Rainbows and Sunshine is a program formed for the donation of its books, with the songs included as a CD or download, to children who are disadvantaged, underprivileged or sick and the organisations/health and community facilities that support them. We think that all children deserve access to great books and music and the opportunity to develop a life-long love of reading and music and so we combine both in our products for them. Book donations are made to children through hospitals, child protective services, disability support organisations, community centres, churches, women’ s shelters, children’ s charities, and playgroups, childcare centres and kindergartens for disadvantaged children, etc.
The first books were printed late December 2016 and donations started on day one to homeless children living in cars and other disadvantaged children in the local area of Queensland. Since then hundreds of books have been delivered to children through organisations such as the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne, Victoria), Ronald McDonald House (Parkville, Victoria), Paradise Kids (Gold Coast, Queensland), The Pyjama Foundation (Townsville, Queensland), homeless family support organisations (Gold Coast, Queensland), government-run child protective service agencies e.g., Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Aust) and The Ministry for Vulnerable Children – Oranga Tamariki (N.Z.), Salvation Army, book and toy libraries, music education programs, Isolated School Education (Northern Territory), villages in Nepal, and many other community organisations supporting children in need.
Every purchase of books, videos, songs and toys, including those through this website, retailers, iTunes, etc. provides the funds for more books to be printed and therefore ensures ongoing donations to these children and the organisations that care for them. To all those who have purchased, follow us and continue to purchase the Rainbows and Sunshine products – sincere thanks go to you for your support of this very worthwhile cause.
Rainbows and Sunshine began this program by producing original children’ s songs and high quality 3D animations for the birth to seven year old age group in April 2016. A book to match a song and animation was added and so the first full suite of products was released (song, video, book with CD and plush toy cow) for “Black and White Cow”; followed in 2017 by the full matching set of products for “Toodle Toodely Doo”. The complete sets have the book, song CD, two videos (one video is a singalong version so adults or children who can read are able to read the words as they sing), downloadable mp3 song and toys to match the characters. For example, “Black and White Cow” has a plush toy cow and “Toodle Toodely Doo” has a set of 6 finger puppets to match the 6 animals who, in the story, come to visit the family and say “Hello” in different languages (great educational value!)
Since starting this ambitious project many more videos and songs have been produced. We started with all original material but have now also included some favourite traditional children’s songs with several more in the finals stages of production (e.g., a music education version of The Grand Old Duke of York, Ten in the Bed, Row Row Row Your Boat, etc.) Each song, 3D animation and book is created to be entertaining, fun, interactive and educational. We love to cover many different genres of music for variety, music education and interest and quality studio recordings with funny sound effects and humorous comments are produced! There are tips and ideas on the website for parents and also group leaders (kindergartens, playgroups, parent’s groups, music groups, etc.)
What makes our products UNIQUE? We have produced – to MATCH – high quality children’s books with animated videos, that also have singalong versions, plus the CD of the song and the mp3 song download PLUS the toys that go with the animals in the book, videos and songs! So it’s an entire interactive, fun and learning experience for children – singing, reading, vocal play, pretend play, dance, musical activities, creative movement – at the same time stimulating children’s imagination, language, cognitive, social, emotional, motor skills and physical development.
Plus we support local business through our philosophy of having everything except the toys (which are designed here) produced and manufactured here in Australia. Would love to be able to say the toys also but sadly the manufacturing costs in Australia would not allow us to offer them at a fair price to you! And we maintain strict quality standards on everything.
A special “feel good” for you is that your purchase provides the funds for the ongoing printing of books and CD replication for the donation of these to disadvantaged and sick children both locally and throughout the world. We are proud of the fact that so many of our books with CDs have found their way to children in need already. With your support the donation program continues to grow!
The Founder and Creative Director of Rainbows and Sunshine is a parent, musician and long-established educator and former lecturer in the field of early childhood education and child development; she is experienced and practiced also in international approaches to music, creative movement and drama. She uses her psychology degree, music qualifications, knowledge and experience in the field of early childhood education and music to ensure that each product is fun, educational, high quality and offers creative, developmental and learning opportunities.
A number of imaginative and dedicated creative people, local businesses, advisors, and retailers, who are also committed to the book donation program, contribute their resources, time, support or expertise voluntarily or donate their services, and their generosity is much appreciated.