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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Gill  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

The author lives and works in Oak Park and graduated from the Erikson Institute.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gill is an author and musician. He is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim's books and recordings is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.Jim travels throughout the country leading family "read-along/sing-along" concerts at reading festivals and literacy events. He also speaks to early childhood educators and librarians at conferences and training sessions about the many connections between music, play and literacy.''A Soup Opera'' is a sing-along opera inspired by concerts that Jim performs with symphony orchestras. The book was named a 2010 Notable Children's Book and Recording by the American Library Association.Gill's CD's include: *''Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes'' *''Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee''*''Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes''*''Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense'' *''Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes For Modern Times'' *''Jim Gill Makes It Noisy In Boise Idaho''

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Soup Opera
ISBN: 0981572103

Jim Gill, Inc.. 2009

A Soup Opera is a richly illustrated story about a man, a bowl of soup, and the man's comically frustrating quest to eat that soup. Characters in the cast of the opera include a waiter, a police officer and the President of the United States! Each book is packaged with a fully orchestrated CD that includes the narration, dialogue and instrumentation for the comic opera. The CD includes additional tracks created for teachers and others to use in dramatizing the book with children.

May There Always Be Sunshine
ISBN: 0967903866

Jim Gill. 2001

Based on a traditional Russian folk song. The illustrations capture the beauty and simplicity of both the song's original lyrics and the verses that children have added to the book. The book was designed for children and caregivers to sing and read together and to promote children's bookmaking.


A Soup Opera

  • 2010 Notable Children’s Book & Recording Award from the American Library Association
  • May There Always Be Sunshine

  • 2002 Winner of the Book Award from the Philadelphia Children’s Museum
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

    Speaking Engagements

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