I have spent around 15 years of my post high school days working with children in some capacity: as a teacher, nursery worker, music therapist and now as a mother. This has resulted in the acquisition of a plethora of books! My daughter will never be in want. I have books for toddlers, books for school age children, books about animals and Santa Claus and even books about grief. But some of my favorite books are those that are about songs.
As if reading isn’t cool enough, there are books that you can sing to! How cool is that? I stumbled upon this idea back in the nineties and have been collecting them ever since. When you add music to learning, a child retains the information. Remember learning your ABC’s? I bet you learned it from a song, now didnt you? Music is an excellent tool for a music therapist to have in his or her back pocket! Oh and for a parent, too!
Here are a few of my favorite sing along books:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Iza Trapani
Its Raining, Its Pouring by Kin Eagle and Rob Gilbert
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? By Iza Trapani
They are all published through whispering coyote press and have beautiful illustrations, especially those created by Iza Trapani. The reason why I love these so much is because they don’t just follow the lyrics most of us know and stop there. They have several verses that add to the fun of reading, I mean singing! They also use traditional songs that most of us grew up singing. With all of the budget cuts schools have to deal with these days, music tends to be one of th first courses to go. This is a great way to keep music alive in your child’s life!
Check these books out and see how much fun it can be to add a little singing to your life. And hey, you don’t have to sing well to sing to your child. They don’t care! They just want to spend some quality time with you.