looking for picture books from songs/ rhythmic texts
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So, what are your favorite song stories? What do you find yourself chanting after story hour or bedtime reading? Inquiring minds want to know!
My daughters loved the book, and we'd sometimes even put the CD on and sing along ... it's really a wonderful book.
I ain't gonna paint no more by Karen Beaumont is another great one. It's one of my favorite books for a storytime and gets a terrific intake of breath for those who can anticipate the rhyme when you get to "Oh what a nut, gonna paint my ..." as the recidivist child starts splashing paint all over his body.
One of my storytime faves is The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort. It's the wheels on the bus tune, but instead of the parts of the bus, it's the sounds of the animals as they take over a city bus with chaotic results.
There are also 2 great versions of If You're Happy and You Know It that involve animals. One is by the fab Jane Cabrera and the other is by Jan Ormerod.
AND that leads me to Down by the station by Will Hillenbrand (how could I forget this? I made a flannelboard for it!)where the train leaves the station and picks up all the animal babies to take them to "work" at the Children's Zoo. Being a music teacher, aviddiva (and a palindrome as well), you might balk at the slight awkwardness of "See the little panda cub, waiting-for-to-go." All the same, it's a cute book that is nice and big for storytime.
There are board book versions of a number of popular children's songs including Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes. There is also an edition of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that includes a CD/ tape which has Ray Charles singing the entire story as well as the authors repeating some of the many childhood chants that inspired it.
Abiyoyo: based on a South African lullaby and folk story is actually written around a song and is fun to sing with preschoolers.
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"singing books" are one of my very favourite topics.
I have found that just as music calms the savage beast, so too does it calm the savage kindergartener!
some my very favourite singing books are:
If you were my bunny
A you’re adorable
Over in the meadow
Take me out to the ball game
in terms of rythym or rhyme I love:
There were Monkeys in my Kitchen
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
One Gray Mouse
i also love
Lizzy's Lion but it might be a bit too scary for preschoolers... (a robber meets a bad end when he sneaks into Lizzy's house). After reading it one time I had a kindergartener tell me "Ms. Moffatt that is NOT a nice book!"
have fun with them!
A fun rhyming one with a funny story is No Jumping on the Bed.
Also, Carole King sings Chicken Soup with Rice,by Maurice Sendak, but it's a longer piece.
Rhythmic texts (no song that I know of) that I also use include:
The Piggy in the Puddle
Sheep in a Jeep
A Boy and His Bunny
And almost anything by Margaret Wise Brown and Sandra Boynton
Oh, and one more thing, a song without a book (that I know of) that always makes the kids and me laugh is "From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies (it was a very, very daring thing to do)" sung by John Lithgow on his first CD.
A lot of Sandra Boynton's are great too. Barnyard Dance! springs to mind. For classics, "Goodnight, Moon and The Runaway Bunny are always good.
John Denver's picture books include Sunshine On My Shoulders, Grandma's Feather Bed, and Take Me Home Country Roads.
Billy Joel also has Goodnight, My Angel and New York State of Mind
this jazz man (like this old man)
punk farm old macdonald
the cheese farmer in the dell
comin' round the mountain
denise fleming- first day of winter
bubblegum bubblegum by wheeler
I know it's summer, but maybe something to look for to start the year out?
Oh! I forgot Jamberry by Bruce Degen too, I'm always almost singing by the time I get to the end of reading that one!