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For the Birds! A List of Singable Picture Books to Celebrate our Tuneful Feathered Friends

Posted on: June 25, 2011

Oh, for the LOVE of birds!  How magical they are flying, singing, and twittering about.

Birds are celebrated in many of the songs captured in Singable Picture Books and it’s high time these tuneful treasures flocked together!

The songs of the Singable Picture Books in this list are entirely about birds or at the very least mention a bird in the lyrics.  Some of the songs have multiple illustrations, but for the sake of relative brevity, I’ve included my favorite edition.  To view cover images of other illustrations or to get more info (song history, sing along tracks, illustrator info, etc) about the song and Singable Picture Book, just click on the titles in bluem, which are linked informational posts.

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jamichael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

“A Fairy went a-marketing, she bought a little bird…”

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A-Is an Alligator
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
A-Is an Alligator lyrics poster card

Sing “A-Is an Alligator“ to the Tune of “A-You’re Adorable
Words Adapted by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing this song along with,
Alphabeasties (and other Amazing Types),
Alphabet Flash Cards and Floor Puzzles

(Alphabet Flash Cards and Floor Puzzles)
By Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss

“…an Ibis made of I’s”

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Albuquerque Turkey [Hardcover]
Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of “Oh, My Darlin’ Clementine“)
Words Adapted by B. G. Ford
Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen

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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

“…some sing out loud of a telephone wire…”

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil F. Alexander
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(This wonderful rendition of pictures from cut paper, includes a page of info about Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander and printed music)
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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Alphabeasties (and other Amazing Types)
Words and Illustrations by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Sing this to the tune of the ABC Song.

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Alphabeasties (and other Amazing Types),
Alphabet Flash Cards and Floor Puzzles

(Alphabet Flash Cards and Floor Puzzles)
By Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Sing this to the tune of the ABC Song.
Or, sing this with, A-Is an Alligator
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
A-Is an Alligator lyrics poster card

Sing “A-Is an Alligator“ to the Tune of “A-You’re Adorable
Words Adapted by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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An interesting bird or two mentioned in here!

A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jane Bayer
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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Arctic Antics
Words by Judy Sierra
Music by Robert Reynolds & Scotty Huff
Illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
(“Arctic Antics” is featured in the Scholastic Video Collection)

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At the Zoo
Word and Music by Paul Simon
Illustrated by Valerie Michaut

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The Baby Chicks

Music Map Series: Multicultural Song 6
Published by Koomzaal
Traditional Words and Tune

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Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of  birds found online and by Erika Edelberg

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Bozo and the Birds (Capitol Record-Reader)
Music by Billy May

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Brian Wildsmith Teaching Cards (From A to Z)
Sing to the Tune of the ABC Song
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
Published by Franklin Watts, Incorporated (1974,1979)
ISBN-13: 978-0531026885 (?)

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Brian Wildsmith’s BIRDS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “a stare of owls.”

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Burung Kakatua
Traditional Words and Tune
Music Map Series: Multicultural Song 8
Published by Koomzaal

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The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast
Written and Illustrated by Alan Aldridge and William Plomer
Music by Various Artists

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Calico Pie (and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear)
Poems by Edward Lear
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Dale Maxey

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Charley Harper ABC
Art by Charley Harper
Published by AMMO Books

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“…a fly can’t bird but a bird can fly…”
Cottleston Pie,” in

Winnie-the-Pooh
Written by A. A. Milne
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

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“…a fly can’t bird but a bird can fly…”
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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
To view or print this sheet, click here:
COTTLESTON PIE little song sheet sbwe

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

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“…a fly can’t bird but a bird can fly…”
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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

“…a fly can’t bird but a bird can fly…”

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DUST OF SNOW” from the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR

DUST OF SNOW
SBWE SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Dust of Snow

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DUST OF SNOW (w chords)
Poem by Robert Frost
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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DUST OF SNOW (no chords)
Poem by Robert Frost
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Every Little Thing (Based on the Song “Three Little Birds by Bob Marley)
Words and Music by Bob Marley
Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Five Little Ducks
Traditional Tune
Traditional words
Illustrated by Ariane Dewey

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Five Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Penny Ives

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Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Steve Metzger
Illustrated by Laura Bryant

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Fireside Song Book of Birds and Beasts
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Musical Arrangements by Barbara Green
Selected by Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen’s webpage for this book: http://janeyolen.com/works/fireside-song-book-of-birds-and-beasts-the/

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Wendy Watson

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“Next to come was the Old Gray Goose / She picked up her fiddle and she cut loose”

Frog Went A-Courtin’

Traditional Words and Tune
Re-Told by John Langstaff
Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

Click the title to find MANY illustrated versions of this delightful song!

