Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

I had the wonderful pleasure to share 2 Sing Books performances with big crowds who visit the Duncan Branch Library in Alexandria, VA.  I was there on Tuesday, July 26 at 10am and 11am.  It was a lot of fun!

In each performance we sang a selection of songs from this list (presented in alphabetical order by title), each title is linked to a post about that particular song which includes all kinds of info like song origin, author, illustrator, videos, sound players, music, and more:

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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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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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SBWE SBS baa baa blacksheep
Baa Baa Black Sheep w Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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backwards birthday party
The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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Dinosaur Pet
Inspired by the Music and Lyrics of the Song “Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Children’s Lyrics by Marc Sedaka
Illustrated by Tim Bowers

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do re me do a deer 4 sbwe cover only
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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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

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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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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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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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tomorrow 4 sbwe cover only
Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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up up up
Up, Up, Up

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

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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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I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

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

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rubber duckie SPB for SBWE cover only
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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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

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twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE
Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE

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Related Posts

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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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MOST REQUESTED ILLUSTRATED SONGS
This is the list of songs from the Sing Books with Emily Repertoire of Illustrated Songs that children request the most: Kids Favorite Illustrated Songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/most-requested-illustrated-songs-and-an-even-longer-list-of-honorable-mentions/

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This post is an addendum to the post
YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG


Yankee Doodle
Traditional Music
Words by Dr. Richard Shackburg
Illustrated with Woodcuts by Ed Emberley

I cannot deny a particular affinity to vintage woodcut illustrations by Ed Emberley.  His 1965 illustrations for YANKEE DOODLE are no exception.  The whole book is a terrific rendition of one of our most beloved American songs.  The book’s illustrations, the lyrics he chose (among many choices), and historical information in the book combine to make a fantastic package.  It’s a marvelous book.

I’m sharing here the page of lyrics and guitar chords that I assembled to share this illustrated song in its entirety with kids in their classrooms.  Doing this offers an opportunity to enjoy many verses that are not often sung and to explore the history of these lyrics and the song as a whole.

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Yankee Doodle (w chords) Emberley
Yankee Doodle (w chords for SBWE) Emberley
Traditional Music
Chords arranged by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Dr. Richard Shackburg
This sheet corresponds to the song as illustrated with Woodcuts by Ed Emberley
To view or print this sheet, click here:
Yankee Doodle (w chords) Emberley

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Yankee Doodle (w chords for SBWE) Emberley
Traditional Music
Chords arranged by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Dr. Richard Shackburg
This sheet corresponds to the song as illustrated with Woodcuts by Ed Emberley
To view or print this sheet, click here:
Yankee Doodle (no chords) Emberley

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Yankee Doodle for SBWE Sing Along Page
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/yankee-doodle-for-sbwe-sing-along-page/

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YANKEE DOODLE IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

https://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)
https://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
https://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!
https://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
https://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
https://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!
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/happy-independence-day-from-sing-books-with-emily-and-an-addition-to-the-yankee-doodle-repertoire/

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Text Poster for Yankee Doodle 1776 Verse
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/text-poster-for-yankee-doodle-1776-verse/

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YANKEE DOODLE FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/yankee-doodle-for-sbwe-sing-along-page/

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LUCY LOCKET, A SINGABLE MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYME (same tune as YANKEE DOODLE)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/lucy-locket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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

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FUN SONGS SERIES on SBWE
A series of illustrated history lessons set to familiar tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/fun-songs-illustrated-american-history-songs-set-to-familiar-tunes/

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KEEP ON SEWING BETSY ROSS, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/keep-on-sewing-besty-ross-a-fun-song-about-the-first-american-flag/

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

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

wee sing america
Wee Sing America

From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

I have been writing this SING BOOKS WITH EMILY blog since November 2009 (I’m writing this post in July 2017) and I cannot believe I’m only now documenting the marvelous resource that is Wee Sing.

If you want to sing a song to kids, the first place to look for music is Wee Sing.  The books are extremely accessible and include melody, guitar chords, lyrics, and illustrations for every song.  Many songs include activity ideas, song origin tid-bit, and historical information.  It is amazing how much information is packed into these seemingly simple pages.  Not only THAT, but every little booklet has a nicely produced CD (let’s face it, lots of kid music can be outrageously irritating) so you can learn and sing along.

The Wee Sing website is incredible, too. It offers information about the books, song collections, videos, movies, activity ideas…

The Wee Sing series, and it’s creators Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp, have done an incredible service to children with their work.  I feel deep gratitude to them for the resources they’ve provided me in facilitating my ability to share illustrated songs with kids.

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Wee Sing website:

http://weesing.com/Books-Music

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Since the Wee Sing Series are compilations books of music (not a book illustrating a single song), I’ve not written much at all about the individual titles. And, because there is SO MUCH material in the Wee Sing canon, the Wee Sing Website is really the only place to find a comprehensive catalog of the offerings.

Suffice it to say, though, if you are looking for information about a song for kids, start with Wee Sing!

