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ESTHER NELSON M.A. Dance Education, New York University is dedicated to the development of children's learning through creative experiences. They joined forces to form GRANNY PRESS and published five books in rhythm and rhyme. The last two books were co-published with Barnes & Noble.

To share their expertise with Children's Librarians, Early Childhood Teachers, Head Start Staff, Day Care Providers and Parents as well as thousands of children in interactive sessions, they have traveled the country (26 states) presenting both Keynote Addresses and Workshops. Their unique focus centers on providing those who teach, work with and care for children the tools needed to incorporate the magic, joy, importance and value of music and movement in their programs to enhance and develop literacy, vocabulary, thinking skills, creativity and self-confidence in young children.

Esther has taught many thousands of children, teachers and librarians in the tri-state area and all around the country the joys of creative movement for the past five decades. Along with genius composer Bruce Haack, she started a new record company DIMENSION 5 (the dimension of the Imagination). They produced a total of eleven dance participation recordings that are now classics for children. Recently, King Records of Japan re-released them as Compact Discs.

She has authored eleven books on music and dance for young children, published by Sterling Publishing and Scholastic Press. All the books and recordings were lauded by The New York Times, Library Journal and Dance Magazine, and were selections of the Scholastic and Instructor Book Clubs.

These incredibly child-friendly recordings and books are in libraries, schools and homes all over the world. Esther appeared on the TV program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. She made a big hit with him and his audience. Her mantra is: "All children instinctively experience the joy of simple movement of the body and that every child can sing, dance and learn if they are encouraged. Add love and kindness and discipline and they will blossom." To top it all off, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College and is listed in World's Who's Who of Women and Contemporary Authors.