Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

Singable Picture Books for Christmas

Posted on: November 28, 2010

Looking through this list fills me with joy.  I hope you’ll enjoy celebrating Christmas with a Family Sing-Along!

If the book title is in BLUE, click on it for a hyperlink to a post with info about the book, song history, sing-along tracks (and lots more!).

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All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
Words and Music by Don Garner
Illustrated by Katz Cowley
Performed by Craig Smith

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The Animals’ Christmas
Words and Music by Various Artists
Stories and Poems Compiled by Anne Thaxter Eaton
Illustrated by Valenti Angelo

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Auld Lang Syne
Poem by Robert Burns
Traditional Tune
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this book, click here:
Auld Lang Syne for SBWE 

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Away in a Manger

Traditional Words
Music by James Ramsey Murray
Illustrated by Mike Jaroszko

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Away in a Manger
Words and Music by Various Artists
Story by Sarah Hayes
Illustrated by Inga Moore

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Best-Loved Christmas Carols (The Stories Behind Twenty-five Yuletide Favorites)

By Ron Clancy
Music and Words by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell is not a traditional Christmas Song and no holiday is mentioned in it (though it does include a wedding), but this song, with it’s bells a-ringing feels holiday and would be a nice addition to your holiday bookshelf and sing-along list…

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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Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella – A Provençal Carol

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Adrienne Adams

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
SBWE Advent Calendar Candy Cane Song
Candy Cane Song
Poem by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Tune by Her Mother Emily
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Candy Cane Song” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Candy Cane Song

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The Carolers
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Georgia Guback

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Carols for Christmas
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by David Willcocks
Illustrated with Art from the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Carol of the Brown King
Nativity Poems by Langston Hughes
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
ISBN 0-689-81877-7

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Carol to a Child (and a Christmas Pageant)
By Nancy Dingman Watson
Music by Clyde Watson
Illustrated by Aldren A. Watson

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Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)

Published by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation
Edited by J. Morris Jones
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
(This amazingly wonderful poetry compilation, Volume 1 of 15 Volumes of the Childcraft set, is filled with poetry that can be sung.  The illustrations now appear wonderfully vintage, by numerous artists.  If you can find a copy of this book, you will not be disappointed in its contents)

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The Christmas Alphabet
Illustrated by Robert Sabuda
Sing the ABCs  and ZYXs with this fun whimsy for Christmas!

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Christmas Carols (A Little Golden Book)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Corrine Malvern
(I particularly love this book because I have my mother’s childhood copy, and the pictures are wonderful.)

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Christmas Carols (Priddy Books)

Illustrated by Holly Russell
(This book comes with a sing-along CD with arrangements by Andrew Dodge and sung by Emma Cannon, Gerard Carey, and Andrew Dodge)
This books features carols, including:
In the Bleak Midwinter

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Christmas Lullabies
Traditional Words and Tunes
Published by Sandy Creek/Bookmart Limited
ISBN: 978-1-4351-1468-5
(This book features a sing-along CD)

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Christmas Sing-Along (a Pop-Up Book)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Book Design by Pat Paris
Paper Engineering by Wayne Kalama
Illustrated by Kathy Coville

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Christmas Sing-Along Car-i-oke
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled by David Schiller
Illustrated by Tim Robinson

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The Christmas Song: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Words and Music by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Illustrated by Doris Barrette

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Christmas Songs (Play-a-Song)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Published by Publications International, Ltd.
ISBN: 978-1-4127-6945-7

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Lois Lenski’s Christmas Stories
Written and Illustrated by Lois Lenski
This book contains stories, songs in verse (but, sadly, no printed music) and a Christmas pagent with songs (but, again sadly, no printed music)

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The Christmas Story (From the Gospels of Matthew and Luke)
Artwork from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art selected by Metropolitan Museum of Art Staff
(My intention with this book is to sing the Christmas Carols, with the pictures of art work, that correspond to each scene as told in the Bible’s Christmas Story)

