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Enormous JOY this week singing in the classes of Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Harris (K), Ms. George (1), Ms. Hissong (1), Ms. Risutek (1), Ms. Howard (2), Ms. Allen (2), Mr. Koppelman (2), Mr. Grasso (3), Ms. Coffman (3), Ms. Strickland (3), at Tuckahoe Elementary School and Timber Lane Elementary School.

In each class, we sang a selection of songs from the following list (arranged in no particular order),

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old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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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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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukka
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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

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

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My Favorite Things

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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

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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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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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The Farmer in the Dell
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Ilse Plume

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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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Preamble Song:  a Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
Preamble Song GSSLyrics
The Preamble Song (Preamble Excerpt)
Words by Gouverneur Morris
Music by Lynn Ahrens
To view or print this page, click here:
Preamble Song GSSLyrics

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The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK   (and FIFTY NIFTY STATES, too!)
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Inscribed and Illustrated by Sam Fink
From: The Constitution of the United States of America (With Benjamin Franklin’s Address to the Delegates Upon the Signing of the Constitution)

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

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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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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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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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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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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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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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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/

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PINTEREST
NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY’S PINTEREST
Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books
Because of the ease of “Pinning” my PINTEREST list for Not Necessarily Singable but Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books has overtime become more comprehensive than the list on my blog (please not, however that, though some have appeared in my blog, most are books I’ve discovered online)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/music-inspired-and-music-education-picture-books/

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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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Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

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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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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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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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TOM PAXTON

The Singable Picture Books of Tom Paxton
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/the-singable-picture-books-of-tom-paxton/

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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Singable Picture Books of Rodgers & Hammerstein Songs
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-59-rodgers-hammerstein/

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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/

I was given the honor of a request to select a list of my favorite Illustrated Songs published in 2014.  I’m always on the hunt for Illustrated Songs old and new, but putting this list together provided a wonderful opportunity to look and look again for Singable Treasures published just this year.  Looking again unearthed a couple of jewels I’d not run across before.  Most of my research and comments about each book in this list will be found in the posts about them.  Just click on the title for a book to arrive at a post I assembled about it.  Each post might include song history, videos, sing along tracks, personal musings and experience with the song, children’s artwork, audio clips and much more.  In a couple cases, I’ve written an additional comment directly below the book information.

The books are listed in alphabetical, not rank, order.  Not all these are in my regular repertoire, but they are all fantastic examples of Illustrated Song.

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further adventures of owl and the pussycat
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Music by Julia Donaldson
Words  by Julia Donaldson
Original Poem by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
ISBN 978-0141332888 (2013 hardcover)
ISBN 978-0141332970 (2014 paperback)

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

This is one of the exciting discoveries I made when doing extra research for this list.  I’m currently working to get sing-along music made and can’t wait to add it to the Sing Books repertoire.

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hero in you2
The Hero in You 
Words and Music by Ellis Paul
Illustrated by Angela Padron

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old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

This is another exciting discovery that resulted from putting this list toghter.  Not only is this an adorable Chanukah song, but a terrific opportunity to explore masterworks of art and geography, too.

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itsy bitsy pumpkin
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Adaptation by Brandy Cooke
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

This adaptation of Itsy-Bitsy Spider is a cute sing-along for the preschool set.

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may the stars drip down
May the Stars Drip Down
Words and Music by Jeremy Chatelain
Music by the Band Cub Country
Illustrated by Nikki McClure

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my country tis song reveals the history murphy collier
My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
Lyrics to “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
Book by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Lyrics by Various Artists
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Importantly, this song has its roots in 18th century England as “God Save the King.”

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octopus's garden starr cort
Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

I knew that OCTOPUS’S GARDEN was coming out months in advance and eagerly anticipated it.  I love this book and it is one of my personal favorite Illustrated Songs in the Sing Books repertoire.

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Old Manhattan Has Some Farms
Words by Susan Lendroth
Traditional Tune, Sing to the Tune of Old MacDonald
Includes a downloadable song from Caspar Babypants
Illustrated by Kate Endle

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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 

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Honorable Mentions
These are wonderful editions of wonderful songs.  I’ve created this Honorable Mention category as the titles in it are reissues of previously published titles.  

