Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

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space song rocket ride
Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

I love this book and the song.  The pictures are fun, informative and adorable.  The song teaches and will inspire kids to learn more about space and our place in the Milky Way galaxy.  The song is perfectly performed by Mark Collins.  He does not over or under sing the song, he communicates it, shares it.  The arrangement and instrumental choices are really fantastic.  The kids are going to love it and so am I.

This is the perfect Illustrated Song package.  It is a great song with terrific illustrations and it comes with a CD that includes both a vocal track and an instrumental track so kids can sing along themselves.

The song is chock FULL of information and it will take kids a few spins around the song to fully get it all.  But I have found that if children enjoy a song, they don’t have a problem with immediately understanding every molecule of its information.  They seem comfortable with the idea that if they don’t understand it now, they’ll get it later.  But they will find bits of familiarity, even the youngest ones, facts they have picked up by just being around their parents or what they have learned outright at school.  They will love to say “I know this,” “I learned that.”

It wold probably also help to understand that the structure of the song is an adaptation of the cumulative folk song called AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAHy_2IFFGA

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Barefoot Books webpage for SPACE SONG ROCKET RIDE
http://store.barefootbooks.com/space-song-rocket-ride-4488.html

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Illustrator David Sim’s webpage for this book includes many sample illustrations, beautifully rendered:
http://www.davidsimillustration.com/index.php?/news/

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BAREFOOT BOOKS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books and Singable Picture Book Videos put out by Barefoot Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/singable-picture-books-and-singable-picture-book-videos-from-barefoot-books/

 

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around the world we go MWB
Around the World We Go
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Christine Tappin

The words to this delightful and open minded verse, encouraging children to engage with the world of people of different cultures and in different places, can be sung to the tune of FARMER IN THE DELL.

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THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF MARGARET WISE BROWN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/the-illustrated-songs-of-margaret-wise-brown/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

Writing this in November 2014, I hope there will be many more added to this list!

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around the world we go MWB
Around the World We Go
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Christine Tappin

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Goodnight Moon

Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd

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Goodnight Moon (Lullaby for Soprano and Orchestra) (and The Runaway Bunny Concerto)
CD Recording
Original Story by Margaret Wise Brown
Musical Composition by Glen Roven

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goodnight songs
Goodnight Songs
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by 12 Award-Winning Picture book Artists
Music by John Proutt and Emily Gary

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The Little Fir Tree
Story by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Jim Lamarche (2005)

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The Little Fir Tree
Story by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1954)

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The Little Fir Tree
Story by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney (?) (1954)

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LOVE SONGS OF LITTLE BEAR?

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Website of Margaret Wise Brown:
http://margaretwisebrown.com/

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Margaret Wise Brown wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Wise_Brown

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Article about MWB from Slate Magazine:
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/roiphe/2012/03/the_restless_life_of_margaret_wise_brown_author_of_goodnight_moon_.html

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MWB in Britannica Encyclopedia:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/81581/Margaret-Wise-Brown

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Bio on Today In Literature:
http://www.todayinliterature.com/biography/margaret.wise.brown.asp

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MWB on Schoastic:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/books-by/margaret-wise-brown#cart/cleanup

 

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THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF MARGARET WISE BROWN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/the-illustrated-songs-of-margaret-wise-brown/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

This post is an addendum to:
Goodnight Songs, a Singable Picture Book Compilation of Lullabies with Words by Margaret Wise Brown
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/goodnight-songs-a-singable-picture-book-compilation-of-lullabies-with-words-by-margaret-wise-brown/

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goodnight songs
Goodnight Songs
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by 12 Award-Winning Picture book Artists
Music by John Proutt and Emily Gary

I am working on a project to find favorite Singable Picture Books that were published in 2014.  2014 is a disappointing year for the lover (and singer) of illustrated songs.  Not that many  new were published and I spent most of the year creating my own (only marginally acceptable clip art compilations of pictures and words) books for songs I’ve desperately wanted to sing with kids in classrooms, though, in every case, I’ve been delighted with the musical tracks that Paul Raiman has made for me to sing these songs.

GOODNIGHT SONGS is a bright star in the dark night, however.  It is comprised of posthumously discovered manuscripts of songs and verse written by Margaret Wise Brown.  AMAZING!  The songs written by John Proutt and Emily Gary lovingly suit each verse.  The pictures by a constellation of marvelous illustrators are rich in color and deeply enjoyable.

Though, as person who sings illustrated songs to children in classrooms, the book leaves me CRAVING what is not offered.   Unfortunately, though I enjoy this book for it’s pictures and as a collection, I can’t use it in Sing Books visits.  Ideally, each song would get it’s own illustrated book, with a picture for every idea or line in the text so that the child can turn pages and enjoy more pictures and text in smaller chunks.  When singing to children in classes, they would get tired of looking at one single illustration for the whole song.  It would also be terrific for teachers, librarians in children to have a CD which includes a vocal sing-along for each song (like is offered in this book), but ALSO an instrumental track so teachers and children can sing-along themselves. Kids would love to hear their teachers sing the song and children would get so much (confidence, independent learning, out loud singing & reading practice) out of singing THEMSELVES with the songs.