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The Christmas Story (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
From the Gospels fo Mathher & Luke
Edited by Marguerite Northrup
Illustrated with Artwork from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(I’ve included this as this story artwork can be celebrated by matching them with Christmas Carols and Hymns)

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The Christmas Story
Text from The King James bible
Illustrated (Illuminated) by Isabelle Brendt
(You can sing the Christmas Carols, with the pictures of art work, that correspond to each scene as told in the Bible’s Christmas Story)

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A Christmas Treasury

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Christian Birmingham

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Christmas with the Mousekins (A Story with Recipes, Poems and More!)
Traditional Tunes
Words Adapted by Maggie Smith
Story by Maggie Smith
Illustrated by Maggie Smith

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Deck the Hall

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Sylvia Long


Deck the Halls

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Paintings by Norman Rockwell

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Diane Goode’s American Christmas
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Diane Goode

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Diane Goode’s Christmas Magic (Poems and Carols)
Poems, Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Diane Goode

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Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Francesca Crespi
(This “Lift the Flap” book also illustrates the carols, “O Christmas Tree,” “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High”)

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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
Text by Anna Harwell Celenza
Illustrated by Don Tate
Tough not necessarily singable, this book is filled with colorful and energetic pictures and gives a history of this jazz take on the old Christmas standard and comes packaged with a recording of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

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The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury

Traditional Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Marc Brown

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Favorite Christmas songs and Stories (The Big Treasure Book of Christmas)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Musical Arrangements by Dorothy B. Commins
Illustrated by Dellwyn Cunningham

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Feliz Navidad

Words and Music by Jose Feliciano
Illustrated by David Diaz

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Feliz Navidad (Teach Me…Learning Songs & Traditions in Spanish)
Traditional Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Text by Anna Maria Mahoney
Illustrated by Barb Bjornson

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A Firefly in a Fir Tree, a Carol for Mice

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Hilary Knight
Illustrated by Hilary Knight
(Sing to the tune of TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS)

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The First Noel (Elvis Presley’s)
Traditional Tune and Words
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
(This book includes a CD of Elvis singing the carol)

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The Friendly Beasts (an old English Christmas Carol)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
(This book has sheet music in the back)

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The Friendly Beasts (A Medieval French Carol)
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted and Illustrated by Jan Burlingham

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The Friendly Beasts

Words by Robert Davis
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Sharon McGinley
(This book’s last pages include a short, fascinating historical notes about the carol)

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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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Frosty the Snowman

Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

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Frosty the Snowman

Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Lydia Halverson
(This version is lots of fun.  The pages are printed and folded like an accordion, so you can pull it straight out to see a looooooong Frosty scene)

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Frosty Snowman
Animated Video of the Song
www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6kZ65vlw7U

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Give Us This Day (The Lord’s Prayer)
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor

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The Golden Christmas Treasury (25 Stories, Poems, and Carols)
Poems, Words, and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
ISBN:  0-307-95585-0

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Illustrated by Fiona King

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The Glorious Christmas Songbook
Compiled by Cooper Edens and Benjamin Darling
Illustrated by Various Artists
(“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is found on p. 68)

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Good King Wenceslas

Traditional Tune (Tempus adest floridum)
Words by John Mason Neale
Illustrated by Christopher Manson

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Good King Wenceslas

Traditional Tune (Tempus adest floridum)
Words by John M. Neale
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
(This book has sheet music in the back and a page of historical information about the song)

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Good King Wenceslas
Traditional Tune (Tempus adest floridum)
Words by John M. Neale
Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

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Good King Wenceslas (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
(This book comes packaged with Jane Seymour’s performance on DVD)
Written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir by DAvid T. Warner
Original Song Lyrics by John Mason Neale
Original Song is Sung to Traditional Tune (Tempus adest floridum)
Illustrated by Omar Rayyan

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Grateful (A Song of Giving Thanks)
Words and Music by John Bucchino
Illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen

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HALLELUJAH CHORUS
(Singable Picture Book Videos by Silent Monks)
Music by George Frideric Handel
Scriptural Text was written (from the King James Bible) by Charles Jennens
From the English Language Oratorio THE MESSIAH

