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Singable Picture Book Wishes 2 (Songs that Wish to be Illustrated)

Posted on: March 6, 2011

Songs that Need Illustrations

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books:

All I Want is You

Words and Music by Barry Louis Polisar

An English Country Garden
Words and Music (I think) by Jimmie Rodgers

Aura Lee

Words by W.W. Fosdick
Music by George Poulton
AURA LEE  was written in 1861.
The tune was used in the mid 20th c. for the song Love Me Tender.

Autumn Song 

Words by Hilda Conkling
This is a poem that needs both music and illustrations!

Back Home Again in Indiana

Music and Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley
First published in January, 1917

Brooklyn Bridge

Words and Music by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Sung by many artists, including Mel Torme

Candy Man

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly
From the Movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Do Re Mi

From the Musical “Sound of Music”
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers


Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the musical “The Sound of Music”

Everyone Says “I Love You”     

Sung by John Lithgow on his album “Sunny Side of the Street”
…and by the Marx Brothers,


Poem by Rose Fyleman
Music by Ginger Sands

Freight Train

Words and Music by Elizabeth Cotton

From Out of a Wood Did a Cuckoo Fly / The Birds (Old Czech Carol)

“Tall Book of Christmas” (2006, Gramercy Books/Random House)
But needs a full blown illustrated book.  A BEAUTIFUL song!

Good Ship Lollipop 

Sung by Shirley Temple

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN the movie musical (all songs)

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye

Happiness Is

From Musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”
Words and Music by Clark Gesner

Here Comes the Sun
Words and Music by George Harrison

Home in the Meadow 

Words by Sammy Cahn
Written for the tune Greensleeves
Sung by Debbie Reynolds

Hums of Pooh
Frazer-Simson’s musical settings of Milne’s poems need individual illustrations (not just collected in a single volume).

From: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Music by Burton Lane
Words by Alan Jay Lerner

I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Words and Music by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
Most famously recorded by the Glenn Miller Band

I Want an Elephant for Christmas
Recorded by The Caroleers

The Whole Set of Lyrics (including the intro and Fanny Bright, etc)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune

King’s New Clothes

Words and Music by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Danny Kaye
Need a version of the book with exactly the lyrics of the song!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Words and Music by  Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
From the Movie Musical, MARY POPPINS

Most of the songs from MARY POPPINS need Illustrations.

Lost in Wonderland 

Words by Marshall Barer
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim’s tune “Antigua”

Lydia the Tattoo’d Lady 

Words and Music by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg


Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers

All the songs Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote for the movie musical of Mary Poppins

Mississippi Mud
Traditional Words and Tune

Marshmallow World in the Winter

Words by Carl Sigman
Music by Peter DeRose

Me and Paul Revere
Words and Music by Steve Martin
Performed by Mr. Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical OKLAHOMA
A segment of this song is illustrated, but I’ve included the song in this list because this wonderful song (full of gorgeous images and words) deserves a full and compete illustrated treatment.

Ordinary Miracle     

Words and Music by Sarah McLachlan
From re-make of CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Oscar Meyer Weiner Jingle

Words and Music Richard D. Trentlage

The Oyster

Words and Music by Cole Porter
From the musical “Fifty Million Frenchmen”

Pedigree of Honey

Poem by Emily Dickinson
Sung by Peter Sperry
Heard on album, Paul Sperry sings Romantic American Songs

Pink Elephants on Parade

Words and Music by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington
From the Disney Movie “Dumbo”

Plenty to be Thankful for  

Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby
From Holiday Inn (the movie)


Words by DC Anderson
(Sung to tune of Mexican Hat Dance)

Pure Imagination

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly
From the Movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Asche

Riddle Song/I Gave My Love a Cherry
Traditional Words and Music


Schoolhouse Rock

Every single song from this series deserves a fabulous Singable Picture Book!

Sidewalks of New York

Words and Music by James W. Blake and Charles B. Lawler

Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear  

Words and Music by Randy Newman

Skin and Bones (Little Old Woman all Skin and Bone)

A traditional tune/tale, “There was an old woman all skin and bones…oooooooo…BOO!”
This is a terrific “scary” Halloween treat!
Raffi sings this.

Sleepy Man

Words  by Alfred Uhry
Music by Robert Waldman
From the Musical “The Robber Bridegroom” (based on a book by Eudora Welty)

Sleigh Ride

Words by Mitchell Parish
Music by Leroy Anderson

Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows 

Words and Music by Marvin Hamlish
Sung by Leslie Gore

Sweetest of Nights and the Brightest of Days 

Words by Judith Viorst
Music by Shelley Markham

Swinging on a Star
(Would You Like to Swing on a Star)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke

Syncopated Clock
Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish

PS:  SLEIGH RIDE and THE WALTZING CAT would also make terrific Illustrated Songs!

Tongue Twisters 

Words and Music by Roger Edens
Sung by Danny Kaye
Written in 1951

Toys are Magic

Music and Lyrics by Angelo Natalie

What’s New Pussycat 

Words and Music by Burt Bacharach
Sung by Tom Jones and Ralph Covert

Who Will Buy

Words and Music by Lionel Bart
From the Musical, “Oliver”

Windmills of Your Mind
Music by Michel LeGrand  
Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Barbra Steisand sings:

Wonderful Day for Pie
A hilarious song from Family Guy

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Like Pinocchio wished to become a real boy, I imagine that these books wish to become Singable.



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