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This is an addendum to the post
The Erie Canal, an Illustrated Song

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/erie-canal-an-illustrated-song/

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10/26/2014, CBS Sunday Morning’s Almanac Celebrates ERIE CANAL 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiZ7hRVNqPQ

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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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PETER SPIER
The Singable Picture Books of Peter Spier
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/singable-picture-books-of-peter-spier/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

This is an addendum to the post:

ABCs, the Alphabet Song, Illustrated
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/abcs-an-illustrated-song/

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10/28/2014

Daniel Radcliffe sings Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKdV5FvXLuI

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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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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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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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

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SONG/BOOK SETS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY VIDEO SERIES

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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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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5 Songs, 1 Tune: a Set of Illustrated Songs
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-5-songs-1-tune/

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ABCs, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/abcs-an-illustrated-song/

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Ah vous dirai-je Maman, an Illustrated Song Sheet by ELEG for SBWE for the Cute French Nursery Song, from which Came the Tune for Twinkle Little Star
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-an-illustrated-song-sheet-by-eleg-for-sbwe-for-the-cute-french-nursery-song-from-which-came-the-tune-for-twinkle-little-star/

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Baa Baa Blacksheep, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/baa-baa-blacksheep-an-illustrated-song/

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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up, a Singable English Translation/Adaptation of French Nursery Song, Illustrated Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-a-singable-translation-and-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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Scintillate Globule Vivific, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/scintillate-scintillate-globule-vivific-an-illustrated-song-sheet/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT, an Illustrated Song

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/twinkle-twinkle-little-bat-a-singable-poem-with-pictures-and-a-play-on-a-classic/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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ZYXs, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/zyxs-an-illustrated-song/

This song is dedicated to a dear family friend, Linda Smith.

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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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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW You’re Only a Day Away Poster 4 SBWE
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:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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About Dear Family Friend Linda Smith

This song is dedicated to Linda Smith.  Linda and her family lived next door to my family during that late 1970’s and all the 1980’s.  I was obsessed with the ANNIE sound track and belted it out in my room over and over again.  Turns out, Linda could hear it in her house!  Linda passed away in 2001.  She was in hospice and knew she was going to transition soon. She called me to ask if I would sing TOMORROW at her funeral, which she heard me sing so often, through the walls of the houses.  She thought it would be a good message and a testament to her belief that though this life was over, there was more to come.  I was shocked at how matter of fact she was and at the time I didn’t know how soon she would be gone.  I did sing this at her funeral, but have always wished I could have done a better job, having been so grieved by losing her and having lost my own mom only a couple months before.  Forever, though, this song is for Linda.  She was a fantastic human being and a marvelous friend.

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I love this movie performance by Aileen Quinn because she SINGS the song, simply and sweetly, but does not SCREAM it like it is so often:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498

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Sing along here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PzL8aL6jtI

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ANNIE (the musical) wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_(musical)

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ANNIE Original Broadway Cast Album
How I loved this vinyl record, playing it over and over and over again.

In 2008, my great friend Jill Leger asked me to join the cast of a musical revue of her songs called GOOGLING MY EX.  When she asked me to sing her song ANNIE IN MY ROOM, I was floored, since it was like she was a fly on the wall of my bedroom making a documentary of my childhood when she wrote the song.  She didn’t know it, but in writing a song about herself as a child loving the musical ANNIE, she was also writing a song about me.  The whole thing was a lot of fun and I’m so glad my friend Jill invited me to join the team.

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“Annie in My Room”

Words and music by Jill Leger, for her revue “Googling My Ex,” June 2008, Joshua Rich on piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPIWVQ59_s

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TOMORROW
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

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Random thoughts about what I chose to put into the book I made for singing TOMORROW to children in classes:

  • I decided to use mostly sunflowers instead of suns because sunflowers are cheerful and beautiful. The sunflowers represent the sun and also represent the sun’s power to inspire hope and cause things to grow.
  • Sunflowers seek and follow the sun as it moves across the sky.
  • Into every life, some rain must fall.  But the rain is essential to our growth as it is essential to the growth of the sunflowers.
  • I love that rain and sun, both essential to this song, work together to make rainbows.  A rainbow is represented typographically in the book.