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Hark!  A Christmas Sampler
Words and Music by Various Artists
Original Music and Arrangements by Adam Stemple
Text and Edited by Jane Yolen
Illustarted by Tomie dePaola

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Hark!  The Harald Angels Sing (A Traditional Christmas Carol)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kirsten Soderlind

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Words and Music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Illustrated by Liz Murphy
(This book comes with a CD with Bernadette Peters singing this classic Christmas song)

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Here Comes Santa Claus
Words and Music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

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Hold Christmas in Your Heart: African American Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holidays
Poems, Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Cheryl Willis Hudson

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The Holiday Song Book (100 Songs!  27 Holidays)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Additional Lyrics by Robert Quackenbush
Musical Arrangements by Harry Bush
Selected by Robert Quackenbush
Illustrated by Robert Quackenbush

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The Huron Carol
Words by Jean de Brébeuf (1643)
English Lyrics by Jesse Edgar Middleton (1926)
Set to an Adaptation of the 16th Century French Noel: “Une Jeune Pucelle” (“A Young Maid”)
Illustrated by Frances Tyrrell

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The Huron Carol
Words by Jean de Brébeuf (1643)
English Lyrics by Jesse Edgar Middleton (1926)
Set to an Adaptation of the 16th Century French Noel: “Une Jeune Pucelle” (“A Young Maid”)
Illustrated by Ian Wallace

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I Like Winter
Words and Music by Lois Lenski
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
ISBN 0-375-81068-4

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In the Bleak Midwinter
Singable Picture Book Video of Glocester Cathedral Choir
This video includes the words and music
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRobryliBLQ

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In the Bleak Midwinter
Singable Picture Book Video features opera star Kiri Te Kanawa
This video includes the words and music
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbcpKCdTREQ

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In the Bleak Midwinter
Featured in
Christmas Carols (Priddy Books)
Illustrated by Holly Russell
(This book comes with a sing-along CD with arrangements by Andrew Dodge and sung by Emma Cannon, Gerard Carey, and Andrew Dodge)

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Singable Picture Book Video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFdxbAmw3xk

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Jingle Bells

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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Jingle Bells, A Pop-up Holiday Song

Traditional Tune
Poem excerpt by James Lord Pierpont
Illustrated by Eren Blanquet Unten

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Jingle Bells (Golden Book)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Text by Kathleen N. Daly
Illustrated by J.P. Miller


Jingle Bells (Sing and Read Storybook)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Illustrated by Darcy May

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Jingle Bells (Spin Me A Storybook)

Traditional Words and Tune
Published by Playmore Inc. (Hackensack, NJ)
ISBN 1-59060-592-6

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Traditional Tune
Words by Anonymous
Illustrations by Andrea Gabriel

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Traditional Tune
Words by Anonymous
Illustrated by Katherine Wilson


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Joy to the World: A Family Christmas Treasury

Edited by Ann Beneduce
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

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Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrated by James McMullan
(This anthology contains nearly 40 singable poems, songs and lullabies, including:  “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances Alexander,  “Not While I’m Around” by Stephen Sondheim, and “Nature Boy” by Eden Ahbez.  For an alphabetical index of the Singable Poems in this book, click the title to reach the posting of 12/25/2009)

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Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let It Begin with Me)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Illustrations by David Diaz

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Little Drummer Boy

Words and music by Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone
Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
(“Little Drummer Boy” is featured in the Scholastic Video Collection)

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Ezra Jack Keats’ The Little Drummer Boy…and 4 more holiday stories
Scholastic Video Collection
(This video features “The Little Drummer Boy,” Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats and “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Illustrated by Broomfield)

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A Little House Christmas (Holiday Stories from the Little House Books), Vol. 1
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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A Little House Christmas (Holiday Stories from the Little House Books), Vol. 2
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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Little Tree

Tune by Various Artists
Poem by e.e. cummings
Illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray

