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I recently got to share Illustrated Songs with Avery, her friends, caregivers, and family.  It was really fun.  So that her family and caregivers can have resources for learning and sharing these songs themselves, I’ve assembled this post of the illustrated songs we sang.  Each title is linked to a post about that illustrated song.  Posts are updated as information and experience presents itself.  Posts might contain everything from videos, sing alongs, historical origin stories about the songs, printable song sheets, information about composers/lyricists/illustrators, and items that arise from my experience singing them (and much more).

Please keep the love of music, books, and singing with children.  You will be enriching so many aspects of the child’s life, including emotional, educational, social and cultural development.

Here are the songs we sang, listed in alphabetical order:

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We sang OLD MACDONALD together while I played ukulele.  We did this also with the Sing Books with Emily Cast of Characters.
old macdonald for SBWE w chords
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (for SBWE, w Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Song Sheet and Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
old macdonald for SBWE w chords

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old macdonald for SBWE no chords
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (for SBWE, no Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Song Sheet and Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
old macdonald for SBWE no chords

 

 

 

Introducing Sing Books with Emily’s Cast of Characters.

I have assembled a CRITTER BOX.  Over time, many plush critters have joined my family via my children and my work with illustrated Songs.  As my children have outgrown their stuffed animals (though not their sentimental attachments to them), I have combed through their collections (and the creatures I’ve collected over time with my Sing Books with Emily practice) to create a critter box.  I will then fill my Cast of Characters bag with a subset of these for different Sing Books visits.

Here are a few of them:

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY9/8/2018OLD MACDONALD and Sing Books with Emily’s Cast of Charactershttps://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/read-sing-play-abc-sing-along-a-singable-book-letter-p-tune-of-old-macdonald-had-a-farm/

Songs to sing with SING BOOKS WITH EMILY’S CAST OF CHARACTERS include:

Some of the set up this morning for Sing Books animal song this morning at Reston Regional Library. We had a great crowd and lots of fun!

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY9/8/2018OLD MACDONALD and Sing Books with Emily’s Cast of Charactershttps://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/read-sing-play-abc-sing-along-a-singable-book-letter-p-tune-of-old-macdonald-had-a-farm/

 

 

 

9/8/2018, SOOOOO much fun with terrific crowd for Sing Books at Reston Regional Library this morning.  Thank you library friends!

Sing Books 8/9/2018 at Reston Regional Library. Wonderful group and lots of great songs about animals!

 

 

 

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The song C IS FOR COOKIE for playing this fun ABC/Alphabet Books singing game.

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C is for Cookie ABC (SBWE) Cover Only
C is for Cookie ABC
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Song Coordinated and Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Arranged for Ukulele by ELEG for SBWE

I was singing C IS FOR COOKIE for a group one day and the thought floated through my mind that it would be fun to sing the same tune with other letters.  I’ve also got some great ABC books that I’d not been using and I thought it would be fun to use those.

Then, I thought that the element of chance would be a fun way to decide which letter to sing.

I found some wonderful handmade letters from a person on Etsy:

With these in a cloth sack, kids reach in and choose a letter.  We turn to that letter in one the ABC books and then we “C is for Cookie” the letter and the item for that letter in that book.

You can do with with any letter in any ABC book and that makes things fun and endlessly entertaining.  And it’s super funny when the word does not fit with the rhythm of the song because it makes you fumble and kids thing that’s hilarious.

Here are a few of the ABC books that I like:

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Charley Harper ABC
Art by Charley Harper
Published by AMMO Books

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Brian Wildsmith’s ABC
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
This is a colorful, whimsical, artful edition for singing the ABCs and ZYXs!

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Brian Wildsmith’s Amazing Animal Alphabet
Sing to the Tune of the ABC Song
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
This is a colorful, whimsical, artful edition for singing the ABCs and ZYXs!
ISBN-13: 978-1595721853

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You can use this song sheet and easy ukulele chords for singing C IS FOR COOKIE (or any other letter of the alphabet):
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C is for Cookie (for SBWE) w uke chords
C is for Cookie (for SBWE) w uke chords
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Arranged for Ukulele
To view or print this page, click here:
C is for Cookie (for SBWE) w uke chords

 

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C is for Cookie, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/c-is-for-cookie-an-illustrated-song-thats-good-enough-for-me/

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C IS FOR COOKIE ABCs, an Illustrated Song
Read all about how to use the song C IS FOR COOKIE for playing this fun ABC/Alphabet Books singing game
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/c-is-for-cookie-abc/

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

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

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

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SONGBOOK SERIES BY SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
Sing Books with Emily Songbook Series
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sbwe-song-book-series/

