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A guide by S. Besaw "Books before Food" (Piney Creek, NC)
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Children's literature is filled with rhythm and rhyhme ~ and repetitive phrases. These qualities in good measure assure the books appeal for young readers. These same qualitaies are often found in kids' songs. Did you realize My Favorite Things can be discovered in a book?

An excellent selection of these type of are produced by Raffi~ "Songs to Read". Shake My Sillies Out is a wonderful selection for introducing storytime to children ~ Shake My Sillies Out (Raffi Songs to Read). Another Raffi favorite, Baby Buluga can be used to integrate science with literature. This title and song Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read) is charming. Ths song/book Down by the Bay (Raffi Songs to Read) is fun to use to use with social studies.

There are also beautiful edition of folk songs like America the Beautiful and histories to be found America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song.

Finger Plays and Nursery Rhymes can often be found accompanied to music. The books by Iza Trapi The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star [With CD] (Sing Along with Iza and Friends and Read Along with Page-Tur) are delightful. There are also versions to sign and sing along Sign and Sing Along: Itsy Bitsy Spider and Sign and Sing Along: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Additionally, children delight in discovering new verses to the favorite stanzas as in Twinkle Little Star (Kids Play). The Five Little... offers many versions ~ Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury (A Five Little Monkeys Story), Five Little Ladybugs, Five Little Ducks (Raffi Songs to Read). Old favorites include~ Old Macdonald: A Hand-Puppet Board Book (Little Scholastic), This Old Man and my favorite to sing with the children~ If You're Happy and You Know It!.

Children's authors and illustrators publish favorite songs as book titles. Eric Carle's Today Is Monday is a great one for collaboration between the music teacher and the librarian. Collections such as Best Loved Stories in Song and Dance, And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon: Over 650 Activities to Teach Toddlers Using Familiar Rhymes and Songs (Toddlers & Twos) (For Toddlers and Twos) and Meet the Orchestra are valuable resources.

Then there are the wonderfully illustrated titles which are stories about music. This is list which could be pages long~ so just a few for starters~ Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Aladdin Picture Books), Charlie Parker Played Be Bop [With Cassette] (Live Oak Music Makers) and Those Amazing Musical Instruments!: Your Guide to the Orchestra Through Sounds and Stories (Naxos Books).

Hymns and spirituals make beautiful compositions for books of songs. The edition of a joyful song by Eleanor Farjeon of Morning Has Broken is beautiful, as is Stephen Wyllie's All Things Bright and Beautiful, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands and Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn An incredible selection of spirituals can be found in The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton.

Many, many fairy tales can be discovered through audio editions. Fairytale Favorites in Story & Song by Jim Weiss won A Parent's Choice Award. It A Storyteller's Version of Fairytale Favorites in Story and Song includes "Stone Soup" and "Rapunzel"

Sometimes you can discover the two combined as in Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf: With a Fully-Orchestrated and Narrated CD. Music in the form of opera introduces children to wonderful stories as well as instuments in an orchestra like Tubby the Tuba (Book & CD) and Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids. The story of The Magic Flute even is a Magic Tree House episode~ Magic Tree House #41: Moonlight on the Magic Flute (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)).

Another classic which is actually considered a ballet is the The Nutcracker Ballet This selection has many choices for a huge variety of reading levels like The Nutcracker and even a pop-up edition The Nutcracker: A Pop-Up Book: Adapted from the Classic Tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann

This brings to mind~ perhaps the most numerous category of songs that have become book titles~ which are the Christmas carols. Just think of the many versions of the Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Jan BrettThe Twelve Days of Christmasand the pop-up classics by Robert Sabuda The Twelve Days of Christmas : A Pop-Up Celebration.

Raffi
Raffi The Singable Songs Collection (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
Baby Beluga

Children's Operas & Ballets
Peter and the Wolf / Tubby the Tuba
Carnival of the Animals with CD: Poems Inspired by Saint-SaŽns' Music
Mozart's The Magic Flute: Opera Classics Library Series (Opera Classics Library)
A Child's Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance
DK Read & Listen: Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories (DK Read & Listen)The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories

Christmas Song-Books
Diane Goode's American Christmas (Picture Puffins)
Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas (Stories Behind Books)
The Wiggles - Christmas Song and Activity Book

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