Interview with The Children’s Book Review

The Children’s Book Review Interview in partnership with Mariam Shapera, author of Up Up You Go Jo!

Mariam Shapera is a graduate of the University College of London Medical School and currently works as a Family doctor. She lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband and three young musical and outer-space-loving kids. She has always had a passion for writing children’s books and poems, but there never seems to be enough time in the day!

Mariam Shapera’s middle child, Joseph, has an immense love and talent for music and space! The book Up Up You Go Jo! was inspired by Joseph and dedicated to all children whose passion for music and space is out of this world.

What was your inspiration for writing a book about lost musical notes?

My inspiration for the idea of lost musical notes came from my middle son. He has a huge passion for both music and outer space. Therefore, I wanted to combine the two themes—the idea just sort of sprung to my mind.

Music is an integral part of this story. Why do you think music education is important for children?

I believe music education is very important in child development. I introduced the names of the music notes, intending to hopefully spark an interest and curiosity in music, especially at an early age. Whether taking part in music lessons or being a patient in music therapy, it has been shown to enhance memory, reduce stress, promote wellbeing and improve communication, especially in those children with speech delays.

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