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.



Sailor Song; by Nancy Jewell, illustrated by Stefano Vitale; Clarion Books, 1999; ISBN: 0395825113;
- As a mother tucks her young child into bed, she sings him a dreamy story of a sailor on his way home from the sea--a song of the ocean, but also of a wood, a field, and a snug little country house. Nighttime illustrations depict the sailor's journey from ocean to wood to field to the bedroom where the child is waiting.

Shake My Sillies Out (Raffi Songs to Read); Raffi, illustrated by David Allender; Crown Publishing, 1990; ISBN: 0517566478

She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain (Bank Street Ready-To-Read); Emily Coplon, et al ; 1994; Gareth Stevens - Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, 1997; ISBN: 0836816897 (hc), 0553373404 (pbk)

Silent Night; illustrated by Susan Jeffers; Dutton Children’s Book - Penguin, 1984; ISBN 0-14-054877-7

Skip to My Lou; adapted and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott,; Little, Brown and Co., 1989; ISBN 0-316-93137-3 (hc), 0-316-93140-3 (pbk); - Fun story about a farm boy, the farm animals and their adventures while his parents are away all set to the familiar song.

Skookum Sam - Spar Tree Man; by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart, pictures by Claire Kujundzic; Polestar Books, 1992; ISBN 0 919591 16 7; - A northwest coast logging story to accompany the British Columbia logging song “Way Up the Ucletaw.”

Sleepy-O!; Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Laura Rader, music aranged by Jean Ritchie; Houghton-Mifflin, 1997; ISBN 0-395-87369-X; - A fun adaptation of the song collected and sung by Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie.

The Star-Spangled Banner; illustrated by Peter Spier; Yearling Books, 1992; ISBN: 0440406978; - Due to careful research, Spier's artwork depicts "the dawn's early light" and "the rocket's red glare" with remarkable authenticity and detail in this celebratory book. Among the highlights: a brief history of the anthem, a reproduction of Francis Scott Key's original manuscript, music for guitar and piano chords and many photographs.

Stephen’s Feast; Jean Richardson, illustrated by Alice Englander; Dent Children’s Books, 1991; ISBN 0-460-88079-9; - Wonderful story to accompany the Christmas carol, “Good King Winceslas.”

Summertime from Porgy and Bess; by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heywood, and Ira Gershwin; paintings by Mike Wimmer; Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers; ISBN 0-689-80719-8; - Simple use of the first verse only of this classic illustrated with romanticised yet beautifully realistic portrayals of one summer day in the life of a rural black family earlier in the 20th century

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
, Jack Norworth, Alec Gillman (Illustrator0; Aladdin Picture Books - Simon & Schuster, 1999; ISBN: 0027359913

The Teddy Bears' Picnic; by Jimmy Kennedy, illustrated by Alexandra Day; Simon & Schuster, 1991; ISBN: 0671755897

The Teddy Bear's Picnic; as sung by Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, illustrated by Bruce Whatley; Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 1996; ISBN: 006027302X

Teddy Bear's Picnic; by Jimmy Kennedy, illustrated by Prue Theobalds; Peter Bedrick Books; ISBN: 0872264246

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear : A Classic Action Rhyme; illustrated by Michael Hague; William Morrow & Co., 1998; ISBN: 0688152511

Them Bones; Ian Dicks and David Hawcock; Delacourte Press - Bantam Doubleday, 1993; ISBN 0-385-31045-5; - An absolutely delightful book that is totally unique. It is a book of the text to the well-known song (“The toe bones connected to the ankle bone”, etc.) with each phrase folding out of the book and eventually creating a four foot high skeleton. The music for the song is fully integrated into the text. Unfortunately out of print. Demand that doubleday republish it and perhaps we can make it available again!

There Ain't No Bugs on Me; as sung by Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, illustrated by Bruce Whatley; Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0060281421 1999; - The bears from "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" are back in this second book-and-tape set from Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.

There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight: The Great Chicago Fire Of, 1871; by Robert Quackenbush; Out of Print; ASIN: 0397322674

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly; Simms Taback; Viking Childrens Books, 1997; ISBN: 06708693921997
- Inventive die-cut artwork offers young readers of all ages a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, and worse. A Caldecott Honor Book

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly; illustrated by Pam Adams; Childs Play Intl Ltd, 1989; ISBN: 0859530213 (hc), 0859536351(pbk)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly; by Glen Hay; Inchworm Press, 1998; ISBN: 1577193342

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout!; by Terri Sloat, Reynolds Ruffins (Illustrator;Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; ISBN: 0805042946; - Another twist on the Old Lady - that captures the scenery and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.

This Land Is Your Land; words and music by Woody Guthrie, paintings by Kathy Jakobsen, with a tribute by Pete Seeger, Little, Brown and Co., 1998; ISBN 0-316-39215-4;
- A wonderful book and tribute to this most classic of all Woody Guthrie songs.

This Old Man ; illustrated by Pam Adams; Childs Play Intl Ltd, 1995; ISBN: 0859530272; also available in a Big Book format

This Old Man; illustrated by Carolyn Bracken; Golden Books, 1993; ISBN: 0307748286

This Old Man; Carol Jones illustrator; Houghton-Mifflin Co. 1990; ISBN 0-395-90124-3 (pbk) or 0-395-54699-0 (hc);
- This peep-through-the-hole book depicts the travels of "this old man" and his young companion through the house and garden. The engaging pictures are filled with action and humor and things to count and discover.

This Old Man: A Musical Counting Book; illustratedby Tony Ross; Little Simon, 1990; ISBN: 068971386X

Today Is Monday, illustrated by Eric Carle; Scholastic Books- Philomel Books, 1997; ISBN: 0399219668 (hc), 0698115635 (pbk) - Also available in Big Book format.

To Every Thing There is a Season; Leo and Diane Dillon; Blue Sky Press - Scholastic, Inc., 1998; ISBN 0-59 0-47887-7; - The words from Ecclesiastes, rather than the Pete Seegers adaptation, but great for those learning the Seeger song.

To Market, To Market; Anne Miranda, illustrated by Janet Stevens; Harcourt and Brace, 1997; ISBN 0-15-200035-6; - A zany story of shopping gone amok, with the traditional poem as its starting point.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; illustrated by Iza Trapani (Illustrator), Jane Taylor ; Whispering Coyote Press, 1998; ISBN: 1580890156

The Twelve Days of Christmas; illustrated by Louise Brierley; Candlewick Press, 1995; ISBN1-56402-525-X