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The Lobster Quadrille (and Other Poems for Children)
Edited by Lucy Simon
Illustrated by Susan Bennett
CD: Carly & Lucy Simon Sing Songs for Children
This book features the illustrated poem and is set to music in the book, and on the CD:
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
A Red, Red Rose (Robert Burns)

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Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Eloise Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song page, click here:
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The Lord’s Prayer

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig

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The Lord’s Prayer
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Heidi Holder

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The Lord’s Prayer
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Debbie Lush

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The Lord’s Prayer
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Heidi Holder

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox
(This book is a far and away favorite with the Kindergarten set. It comes with a wonderful CD that has Tom Paxton singing on one track with a separate instrumental track, including a clearly played melody line, so you can sing solo…a wonderful edition!)

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles
(The Singable Picture Book version of “The Marvelous Toy” can be sung with the same tracks that are included with Steve Cox’s illustration of the same song.  Unfortunately, Mr. Paxton’s released version of the song does not fit the lyric arrangement in the book.)

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Michael Hague’s Treasury of Christmas Carols
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Compiled by Michael Hague and Kathleen Hague
Illustrated by Michael Hague
The final pages of this book contains an informational section, “Notes About the Songs”

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The Mummer’s Song
Words and music by Bud Davidge
Illustrated by Ian Wallace

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Must Be Santa
Word Adapted by Tim Moore
Words and Music by Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks
Illustrated by Pete Whitehead
Sing with Mitch Miller on YouTube :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_vCV2_gf0

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My Favorite Things
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrations by Renee Graef

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My Favorite Things

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary
Solo Performance of Music Setting by Noel PAUL Stookey
Music by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
(This book comes packaged with a CD recording of Noel Paul Stookey’s performance of “Night Before Christmas” as well as a reading by Mary Travers, and Peter, Paul and Mary’s recording of “A’Soalin”)

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Wendy Watson

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by James Marshall

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Grandma Moses

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Wendy Watson

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Christian Birmingham

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Jan Brett

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical Setting by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Corinne Malvern

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Musical settings by Various Artists
Sing the Unedited Text with Musical

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Norman Rockwell’s Christmas Book
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated with Paintings by Norman Rockwell

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The Nutty Nutcracker Christmas

Story by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
Illustrated by Wilson Swain
With song from the stage musical by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
(This looks interesting.  The book is a story version of a stage musical.  The book is strictly a storybook, however, the songs go with specific moments in the plot.)

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O Christmas Tree
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional words by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Illustrated by Ande Cook

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O Holy Night

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Susan Winget

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On Christmas Day in the Morning (A Traditional Carol)
Traditional Words and Tune
Forward by John Lanstaff
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

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The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
Edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark
Poems by Various Artists
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists

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Penguin Book of Carols

Edited by Ian Bradley
This book is not illustrated, but it contains song history and lyrics for 100 christmas carols…many which have been made into Singable Picture Books.

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A Pinata in a Pine Tree (A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas)

Traditional Tune (Twelve Days of Christmas)
Words by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Magaly Morales

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Play Me a Christmas Song!
Traditional Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
Published by Sandy Creek
ISBN: 978-0-7607-3507-7

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Pottery Barn Caroling Kit (The kit for caroling by the fireside)
This kit includes an intrumental CD and lyric books for:
Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Winter wonderland, Christmas Song, Twelve Days of Christmas, Silver Bells, Let It Snow, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (most of of these songs have Singalbe Picture Books represented in this list!)

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Raffi Christmas Treasury (Fourteen Illustrated Songs and Musical Arrangements)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN 978-0517568064

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Real Mother Goose Christmas Carols
Edited by Bernette Ford

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Richard Scarry’s Favorite Christmas Carols

Traditional Words and Tunes and Songs by Various Artists
Illustrated by Richard Scarry
(This little gem features illustrations by the wonderful Richard Scarry and a built in “piano” and pritned music to guide playing along with the songs.)