Amy Gary, the editor of the Margaret Wise Brown Estate, who got this collection published, writes in the introduction that she was sorting through a trunk of previously unpublished material by MWB and that “the trunk also contained musical scores of Margaret’s words put to music.”  Margaret Wise Brown’s sister explained that “near the end of her life Margaret had become focused on writing songs for children.  As she listened to children go about their lives, she realized that they made up songs about whatever it was they were doing at the time.  She wanted to capture that spirit in her songs…During what turned out to be her last year, Margaret traveled to France on a book tour.  She was under contract to create songs for a new children’s record company…Her collaborators were some of the best-known singers and songwriters of her day, including Burl Ives and Rosemary Clooney.”

My question is, where are THOSE songs?  Where are books with verse AND music written by Margaret Wise Brown?  Where are the books with songs written by some of the best-known songwriters of MWB’s day and that would have been sung by Burl Ives and Rosemary Clooney?  Oooooo!!!  The very thought of it sends me WAY WAY over the Goodnight Moon!!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, Amy Gary (editor of Margaret Wise Brown Estate) and Sterling Publishing, PLEASE make individual books for each of these songs (especially the ones with music by the “best-known songwriters” of MWB’s day, those which would have been sung by Rosemary Clooney!) and please include a CD with vocal sing-along track AND instrumental.  Doing so would greatly enrich the lives of many children and would give teachers, librarians, and caregivers marvelous musical, literary treats to share.

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THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF MARGARET WISE BROWN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/the-illustrated-songs-of-margaret-wise-brown/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

A song by Woody Guthrie, Illustrated by Dave Horowitz and recorded by the Klezmetics!

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honeyky hanukah
Honeyky Hanukah
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz
With CD Recording by The Klezmatics

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YouTube of the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6gvpYXbEo

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The lyrics on Woody Guthrie website:
http://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Honeyky_Hanukah.htm

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Illustrator Dave Horowitz’s webpage for Honeyky Hanukah:
http://www.horowitzdave.com/hanukah.html

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Nice review by Kirkus:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/woody-guthrie/honeyky-hanukah/

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Publisher Random House’s webpage for HONEYKY HANUKAH:
http://www.randomhousekids.com/books/detail/234554-honeyky-hanukah#.VHUJB4vF-Sq

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Publisher’s Weekly writes about the book:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-37926-7

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HANUKKAH, PASSOVER, SEDER AND OTHER JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

Let’s be clear, this is really more of a something for grown-ups…

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outlaw pete
Outlaw Pete
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Illustrated by Frank Caruso

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Video with Bruce Springsteen’s Recording

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDqrniE3Uy8

An epic song by Bruce Springsteen.  Epic illustrations by Frank Caruso beautifully match the lyrics.  An 8 minute songs that flies by in a wink.  The song and visual together create something of a short film, a short format modern western.

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Simon & Schuster webpage for OUTLAW PETE
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Outlaw-Pete/Bruce-Springsteen/9781501103858

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Wall Street Journal interviews illustrator Frank Caruso and includes a two page illustration:
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/11/04/meet-frank-caruso-the-illustrator-of-bruce-springsteens-outlaw-pete/

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This link to a blog with post about the book and a tweet from Bruce Springsteen with a peek at a 2-page spread illustration:
http://www.spl-messages.net/topic/bruce-to-release-comic-book-called-outlaw-pete

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Rolling Stone shares the news about the book:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-outlaw-pete-childrens-book-20140828

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Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso are interviews by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show:
http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/ajhv8h/bruce-springsteen—frank-caruso

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Some kind of bug got me down the last week of October and first week of Novmeber and I had to cancel all Sing Books those two weeks.  It was depressing!  All’s well now, though, and it was such fun to visit the classes of: Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Howard (2), Ms. Anctil (K), Mr. Koppelman (2), Mr. Grasso (3), Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Harris (K), Ms. George (1), Ms. Risutek (1), Ms. Hissong (1), Ms. Sackett (1), Ms. Everett (K), Ms. Campbell (K) and Ms. Mason (K) at Tuckahoe Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, and Ashlawn Elementary schools.  We sang for Thanksgiving and the cold weather on its way (and that which descended upon us).  And we sang just for the fun of it, too.

In each class, we sang a selection from the following songs:

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ABCs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print this card, click here:
letters caps WITH SIGN

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham

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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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do re me poster 4 sbwe
Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
do re me poster 4 sbwe

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Five Little Gefiltes

Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
Words Adapted by Dave Horowitz
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz

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frosty the snowman wade zahares
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares
ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Hurry!  It’s Lovely Up Here
Words by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Burton Lane
From the Musical: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
This book is for classroom use only.

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Alison Jackson
Illustrated by Judy Schachner

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…TERRIFIC!!

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-044-6-55702-3

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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My Favorite Things
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrations by Renee Graef

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem by Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Post for this special illustration:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/a-new-ride-over-the-river/

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Preamble
Art by Mike Wilkins (1987)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK   (and FIFTY NIFTY STATES, too!)
Preamble Song
Words and Music by Lynn Ahrens
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
From SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK

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Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
From SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 

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Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
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Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by  John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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There’s a Train Out for Dreamland
Music and Lyrics by Frederich H. Heider and Carl Kress
Illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
ISBN 978-0-06-058022-3

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow
Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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ABCs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print this card, click here:
letters caps WITH SIGN

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THANKSGIVING

A Song List to Help Us Celebrate Thanksgiving!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/thank-heavens-singable-picture-books-for-thanksgiving/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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“THERE WAS AN OLD LADY”  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/i-know-an-and-there-was-an-awful-lots-of-things-to-sing-about/

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TRAINS
Train Songs in Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/train-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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