Children's Books To Tie In With An Elementary Music Curriculum

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The list author says: "Once a month, my elementary classes have what I call "Literature Day". We share a story that has to do with some form of music, be it instruments, composer biographies, or just musical expression in general. It's been fun to share my love of music with my love of reading!"
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Caldecott Honor Book)
1.  Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Caldecott Honor Book) by Lloyd Moss
The list author says:
  "This introduces some instruments of the orchestra as well as the words for different types of musical ensembles, (Trio, Quartet, etc.) It also has a nice "Dr. Seuss-y" feel to it because it rhymes."
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Mama Don't Allow
2.  Mama Don't Allow by Thacher Hurd
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  "This is great because the song sheet music is included at the end of the book so we can learn the song the day before we read the story."
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Bach's Big Adventure
3.  Bach's Big Adventure by Sallie Ketcham
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Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!
4.  Bravo, Amelia Bedelia! by Herman Parish
The list author says:
  "Since most kids have already read an Amelia Bedelia book or two already, we're able to predict what could happen if she were to play in a band."
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Bravo, Maurice!
5.  Bravo, Maurice! by Rebecca Bond
The list author says:
  "This is such a cute story about a little boy whose family members all think he'll turn out just like them until he surprises them all and becomes a singer."
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Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
6.  Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
The list author says:
  "Some of the kids can pronounce the dinosaur names better than I can!"
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Dooby Dooby Moo
7.  Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
The list author says:
  "There's really no "moral" to this story, but the cows are hilarious."
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The Remarkable Farkle McBride
8.  The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow
The list author says:
  "I'm kind of wondering why this hasn't been made into a video.  Cool illustrations, and a good intro to instrument families."
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The Frog Who Wanted to Be a Singer
9.  The Frog Who Wanted to Be a Singer by Linda Goss
The list author says:
  "This suggests to students to be accepting of people who are different or like different things."
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Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (but what about Dolores?) (Horace and Morris and Dolores)
10.  Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (but what about Dolores?) (Horace and Morris and Dolores) by James Howe
The list author says:
  "I love this because it shows that you don't have to be the best at something to enjoy it."
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I See the Rhythm (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner)
11.  I See the Rhythm (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner) by Toyomi Igus
The list author says:
  "A good one for African American History Month, and a good look at how certain musical styles evolved."
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John's Secret Dreams: The John Lennon Story
12.  John's Secret Dreams: The John Lennon Story by Doreen Rappaport
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  "I usually read this to 5th & 6th graders."
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Mole Music (Reading Rainbow Book)
13.  Mole Music (Reading Rainbow Book) by David M. McPhail
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The Music Inside Me (Kids Are Authors)
14.  The Music Inside Me (Kids Are Authors) by Marvin Elementary School Students
The list author says:
  "I got this through a book fair at our elementary school.  We usually discuss how our experiences and memories contribute to the "music inside us" like the old man in the story."
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Music over Manhattan (Picture Yearling Book)
15.  Music over Manhattan (Picture Yearling Book) by Mark Karlins
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The Rickety Barn Show
16.  The Rickety Barn Show by Jemma Beeke
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Spider Storch's Music Mess
17.  Spider Storch's Music Mess by Gina Willner-Pardo
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Berlioz the Bear
18.  Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett
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Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band
19.  Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band by Christine M. Schneider
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Violet's Music
20.  Violet's Music by Angela Johnson
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Worst Band in the Universe
21.  Worst Band in the Universe by Graeme Base
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What Charlie Heard
22.  What Charlie Heard by Mordicai Gerstein
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When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba
23.  When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba by Eileen Kurtis-Kleinman
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Jake the Philharmonic Dog
24.  Jake the Philharmonic Dog by Karen LeFrak
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I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello
25.  I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by John O'Brien
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Last updated: 10/26/07
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