GIVEAWAY: Rox in Sox

On Saturday August 3, join the City & Library of Lake Oswego for the Northwestern Mutual Rox in Sox Children’s Music & Book Festival at the West End Building, located at 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. During this free event some of the top names in children’s music and literature will perform. There will also be fun activities for the whole family. The music starts at 10:00am. All ages are invited. We welcome donations of new socks, shoes and books at the door to be distributed to children in need. Read more about the event, lineup and activities here.

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In anticipation of this amazing event, we are giving away a gift basket filled with music, books and socks generously donated by event participants – library of 18 great tunes and books for your kids” and that the total value is more than $250! Here’s all that’s included:

Welcome to the Village CD – Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus
A Potluck CD – Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Rock and Junior CDs – The Alphabeticians
Make Believers CD – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is the King of Kid Hop!
The World Is A Curious Place To LiveLullaby Piano, and Outside My Door CDs – Lori Henriques
Monster Suit CD – Mo Phillips
I Love you Too Book & Family Time CD signed by Ziggy Marley

Better Than You
and Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig
Extreme Babymouse and Squish Game On by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
The Prince’s Bedtime and Lola’s Fandango from Barefoot Books
Of Giants and Ice and Of Witches and Wind by Shelby Bach

… and assorted socks from Sock It To Me!

Details to enter to win below. Winner can pick up prize at Rox in Sox event on August 3rd at the PDX Kids Calendar booth – or in-person in the Portland, OR metro area post-event.

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More about those who generously donated to this giveaway …


Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus
Aaron Nigel Smith’s “Call To Action” is to get kids moving. His 2012 release Welcome to the Village features the voices of more than 300 children from New York, Los Angeles, Portland and the Cura Rotary Home near Nairobi, Kenya. The CD sales are benefiting the music program at the Cura Home in Kenya. The CD won a 2012 Parents’ Choice award. A father of two sons based in Lake Oswego, Aaron performs regularly at performing art centers, festivals, libraries, and schools. He has also toured with PBS Kids “Between the Lions Live” and the National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign.


The Alphabeticians
Self made millionaires seeking out vigilante justice from a cave? No. Huge, terrifying, reptilian beasts from an ancient time? No. Space travelers from the other side of the universe trapped here because their ship ran out of fuel? Maybe, but no. Then who, or more precisely, what are The Alphabeticians? They are two guys (Mr. Hoo and Mr. E) who love playing quirky, funny, upbeat songs for kids and families. Think They Might Be Giants meets The Velvet Underground meets Schoolhouse Rock. Or something like that.

Rock, The Alphabeticians debut CD, was awarded top 10 best debut kids CDs for 2011 by online kids music site Zooglobble. It features 18 original songs, including “Metaphor”, which was picked as a top 25 kid’s song for 2011.

Junior, released in 2011, contains 18 more original songs with topics ranging from family to flying to food and other topics kids and parents both enjoy. PDX Kids Calendar called it “a must-have in any self-respecting kindie rocker’s library.”


Lori Henriques
Lori Henriques has been playing the piano and singing since childhood. Her songs have been aired on NPR, KOPB, and regularly on Sirius XM. Lori’s award-winning first album of original children’s music is “something quite remarkable — an album of ‘piano jazz for kids’ that isn’t limited by any of the words in that phrase. A refreshing sound, and an absolute pleasure to listen to,” says Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble. Her newly released second album of original songs, “The World Is A Curious Place To Live,” celebrates our innate curiosity as humans. You may recognize her spirited curiosity from an OPB Art Beat piece that aired this spring.


Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
People Magazine’s #1 Cool Kid Album of the Year- Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band caters to the hip family crowd. Hailed by USA Today and CBS as a top band on the national scene- LDFJB serves up deliciously crafted lyrics and fresh pop beats. Led by husband and wife duo, award winning singer/songwriter, Lucky Diaz and Broadway performer/ songwriter Alisha Gaddis, LDFJB turns kid’s music into music loved by all.