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The Rooftop Hop
Words and Music by Michael Sheahan
Illustrated by Doug Wright

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Published by World International Publishing Limited, Great Britain, 1989
ISBN #: 7235-8891-0
This is the only copy I’ve ever found of “Rudolph” the SONG.  All other Rudolphs I’ve found have been the original story book by Robert L. May (the story upon which the song is based).  It will be great fun to sing the song with the youngsters.  They are going to love it!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)
(I created a sing-along book for Johnny Mark’s tune with the Denver Gillen Illustrations.  Fun to sing!)

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Santa Baby
Original Song Composed by Joan Javits, Phil Springer and Tony Springer
Words Adapted by Janie Bynum
Illustrated by Janie Bynum

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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Word and Music by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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Santa’s Song (Pop-Up Fun)
By Dug Steer
ISBN #: 978-0761315315

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Santa, Where Are You
Singable Picture Book Video from SuperSimpleSongs.com
Super Simple Songs YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/supersimplesongs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXaOaz3a8Cg

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by Will Moses

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by R. Pagnoni
Published by Cartwheel Books/Scholastic
ISBN 978-0-545-00067-3


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Silver Bells (a Musical Pop-Up Book)
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Illustrated by Robert Steele, Iain Smyth, James Diaz

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Silver Bells
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Illustrated by Jane Dippold
ISBN 0-06-000045-7

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Simple Gifts (The Shaker Hymn)

Words and Music by Elder Joseph Brackett
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
(You might also enjoy a post about “Simple Gifts at the White House“:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/)

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Sing for Christmas (A Round of Christmas Carols and Stories of the Carols)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Written and Compiled by Opal Wheeler
Ilustrated by Gustaf Tenggren

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Sing Noel (Christmas Carols Selected by Jane Yolen)
Edited by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Nancy Sippel Carpenter
Musical Arrangements by Adam Stemple
(A book that prints music for and illustrates 34 Christmas carols, with a brief historical account of each)

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Sing with Me Christmas Carols
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Helen K. Davie
Published by Random House NY

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Poem by Robert Frost
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Sing along with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/stopping-by-woods-eleg-2010

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Stories of Santa (Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas)
Words and Music by (or attributed to), Benjamin Russell Hanby
Illustrated by “Hallmark Archives and Design Collection”

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Take Joy (The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor

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Tall Book of Christmas
Selected by Dorothy Hall Smith
Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid
(This book contains many familiar Christmas songs, but also features some delightful obscurities.  One delight is a song called “The Birds, and Old Czech Carol.”  To hear a choral singing of this carol, but not the whole text found in the book, listen to track 16 on Hyperion Record’s album called “The English Hymn, Vol. 4.”  The track is called “The Birds ‘From Out of the Wood Did a Cukoo Fly.’”  It was a fun discovery for me and I hope you enjoy it, too!)

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas

(Based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of “The Thirteen Days of Christmas”)
Words Adapted by Steven Davison and Carolyn Gardner
Illustrated by Tim Wollweber and Sherri Lundberg

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To Hear the Angels Sing (A Christmas Poem)
Words by W. Nikola-Lisa
Sing to the Tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb
Illustrated by Jill Weber

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Tom Glazer’s Christmas Songbook
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Compiled and Arranged by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Barbara Corrigan

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The Trail Band’s
An Old Fashioned Christmas
This is a CD, but it is chock full of instrumental tracks that are perfect for singing with Singable Picture Books for the Holidays.  For a complete work up of the tracks and corresponding Singable Picture Books, click here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/an-old-fashioned-christmas-the-trail-band-and-books-that-match-the-tracks/

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A Treasury of Christmas Songs Twenty-five Favorites to Sing and Play

Edited by Dan Fox
Illustrated with art from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A Treasury of Christmas Songs and Carols
Words and Music by Various Artists
Piano Arrangements by Henry W. Simon and Rudolph Fellner
Edited by Henry W. Simon
Illustated by Rafaello Busoni

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There’s a Train Out for Dreamland
Music and Lyrics by Frederich H. Heider and Carl Kress
Illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
ISBN 978-0-06-058022-3

