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Early Literacy - Singing

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Songs are a natural way to slow down and learn language.  Check out these books you and your child can sing to and books with Rhyme and poetry.


All the pretty little horses : a traditional lullaby Cover
Linda Saport
A traditional lullaby presented with music, a note on the origin of the song, and pastel illustrations which reflect its possible connection to slaves in the American South
E Sap
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Chicken soup with rice Cover
Maurice Sendak
A boy sings the praises of his favorite soup, with a reason to love it for each month of the year
E Se
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Down by the station Cover
Will Hillenbrand
In this version of a familiar song, baby animals ride to the children's zoo on the zoo train. Printed music on last page
E Hil
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Five little ducks Cover
Raffi
Jose Aruego
When her five little ducks disappear one by one, Mother Duck sets out to find them. Includes musical notation
E Raf
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Good night, Gorilla Cover
Peggy Rathmann
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo
E Rat
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Green eggs and ham Cover
Dr Seuss
Presents an illustration of the principle that things are not always what they might appear to be. Helps stimulate reading skills
Ei Seu
Book
Nov 13, 2011
How do you wokka-wokka? Cover
Elizabeth Bluemle
Randy Cecil
A young boy who likes to "wokka-wokka, shimmy-shake, and shocka-shocka" gathers his neighbors together for a surprise celebration
E Blu
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Hush little baby Cover
Sylvia Long
In this variation on an old lullaby, a baby rabbit is shown an assortment of wonders by its adoring parent
E Lon
Book
Nov 8, 2011
I ain't gonna paint no more! Cover
Karen Beaumont
David Catrow
In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places
E Bea
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Little white duck Cover
Walt Whippo
Bernard Zaritzky
Joan Paley
Based on the song of the same title, a little white duck causes a commotion in its pond
E Whi
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Mary had a little lamb Cover
Mary Ann Hoberman
Nadine Bernard Westcott
This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens after the lamb gets to school. Includes music on the last page
E Hob
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Miss Polly has a dolly Cover
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Elicia Castaldi
Rhyming tale of a sick dolly, the care she receives from her doctor and Miss Polly, and the treat she is offered when she becomes well
E Edw
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Old MacDonald had a woodshop Cover
Lisa Shulman
Ashley Wolff
A female Old MacDonald builds a farm in her workshop
E Shu
Book
Nov 8, 2011
On top of spaghetti Cover
Paul Brett Johnson
Tom Glazer
In an adaptation of the original parody, the hound Yodeler Jones tells what happened when his beloved meatball escaped from a plateful of spaghetti and ended up under a bush outside his restaurant
E Joh
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Over at the castle Cover
Boni Ashburn
Kelly Murphy
In this variation on the folk song "Over the Meadow," the occupants of a medieval castle spend their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, and dancing, until they receive a special surprise from their dragon neighbors
E Ash
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Pete the Cat : I love my white shoes Cover
Eric Litwin
James Dean
Pete the Cat gets into colorful adventures while out walking in his new white shoes
E Lit
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Rhyming dust bunnies Cover
Jan Thomas
As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger
E Tho
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Row, row, row your boat Cover
Iza Trapani
Follows a family of bears on a fun-filled outing as their gentle boat ride down the stream turns into a fast-paced adventure
E Tra
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Sheep in a jeep Cover
Nancy (Nancy E.) Shaw
Margot Apple
Records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep
E Sha
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Skip to my Lou Cover
Nadine Bernard Westcott
E Wes
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Sylvia Long's Mother Goose Cover
Sylvia Long
An illustrated collection of familiar nursery rhymes
E Lon
Book
Nov 13, 2011
The ants go marching Cover
Ann Owen
Sandra D'Antonio
Presents an illustrated version of the traditional song along with some discussion of its folk origins. Includes music and the words to ten verses
E Ant
Book
Nov 13, 2011
The farmer in the dell Cover
Alexandra Wallner
An illustrated version of the traditional game song accompanied by music
E Wal
Book
Nov 13, 2011
The magic hat Cover
Mem Fox
Tricia Tusa
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads
E Fox
Book
Nov 13, 2011
The seals on the bus Cover
Lenny Hort
G. Brian Karas
Different animals--including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more--make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus
E Hor
Book
Nov 8, 2011
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly Cover
Simms Taback
Presents the traditional version of a famous American folk poem first heard in the U.S. in the 1940's with illustrations on die-cut pages that reveal all that the old lady swallows
E Tab
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Toes have wiggles, kids have giggles Cover
Harriet Ziefert
Rebecca Doughty
Rhyming text presents the characteristics of things which are frequently experienced or observed in the lives of children
E Zie
Book
Nov 13, 2011
We're going on a bear hunt Cover
Michael Rosen
Helen Oxenbury
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat
E Ros
Book
Nov 8, 2011
Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein Cover
Shel Silverstein
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings
J 811 Sil
Book
Nov 13, 2011
Yankee Doodle Cover
Mary Ann Hoberman
Nadine Bernard Westcott
Expands on the familiar song to include a girl, a poodle, a toad, and a rooster who, along with Yankee Doodle, open a restaurant called Yankee Doodle's Noodles. Includes music
E Hob
Book
Nov 8, 2011
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Linda Saport
E Sap
Eric Litwin
James Dean
E Lit
Maurice Sendak
E Se
Jan Thomas
E Tho
Will Hillenbrand
E Hil
Iza Trapani
E Tra
Raffi
Jose Aruego
E Raf
Nancy (Nancy E.) Shaw
Margot Apple
E Sha
Peggy Rathmann
E Rat
Nadine Bernard Westcott
E Wes
Dr Seuss
Ei Seu
Sylvia Long
E Lon
Elizabeth Bluemle
Randy Cecil
E Blu
Ann Owen
Sandra D'Antonio
E Ant
Sylvia Long
E Lon
Alexandra Wallner
E Wal
Karen Beaumont
David Catrow
E Bea
Mem Fox
Tricia Tusa
E Fox
Walt Whippo
Bernard Zaritzky
Joan Paley
E Whi
Lenny Hort
G. Brian Karas
E Hor
Mary Ann Hoberman
Nadine Bernard Westcott
E Hob
Simms Taback
E Tab
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Elicia Castaldi
E Edw
Harriet Ziefert
Rebecca Doughty
E Zie
Lisa Shulman
Ashley Wolff
E Shu
Michael Rosen
Helen Oxenbury
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Paul Brett Johnson
Tom Glazer
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Shel Silverstein
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Boni Ashburn
Kelly Murphy
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Mary Ann Hoberman
Nadine Bernard Westcott
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