Jim Gill’s 1st Book honored as 2015 ILLINOIS READS Selection!

Jim created May There Always Be Sunshine as a book for children and adults to read and sing together… and also to encourage playful book-making in classrooms, playrooms and family rooms.

And, now, he is honored that the book has been named a 2015 ILLINOIS READS selection!

The song that inspired the book is included on Jim’s first recording, Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes. You can watch a slideshow of the award-winning book by clicking on the “Sample” link in the navigation area above.

Jim signs each book that is ordered directly from this website store.


Contact Jim

Jim Gill, Inc.
P.O. Box 2263
Oak Park, Illinois 60303-2263

708-763-9864 (Business Hours Only CST)

866-929-5134 (Toll Free)

Purchase orders accepted. Download order form at Jim’s store.



I am excited for the MANY upcoming visits I'll be making for family concerts.....as well as for training sessions for early childhood educators and librarians.   So far, in 2015, I have trips scheduled to California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Texas, Michigan, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Florida (in the winter!), Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and Virginia.  And, of course, there will be lots of events in the Chicago area and my home state of Illinois!   I am HONORED to share my music play with folks all across the country this year!

Jim Gill's Family Room Tour:  What is unique about my concerts is the degree to which children, parents and grandparents sing and dance and play together.  It's more than a "performance"........a family room experience is created in the concert hall!  This video, featuring my friend Don Stille playing the accordion, is a great example of the active family play that takes place at each concert on my Family Room Tour:

click here to watch the segment


Words on Play

An Opportunity Missed....An Opportunity Taken

Some memories stick with you.

My wife and I were traveling and stopped into a pizza restaurant for dinner. As we entered we saw a dad and his daughter, maybe 4 years old, sitting at opposite sides of a booth.  Because both were leaning over the table, their heads were pretty close together. They looked as though they might be whispering secrets or telling each other jokes.  Who knew?  But it was a dad and his daughter obviously sharing a special time together.  My wife turned to me and said, "This reminds me of you on one of your daddy-daughter nights."

It was only as we walked past them to our own table that we saw the full picture.  The dad and his daughter were both leaning over the table they shared......and each was intimately involved with a personal digital device.  The father was typing on his ipad and the daughter was watching a movie on her portable dvd player. 

I suppose it’s the missed opportunity that I remember.

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