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Related Posts

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS (AND OTHER WORKS) OF JILL LEGER

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COLLECTIVE NOUNS
Jill Leger’s song THE SPARROW and an exploration of books that celebrate the marvelous world of Collective Nouns
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-sparrow-a-singable-book-an-interview-and-a-karaoke-sing-along-by-jill-leger/

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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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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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EMILY’S THEATER, MUSICALS AND VOCAL PERFORMANCES
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-performance-history/

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VIDEO
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

If you care to know more about some of your favorite Patriotic Songs, this book a great place to start,

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Stories of Our American Patriotic Songs
Words and Music by Various Artists
Book by Dr. John Henry Lyons
Illustrated by Jacob Landau
LOC # 42-24375

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STORIES OF OUR AMERICAN PATRIOTIC SONGS, features the stories of (including illustrations and printed music),

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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/

This is a page of links to posts I’ve assembled in the memory of people who have meant the world to me.

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Carole Jean Geisler Everson, my mom
A Limerick in Memory of My Mom Carole Jean Geisler Everson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-limerick-in-memory-of-my-mom-carole-jean-geisler-everson/

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Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly and My First Cabaret
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/charles-nelson-reilly-and-my-first-cabaret/

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Terri Allen
Tribute to a Singing Angel: My Friend Terri Allen
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/tribute-to-a-singing-angel-my-friend-terri-allen/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
Lists of Illustrated Songs for singing and exploring specific subjects

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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EMILY’S PERFORMANCE REMINISCENCES & OTHER CURIOS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/emilys-performance-reminiscences-other-curios/

I loved Kristen Andreassen and Megan Downes’ song CRAYOLA DOESN’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES the first listen.  The patty-cake is irresistible.  The rhythm of the words is infectious and engaging.  The song mentions real colors you find in your box of Crayola crayons.  It’s a song sung to someone you love who lifts you up when you’re feeling blue.

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Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes
Words and Music by Kristin Andreassen and Megan Downes

This book is for classroom use only.

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Just in case you wanted to at least give try to color the eyes of the person you love, you can use this coloring page:

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Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes Coloring Page
To view or print this coloring page, click here:
crayola doesn’t make a color coloring page only
Coloring Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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Since life is a cabaret, I’ll share a few stories why this song means a lot to me.

In July 2002, I had been in labor with our son for 33 hours.  I’d done this with no pain medication, determined to test the limits of my endurance.  After such a long time, though, it was clear that a C-Section would be required.  We were not expecting this.  I was relieved to know there would soon be an end to the ordeal, but my husband was not quite prepared to be required in an operating room.  My husband’s eyes have a beautiful light aqua color, but they are deep set and not large, so you don’t always notice the color right away.  But being in a state of shock, his eyes were surprisingly WIDE open he was brought into the bright light of the operating room wearing light blue scrubs.  His eyes shone out like neon, so much so you could almost hear a buzz of electricity emanating from their color.  It’s one of the only things I remember most about the moments before our son’s birth, being delirious from so many hours of labor.  When I heard the song CRAYOLA DOENS’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES, I immediately thought of that moment when there would have been no crayon to match the color of my husband’s eyes in the moments before we met our baby boy.

Incidentally, I sang this in a Cabaret Master Class, round about 2008 or 2009 (maybe 2010), and did not do a great job with the song.  It’s not an easy song to sing solo.  It has lots of words and I’d not yet gotten a handle on how to approach it when I brought the song to the class.  The instruction and feedback I got about it was in most ways spot on.  But there is one thing that I still to this day do NOT agree with.  I’d set up the song, given my reason for singing it, with some trial patter that was a version of the story above.  I was told that the story I related had nothing to do with the song and was not a good reason for singing it.  Maybe I misunderstood what the Master Teacher was saying to me, but I really believe in my heart that the story above is a perfectly valid reason for singing the song and it is, in fact, MY principal reason for singing it, the thing which gave me the spark of recognition with the song and compelled me to want to learn it, absorb it and pass it along.  So in this, my reason for singing the song, I feel an authentic grasp on it, a spark of recognition that cannot be duplicated by anyone else, a reason to sing that is important…and mine.  And I claim it and proclaim it and thus will sing on for this very reason.

