Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

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Sailor’s Hornpipe SBWE Sing Along Poster Image
Vintage Crazy 8s Card
Whitman Publishing 1951
Scanned and Updated by ELEG for SBWE

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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky“)
Lyrics Adapted by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Art Seiden

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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI (for SBWE)
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky“)
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Chords Adapted for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
on top of spaghetti for SBWE song sheet

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Red Red Robin Lori Lee Stultz Cover
Red, Red Robin
Words and Music by Harry Woods
Illustrated by Lori Lee Stultz

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Inch Worm (for Sing Books with Emily)
Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Arrangement by Emily Gleichenhaus and Tom Griep
Collage Art Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
From the Movie: Hans Christian Andersen
Made possible by a generous contribution from Fairie Godmother Charlene James Duguid

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Music and Lyrics by Fred Rogers
Illustrated by Luke Flowers

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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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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Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute (Woodsy Owl’s Song)
Words and Tune Originally Written for United States Forest Service
Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration Adapted from a Woodsy Golden Key Magazine Cover 1973

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Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute (Woodsy Owl’s Song) w Chords
Words and Tune Originally Written for United States Forest Service
Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
woodsy w chords

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The Candy Man
Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly
From: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Traditional Words and Tune
Edited by Ann Owen
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

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Up, Up, Up

Words and Music by Susan Reed
Illustrated by Rachel Oldfield
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Animal Fair

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Ponder Goembel
Illustrated by Ponder Goembel

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IF ALL THE RAINDROPS for SBWE

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IF ALL THE RAINDROPS (for SBWE w Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
if all the raindrops were lemondrops song sheet w chords

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Daffy Down Dilly Waltz
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Daffy Down Dilly Waltz Song Sheet w Chords
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
daffy down dilly waltz w chords eleg sbwe

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What Do You Do with a Sea Sick Sailor
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Sing Books with Emily
Picture by Paul Galdone

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Sea Sick Sailor (for Sing Books with Emily)
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Sing Books with Emily

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Old King Cole Sing Along Sheet SBWE w Chords Dm
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS old king cole w chords Dm

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ONE TWINKLY TUNE, MANY SONGS COLLECTION FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BINDER COVER
To view or print this page, click here:
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To help keep track of what was written and when, I assembled this brief history which you can put in the binder with the other sheets:
one twinkly tune many songs brief history
ONE TWINKLY TUNE, MANY SONGS COLLECTION FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BRIEF HISTORY
To view or print this page, click here:
one twinkly tune many songs brief history

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Twinkle Little Bat Song Sheet w Chords  by ELEG for SBWE 
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS TWINKLE LITTLE BAT w chords

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Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet w Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS twinkle little star w chords

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ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE
ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

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En route to Sing Books at Mary Riley Style Library. Penny the Blue Ukulele is coming along and looking forward to playing:

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2021/06/06/song-sung-blue-an-illustrated-song/

Sing Along Poster decorated with a beautiful blue hydrangea. Yay! It’s Spring! Lots of wonderful illustrated songs to sing today!

@mrsplfoundation @littlecitylibrary

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spots left for Sing Books 11am tomorrow morning, Saturday, 5/14/2022, at Mary Riley Styles Library in Falls Church, VA.

I’ve got some new illustrated songs to share and lots of old favorites!

Register, here:

@mrsplfoundation @littlecitylibrary

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The Illustrated Songs We Sang at Mary Riley Styles Library on Saturday, May 14, 2022
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/the-illustrated-songs-we-sang-at-mary-riley-styles-library-on-saturday-may-14-2022/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY REPERTOIRE OF ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

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Rain
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES
Illustrated By Brian Wildsmith
Tune/Chords by Emily Gleichenhaus for Sing Books with Emily

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Rain (by RLS for SBWE)
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES
Tune/Chords by Emily Gleichenhaus for Sing Books with Emily

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Sing RAIN with Emily, here:

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Rain, a Singable, Illustrated Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/rain-a-singable-illustrated-poem-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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BRIAN WILDSMITH
The Singable Picture Books of Brian Wildsmith
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/the-singable-picture-books-of-brian-wildsmith/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

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

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River Song
By Steve Van Zandt
Illustrated by Katherine Zecca