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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Music by Julia Donaldson
Words  by Julia Donaldson
Original Poem by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

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God of the Sparrow
Words and Music by Jaroslav J. Vajda
Illustrated by Preston McDaniels

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Aliki Brandenberg

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Grandma’s Feather Bed

Words and Music by John Denver
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Home on the Range

Words by Dr. Brewster Higley
Music by Dan Kelley
Illustrations by Brian Ajhar

The lyrics of this song mention a bird, the curlew…

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A House is a House for Me
Words by Mary Ann Hoberman
Music by Fred Penner
Illustrated by Betty Fraser
Preview Fred Penner’s musical setting and recording here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000US343W/ref=dm_dp_trk7?ie=UTF8&qid=1290454196&sr=1-1

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Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Rhyme and Tune
Illustrated by Marla Frazee

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Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”)
Words Adapted by Sylvia Long
Illustrated by Sylvia Long
(This adaptation has a wonderful “non-material” theme where the mother offers the gift of viewing  lovely things in nature)

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I Can Fly
Text by Ruth Krauss
Lyrics by Hilda Marx
Music by Alec Wilder
Illustrated by Mary Blair

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I Had a Rooster
Traditional Words and Tune
Forward by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
(You can hear Pete Seeger singing “I Had a Rooster” here: http://www.amazon.com/I-Had-a-Rooster/dp/B000S3AOQY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1275250296&sr=8-1)

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“Old crow looking hungrily / From his perch in yonder tree”

Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Chickens are mentioned in this song.  But often, the character that sings this song in the musical “Guys and Dolls” comes out dressed as a mother bird with her back up singers as chicks…

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Kookaburra (Cantata Learning)
Traditional Words and Tune
Retold by Steven Anderson
Illustrated by Dan Taylor

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Little Birdie by MPG
LITTLE BIRDIE
Words and Music by Mo Gleichenhaus
Picture assembled by Sing Books with Emily
View or print this page, here:
Little Birdie by MPG 2013
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs (Folk Music)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Collected by Jennie Smith
Illustrated by Jennie Smith
ISBN 9780811875097

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Little White Duck
Words by Walt Whippo
Music by Bernard Zaritzky
Illustrated by Joan Paley

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Man Gave Names to All the Animals
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jim Arnosky

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Me and My Animal Friends
Words and Music by Ralph Covert
Illustrated by Laurie Keller

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Mockingbird
Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”)
Words Adapted by Allan Ahlberg
Illustrated by Paul Howard

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“Blackbird has spoken like the first bird…”
morning has broken
Morning Has Broken
Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
Sing-along with Emily:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/morning-has-broken-eleg-2010

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

“Wild Geese that fly with the moon on their wings…”

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Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo
Poems by Ogden Nash
Music by Vernon Duke
Illustrated by Frank Owen

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Ogden Nash’s Zoo

Poems by Ogden Nash
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
(See “Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo” for tunes by Vernon Duke)

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Traditional Words and Tune
Edited by Ann Owen
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

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Once There Was a…Chicken
Words and Music by Lisa Coleman
Illustrated by Cristina Cutino

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One Wide River to Cross

Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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Over in the Meadow
Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”)
Words Adapted by Rebecca Dickinson
Illustrated by Stephan Britt

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Over in the Meadow (Barefoot Books)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jill McDonald
Illustrated by Jill McDonald

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Over in the Meadow
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

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Over in the Rainforest
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Tune of Over in the Meadow
Words Adapted by Connie and Peter Roop
Illustrated by Carol Schwartz

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“If happy little bluebirds fly…”

Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Jan Brett
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily: http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily: http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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The Parrot Tico Tango
Words by Anna Witte
Music by Jenny Crook and Henry Sears
Illustrated by Anna Witte
Song Performed by Brian Mador
Published by Barefoot Books 