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The 12 Bugs of Christmas (A Pop-Up Christmas Counting Book)
Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas“)
Illustrated by David A. Carter

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The Twelve Cats of Christmas
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Kandy Radzinski

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Bill Bolton

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Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Jan Brett

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Robert Broomfield
(“Twelve Days of Christmas,” Illustrated by Robert Broomfield, is featured in the Scholastic Video Collection)
More information about “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/the-twelve-days-of-christmas-in-the-days-after-christmas-2010/

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Hilary Knight
More information about “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/the-twelve-days-of-christmas-in-the-days-after-christmas-2010/

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Twelve Days of Christmas (Nedobeck’s)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Don Nedobeck

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by John O’Brien

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Ilse Plume

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Twelve Days of Christmas (a Pop-Up Celebration)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Robert Sabuda

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
(This book has sheet music in the back and two pages of historical information about the song)

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

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The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Pinata for the Pinon Tree
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Philemon Sturges
Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Florida (Twelve Days of Christmas, State By State)

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Frank Remkiewicz
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

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Up On the Housetop (Sing a Story)
Words and Music by Benjamin Hanby
Illustrated by Wendy Edelson
ISBN  978-0769649122

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Up on the Housetop
Words and Music by Benjamin Hanby
Illustrated by Robert Snyder

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Words and Music by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
As Sung by Peggy Lee
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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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

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We Three Kings
Words and music by John H. Hopkins, Jr.
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

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We Three Kings
Words and music by John H. Hopkins, Jr.
Illustrated by Olga Zharkova

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We Three Kings (and other Christmas Carols)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by H. A. Rey

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Asha Pearse

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas (A Traditional Carol)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Spin Me a Storybook)
Traditional Words and Tune
Published by Playmore Inc. Publishers
ISBN: 1-59060-593-4

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What a Morning! (The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals)
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Selected and Edited by John Langstaff
Arrangements for Siging and Piano by John Andrew Ross
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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Where Did They Hide My Presents (Silly Dilly Christmas Songs)

Parodies of Traditional Christmas Songs by Various Artists
Words Adapted by Alan Katz
Illustrated by David Catrow

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White Christmas (Irving Berlin’s)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated By Michael Hague

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A Wind in the Willows Christmas
Text and Poems by Kenneth Grahame
Tunes by Various Artists
From Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows”
Illustrated by Michael Hague

 

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Winter Song
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

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Winter Wonderland (Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?)

Words by Dick Smith
Music by Felix Bernard
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
1992, ISBN 0-0439-13657-1

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Woodland Christmas (Twelve Days of Christmas in the North Woods)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Frances Tyrrell

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Let’s not forget to ring in the New Year with some sweet nostalgia for the year gone by,

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Auld Lang Syne
Poem by Robert Burns
Traditional Tune
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

To view or print this book, click here:
Auld Lang Syne for SBWE 

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CHRISTMASTIME MUSICAL ENRICHMENT IN NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSICALLY INFUSED PICTURE BOOKS

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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
Book by Anna Harwell Celenza
Illustrated by Don Tate
This book comes packaged with a CD

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Light the Candles!  Beat the Drums! (a book of holidays)
Text by Jane Sarnoff
Illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

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(Santa by Eloise, Dec. 2010)

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(Snowman by Mo, Jan. 2009)

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Christmastime 2010:
I took this picture of the tree in the White House Vermeil Room, which proclaims “The Gift of Music,” as one of the “Simple Gifts” theme for the 2010 decorations in our Nation’s Capital.

Click here for the post about 2010 “Simple Gifts” at the White House:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/

Click here for the post about the Singable Picture Book for the Shaker Hymn, “Simple Gifts,”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/simple-gifts-a-singable-picture-book/

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10/23/2011

Santa, Rudlph, my son Mo and the coming of Christmas…

I can’t help it…I LOVE Christmas.  The first chill of autumn air sets my heart pining for the music and the sentiment just builds and builds to the crescendo of the day itself when I am delighted by the knowledge that the fun is not really over, since Christmas is to be celebrated for TWELVE DAYS.  By the time the Epiphany rolls around, I am fully satiated with joy and ready for the soulful inner reflection brought on by the long winter nights ahead.

