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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 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
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

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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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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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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Related Posts

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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/

My collection of favorite songs about particular animals.  These are songs that I absolutely LOVE to sing, about one animal at a time (mostly),

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

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HORSE SANG A SONG SONG EPG POSTER 2013
Horse Sang a Song, Song

Words by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Tune by Eloise’s Mom
Illustrated by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Sing along with Eloise’s Mom Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/horse-sang-a-song-song
To view or print this poem poster, click here:
HORSE SANG A SONG SONG EPG POSTER 2013

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HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE SONG SHEET W GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile sheet – w chords portrait

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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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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Priscilla Pointer
From: Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)p. 96
This poem is printed and illustrated in many books of poetry for children, including:
A Children’s Treasury of Poems
A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis

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Old Blue Taylor Holton
Old Blue (You Good Dog You)
Traditional Words and Tune
Story by Mark Taylor
Illustrated by Gene Holton
Sing OLD BLUE with Emily:

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Old Blue (You Good Dog You) (Printed Music)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by Mark Taylor

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Published by World International Publishing Limited, Great Britain, 1989
ISBN #: 7235-8891-0

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Honorable Mentions

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I think it is fun to sing Baa Baa Blacksheep and play guitar, espeically as part of the MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE set.
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Baa Baa Black Sheep Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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I love singing this one, though it is about the Octopus’ Garden and not the Octopus, so I’m giving it an Honorable Mention!
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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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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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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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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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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-books/

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ANIMALS ANIMALS ANIMALS (Part 1, for Kindergarten and Up)
Celebrate our animal friends with this fun list of songs

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-animals-animals-animals-part-1/

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ANIMALS ANIMALS ANIMALS (Part 2, for Kindergarten and Up)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/animals-animals-animals-part-2-kindergarten-and-up/

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

These are the illustrations and musical settings of Shakesepare’s Sonnets that I’ve gathered up so far.  There is much more than what I’ve so far gathered and I will continue the hunt.  Please feel free to write comments to this post to alert me to what is not, but should be, posted here.  These, some of the greatest human achievements, must be shared, especially passed along to children, and accessibly sung, enjoyed, and remembered.

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Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Words by William Shakespeare
Illustrated by Caitlin Keegan

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The Songs and Sonnets of William Shakespeare
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Words by William Shakespeare
Illustrated by Charles Robinson (1870 – 1937)

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Shakespeare Sonnets (two covers)
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Words by William Shakespeare
Illustrated by Mary Jane Gorton

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I have not confirmed yet, but imagine some of these musical settings are sonnets:
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FIFTY SHAKESPEARE SONGS
Edited by Charles Vincent
Published by The Musicians Library, Oliver Ditson Company (1906)
There are two version, For High Voice and For Low Voice, but the contents and page numbers are the same for both.  The only difference is the keys are different

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Musical Settings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Rufus Wainwright

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYm8FRXQHjA
“SHAKESPEAR`S SONETTES”
Whole production of Wainwright’s musical settings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets staged by Berliner Ensemble

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ze2WXfDt2g
5 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets set to music by Rufus Wainwright and incredibly sung by Sarah Fox

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Related Posts

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SHAKESPEARE
William Shakespeare in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/shakespeare-in-singable-picture-books/

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SHAKESPEARE SONNETS ILLUSTRATED AND MUSICAL SETTINGS, EMILY’S PINTEREST BOARD FOR COLLECTION

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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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This Post Link:
SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS, ILLUSTRATIONS AND MUSICAL SETTINGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/shakespeares-sonnets-illustrations-and-musical-settings/

Believe it or not, this JEWEL of a comedy/novelty song was written by the same two guys that brought us OVER THE RAINBOW, and another song I first learned on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD:

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

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

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It’s true, you CAN learn a lot from LYDIA

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_the_Tattooed_Lady

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY Muppet wiki
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Lydia,_the_Tattooed_Lady

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BATTLE OF WATERLOO wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo

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NAPOLEON CROSSING THE ALPS
1801 painting by Jacques-Louis David wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps

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WRECK OF THE HESPERUS
Poem by Henry Wadworth Longfellow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wreck_of_the_Hesperus

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SLOOP (detail)
By Robert Moak
http://www.wheelerfolk.org/sloop/s_photos/album.htm

