Author Showcase Features Award-winning Musician Cathy Bolli
09.18.2009 – Reading Tub, Inc. is pleased to announce its Author Showcase for the
Summer Quarter, 2009. This quarter, one of our featured guests is award-winning
songwriter and musician Cathy Bollinger.
Cathy founded Rivanna Music in 1988. In 2004, when Cathy started working on an
album for Autistic children, educator Elly Tucker came on board. Cathy's music
therapy expertise and Elly's background in developmental issues with children have
combined to create music that helps children learn various skills. Their songs offer
universal lessons and are carefully crafted to encourage learning and success not
just by listening, but by engaging all of your senses.
"I love the Author Showcase and the opportunity to introduce our audience to writers
and books they may not know about. In thinking about the summer, though, I wanted
to take the Showcase in a new direction, says Terry Doherty, Executive Director of
Reading Tub, Inc. I had an opportunity to meet Cathy several years ago, and I knew
even then that I wanted to find away to connect her work with our audience.
Cathy's work receives wide acclaim from kids, parents, and educators alike. As she
explains, her goal is to write music that teaches. In each of the last three years, she
has won a Parent's Choice Award. In 2005 it was for Toddlin Tunes and My Turn,
Your Turn (which was also a 2005 Parenting Magazine Pick); in 2006 her CD
Alphabet Jam won; and in 2007 it was Ready to Learn! that took the honors. Cathy's
work has also received the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) for
children,s music, and been praised by Booklist (American Library Association),
School Library Journal, and Autism Spectrum Quarterly.
In addition to writing music and performing, Cathy also holds songwriting and
teacher workshops. She has led workshops for public libraries in New York; the
Core Knowledge Foundation; and Virginia Public Schools and Title I Programs.