But here I am (October, 2011) right at the beginning of it this year.  Christmas music (which is always on my iPod) constantly warms the spirit of my kitchen as I go about the mom activities of every day life.  Really, few things give me deeper pleasure than making food for my family with blue grass instrumentals of Christmas songs to keep me company.  And, even though we’ve not even celebrated Halloween yet, I am busily “making hay while the sun shines” with energy fueld by holiday excitement.

A couple of years ago, my son Mo made the most terrific Santa and Rudolph out of construction paper.  I absolutely went ga-ga over it…a delightfully well done act of creativity and ingenuity.  It’s large, filling the 36X24 poster frame I got for it.  Last year, I carefully took it apart and laminated the pieces so we could preserve it.  Just made out of construction paper, it was already beginning to disintegrate and fade.  But it still needed a great background.  Yesterday, Mo and I went to the local fabric store and got some felt and other materials to make the sky for Santa and Rudolph to fly in.  We picked out felts in blues and a poplin printed with nighttime swirls and stars.  We also found a thin blue mesh sprinkled with blue glitter and Mo said that it would look great on top of everything to give it all a glimmer (he was right!).  We are really happy with how it turned out and I thought it would be good to preserve the picture on the blog to decorate the pages for Christmas themed Singable Picture Book lists and for an upcoming post about the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

This was a really special project that literally took YEARS.  To have gotten this special time with my son and to have something that delights me so much are real holiday treasures.

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It’s no wonder I love Christmas Songs so much, my mother’s name was Carole!

I miss my mom ever day.  She taught me to love music and that will last my whole life long.

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An online holiday songbook, a singable advent calendar, illustrated song sheets for the holidays…it’s all here:

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ADVENT CALENDAR
Sing Books with Emily Singable Advent Calendar
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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Related Posts

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ADVENT CALENDAR / SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
Sing Books with Emily Singable Advent Calendar
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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SANTA SONGS

For a post dedicated to Singable Picture Books about Santa (with sing-along track suggestions and YouTubes), click here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/may-i-suggest-sing-about-santa/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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Kris Kringle: The Musical at Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Labor Day 2011, Wrap-Up
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/kris-kringle-the-musical-at-kennedy-centers-page-to-stage-festival-labor-day-2011-wrap-up/

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Christmas Classic Chronicles

You will find a treasure trove of song history about many of the songs in this list, on Ronald Clancy’s YouTube Page, entitled
Christmas Classic Chronicles,”
http://www.youtube.com/user/clancyrm

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Christmas Classics

More info about this series of books about Christmas Muisc, here:
http://christmasclassics.com/christmasmusic/

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/singable-picture-book-spotlight-the-night-before-christmas/

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JANE YOLEN
The Singable Picture Books of Jane Yolen
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/singable-picture-books-of-jane-yolen/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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CANADIAN SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/canadian-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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Kris Kringle: The Musical at Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Labor Day 2011, Wrap-Up
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/kris-kringle-the-musical-at-kennedy-centers-page-to-stage-festival-labor-day-2011-wrap-up/

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Songs About Santa

For a post dedicated to Singable Picture Books about Santa (with sing-along track suggestions and YouTubes), click here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/may-i-suggest-sing-about-santa/

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Christmas Classic Chronicles

You will find a treasure trove of song history about many of the songs in this list, on Ronald Clancy’s YouTube Page, entitled
Christmas Classic Chronicles,”

http://www.youtube.com/user/clancyrm

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Christmas Classics

More info about this series of books about Christmas Muisc, here:
http://christmasclassics.com/christmasmusic/

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Singable Picture Books for Hanukkah

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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Simple Gifts at the White House

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/

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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!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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Singable Picture Books for Christmas

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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HOLIDAY SONGS FOR EVERYBODY
Sing these songs and bring folks together from any background!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/holiday-songs-for-everybody/

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