Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink

Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink will remind generations of the most delightful song that brought people together. It has so much meaning to it and has been loved by many and now you can share this joy with your children. It is a must read for all!” – Momma Braga


Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! “Skinnamarink” is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.

What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly — especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.

Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music.

Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children’s entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.


Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink is a beloved children’s story and will be a favorite for generations to come. A true classic that everyone will love to read or sing (we loved singing it)! As an 80s baby, this book had a deeper meaning for me as I grew up watching The Elephant Show. It was one of my favorite shows to watch and my mom would sing me the song every time. It was one childhood memory that I remember so clearly and one that I cherish. Even though English was not my mom’s strength, she sang it so beautifully. Of course she had the actions down!

The song “Skinnamarink” as mentioned in the synopsis carries so much meaning. It is a song about friendship, togetherness, community, happiness and love. I have sung this song to my daughter when she was little and she was just as excited as I was to have the book now to sing-a-long with. We go all out with our books! 😉

This story brings out the message of love loud and clear. We love the beginning introduction were you find out how the song came to be and in the story they added a few new lyrics. Nikki and I loved this book so much that we made a video singing the very last part of the song which has always been my favorite part.


For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10 elephants out of 5! An anthem for all generations about love, compassion and community. The illustrations complete the book beautifully as it is diverse and inclusive to all. If you are looking for that perfect book for Valentine’s Day or just a book to share with someone you care, this would be the one. We highly recommend it and for the first time this year, this book has made it to our Momma Braga Most Recommended List.

This book is recommended for children ages three to seven but we recommend it for ALL ages! If you would like to purchase this beautiful story, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and we do not make commission off of book sales.


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