Out of the Mouths of Babes
Songs and Poems about Me
About the Book
The early childhood years are filled with excitement. By following daily routines, children learn the parts of their body and how to take care of them. By interacting with other children and family members, they learn the importance of friendship. Reading about or visiting a farm, zoo, or aquarium, helps children learn about other living things in their world.
From music teacher and world-renowned educator Dr. René Boyer, Out of the Mouths of Babes provides a view of the child’s experience as it is expressed through song and poetry. While the lyrics of the songs reflect a contemporary view of early childhood years, many of the melodies chosen are already known and loved by people around the globe.
This book is especially handy for early childhood caregivers, teachers, parents, and grandparents who want to laugh with their little ones. Children and adults alike will giggle as they experience unique insights into a child’s world. Through the written word and song, Out of the Mouths of Babes provides an amusing glimpse into what children think and do.
About the Author
René is a grandma who has served as a full-time nanny to grandchildren Caleb, Aurora, Margaux, and Phineas.
She is also a professor emerita of music education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where she worked as a music educator for over thirty years.
René is known nationally and internationally for her work in multicultural and urban music education. She is author of Music Fundamentals, Methods and Materials for the Elementary Classroom Teacher, published by Pearson, Share the Music, Spotlight on Music, and Music Studio, three K-8 basil textbook curriculum programs published by Macmillan McGraw-Hill, Songs and Rhythms of a Nation, Expressions of Freedom: An Anthology of African American Spirituals in three volumes, Walking in the Light of Freedom, also in three volumes, The Ballad of the Underground Railroad and United We Stand, published by Hal Leonard.
René received her BM and MM from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and her doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She possesses all levels of Orff Certification as well as Kodaly Certification from Hungary.
René has received many awards for her contributions to music education, but her most coveted awards have come from her travels throughout the United States and abroad where she has been privileged to work with both children and teachers for the betterment of music in our schools.