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January 30 – Surviving a Teacher’s Salary – – review giveaway

January 31 – Kerrific Online –– review and giveaway

February 1 – Susan Heim on Parenting –

February 2 – Tribute Books –

February 3 – Frugal Plus – – Review and giveaway

February 4 – Cristina Gutierrez –

February 6 – Wild About Reading –

February 7 – Curling Up By The Fire –

February 8 – SMS Book Reviews – – review

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February 10 – The Phantom Paragrapher –

February 11 – Rita Reviews –

February 12 – E&K Family Books – - review

February 13 – I’m a Reader Not a Writer – – interview and giveaway

February 14 – 4 the Love of Books –


February 5 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM – HearthFires Bookstore – Evergreen, CO – Book signing and concert

February 8 – Wilkinson Public Library – 11:00 AM – Telluride, CO – Storytime

February 10 – 10:30 AM – Cortez Public Library – Storytime and book signing

February 10 – 3: 45 PM – Sunshine Gardens – Durango, CO – Book signing and concert

February 12 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM – The Toy Depot – Durango, CO – Book signing and concert

March 31 – 4:00 PM – Methodist Curch – Durango, CO – Easter Concert

April 11 – all day – Sargent Bluff – Luton Elementary Library – Concert and Author Q&A’s

April 14 – Cortez – Week of the Young Child celebration – Cortez, CO

April 20 – time TBD – Bayfield Public Library – Bayfield, CO – Storytime and book signing

April 21 – Week of the Young Child celebration – Pagosa Springs, CO

May 5- 10:30 AM – Duango Public Library – Durango, CO – Mother’s Day concert

June 27 – 10:30 AM – Sunnyside School – Durango, CO – Kids concert

July 10 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Durango Public Library – Durango CO – Kid’s concerts

July 13 and 14 – time TBD – Nightvision – Olathe, CO


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Delightful Book for Preschoolers Celebrates Two of Life’s
Greatest Passions – Kids and Chocolate


(Durango, CO, December 6, 2011) “I Love You More Than Chocolate” by Melanie Milburn uses the theme of chocolate to acquaint children with the meaning of love.


Milburn, a self-avowed chocoholic, has whipped up a book about a mom’s love for her daughter and her love for chocolate that will melt readers’ hearts. It’s a rhyming book with beautiful illustrations on scrapbooking paper by Cindy Coleman.


A CD of Melanie singing “I Love You More Than Chocolate” is included in the book. This easy-to-memorize song is sweet and allows children to follow along with the text, giving them the impression that they are reading the book themselves.  


A nightly rhyming game after bedtime reading with her young daughter led Melanie to first produce the song. A year later she had the idea to make it into a fully illustrated children’s book. Their “I Love You More” game had only two rules. It had to be something that rhymed and it had to be about something they both loved. One verse included in the book goes like this:


I love you more than the color blue.
I love you more than a day at the zoo.
I love you more … no matter what you do.
I love you more than chocolate!


Melanie has learned much about life and love from her many years working with preschoolers, where she is truly in her element. Kids gravitate toward her big heart, sense of fun, and her music. Many of her songs are inspired by her real life experiences with children in the classroom. No wonder her husband calls her a “kid magnet!”


About the author: Melanie Milburn is Director of New Horizons Preschool in Durango, Colorado, where she has been teaching for 18 years. She has been writing songs for over 20 years and has produced two CDs for children. She was a top five finalist in the international “Song of the Year, Song and Lyric Writing Competition.” Milburn enjoys sharing her songs at family concerts, fundraisers and benefits, as well as participating in story time for preschoolers at local libraries.


For more on Melanie Milburn, her book and music, please visit

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Meet Author/Songwriter Melanie Milburn

Three of Melanie Milburn’s greatest passions in life are children, chocolate and music. With her initial venture into writing children’s books, she has managed to include all of them. “I Love You More Than Chocolate” is an expression of a mother’s love for her children. The book includes a CD of Melanie singing the words of the text.


She had the idea to write a children’s book for many years. Tucking her kids into bed at night was her special time to let them know how much she loved them. She always told them that she loved them more than anything, even chocolate, which was saying a lot. They knew she was a chocoholic, so they knew they were really loved.


Melanie was born and raised in South Dakota, home of the World’s Only Corn Palace, known around the world as a folk-art wonder on the prairie, and one of the most unusual places she has ever visited. Even as a young girl she loved music and knew all the words to the most popular songs, which her older sister played constantly. Her dream was to grow up to be a rock star. She graduated from her hometown’s Britton high school and went on to Black Hills State University where she received a degree in business. This led her to opening fitness studios in Britton and Custer, where she put aerobic routines to music. In 1985, she moved to Denver and joined her brother Rick at an athletic club where she was head of the aerobics department. At the same time, she began writing original songs, and since then she has produced four CDs.


For the past twenty years, Melanie has been teaching preschool at New Horizons in Durango, Colorado, where she lives with her husband, Joe. Her current title as Director and Lead Teacher has put her in charge of all the administrative operations plus teaching five days a week, but she wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s an environment naturally suited to her. You can tell she’s completely in her element when she talks about making a difference in the little one’s lives, helping to instill self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence by allowing them to feel loved and become successful in their efforts.  Her preschoolers come to school as caterpillars and leave as beautiful butterflies ready to take on kindergarten with the attitude of “look out world, here I come!”  As an author, songwriter, and educator, Melanie has truly reached rock star status in the eyes of these youngsters.

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Music Makes Learning Fun for Preschoolers 

Talking Points 


Melanie Milburn has found that music and preschoolers go together like peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, and ice cream and chocolate syrup.


Whether at home or in a classroom environment, here are six tips to get little ones excited about learning and “doing” through music.


1.    Make musical instruments such as shakers and drums. Fill a plastic Easter egg with rice or beans for a shaker. Use an empty oatmeal box and decorate it for a drum.

2.    Invite a local musician to share a musical instrument and sing.

3.    Make up new words to a familiar song. For example, take the melody from “Do you know the muffin man” and change the words to “Do you know what shape this is …”

4.    Record your children singing songs and place the tape in a room for them to listen to.

5.    You’ve heard of musical chairs. Play musical shapes. Place laminated shapes on the floor in a circle, play some music and when the music stops, ask the children what shape they are standing on.

6.    Invite children to paint to different types of music … from Beethoven to the Beatles!


It’s important, though, to accept each child’s response to these activities and not to pressure the preschooler to perform. Music should be fun!

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