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Top 10 Music and Reading Resources

Discover ways to integrate music into your literacy toolkit. We've included lots of recommendations for quality fiction and nonfiction books about music and musicians, plus hands-on activities to extend the learning. You'll also find tips on using music to help kids with LD boost their language skills.
  1. Music Stories
    Music stories are compositions of a narrative or descriptive sort. Students can listen for the story in the music, and this type of music can be integrated with literature, literacy, social studies, science, mathematics, and the other arts.
  2. Music and Musicians: Books and Activities for Kids
    Discover a collection of great fiction and nonfiction picture books about music and musicians, explore hands-on activities, try a writing prompt, or check out a few interactive music apps.
  3. Reading Adventure Pack: Music
    Go on a "musical" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
  4. Visual Imagery
    Good readers construct mental images as they read a text. By using prior knowledge and background experiences, readers connect the author's writing with a personal picture. Through guided visualization, students learn how to create mental pictures as they read.
  5. Celebrate Dr. Seuss and Music In Our Schools Month
    Share music and playful rhythms to help students generate and organize writing ideas. Kick off Music In Our Schools Month on Dr. Seuss's March birthday with this pre-writing activity.
  6. Music and Language Learning
    Language learning offers a unique and exciting opportunity to integrate music. Many people have had the experience of learning a world language and singing simple, silly songs in class. The introduction of music provides a light-hearted and fun way to interact with another language and culture.
  7. Making Music: Literacy Tips for Parents
    Here are some helpful hints on making music a part of your daily life as well as a list of recommended musical recordings and songbooks for you to try.
  8. Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
    Watch our video interview with beloved performer and writer Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, also a published author of children's books and Raising Bookworms. Andrews and Hamilton talk about the importance of poems, songs and lullabies in their family.
  9. Crickets, Books, and Bach: Develop a Summer Listening Program
    Listening is an engaging way to for kids with LD to learn. Have them listen to music or watcvh musical theater. Point out background sounds such as the way the peppy tune on an audiobook adds fun and humor to an adventure tale.
  10. Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity
    Learn how fine art and performing arts can help students with disabilities, and find resources that allow you to include art in the content areas you teach.

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Hi, I want to ask if you have any feedback on the effectiveness of reading with sound effects and music withing the book itself, like Booktrack books? These are ebooks that have accompanied sounds and music that children can listen to while reading. How effective is this to help children learn to read, get them interested in reading in first place. Thanks.

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