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I Want To Be A Drummer!

by Mark Powers – illustrated by Maria Montag

published by blue manatee press

Follow along as Daniel finds the musicality in everyday objects he discovers right at home. A fun reminder that the joy of making music can be found anywhere, perfect for little ones who can’t resist keeping the beat.

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“Mark and Maria did a really lovely job with this adorable book… It does go a long way to inspire children to search for musical notions in everyday household items.”
— Todd Sucherman, Drummer, Styx

“The beauty of I Want to Be a Drummer! is that it reminds readers of all ages that the joy of making music can be found anywhere… you just have to look around you and experiment. I highly recommend this storytime book for your young one.”
— Bart Elliott, DrummerCafe.com

“For every little one who has made a pot into a drum and a couple spoons into drumsticks, here is a book they’ll love and can relate to!”
— Regina LaCaruba, diapers-and-daydreams.com

“I Want to Be a Drummer! is a beautifully written and illustrated book that teaches young children how to problem-solve. It’s a wonderful addition to my preschool classroom’s library!”

— Sheryl Cooper, preschool teacher and writer, Teaching2and3YearOlds.com

“I love the gentle encouragement to create your own drum set out of found items around the house. Perfect for rainy/cold days playing indoors.”
— Lola Snyder, MLS, Head of Youth Services, Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN

“A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“I Want To Be A Drummer provides a wonderful account of the spirit of creativity and ingenuity that manifests in young musicians, and percussionists in particular. The book is a warm and elegant illustration of how many–if not most–of the world’s greatest drummers get their start.”
— Joe Wong, host and producer, The Trap Set with Joe Wong Podcast

About the Author

Percussionist Mark Powers resides in Portland, Oregon and visits schools around the country, showing students how to use “found objects” to create music from common, everyday items – at the same time developing creativity and listening/communication skills.


About the Illustrator

Maria Montag is an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. When Maria isn’t sketching, painting or creating in her studio, you can find her in the garden with the chickens or adventuring around the globe with her husband. Maria holds a BFA in painting from Miami University.


About the Publisher

blue manatee press was founded in 2011 with a mission to create meaningful, enduring books that help bring grownups and children together. Led by a pediatrician, our team consists of experts in child development, fine art, and children’s literature, our laboratory an award-winning independent bookstore in business for over 20 years.