A List of Children's Song Storybooks

These books have well- known children's songs as their text. They are a great resource for teaching music and integrating Language Arts into the music curriculum or vice versa. The list is in alphabetical order by title. Click on the letters below to go to the title you are intersted in.



1,2, Tie Up My Shoe - A New Look at an Old Nursery Rhyme; Liz Underhill; Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1990; ISBN 1-55670-142-X; Detailed and humorous pictures take the familiar poem up to “29, 30, Asleep in the nursey.”

A-Hunting We Will Go; illustrated by Steven Kellogg, William Morrow and Co., Inc., New York, 1998; ISBN )-68814944-8; Fanciful pictures and story

A Hunting We Will Go; by John Langstaff and illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker, Aladdin; Reissue edition, 1991; ISBN 068971503X; with verses by children. John Langstaff was one of our great music educators who founded the "Revels" movement.

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Abiyoyo; by Pete Seeger, illustrations by Michael Hays, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1986; ISBN: 0-02-781490-4; - Pete Seeger adapted this story from a South African folk tale. It integrates the music into the text in a delightful way. One of 3 or 4 books we know that integrates the "MusicTales" idea of including music with text. Pete writes a forward encouraging all to retell and change the story.

All Gods Critters Got a Place in the choir; by Bill Staines, illustrated by Margot Zemach; published by Dutton 1993; ISBN 0-525-44469-6

All the Pretty Little Horses; A Traditional Lullaby; illustrated by Linda Saport; published by Clarion 1999; ISBN 0-395-93097

All Things Bright and Beautiful; by Cecil Frances Alexander, illustrated by Carol Heyer; published by Ideals Children’s Books 1992; ISBN 0-8249-8544-3

Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read); by Raffi, illustrated by Ashley Wolff; Crown Pub., 1997; ISBN: 0517709775 (hc), 0517583623 (pbk)

Baby's Boat, words (and music - not included in this book) by Alice C. D. Riley in 1898, illustrated by Jeanne Tetherington; Greenwillow Books - Wm Morrow and CO.; ISBN: 0-688-08555-5

The Bear Went Over the Mountain ; illustrated by John Prater; Baby Bear Books - Christopher Publishling House, 1999; ISBN: 0764151878

The Bear Went Over the Mountainn (Bunny Reads Back); illustrated by Rosemary Wells; Scholastic, 1998; ISBN: 059002910X
BINGO; by Rosemary Wells (Bunny Reads Back.); Scholastic Books, 1999; ISBN: 0590029134

Camptown Races; by Kevin O'Malley; Amer Education Pub, 1996; ISBN: 1561893994

The Cat Came Back, a traditional song illustrated by Bill Slavin, Roaring Brook Press, Albert Whitman & Co., 1992; ISBN: 0-8075-1097-1; - Nice and simple score for the song in back and wonderful illustrations for this fun song.

Tha Cat Came Back, by Fred Penner and Renee Reichert, Roaring Brook Press, 2005; ISBN: 1596430303;

Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee; Paul Galdone; Houghton-Mifflin 1985; ISBN 0-89919-705-1

Clap Your Hands; by Lorinda Bryan Cauley; Putnam - Paper Star, 1997; ISBN: 0399221182(hc) 0698114280 (pbk); A sing-along and act-along verse which invites youngsters to swirl, twirl and spin for an exhilarating read-and-play time. A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year.


Cowboy Dreams; by Dayal Kaur Khalsa Clarkson Potter 1990 (includes “Streets of Laredo” “Poor Lonesome Cowboy” and “Home on the Range”) I SBN 0-517-88744-4 (pbk)

Cumbayah; illustrated by Floyd Cooper; William Morrow & Company, 1998; ISBN: 0688135439; - inspirational illustrations and history of the African/African-American song.

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