Individual titles in this list will be linked to titles about that particular book (as I am able to post them)

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Wee Sing America

Traditional Words and Tunes and Songs by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing and Play (Musical games and rhymes for children)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Collected by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing Animals, Animals, Animals

Traditional Songs by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing Book and CD Collection
Collected by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
(Package includes the books: “Wee Sing Rhymes, Songs and Lullabies” and “Wee Sing Musical Games, Rhymes and Silly Songs” plus vocal sing-along CD to accompany each)
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing Book and CD Collection 2

Collected and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated byNancy Spence Klein
(This publication includes the books “Wee Sing Folk and Favorite Sing-Alongs” and “Wee Sing Play and Pretend”)
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing Children’s Songs and Fingerplays

Traditional Songs by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing for Christmas

Traditional Words and Tunes and Songs by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing for Halloween

Traditional Words and Tunes and Songs by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing Mother Goose (Book and CD)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled, Adapted and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
From the Wee Sing series of Books and CDs

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Related Post

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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ILLUSTRATED SONG LISTS ONLINE
Lists of Illustrated Songs Found from Elsewhere Online
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/lists-of-illustrated-songs-found-from-elsewhere-online/

You can read it here:
MAGIC MUSHROOM DAY
June 4, 2017

https://charbeingchar.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/magic-mushroom-day/

What a delightful gift!  Homemade and delicious.  Thank you, Char!

For whatever reason, playing this little song in A (the key of the chords I originally produced for it) was a bit challenging for me with my guitar.  I experimented a little and found that just one step lower, this song is quite easy to play on the guitar in the key of G.  Same song, easier key for the guitar, easier to sing: EVERYBODY WINS!

I also discovered that Cantata Learning has produced of version of this song, adapted to teach kids a little something about the sun.

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you are my sunshine eleg sbwe (key of G)
You Are My Sunshine for SBWE (key of G)
Words and Music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
you are my sunshine eleg sbwe (key of G)

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you are my sunshine eleg sbwe (no chords)
You Are My Sunshine for SBWE (no chords)
Words and Music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
you are my sunshine eleg sbwe (no chords)

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you are my sunshine cantata
You Are My Sunshine
Retold by Blake Hoena
Illustrated by Kim Barnes
Published by Cantata Learning

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SUNSHINE SONGS
Songs celebrating the joy of sunshine
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/sunshine-in-illustrated-song/

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CANTATA LEARNING ILLUSTRATED SONGS
This collection is compiled on a board in the Sing Books with Emily Pinterest account
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/cantata-learning-illustrated-songs/

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Angels Watching Over Me
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Julie Durango
Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

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This video helped me learn the tune (though later, I chose to develop chords and sing the song in a much lower key),

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Flora (Arcimboldo, 1589)

This post is an addendum to the post
THE FLOWER CAROL, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/the-flower-carol-tempus-adest-floridum-a-singable-picture-book/

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SHORTER VERSION FOR USE IN SCHOOLS

We live in times of heated religious feeling and debate.  I am a deeply spiritual person. I grew up going to a Methodist church in Indianapolis, IN.  After moving to New York City, I attended Mable Collegiate Church which I absolutely adored.  I do, however, respect the religious beliefs of all other major religions.  So long as the religion leads to LOVE and GOODNESS, so long as it is respectful and loving of others with different worship practices, and so long as it does not impose upon or damage others, I’m all for it.

I also deeply believe in the separation of church and state.

I love the Flower Carol.  I think it can be enjoyed separately from a religious context.  It’s about the renewal of Springtime, the beauty of the earth, and appreciating the glory of nature.  To this end, I’ve created a book and song sheets (with and without guitar chords) for singing a shorter version.

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flower carol ELEG SBWE w chords - School
FLOWER CAROL (“Tempus adest floridum”) for SBWE, shorter w chords
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
Page Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
flower carol ELEG SBWE w chords – School

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flower carol ELEG SBWE no chords - School
FLOWER CAROL (“Tempus adest floridum”) for SBWE, shorter no chords
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
Page Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
flower carol ELEG SBWE no chords – School

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I love this page about Flower Carol on the Amidon Music website.  They’ve also embedded a sound player of a SATB choir singing Flower Carol a-capella.  It’s beautiful.
https://www.amidonmusic.com/online-choral-store/176-flower-carol

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MORNING HAS BROKEN AND FLOWER CAROL
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/morning-has-broken-and-flower-carol/

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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:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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GOOD KING WENCESLAS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/good-king-wenceslas-a-singable-book-a-winter-song-and-a-mini-play-with-a-message-inluding-lyrics-song-history-and-sing-along-tracks/

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SING ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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ON MARKET STREET, A SINGABLE ABC PICTURE BOOK (WITH A WINK TO ARCIMBOLDO)

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/on-market-street-a-singable-abc-picture-book-with-a-wink-to-arcimboldo/

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

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Flower Carol, Arcimboldo, and Amazing Photographed Modern Reproductions by Klaus Enrique
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/flower-carol-arcimboldo-and-amazing-photographed-modern-reproductions-by-klaus-enrique/

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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:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

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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!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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MORNING HAS BROKEN AND FLOWER CAROL
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/morning-has-broken-and-flower-carol/

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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:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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Song Sheets (with and without guitar chords) for The Flower Carol
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/song-sheets-with-and-without-guitar-chords-for-the-flower-carol/

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Shorter Version of FLOWER CAROLE (song sheets with and without guitar chords) for singing the song in schools

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