Youth Services

Echo and the Bats

Connecting kids to a love of reading through the power of music!

Come dance along with Echo and the Bats - Austin's first All Youth Librarian band! You've seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kid's books put to music! Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family! We use our love for books and music to blend the two into a brand new kind of show that makes reading and rocking go hand in hand! 

Band Member Bios

Kathleen: Vocals, tambourine, puppetry

  • Favorite Dinosaur: Yutyrannus - or the Big Bird of the dino realm because of his bright yellow feathers
  • Favorite Snack: Ice water (true!)
  • Superpower: Can make ice cream
  • Fun fact: Can walk on the knuckles of her toes like a monkey
  • Role Model: Pigeon - The key of persistence opens all doors closed by resistance (John Di Lemme)

James: Guitar

  • Favorite dinosaur: Ankylosaurus
  • Favorite snack: boring old almonds
  • Superpower: ability to reach anything off the top shelf
  • Fun Fact: was accidentally almost a dentist!
  • Role model: Clifford

Gabriel: Bass, vocals

  • Favorite Dinosaur:  Giganotosaurus
  • Favorite snack:  Snack Packs!
  • Superpower: Screams well with others
  • Fun Fact: Loves to forage the forest floor for insects and rodents to eat
  • Roll Model:  Cinnamon Bun from Adventure Time!

Jessica: Drums

  • Favorite Dinosaur: Brontosaurus
  • Favorite Snack: Banana ice cream
  • Superpower: Mini Piñata Making
  • Fun Fact: Once ate 7 veggie hot dogs at a veggie hot dog eating contest
  • Role Model: Animal from the Muppets

Tunes from Echo & the Bats



Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

 A blend of two of our favorite things:  Mo Willems' book of the same title, and the Beatles "Don't Let Me Down"

I Like Myself

Inspired by the Karen Beaumont book, I Like Myself, and the Ramones "California Sun" 

Tiny Dinosaurs

Our cover of the amazing song about Pet-Sized Dinosaurs by the band Lunch Money 

Will You Still Read Me?

A reimagining of the Shirelle's "Will You Still Love Me" from the perspective of a beloved book 

Spider Crawlin' Up the Spout


A new spin on the old storytime classic, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" but with structure and melody pulled from the Vaseline's "Son of a Gun" 

Reading So Merrily

Fans of Adventure Time will recognize this as Ashley Eriksson's "Island Song" reimagined as a song about the library 

Dancing Song

An original work by Mr. Gabriel, bass player for Echo and the Bats

We're the Kids in Storytime A fresh take on an 80s classic, we take Kids in America by Kim Wilde and make it all about that most venerable of institutions, the library storytime
Wild Rumpus What would happen if you mashed up Where the Wild Things Are with the rock call and response stylings of Slade? Find out in this showstopper of a closer!

Learn more about the Books and Music that inspire Echo and the Bats!

Check out our booklist and playlist below!