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OCEANS, SEAS, SAILORS, BOATS, CREATURES
Songs of Oceans, Seas and Bodies of Water; the Boats that Float on Them, the Sailors Who Work on Them, the People Who Live Near Them, and Creatures Who Live in Them
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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My Clothes Become Napkins
Words and Music by Sing Books with Emily

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My Clothes Become Napkins
Words and Music by Sing Books with Emily
Written on an old greasy donut box

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My clothes become napkins
For spills when they happen
From picking up food
To wiping up goo
And everything else in between

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My Clothes Become Napkins, an Illustrated Singable Rhyme
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2022/05/09/my-clothes-become-napkins-an-illustrated-singable-rhyme-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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

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SONGS BY EMILY, A JUBILEE OF JINGLES
Links to posts about songs for which I created some kind of original content (words, chords, arrangement, adaptation, tune, pairing)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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What Do You Do with a Sea Sick Sailor
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Sing Books with Emily
Picture by Paul Galdone

This sea shanty is such a fun song to sing with its catchy tune. My “sea sick” adaptation uses the same tune as DUNKEN SAILOR. Somehow, singing with kids about a drunken sailor didn’t sit quite right with me, so I changed it.  Because the tune can easily be played on the ukulele (and because there are no picture books for it), I decided to make a Sing Along Poster. As a picture for the poster, I used a cute illustration from Paul Galdon’s picture book for the song A CAPITAL SHIP/WALLOPING WINDOW BLIND that I did not use in my adaptation for THAT song, but which seemed perfect for THIS one. This picture will serve to show how you can “tickle his nose with a feather duster,” if you’re singing the question: “what do you do with a sea sick sailor?”

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Sea Sick Sailor (for Sing Books with Emily)
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Sing Books with Emily

Thus far, I’d only ever heard the one verse of the song with its chorus.  But researching the song, I found that there are many possible verses detailing all the (sometimes funny, sometimes cruel) things you can do with a drunken sailor to get him up in the morning to do his job. It became clear that this was a working song on a ship to keep the sailor’s minds off some tedious, physically challenging task. 

It was also fun to entertain the notion that SEA SICK SAILOR can become a singing game. Have the audience think of things that one can do with a sea sick sailor. And THIS opens up with opportunity to add movements to the song (with this idea, I was thinking of the chimney sweeps thinking of things to dance in that wonderful number from Disney’s Mary Poppins).

My first brainstormed ideas for things (and movements) you can do with a drunken sailor were:

  • Tickle his nose with a feather duster
  • Blink your eyes and shrug your shoulders
  • Clap your hands and nod your noggin

What ideas can you come up with?

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Sea Sick Sailor, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2022/05/08/sea-sick-sailor-an-illustrated-song-from-a-traditional-useful-tune/

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

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Sailor Songs

This post is an addendum to the post:
A CAPITAL SHIP/WALLOPING WINDOW BLIND, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/walloping-window-blind-a-singable-picture-book/

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I just rediscovered this gem and decided to develop it for Sing Books:

A Capital Ship/Walloping Window Blind, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/walloping-window-blind-a-singable-picture-book/

The poem was written in 1885. Muppet Wiki tells me that the tune and chorus for the song version are from a sea shanty called TEN THOUSAND MILES AWAY.

Once you get to the song, and as evidenced to the song being set to an existing shanty and taking on that shanty’s chorus, you understand the song version has undergone changes in “The Folk Process.” And, now that I’ve got my hands on it, it’s undergone some more in the way of that tradition.

This song/poem has multiple illustrations. My favorite pictures are by Paul Galdone in his 1963 rendition.

It’s a long poem and I like some of the verses more than others. So, I chose 2 verses (along with 2 choruses) and scanned those pages to create my own book.

I found and edited some music to go with it and now the package is complete.

Look on your favorite music and video sources to find some excellent audio and video recordings of A CAPITAL SHIP/WALLOPING WINDOW BLIND. I’m partial to the one by Tom Chapin.

Heigh-ho! Come sing it with me sometime!