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

This reissue of Peter Spier’s FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT is a MUST HAVE.  It’s such a great song and this new edition includes newly colorized pages.  In the first edition of the book, only half the pages were in color, the other half were black and white drawings (in Peter Spier’s incredibly detailed style).  In this edition, everything has been newly colored, every page.  It’s beautiful and an improvement on the nearly perfect first edition.

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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-13: 978-1623540449 (2014 boardbook edition)

The hardcover, original release of this book was a couple years ago, but I’m delighted to see that 2014 saw the release of the board book edition, so I could put this wonderful song (and gorgeous illustration) on the list.  This book, with its beautiful colors, and lyrics which have touched and inspired generations of dreamers all over, deserves to be poured over and sung again and again.

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Star Spangled Banner, 2014 Reissue
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Peter Spier

This is a reissue of Peter Spier’s incredible illustration for this song.  It is very detailed with restored color. This edition includes all verses from the poem, not just the first verse which Americans know as their National Anthem.  The last few pages include a historical account, giving context for the song.

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Published in the last half of 2013, these books are also marvelous and deserve a spot on a favorites list.

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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

Published in November 2013, so close to 2014 and this is a delightful rendition!  This is in the regular Sing Books repertoire, much loved by young and old.

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The Silver Moon (Lullabies and Cradle Songs)
Words and Music by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Jui Ishida
Link to page with sheet music

Published in September 2013, this lovely book of poems and lullabies includes sheet music (plus more of his music can be found on his website) and one of the favorite new songs in the Sing Books repertoire, BIRD LULLABY, so sweet and charming!

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maria had a little llama
Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
(Henry Holt BFYR/Macmillan, $16.99)
978-0-8050-9333-9
Aug 20, 2013

Learn a little Spanish and delight in the wonderful Peruvian inspired pictures.

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senor pancho had a rancho
Señor Pancho Had a Rancho (and Old MacDonald)
Words by René Colato Laínez,
Illustrated by Elwood Smith
(Holiday House, $16.95)
978-0-8234-2632-4
Jul 1, 2013

Senor Pancho and the sounds the barnyard animals make in Spanish live side-by-side with Old MacDonald in this hilarious (and sneakily educational) Illustrated Song.

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Terrific Music Related (but not singable) Titles Published in 2014

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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
By Keith Richards and Theodora Richards

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Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

By Amy Novesky
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
(Harcourt Children’s Books/HMH, $16.99)
978-0-15-205806-7

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tito puente
Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo
By Monica Brown
Illustrated by Rafael López
(Rayo/HarperCollins, $17.99) 978-0-06-122783-7

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Frogs Play Cellos (and other fun facts)
By Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot
Illustrated by Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon

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Related Posts and Links

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Playing by the book
Reviews of kids’ books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do
http://www.playingbythebook.net/

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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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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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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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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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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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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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THE SONGS WE SANG AT TUCKAHOE, CARLIN SPRINGS AND CLAREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/the-many-marvelous-songs-we-sang-at-tuckahoe-claremont-and-carlin-springs-elementary-schools-in-arlington-va-in-the-2013-2014-school-year/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JULIA DONALDSON

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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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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/

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PINTEREST
NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY’S PINTEREST
Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books
Because of the ease of “Pinning” my PINTEREST list for Not Necessarily Singable but Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books has overtime become more comprehensive than the list on my blog (please not, however that, though some have appeared in my blog, most are books I’ve discovered online)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/music-inspired-and-music-education-picture-books/

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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/

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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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/

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Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

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
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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Related Posts

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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, and children at home 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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Related Posts

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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/

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:
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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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/

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My daughter was reading a book of short stories and one of them was about a daughter of the Mad Hatter.  One of the other characters in the story was said to be singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Shrew,” though the author did not offer the lyrics.  Having studied, sung, adapted and performed a full collection of songs based on the Twinkle Tune, and being smitten with it, I took it as a sign to write a new verse:

TWINKLE LITTLE SHREW
Words Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Play as a Waltz

Twinkle twinkle little shrew
How I wonder what you do
When you sit in the tea pot
I wonder if it isn’t hot
Twinkle twinkle little shrew
How I wonder what you do

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TWINKLE LITTLE SHREW
Words Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Play as a Waltz
twinkle little shrew sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Related Posts

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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/

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:
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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:
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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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Related Posts

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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/


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