About the Author

“Melody and song carry words along.” So sings award-winning author, John Archambault. Archambault invites children and teachers to float along on a river of language where music and poetry are intertwined for fluent and joyour language absorption and appreciation.
Most well known for his best-selling classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom which he wrote and dedicated to his son, Arie Alexander Archambault, 15 years ago when he was the “new baby boom boom.” By all accounts John Archambault is a modern day alchemist. In medieval days the alchemists were said to have secret knowledge enabling them to turn base metals into gold. Archambault does something no less amazing; he turn something that many children dread: learning, into a magical experience. John’s work motivated kids to turn off the TV and get turned on to the magical worlds that reading can deliver. “I have a passion for bringing words to life. I stir rhythm, rhyme, and whimsy, stringing words so that a melody is created, then kids can ride along on this musical river.”
John is developing a series of Big Books (shared reading) for Childcraft Education Corporation, incorporating musical CDs with read-along and sing-along styles to help early readers develop fluency and intuitive associations with print while making the experience fun, affective, and effective. Some of the titles to be published are: I Love the Mountains, Turtle Song, Grandmother’s Garden, The Birth of a Whale, Freedom’s Dream and several titles devoted to singable, readable Mother Goose. Archambault collaborated extensively with Bill Martin Jr. and together they created the landmark supplemental reading program, the Sounds of Language.
Archambault has become fascinated with brain research involving the power of music, most notably The Mozart Effect by Don G. Campbell. “We all know that kids love music but studies show that music may strengthen the mind, aiding learning and membory.” To that end, Archambault has six music compilations on CD available through Youngheart Music performed with British recording artist and partner, David Plummer. Titles include Painting My World and Dancing on the Moon.
In addition to the CDs, Archambault has authored and co-authored over 20 books. Several have won awards including Parent’s Choice, ALA Notable Children’s book, Kentucky Blue Grass, and the American Library Association awards. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Aladdin Library, 2000) was recently chosen to be included in the 21st Century Literature Collection along with such famous titles as Curious George and Madeline. Archambault’s works have appeared as featured selections on the PBS shows “Reading Rainbow” and “Storytime.”


(Read the complete article about John and his books by clicking here)

 

John signing books at Buena Vista
Spanish Immersion School
in 1990

Writing Roots Go Back to Third Grade for Children’s Author Archambault
By Sharon Dunham (1990)

Ever since he was in the third grade, nationally-recognized children’s author, John Archambault, knew he wanted to be a writer. That was the year he read E. B. White’s children’s classic C
harlotte’s Web, a story about an insecure pig named Wilbur who struck up a budding friendship with a supportive spider called Charlotte. Archambault pictured himself as Wilbur, and his teacher, Mrs. Williams, stepping in as an inspirational Charlotte. That teacher was the first one who told him—“you can be a writer. If not you, then who?”

The combination of Charlotte’s Web and Mrs. Williams have stayed with Archambault through the years, hovering somewhere in the back of his memory, until now, he says. He began talking about that experience to groups for the first time last week. On a speaking tour in Cut Bank on Monday and in Shelby on Tuesday, Archambault described those impressionable years.

“I look back on my third grade year and I realize that anything we imagine is possible if we become who we think we can become,” he told third, fourth and fifth graders at Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School in Eugene, Oregon. “If someone catches a glimpse of us and holds up a possible self and we run to get that—that’s what I try to model.”

Actually, Archambault says he had more than one “Charlotte” in his life. His grandmother, Rose, a Montana native, who read aloud to him when he was young, imparted a love of words to him. Mrs. Williams gave him the dream that he could be a writer and Bill Martin, Jr., who has teamed up with him to produce books, gave him the opportunity to write.


(To read the complete article, click here)

John talking to Buena Vista students in 1990
books | music | school visits | about the author | write to john | links | contact

©2004 John Archambault