I think we’re all in agreement — and if we aren’t, then I don’t even know what to say to you right now — that Michael Rachap of Readeez is one of the great unheralded heroes of the kindie scene. His songwriting is witty and sharp, he only gives interviews to the finest publications, and his songs are as adorable as well as educational.
Yea, verily, Rachap giveth. But what’s that? You want more? You’re terribly greedy — and very lucky. We’ll let Michael fill you in:
Want to win an awesome gift for a child you care about?
I’m giving away an autographed Grand Slam Bundle, plus a Money Math Folderful (value: $56.95) just to encourage sharing.
I call it the Tweet-A-Readee Contest. It’s way easy to enter. Details are here, but it’s basically this: Go to Readeez.com and click “Watch.” Find a Readee you like and share it on Twitter or Facebook (or both!). You can enter once per day, and the contest ends October 31st.
If you share on Facebook, let me know in the Comments under the video. (I’ll know if you share on Twitter.)
That’s it! Simple, right? And just think how happy you’d be with three great Readeez DVDs, the Songeez CD and the Money Math Folderful in the house.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go enter already. Sheesh.
Who needs a ball and a hoop for March Madness? It’s time to break out your brackets kindie style, with the 2011 KidVid Tournament!
What’s a KidVid Tournament, you ask? Only a roundup of some of the year’s best and brightest kindie videos, organized into divisions and marched into one-on-one battle, one round at a time. Cheerleaders are not involved, regrettably, but I imagine some sort of trophy awaits the winner. Or pride. Whatever.
Anyway, the fun kicks off today at Out with the Kids, where the Woody Guthrie Regional division is hitting the court. Here’s a breakdown of the videos fighting for your vote today, along with a little commentary from yours truly. Watch the clips and then head over to OWTK to cast your vote! Continue reading
If you’ve been reading Dadnabbit for any length of time, you know how much we love Readeez — and with the debut of Omneez, a new line of Readeez for your computer or mobile device, we decided now would be the perfect time to sit down for a chat with Michael Rachap, the voice of “Julian Waters” and the mind behind all that bite-sized educational goodness. Here’s a look back at where the series came from, where it’s headed, and more…
I think we should probably start by talking about Readeez.
One of my favorite topics!
What gave you the idea to take this approach to creating children’s media?
I wish I knew. There was an evolution. I’ll tell you the way it didn’t start — with me saying, “I’d like to teach children to read.” It actually had to do with one of my poems — I’ve been a musician all my life, but I hadn’t really recorded anything that was worth putting out there, so it started with words. “In the beginning, there was The Word.” (laughs)
I found a tape of myself playing music on a cable access show that my friend did, and I read a couple of poems and mentioned that I really love the way words look on the page — typography, you know, playing with the prosody, the form. I guess it really started from there — from visualizing poems. It didn’t take long to get from that to visualizing music.
Around ’99 or so, I walked away from my career in copywriting and went to the Berklee College of Music, and now this is what I do: I write and record songs. One of the things about Readeez is that they’re stealth delivery mechanisms for my songs — I’m a studio guy more than a live performer, and this is another way for me to get my music out there. Continue reading