My Booklist


    Books are used in many different ways during Music.  Some are lyrics to popular folk songs as well as new songs that we sing, some are used as springboards for the children to create sound carpets and sound effects, and some are stories about music, in a certain style of music and/or about composers.  Here are some examples of the books we read during Music.


  • I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello

    I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello

    by Barbara S. Garriel, John O'Brien (Illustrator) Year Published:
    Students sing this song while learning about various instruments listed in the book.
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  • Marsupial Sue

    Marsupial Sue

    by John Lithgow, Jack E. Davis (Illustrator) Year Published:
    This song written by John Lithgow is a favorite to sing in the Spring when we move to the waltzing meter of 3!
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  • This Land is Your Land

    This Land is Your Land

    by Woody Guthrie, Kathy Jakobsen (Illustrator) Year Published:
    This book is used as a visual as we sing this popular folk song and learn additional verses in class.
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  • What a Wonderful World

    What a Wonderful World

    by George David Weiss Year Published:
    A vibrantly colorful book with the lyrics to the song made famous by Louis Armstrong, this book is used early in the year to introduce children to the song as well other musical concepts demonstrated in the song and recording.
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Inserting Musical Effects

  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

    by Linda Williams, Megan Lloyd (Illustrator) Year Published:
    This spooky tale is told in October with the children. Students identify classroom instruments to accompany each part of the story to help provide sound effects during the retelling of the book.
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Music and Composers

  • Carnival of the Animals

    Carnival of the Animals

    by Camille Saint-Saens, Barrie C. Turner, Sue Williams Year Published:
    Students in the primary grades experience the music of this book written by Camille Saint-Saens through movement and visuals. Musical concepts such as dynamics, tempo, articulation, and mood are among the ideas covered during this unit.
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  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    by Sally Grindley, Thomas Taylor Year Published:
    Students in the second grade compare and contrast different versions of the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice using Venn Diagrams. This musical tone poem was written by the composer Paul Dukas.
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