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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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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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Enriching Lives of Children with Illustrated Song Poster ELEG SBWE
Share love of music, books,  and singing with children.  You will enrich so many aspects of their lives, including emotional, educational, social, and cultural development.
Sing Books with Emily
By ELEG for SBWE
View or Print this poster, here:
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Wisdom, Inspiration, and Good Advice Blog
A collection of ideas, quotes, and poems to help guide my children to thrive, actualize their best selves, and become honorable citizens of the community and the world.
https://wisdominspirationgoodadvice.wordpress.com/

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ALL ELEG POSTERS IN ONE PLACE
https://wisdominspirationgoodadvice.wordpress.com/all-poster-in-one-place/

This post is an addendum to the post
DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/do-all-the-good-you-can-and-sing-right-out-loud/

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When the great American John McCain died in late August 2018, I was greatly moved.

No. I did not agree with him politically. But I respected John McCain. The quote on this poster I made (attached) rocks my world and exemplifies why I admire and respect him so much.

From the bottom of my heart, I am compelled to Sing Books with Emily because of what John MCain says in this quote. I was not cut out to be in the military. I was not called to be a teacher. But I am compelled to sing songs and Sing Books with Emily was the best way I could think of to put my singing to use, hopefully, for the greater good.

The image on this poster was one I made for singing the song Do All the Good You Can. I made a book for that song that begins with the first lines of lyrics and one red circle. As the song progresses, colors are added to the inside of the circle, building a rainbow, culminating with the heart in the bulls-eye.

Do All the Good You Can is a credo written by John Wesley for the Methodist Church. I read the credo, however, not religiously, but as a humanist. And, on accident, I discovered that the credo can be sung to the same tune as My Country Tis of Thee. I figured out ukulele chords, made that book, and started singing the song with kids in their classrooms. They caught on quickly. I hope you can hear someday the beautiful sound of a room full of young voices singing the words.

Until then, we can all strive to live up to John McCain’s suggestion in this quote.  Please feel free to print this poster and put it up as a reminder.

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SERVE A CAUSE GREATER THAN YOURSELF (John McCain Quote)
Poster by Sing Books with Emily for Do All the Good You Can
To view or print this poster, click here:
do all the good you can – john mccain quote poster – eleg sbwe

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DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/do-all-the-good-you-can-and-sing-right-out-loud/

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Do all the good you can, and John McCain’s quote about serving a purpose greater than yourself
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/do-all-the-good-you-can-and-john-mccains-quote-about-serving-a-purpose-higher-than-yourself/

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MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-singable-picture-book/

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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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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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PROJECT PUT SONG LIST
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/project-put-s

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WISDOM, INSPIRATION, AND GOOD ADVICE BLOG
https://wisdominspirationgoodadvice.wordpress.com/

 

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE is a beautiful love song recorded by many, but first by Elvis. My daughter mentioned that she might like to sing it and so I found some chords in a singable (and easily playable) key and tweaked them a little for ukulele to come up with a song sheet.

The song is just so tender, honest, and lovely.

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Can't Help Falling in Love (w chords in C)

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE (uke chords for SBWE)
Words and Music by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss
Based on 18th c. French Love Song “Plaisir d’amour”
Song Sheet Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
Can’t Help Falling in Love (w chords in C for SBWE)

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Elvis sings:

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I CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can%27t_Help_Falling_in_Love

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Wiki for PLAISIR D’AMOUR, the 18th century love song upon which FALLING IN LOVE is based:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaisir_d%27amour

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The wiki article for FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU says that it was based on this 18th century french love song “Plaisir d’amour,” here sung by the great Kathleen Battle.  You can hear strains of the tune Elvis sings in there if you listen for the notes:

 

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Song Studies, Song Explorations
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/emilys-song-studies/

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Singable Picture Books of Songs by Elvis Presley
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/elvis-week-singable-picture-books-of-songs-by-elvis-presley/

 

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Piping Down the Valleys Wild (a Merry Mix of Verse for All Ages)
Poems and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Nancy Larrick
Illustrated by Ellen Raskin
Above is cover art for the 1999 Yearling Publication

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Piping Down the Valleys Wild (a Merry Mix of Verse for All Ages)
Poems and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Nancy Larrick
Illustrated by Ellen Raskin
Above is cover art for the 1968 Delacourt Press First Printing

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This book is filled with poetry, but not very many illustrations, unfortunately.  The few illustrations, however, are charming b/w line drawings by Raskin.  Illustrations of Singable Poetry (or possible Singable Poetry) in this collection include:

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ELLEN RASKIN

The Singable Picture Books of Author, Illustrator, Graphic Artist and Composer Ellen Raskin
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/singable-picture-books-of-ellen-raskin/

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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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