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A CAPITAL SHIP/WALLOPING WINDOW BLIND, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/walloping-window-blind-a-singable-picture-book/

This post is an addendum to the post
Goin’ to Boston, a Singable Picture Book
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/goin-to-boston-a-singable-picture-book

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5/8/2022

I’ve been giving some thought to this song.  I love the illustrated version of the song by Margolin/Bolam.  But I also discovered that I can play it on the ukulele.  With this discovery, I set out to make a sing-along song sheet and Sing Along Poster.

To make the poster, I was thinking, how can I represent the song in pictures? The song is about going to Boston and Boston Common park.  What pictures to choose? Then I remembered that MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLILNGS takes place in Boston.

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Make Way for Ducklings
By Robert McCloskey

The Duck Family is going to Boston!  So I just bought the book and will use a few of the illustrations for the Sing Along Poster. In the mean time, I collected up the ukulele chords that work best for me, the lyrics to the song, and a drawing/study I found by Mr. McClocskey that I edited for the sheet.

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Goin’ to Boston (for Sing Books with Emily)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by Sing Books with Emily

What then occurred to me is all the fun possibilities this song offers, especially in conjunction with MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS.  For example, the song can become a game.  Audience members can help think of ways that the Duck Family might get to Boston:

  • Waddle, waddle, we’re goin’ to Boston
  • Swim, swim, we’re goin’ to Boston
  • Fly, fly, we’re goin’ to Boston
  • Quack, quack, we’re goin’ to Boston
  • Stop the traffic, we’re goin’ to Boston

And then there’s all the ways the Margolin/Bolam book suggests going to Boston.  And then anyone can make up anyway they can possibly think of to go to Boston, for example:

  • Wagons Ho! We’re goin’ to Boston
  • Honk, honk, we’re goin’ to Boston
  • Look over there! We’re goin’ to Boston
  • Are we there yet? We’re goin’ to Boston
  • Do si do, we’re goin’ to Boston

And all sorts of other things, too!

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Goin’ to Boston, a Singable Picture Book
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/goin-to-boston-a-singable-picture-book

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ART YOU CAN SING: SINGABLE ART GALLERY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-art-gallery/

This post is an addendum to the post
Goin’ to Boston, a Singable Picture Book
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/goin-to-boston-a-singable-picture-book

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Goin’ to Boston (An Exuberant Journey in Song)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by H. Ellen Margolin
Illustrated by Emily Bolam

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An excellent instrumental with which to sing the song, here:

Note:

The book seems to be laid out so that the chorus is sung after each verse.  To use this instrumental for singing along, you will sing two verses and then two choruses.

There is one spot later in the book where there are 3 verses before the chorus is written out.  To continue singing with this instrumental, just skip one of the verses to sing just 2 of them (I skip the 3rd one) and move to sing the 2 choruses.

The only thing missing is the last chorus at the end with the picture that looks like SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE portrait. Just sing that a capella, or enjoy the picture and talk about it.

This seems like a lot of instruction, but really, it’s very easy in practice.  This track is so fun, exuberant, and bluegrassy that it’s worth giving it a try!

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/goin-to-boston-a-singable-picture-book

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ART YOU CAN SING: SINGABLE ART GALLERY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-art-gallery/

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Singing-Time
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Music and Chords by Emily Gleichenhaus for Sing Books with Emily
Illustrated with Vintage Image

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Sing along with Emily:

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This little poem is called Singing-Time, by Rose Fyleman. I found it in a book of illustrated poetry my daughter found for me at a library book sale. When I read the poem, it’s tune popped right into my head. I wrote that out with some ukulele chords, found (and adapted) some cute vintage greeting card images to suit the lyrics, and collaged Sing Along Poster.

Fun to have a new little ditty to sing and, in addition, a little poem for your pocket.

Singing-Time, an Illustrated Song

#SingablePoetry
#KidLit #kidlitart #singbookswithemily

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Singing-Time, an Illustrated Song
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Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2022/05/06/poems-to-read-to-the-very-young-illustrated-many-singable-poems/

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POETRY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

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My daughter found this lovely book of illustrated Children’s poetry (illustrated by Eloise Wilkin) for me at a local library book sale.

It’s full of songs I already know and new little tunes that are popping like popcorn in my head when I read them!

Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young

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Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2022/05/06/poems-to-read-to-the-very-young-illustrated-many-singable-poems/

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POETRY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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