and caring. I wanted the situations and characters to model what children can aspire to, not lecture about what not to do. And, I wanted to make it easy for parents, teachers, and caregivers to build strong, positive relationships that are so critical to their children’s growth and development by having rhymes they could read together, talk about, and recall when the children found themselves in similar situations to the characters.

When will volume two be available? Can you give us an idea of what favorite nursery rhymes you will be
Volume one includes eight of the fifteen rhymes that were recorded on the Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times album by Raffi and Lindsay Munroe ( If volume one does well, I would hope to have volume two available in late 2024. It would likely include some or all of the 7 remaining rhymes from the album including, “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” “Sing a Song of Six Cents,” and “Old Mother Hubbard.” But there are also lots more rhymes that I’ve adapted, so we’ll see how things play out for volume two and beyond.

Which was your favorite children’s book growing up?
I was always a fan of Harold and the Purple Crayon because it really stimulated my imagination. I loved how Harold could create the world around him and that opened up a world of creative thinking for me.

What in your background attracted you to the idea of creating new nursery rhymes?
I was always very musical. From the time I was quite young, I had good rhythm and an ear for music that allowed me to participate in choruses, bands, and other musical ensembles, playing flute, piano and guitar. That joy for music led me to leave the corporate world and become a preschool music teacher. Creating updated nursery rhymes allowed me to
combine my love for music, rhythm and rhyming with my passion for having joyful experiences with the population of learners that I knew and loved best: preschoolers!

Meet the Author:
Pam has been an early childhood music educator for over twenty-five years with a passion for singing, rhyming, reading stories, and making music with preschoolers.

When Pam noticed that some children seemed unfamiliar with traditional nursery rhymes, and that parents and teachers were avoiding them because of their outdated, dark, and inappropriate nature, she set out to modernize them. Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times® provides a memorable way to build language, musicality, and literacy through songs, stories and rhymes that nurture kindness, empathy, and gratitude. The inclusion of resources that support social and emotional learning (SEL) make it easy for parents and teachers to engage with the children they love.
Pam collaborated with Dan and Catherine Markowitz for art and design of the book.

The rhymes in the book can also be enjoyed as songs on the Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times album recorded by Raffi and Lindsay Munroe, as well as in videos on the Nursery Rhymes for Kinder Times® Show on YouTube. (

Aside from making music with young children, Pam loves dogs and dark chocolate. She lives in New York with her husband, and loves when her children, grandchildren, and granddogs come to visit!
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