8 by Eight
I already included some of my favorites music and movement books on last month's Terrific Twos list! Be sure to check out Alphabet Family Band and Barnyard Dance as well as Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood.
Music augments learning for kids. The rhyme and rhythm help them remember words and sounds. Any book can become a song. If you're feeling self-consious, never fear! Kids respond positively to music and they will absolutely know you are the best performer they have ever heard! Sing proud!
Pete the Cat comes with his own soundtrack. If you're more of a dog family, author Eric Litwin is currently publishing a new singing series featuring guitar-weilding Groovy Joe! Downloadable music available.
Margaret Wise Brown's (Goodnight Moon) Goodnight Songs is illustrated by contemporary illustrators and is currently available in hardcover with CD or board book for young hands.
If your young musician is interested in performers, there are lots of excellent picture book biographies. Start with Little Melba and her Big Trombone.
For slightly older children (ages 4-7), three of my favorite music and dance books are Ada's Violin, Mole Music, and Firebird. Each book includes an engaging story, phenomenal illustrations, and a message about how music and dance transcend language and cutlure to inspire harmony. Lots to talk, sing, and dance about with these three books.
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