The “Little Brown Bear” original stories and music CDs written for young children has been released by two Washington residents.

The stories are written by Susan A. Katz, internationally acclaimed poet and author, in collaboration with accomplished and published pianist Sharon Ruchman of Washington.

Under the creative theme of “The Way To Wonder,” the two artistic friends began collaboration in 2015 by establishing the Words to Music, LLC, creating the www.kreartivekids website, and making it all available as an interactive “playroom” for children.

The goal of Kreartivekids is to empower children to aspire, believe, create and discover.

The “Little Brown Bear” series of board books are filled with stories and poems, and accompanied by CDs of Katz reading the stories aloud.

Ruchman accompanies each story with background music and colorful sound effects.

The series was inspired by Katz’s desire to create books for her grandchildren.

“As Sharon began writing accompanying music to the words I had written, we thought it would be ideal for children to also hear sound effects that would bring the reading experience to life for them,” Katz said.

The music was written “to be memorable, encouraging children to hum along,” Ruchman said.

Children have the opportunity to interpret the stories through drawing.

“It is our intent with the Little Brown Bear stories for each child to become a part of the story, by inserting their own drawing or photo interactively on the computer,” Katz stated.

“We believe that the integration of language, music and art empowers children to take ownership of their own creativity, and make learning a fun and rewarding experience,” she said.

Katz is an internationally known poet, author, lecturer and educator/

The author of three poetry collections has had her work in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies.

She also wrote the title poem of her collaboration with Ruchman, “Born Twice,” which appeared in the 2013 international poetry anthology, “Aesthetica.”

She has served as book review editor for the international literary magazine, Bitterroot, and is a contributing author.

Ruchman is a singer, composer and pianist who began her piano studies at the age of 8 and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music.

While at the conservatory, she accompanied its chorus and attended the Ambler Music Festival and the Blossom Music Festival, where she was chosen to sing in Robert Shaw’s chamber choir.

While studying at the Yale School of Music from 1971to 1973, she was an alto soloist with the Yale Glee Club and New Haven chorale and participated in the opera program at the Norfolk Music Festival in Norfolk.

In 2009, Ruchman released her first original classic music CD, followed by two more CDs in 2013.

The “Little Brown Bear” book collection is sold in a case with the accompanying CD for $19.99 through the Kreative Kids website and at Newbury Place stores in Southbury, Essex and Washington Depot, Hickory Stick Book Store in Washington Depot and The Silly Sprout in Litchfield.