Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

We had a wonderful time Singing Books today at the Dumfries Neighborhood Library in Dumfries, VA this morning.

It was a large and delightful crowd of children and their caregivers.  I got to visit with some old friends and make new friends, too.  My heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to sing with me today.

I brought my guitar to sing OLD BLUE to honor the PAWS TO READ, 2014 Summer Reading program theme this year.  We also made use of my glockenspiel, foot tambourines, rubber duckie and kazoo.  It’s always more fun with instruments!

Here’s our song stack (listed in alpha order),

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham
(This book is packaged with a CD with two recordings of the song!)

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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

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

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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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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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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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smokey the bear song 1 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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smokey the bear song 2 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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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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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music and historical information)

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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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball.

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You’re a Grand Old Flag
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Warren Kimble

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Dumfries Neighborhood Library

18007 Dumfries Shopping Plaza
Dumfries, VA 22026-2411
703-792-5678

Dumfries Neighborhood Library website:
https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/Dumfries-Neighborhood-Library.aspx

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The 2014 Summer Reading Program theme is PAWS TO READ

paws to read

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In honor of  PAWS TO READ, I assembled a list of books that feature our furry friends:

DOGS IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/dogs-in-illustrated-songs/

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PAWS TO READ online Calendar 2014:
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Documents/Calendar%20of%20Events/2014_06-8interactive.pdf

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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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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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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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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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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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STEVE ROLLINS AND JACK NELSON
THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF STEVE NELSON AND JACK ROLLINS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-steve-nelson-and-jack-rollins/

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DOGS IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/dogs-in-illustrated-songs/

I made a poster with the Declaration of Independence Trumbull Portrait to celebrate Independence Day 2014, using the 1776 verse text my daughter learned for her 4th grade Colonial Day.

Since the text is not so easy to read on the first poster, I decided to make a second one so kids can read the text and sing-along:

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yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

Yankee Doodle with 1776 Verse, Text Poster for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Poster Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this poster, click here:
yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

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YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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YANKEE DOODLE IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter E (tune of Yankee Doodle)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-e/
This post features a version of “Yankee Doodle” that appears in “Little House in the Big Woods”

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

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

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

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

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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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Happy Independence Day from Sing Books with Emily, and an addition to the Yankee Doodle Repertoire
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/happy-independence-day-from-sing-books-with-emily-and-an-addition-to-the-yankee-doodle-repertoire/

I am a FAN of Oliver Sack’s Facebook page.

A few weeks ago he posted on his Facebook page an article about how spiders tune their webs to make music

SPIDERS HARNESS THE POWER OF MUSIC
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/7384/20140603/spiders-harness-the-power-of-music.htm

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NPR’s MORNING EDITION reported on the subject
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/319179807/spiders-tune-in-to-webs-music-to-size-up-meals-and-mates

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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/music-is-everywhere/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

This is a collection of posts that capture MUSIC in some of the most unlikely places.  These posts remind us how music is everywhere all the time.  Just listen.

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GEORGE BELLOWS: Something George Bellows Said
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/something-artists-george-bellows-said/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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JAMES ABBOTT McNEILL WHISTLER: 
Something Whistler Said…
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/something-whistler-said/

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THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/the-man-with-the-violin/

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SPIDER WEB MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/spider-webs-tuned-for-music/

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TRAINS INSPIRE MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/trains-inspire-music/

MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE!

To articulate the romance of trains and locomotives’ muse, Joshua Hammer writes in the 6/1/2014 NY Times Book Review:

Riding the rails to Boston in 1924, George Gershwin listened to the roar of the steam engine and the turn of the wheels and found the inspiration for “Rhapsody in Blue,” his hymn to urbanizing, Jazz Age America. “It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer,” he told a biographer, describing the moment of creation. “I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise.” W. C. Handy and other African-American musicians heard a similar sound on the Illinois Central, the Midwestern line that spirited them away from the Deep South on the Great Migration that began during World War I. They married the whistle and drone of the locomotive to the plaintive chants of sharecroppers and invented the “city blues.” Steve Goodman, a little-known composer, was inspired by a ­journey on the same line to write a dirge that became one of the anthems of the Vietnam War era — “The City of New ­Orleans.”

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Link to NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Sunday, June 1, 2014
JOURNEY BY RAIL, by Joshua Hammer,

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/books/review/tom-zoellners-train.html?_r=0

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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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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE

I saw a meme posted on someone’s Facebook page that modified an acrostic poem and used the words math, language, history, reading and science to exemplify the educational and cultural enrichment that music offers:

MATH
LANGUAGE
HISTORY
READING
SCIENCE

It is not always easy to articulate for others what I do with my Sing Books work, or to help folks understand why music is so enriching (for EVERYONE…not just kids) I liked that music is math, language, history, reading and science meme so much, and since those words apply also to the illustrated songs in the Sing Books repertoire (and to the activity of singing of those songs), I’d make it my own.

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MUSIC IS poster ELEG 4 SBWE

MUSIC IS Poster for Sing Books with Emily
Music (and Sing Books with Emily) is Math, Language, History, Reading and Science

Please print this poster and give it to everyone you know!

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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/

My son and I were walking around Washington, DC’s Chinatown this afternoon to the tune of some ugly street music and I began to think of this book (and how I WISHED Joshua Bell could have been there instead),

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The Man with the Violin
Story by Kathy Stinson
Illustrations by Dusan Petricic
Postscript by Joshua Bell

This book was a gift from my wonderful friend, marvelous teacher and supporter of SING BOOKS, Danielle Ancil.  What a fantastic gift this is, too, to remind me of the GIFT that music is to the world, how important it is to our lives, how enriching music is (even when we don’t always top to pay attention when something gorgeous is filling the space around us!

I’m so glad to have gotten the chance to explore this story…

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Publisher’s webpage for the book:

http://www.annickpress.com/Man-with-the-Violin-The

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Publisher’s Author video for this book:

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A long and detailed account of the event on the Washington Post website, here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

By Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, April 8, 2007

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Image of Joshua Bell playing in the Metro:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/joshua-bell-playing-at-lenfant-plaza-metro-in-washington-dc-news-photo/141021658

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Washington Post video of the event, here:

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NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED interviews Josha Bell about the event:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9521098

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ZIN ZIN ZIN A VIOLIN, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/zin-zin-zin-a-violin-a-singable-picture-book/

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NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG
This is a list of Picture Books that are not necessarily singable, but which have appeared in my blog as books which embrace music as an important and enriching part of our lives.  For a more comprehensive list (including books which have not yet made their way into the Sing Books blog) please see the Pinterest link just below this one:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/picture-books-not-necessarily-singable-which-embrase-music-as-an-important-and-enriching-component-of-our-lives/

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