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How to Find a GREAT Children’s BOOK to use in the MUSIC Classroom

By Dona S. Ramsey ©2012

(enjoy the following bonus listing of a “few” great books to add to your library)


Half the fun of finding a new children’s book to use in your music classroom is the search process. Bookstores (both new and used), thrift stores (children’s section), yard, garage and rummage sales are great places to search for that “perfect children’s.” Most of us enjoy shopping but a few of us are passionate over finding just one more book to add to the collection.

Useful criteria for a children’s book includes content, rhyming (or not), short, with quality illustrations. Content is the first consideration. Content must be relevant to learning and age appropriate. If the book is a rhyming book, there is a good chance it can be sung. If it is a good choice but doesn’t rhyme, look for a repetitive theme and create a short repeated 4 line, 16 beat song.

Here is a listing of a few gems both new and old …


The Animal Bop Won’t STOP by Jan Ormerod & Lindsey Gardiner (+ CD)

Click, Clack Moo-Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

The Composer is DEAD by Lemony Snicket (+ CD)

Don’t Slam the Door! By Dori Chaconas

The Duck Who Played the Kazoo – by Amy E. Sklansky

(The Completed) Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Aylesworth

Hickory Dickory DOCK by Keith Baker

The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle

The Maggie B by Irene Haas

Marsupial Sue (The Runaway Pancake) by John Lithgow (*CD ISBN:0-7379-0249-3)

The Musical Life of Gustav Mole by Kathryn Meyrick (+ CD)

Old Devil Wind by Barry Root

Over in the Meadow (A Counting Rhyme) by Olive A. Wadsworth

Pete the Cat, I LOVE My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (+for FREE song go to: www)

The Pout-Pout Fish – by Deborah Diesen

Treasure Island from A Growing Field Adventure by Mark E. Hoog

Rah, Rah, Radishes! (a Vegetable Chant) By April Pulley Sayre

The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow (*CD ISBN:0-7379-0249-3)

Stanza by Jill Esbaum