Especially for Space! A Universe of Stories Summer Reading 2019

An Out of This World Concert - Rachel will blast off this concert with lots of music and a funny story called "The Lonely Martian." She will also reveal an out of this world musical instrument that she invented just for summer reading.

Dance Party - Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll with family entertainer Rachel Sumner. You will learn to do dances called the twist, the swim, and more!

CONTACT RACHEL about booking her for concerts at your library!

See Rachel's YouTube Videos.

Ask about concerts or educational workshops for other times of the year too. Scroll down to see a list of some of the concerts she's done at libraries in the past. 

Librarians can order any of her nine CDs at: Midwest Tape, or from

Chester the Cheerful Chipmun with pompoms

Thanks so much for a sparkling, bubbly, fun time with our children! You're an amazing treasure of talent, personality, and imagination. I appreciate knowing that whenever you come, we can expect a program that is new, current, packed with great ideas, presented with lots of vitality, full of grace and care for children. We look forward to return visits with you!
                                  Dorothy Ballenger, Children's Librarian
                                  Old Hickory Library
                                  Old Hickory, Tennessee

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Summer Reading Concerts From Years Past and for Other Times of the Year!

Spring Holiday Concert
Songs all about the Easter bunny, ducks and chickens.

Halloween Concert
A mix of Rachel’s usual silliness and a couple of slightly scary but mainly funny stories.

Jingle All the Way
All Ages

Sing and jingle along with some of your favorite seasonal songs. Rachel will have some jingle bells to play but you can also plan to make jingle bell shakers before the concert so everyone can take one home.

Rachel Sumner's Rockin' at the Library Promo Photo

Here are more ideas for fun-filled concerts at your library:

1. Name That Instrument Family - Learn about the three instrument families (string, wind, and percussion) during this lively performance by Rachel Sumner. She will incorporate zany instruments like the turkey baster, tin-can guitar, washboard, and recycled percussion instruments. Audience members will be invited to play some of her instruments as we sing and dance to the music we make! 

2. Rockin' at the Library - Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll with family entertainer Rachel Sumner. You will learn to do dances called the twist, the swim, and more!

3. Flag Day, 4th of July, or a fun patriotic celebration! 
Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner will perform. Everyone will be invited to march to a patriotic medley at the end of the show. Wear your red, white and blue! (Make plans to pass out free flags to the children for our parade.)

4. Rachel's Fun Time Concert - Dance, sing, giggle and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys with award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner.

Family entertainer Rachel Sumner will delight all ages with an interactive concert full of good humor and music designed especially to celebrate summer reading. You'll enjoy singing along and kicking up your heels to the "Pajama Polka" and other toe-tapping tunes from her award-winning recordings.

Rachel Sumner is based in Nashville Tennessee and has performed across the United States and in Europe.

Rockin' All Around the World
Join Rachel for a celebration of music and stories from around the world. Dance to a Bolivian morenada, groove to a West African chant, and move to a rhythm and blues arrangement of Dr. Knickerbocker. This is a rockin' show full of festive family fun!

The concert will include songs available the CD Tap Those Toes:
All Around The World - original
Baa Baa Black Sheep - Malaysian version
Dry Bones - American Spiritual
Funga Alafia - West African greeting song
La Mariposa - fun Bolivian morenada in Spanish and English
Dr. Knickerbocker - a rhythm and blues arrangement of this traditional song from England

Make A Splash Read!

Rachel will keep the audience moving and grooving at this fun dance party. She will play a1960's surfer beat song all about reading that she wrote just for the summer reading theme. Audience members and given motions to do and learn to do the swim. 

Award-winning children's recording artist, Rachel Sumner has created a special program for the "Catch the Reading Bug" Summer Reading Theme. (See Rachel's movies  of Monarch caterpillars turning into butterflies!)

Coming soon! See the video of Rachel's Out Of This World Musical Instrument!

Dear Rachel, You were delightful, and your program was perfectly geared toward our Summer Reading theme. The children loved you, and I was so excited to see them interact with you and enjoy your flamingo/crab story. It was so refreshing to see the children become involved in creative movement, hand motions, and singing. Yours is a program that children need and enjoy.
Joy Crim, Children's Librarian
                                  Thompson Lane Library

                                  Nashville, TN

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