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Music Makers

Sharing music with children has delighted parents and caregivers throughout the ages. Music is one of the first ways we communicate with babies, and its rhythm and rhyme help develop early language skills. This collection of books for children ages 0-9 combines two wonderful ways to spend time with children: sharing music and sharing stories. Teach children about jazz greats, folk song legends and international rhyming games with these lyrical tales.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Tisket, a Tasket

By: Ella Fitzgerald
Illustrated by: Ora Eitan
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The song made famous by jazz great Ella Fitzgerald in the 1930s has been re-created, re-energized and newly presented in a picture book version. Sprightly cut paper collage illustrations show two children losing and ultimately finding both a lost basket and a friendship.

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

By: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Inspired by jazz great Charlie Parker, rhythm and repetition are woven together to create a musical effect. Animated watercolors and lively text combine in a story that begs to be read aloud.

Diez Deditos: 10 Little Fingers & Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America

By: Elisa Kleven
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This attractively animated collection of lively songs and rhyming games is a great opportunity to have fun with language! Written in both English and Spanish, this playful book expands your word game repertoire.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

By: Andrea Pinkney
Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From her early days in Harlem to becoming the First Lady of Jazz, the story of Ella Fitzgerald is presented by a cool feline named Scat Cat Monroe. As Scat Cat steals through the pages of this book, Ella Fitzgerald’s life and work are revealed in jazz-inspired language accompanied by dramatic scratchboard illustrations. The result is a lively and loving picture book biography.

Hip Cat

By: Jonathan London
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A cool cat named Oobie-Do moves to San Francisco, plays his saxophone and works as a short order cook, until his jazzy talents are recognized by nightclub owner Minnie, who books him for a gig. The bold, stylized illustrations are a cool complement to the rhythmic language of this off beat(nik!) tale.

If You're Happy and You Know It

By: Raffi
Illustrated by: Cyd Moore
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Monkey's friends prepare a surprise party and then share the birthday fun! A familiar song is extended by singer/songwriter Raffi and presented here with engaging, child-like illustrations sure to get readers singing and clapping along with monkey and friends.

Los Pollitos Dicen/The Baby Chicks Sing

By: Nancy Hall, Jill Swyerson-Stork
Illustrated by: Kay Chorao
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This collection of children's rhymes is drawn from Spanish-speaking countries and is presented in both Spanish and English. The music that accompanies each song appears on delicately illustrated pages that children will want to hear again and again.

Music, Music for Everyone

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Rosa’s grandmother becomes sick, Rosa comes up with an idea that not only makes Grandma feel better, it helps add coins to the family’s near empty money jar. Translucent watercolors illustrate this timeless, affectionate tale of family, community and the power of music.

Simple Gifts

By: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A familiar traditional Shaker hymn has been interpreted in bold, semi-abstract, jewel-toned illustrations reminiscent of artist Paul Klee. A cat, squirrel, bird and turtle characters create the feel of the music.

Snow Music

By: Lynne Rae Perkins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The whisper of snow and the jingle of dog tags set a wintery tone in this story of a boy and his friend in search of his lost dog on a snowy day. Music is everywhere in the rhythm of the language and patterns of the illustration in this unusual and memorable book.

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