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

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

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Goodnight Moon

Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd

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

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

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

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

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

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LOVE SONGS OF LITTLE BEAR?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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 in children to have a CD which includes a vocal sing-along for each song (like is offered in this book), but ALSO an instrumental track so teachers and children can sing-along themselves. Kids would love to hear their teachers sing the song and children would get so much (confidence, independent learning, out loud singing & reading practice) out of singing THEMSELVES with the songs.

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

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

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

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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/

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

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

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YouTube of the song:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Related Posts

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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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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 sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE
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/

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
(This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…GREAT!!)

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Someone made a video of the book with the music:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOQCwuY213Y

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Publisher Simon & Schuster’s webpage for this illustrated song:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Marsupial-Sue/John-Lithgow/9781416996149

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott

Marsupial Sue
A young kangaroo
Hated the hopping that kangaroos do
It rattled her brain
AND gave her migraine
A backache, sideache, tummyache, too.

One morning in May
Sue wandered away
Leaving her relatives grazing on hay
What did she see
Way up in a tree
Koalas, gaily at play.

And suddenly Sue was convinced she had found
A way to escape all that bouncing around
She climbed to the top
She heard a loud POP
And howling in pain fell again to the ground.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

With summer at hand
The weather was grand
So Sue stole away from her kangaroo band
Combing the shore
She heard someone snore
A platypus asleep in the sand
“How cozy!” she said
Completely misled
Ignoring the probable trouble ahead.
“How perfect for me!
A life by the sea!
All snug in a watery bed!”
So she flopped in the mud with a thud and a shout
She swallowed a scallop, a shrimp and a trout
By quarter to two
The poor kangaroo
Had typhoid, pneumonia, colic and gout.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

That autumn once more
Sue got to explore
A creature she’d never laid eyes on before
A version of her
In miniature
A wallaby, with cousins galore

Before very long
Sue joined in the throng
Flouncing and jouncing and bouncing along
Happy and free
She shouted with glee
“At last, I’m where I belong!”
Then she looked at the wallaby, sprightly and small
Exactly like her only not quite so tall
She widened her eyes
And cried with surprise
“A kangaroo’s life’s not so bad after all!”

Marsupial Sue
No longer so blue:
You’re happy with who you are.
You’ll never stray too far from you.
You’re rid of that frown
So waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
You are a kangaroo through and through
So do what kangaroos do.

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Related Posts

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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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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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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/

Let’s sing I’M A MANATEE to honor November is Manatee Awareness Month!

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

Ocean Conservancy posted to it’s Facebook Page that November 2014 is MANATEE AWARENESS MONTH, saying:

This November, we’re celebrating one of our favorite go-with-the-flow ocean animals– the manatee! Sometimes called “sea cows,” manatees are slow moving creatures that spend their time grazing on sea grasses. Happy Manatee Awareness Month!

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Info about Manatee Awareness Month on the Save the Manatees Club website:
http://www.savethemanatee.org/news_pr_mam_14.html

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Defenders of Wildlife Blog post about Manatee Awareness Month:
http://www.defenders.org/manatee-awareness-month

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Related Posts

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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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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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

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shakespeare sonnets Charles Robinson
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 mary jane gorton green shakespeare sonnets mary jane gorton red
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:
fifty shakespeare songs
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/


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