Mo Phillips
Mo Phillips writes kids songs from his secret ninja laboratory in the Portland, Oregon. In the old days, Mo played crazy jazz and psychedelic math rock on three continents to much acclaim.  Mo grew up recreating Neil Young and the Rolling Stones in his bedroom, and after some university years trying (unsuccessfully) to cross D. Boon with John Coltrane, he fell back into his classic rockin’ ways. It has been said that Mo’s album Train Beard sounds like Black Francis joined Wilco to make a kids album.

When not doling out the goods to the young set, Mo is a husband, a dad, and a really slow but mostly dedicated soccer player. And of course lover and supporter of the Portland Timbers. RCTID!

When not making bands with the youngest rockers, Mo performs interactive shows of his own that respect the intelligence of young people with wit and irreverence, without being being strictly scatological. This is music built for kids and parents alike!  Mo does not dumb down lyrics or melodies for kids to “understand”, and therefore sings about things whole families can appreciate.  A fine, distilled blend of Americana, Soul and Blues, while not being afraid of a poppy hook or straight rockin’ out.


Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is the King of Kid Hop!
Purveyor of Family Hip Hop at its finest, 23 Skidoo has captivated crowds internationally with his own funky brand of positive half pint party music! Combining deft wordplay, great storytelling and pure positivity on top of thumping drums and sophisticated multi-instrumental pieces, 23 Skidoo speaks to kids and parents alike, without EVER condescending.


Authors & Books

Barefoot Books
Jean Fiber is an Ambassador for Barefoot Books. Barefoot Books is an independent, eco-friendly, award-winning children’s book publisher. The books are full of original art and stories celebrating cultures from around the world.

The Prince’s Bedtime is a lovely bedtime story for boys and girls. Lola’s Fandango is a recent, award-winning book about a girl who wants to learn Flamenco dancing: Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2012; Book of the Year Award Finalist, ForeWord Magazine, 2011; Editor’s Choice, Booklist, 2011;
Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor Winner; Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Semifinalist), 2012.

Purchase books or learn more about Barefoot Books here, or connect with Jean on Facebook “Jeannie’s Barefoot Books


Shelby Bach
Shelby Bach grew up reading every book she could find and writing stories in battered notebooks. She also rarely came home with a clean shirt and had lots of accidents that ended with a hunt for Band-Aids. Nowadays she writes on her laptop rather than in a notebook, but not much else has changed. Of Giants and Ice, which Kirkus Reviews calls a “fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy tale fantasy,” is her first novel. Its sequel, Of Witches and Wind, was released in July 2013. She lives in Portland.

The Ever Afters: Rory Landon is used to being behind the spotlight. With a famous director father and actress mother, she has never expected people to notice her. But when she starts her new after-school, she finds that she may star sooner than she thought. It seems that this new school is a training ground for new fairy-tale characters, and everyone gets a chance to play a lead. Will Rory shinein her new role, or are her stories destined to end unhappily ever after?


Matthew Holm
Matthew Holm is the co-creator of two series of graphic novels for children, the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the Indiebound-Bestselling Squish series, both from Random House Children’s Books. His latest book is Squish: Game On!, the fifth volume in the series. Prior to working in children’s publishing, Matt spent eight years writing about kitchens (among other topics) for Country Living Magazine. He currently lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and dog.

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Trudy Ludwig
Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in  writing children’s books about real friendship and bullying issues kids face in their everyday world.  Trudy collaborates with leading US experts and organizations and has served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop’s “Good Birds Club” TV episode and as an expert panel member on their video series on bullying. For more information about Trudy, visit

In Better Than You, Tyler’s neighbor Jake brags about everything. Tyler can’t show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. With help from his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake’s obnoxious bragging has nothing to do with Tyler’s own abilities and more to do with Jake. This book includes discussion questions and additional resources to help adults generate thoughtful conversations with kids about bragging.

In Confessions of a Former Bully, Katie never thought of herself as a bully. So what if she excludes kids from games or says some harsh things to her friends every once and a while? It’s not like she ever hits anyone. What’s the big deal? After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she faces consequences for her actions. Told in a fun diary format from the unusual perspective of the aggressor, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tips and tools they can use to help identify and overcome emotional bullying.