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KANKAKEE, IL wiki:
http://www.citykankakee-il.gov/

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PARIS, FRANCE wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris

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WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE
1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/11417

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ANDREW JACKSON wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

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ANDREW JACKSON AND THE WAR OF 1812, BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans

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Kermit sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHXZA_5XMJ4

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Groucho sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY
Music by Harold Arlen
Words by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg
Written for the 1939 Marx Brothers film At the Circus
Originally Performed by Groucho Marx
These lyrics as sung by Kermit the Frog

Lydia O Lydia say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
She has eyes that folks adore so
And a torso even more so

Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia the Queen of tattoo
On her back is the Battle of Waterloo
Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too
And proudly above the waves
The Red, White and Blue
You can learn a lot from Lydia

She can give you a view of the world
In tattoo if you step up and tell her where
For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree
Or Washington crossing the Delaware

Lydia O Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
When her muscles start relaxin’
Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson
Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia, the champ of them all
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat
And now the old boy’s in command of the fleet
You can learn a lot from Lydia

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY is featured on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD


Info about The Muppet Show album, here:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Show_(album)

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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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PINTEREST
SINGABLE ART ON PINTEREST
this list on Pinterest displays images of Singable Art, works of art that are about songs, support a song, or the subject of a song:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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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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Performer’s note:

Directly related to a reason for singing the song, and how the song fits into the plot of the show, Dr. Bruckner concludes of Daisy that she is “filled with the kind of love that pulls flowers from the ground…”

This is what Daisy is doing when she sings this song, and this is the sort of thing the singer should convey (from a personal point of view) when sharing the song with others.

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The original Daisy, Barbara Harris, sings HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TQxWrrzL-Y

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Barbara Streisand sings HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE in the 1970 movie adaptation

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l2fsxJWE88

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Audra McDonald sings HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wveqX6rpyVo

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Interesting to note that all these videos use a different set/combination of lyrics.

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I also ADORE Barbara Cook’s recording of this song (which includes the charming intro).  This recording is not represented on YouTube, but can be purchased on Amazon or iTunes.

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ON CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_a_Clear_Day_You_Can_See_Forever

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HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Intro:
Talk to flowers right here.
We haven’t got a thing to fear.
What if someone should see?
There’s no one here but you and me.
We could talk just as if they were in this ground…

Hey buds below, up is where to grow
Up with which below can’t compare with
Hurry! It’s lovely up here
Life down a hole takes an awful toll
What with not a soul there to share with
Hurry! It’s lovely up here
Wake up, bestir yourself
It’s time that you disinter yourself
You’ve got a spot to fill, a pot to fill
And what a gift package of showers, sun and love
You’ll be met above everywhere with
Fondled and sniffed by millions who drift by
Life here is rosy, if you’re a posy
Hurry! It’s lovely up here.

Hey rhododen, courage little friend
Everything will end rhododandy
Hurry! It’s lovely up here.
Bloom buttercup, buds are better up
Where, in case of nuptials, you’re handy.
Climb up geranium,
It can’t be fun subterran-ium
On the exterior, it’s cheerier
RSVP peonies, pollinate the breeze
Make the queen of bees hot as brandy
Push up azalea, don’t be a failure!
Come up and see the hoot we’re giving
Come up and see the grounds for living
Come poke your head out
Open up and spread out
Hurry! It’s lovely up here.

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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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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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:
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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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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/

It was a short week with Parent Teacher Conferences, but we made the most of it in the classes of Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Harris (K), Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. George (1), Ms. Resutek, (1), Ms. Hissong (1), and Ms. Sackett (1).

In each visit, we sang a selection of the following songs:

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

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Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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Dry Bones (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Spiritual Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kate Edmunds

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Dry Bones (with Seraphine the Skeletine)
Traditional Words and Tune

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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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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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8

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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily
This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)

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The Swing

Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Esther Friend, p. 132 of Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
To view or print this page, click here:
SWING RLS childcraft Friend ELEG type

Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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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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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated and designed by Jeremy Holmes
(This version is sooooooooo cool!  The old lady’s eyes shut when you turn the last page)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlj_Yszp3U

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Related Posts

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS 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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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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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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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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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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PINTEREST
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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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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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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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/


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