A North Dakota musician and children’s book author teaches the state’s children through music and artwork.
Jessie Veeder is on tour in North Dakota to visit eight libraries.
Bismarck was his first stop. KX News spoke to the artist about his teaching style and his first children’s book.
Jessie Veeder loves her creative ways of keeping children engaged through music and drawing.
âGetting kids to create and be able to sing to them and tell a story through song, show them the pictures, show them how the pictures were inspired, introduce them to artistic techniques with different mediums,â Veeder said.
It’s not the only way she captures the minds of children aged five to 11.
She recently wrote her first children’s book, Prairie Princess, which chronicles how to live on a ranch and learn to care for animals through the eyes of a little girl.
âI grew up on a ranch outside of Watford City on the edge of the badlands and just loved this environment to be raised where you had all this wide open space, all these animals to take care of. “said Veeder.
The kids had the opportunity to learn all about ranch life as Veeder read them the children’s story in addition to performing a song about owning a dog.
âA lot of these kids have animal connections, and I certainly grew up and still do,â Veeder said.
Lee Nagel is a father of two who decided to bring his children to the workshop.
âThey loved it. They loved coming and doing the drawing, they had an art project for them, and they loved hearing the music and the songs, and now my son wants a guitar,â Nagel said.
But it does not stop there.
âMy daughter loves to draw, she has her own art station at home, so she really enjoyed it,â Nagel added.
The next stop for Veeder will be the Grands Forks Library next Saturday.