The other detail that flashes through my mind are my mother’s eyes.  My mom passed away in February of 2001.  She was a marvelous person.  She was hilarious and feisty and not your “every day” kind of person.  Her eyes were unusual, too, since one was green and the other was brown.  I always took it as a fact, did’t give it much thought.  But one doesn’t meet a person with different colored eyes every day.  This is why I made one eye green and the other eye brown for the cover of the CRAYOLA sing-along book.

It was great fun to sing the song with my friends Terri Allen, Lonny Smith and Justin Ritchie in our 2010 Capital Fringe Festival Show, RUN AWAY WITH ME CABARET.  We made a great group number out of the song and it was so fun to sing it in the show.

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CRAYOLA DOESN’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES video:

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

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Kristin Andreassen sings the song (with patty-cake) live:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6X-Q_Ki8I

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Live performance with a whistle solo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Exw7QAqP9Q

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Kristin Andreassen website (you can find sheet music for CRAYOLA on the MUSIC page)
http://kristinandreassen.com/music/

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You can listen to the recording of CRAYOLA on Kristin Andreassen’s MySpace page (Track 2, Crayola):
https://myspace.com/kristinandreassen

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CRAYOLA DOESN’T MAKE A COLOR FOR YOUR EYES won the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Award for Best Children’s Song.

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Write Up about the song on Zooglobble.com
http://www.zooglobble.com/blog/2008/4/9/listen-to-this-crayola-doesnt-make-a-color-for-your-eyes-kri.html

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Limberjack Rhythm Instrument (Song Ideas)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/limberjack-rhythm-instrument/

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A Limerick in Memory of My Mom Carole Jean Geisler Everson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-limerick-in-memory-of-my-mom-carole-jean-geisler-everson/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES
Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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RUN AWAY WITH ME CABARET
http://runawaywithmecabaret.wordpress.com/

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VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day/

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

I love to check the “discarded bookshelf” (as in the bookshelf filled with discarded books, not the bookshelf that got discarded) at my child’s school since there is usually something helpful for Sing Books among those that the library no longer wants.

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Smart About the Fifty States (a Class Report)
Written and Illustrated by John Buller, Susan Schade, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Joan Holub, True Kennedy and Dana Regan
Not singable, but this book makes a terrific compliment to the song Fifty Nifty States

Smart About the Fifty States (a Class Report) makes a terrific compliment to the song FIFTY NIFTY STATES.  It is fun to sing the song and then have one of the children (maybe one the teacher selects, who has behaved particularly well that day) choose one of the states and then read the facts about that state.  It is always fun to learn a little something extra and this has some fun facts in it.

For example, the first time I called on a child, she chose Rhode Island.  We learned that “you could put 547 Rhode Islands inside Alaska.”  Fascinating!

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FIFTY NIFTY STATES, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/fifty-nifty-states-a-singable-picture-book/

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Smart About the Fifty States (a Class Report), a Terrific Compliment to FIFTY NIFTY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/smart-about-the-fifty-states-a-class-report-a-terrific-compliment-to-fifty-nifty/

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United States STATE CAPITALS Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/usa-state-capitals-song/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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SINGALBE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INSTERESTS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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SING ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/rhode-island-is-famous-for-you-a-singable-picture-book/

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Preamble (1987) by Mike Wilkins, Singable Art…and We The Kids, a Singable Picture Book

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/preamble-1987-by-mike-wilkins-singable-art/

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Fifty Nifty States, a Singable Picture Book

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/fifty-nifty-states-a-singable-picture-book/

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Schoolhouse Rock Singable Picture Books

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/school-house-rock-singable-picture-books-but-just-a-few/

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Favorite States

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/favorite-states/

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Electronic Superhighway, Singable Art at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/electronic-superhighway-singable-art-at-smithsonians-american-art-museum/

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Fifty Knifty States

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/fifty-knifty-knitted-states/

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SINGABLE PLACEMATS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/singable-placemats/

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NBC 2012 Ice Rink Election Map at Rockefeller Center / Democracy Plaza
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/nbc-2012-ice-rink-election-map-at-rockefeller-center-democracy-plaza/

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GEOGRAPHY SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/geography-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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Smart About the Fifty States (a Class Report), a Terrific Compliment to FIFTY NIFTY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/smart-about-the-fifty-states-a-class-report-a-terrific-compliment-to-fifty-nift

 


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