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The Pelican Chorus (and Other Nonsense)

Poems by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Fred Marcellino

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Philadelphia Chickens

Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

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A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Poetry for Young People: Animal Poems

Edited byJohn Hollander
Illustrated by Simona Mulazzani
(Singable Poems include: “The Frog and the Mouse” by Anonymous [think “Froggie Went A-Courtin'”], “How Doth the Little Crocodile” by Lewis Carroll, “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear)

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Poetry for Young People: Edward Lear

Edited by Edward Mendelson
Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
(Singable Poems include: “The Owl and the Pussycat” and “Calico Pie”)

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Poetry for Young People: The Seasons

Edited by John N. Serio
Illustrated by Robert Crockett
Singable poems include:
Sumer is icumen in” an ancient round,
maggie and milly and molly and may,” by ee cummings,
The Wild Swans at Coole” by W.B. Yeats)

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The Rainforest Grew All Around
Traditional Tune (“Green Grass Grew All Around)
Text and Word Adaptations by Susan K. Mitchell
Illustrated by Connie McLennan
(This book includes, besides lyrics, panels of information about each plant or animal mentioned in the song.  It has won many a parent and educator’s choice awards.)

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

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Rhymes Round the World
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Kay Chorao

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The Rooster Crows (A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Collected and Illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham

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Rubber Duckie
(Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss) from

The Songs of Sesame Street in Poems and Pictures

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Normand Chartier
Published by Random House/Children’s Television Workshop, New York, 1983
ISBN 0-394-95245-6

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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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Song of the Swallows
Book Text by Leo Politi
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Leo Politi

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Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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Sing a Song of Sixpence
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Jane Chapman

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Hear Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on: http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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This song does not mention birds, but Susan Jeffers’ illustration of it has a gorgeous page where perched birds beautifully festoon a leafless, snow covered tree…

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

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

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 1993
ISBN 0-671-79456-6

“Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry…”

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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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.’”

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick

Traditional Words and Tune
Words adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard” from the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
SBWE Advent Calendar There Was an Old Man with a Beard
There Was an Old Man with a Beard
SBWE SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
Limerick by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Published in her book, “Limericks by Lear” (World Press, 1965) 
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old

To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar There Was an Old Man with a Beard

This songs sheet is for home or classroom use only.

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard
Limerick by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard
Limerick by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
there was an old man w a beard lear oechsli

This songs sheet is for home or classroom use only.

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard
Limerick by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Published in her book, “Limericks by Lear” (World Press, 1965) 
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old

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There was an Old Man with a Beard (Who Fed the Birds)
Original Limerick by Edward Lear
Additional Words by  Emily
Traditional TuneBook Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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Three Little Birds
Book by Cedella Marley and Gerald Hausman
Adapted from the Song by Bob Marley
Illustrated by Mariah Fox

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by E. Mars and M. H. Squire

This illustration, found here:
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/child_garden_verses/index.htm

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Brian Wildsmith

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poem from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Tomid dePaola
Illustration from Tomie’s Little Book of Poems

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To Market, To Market
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Anne Miranda
Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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To Market! To Market! (The Mother Goose Library)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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To Market, To Market
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Art Seiden

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The Tree in the Wood
(An Old Nursery Song)
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Manson

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The Trumpet of the Swan
Lyrics and Tunes by Various Artists
Book by E. B. White
Illustrated by Edward Frascino
ISBN: 0-439-83103-2

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Tweedle Dee Dee
Traditional Words and Tune (Text based on the traditional song “The Tree in the Wood,” AKA “The Green Grass Grew All Around”)
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

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Tweety and Puddy Tat Twouble (Capitol Record-Reader)
Produced by Alan Livingston
Story by Tedd Pierce and Warren Foster
Music by Billy May
Illustrations by Alfred Abranz and Don MacLaughlin
Features the voice of Mel Blank
More info, here: http://records.goldenagecartoons.com/wb01.html

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

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Twelve Days of Summer

Traditional Tune (“Twelve Days of Christmas”)
Word Adaptations by Jan Andrews
Illustrated by Susan Rennick Jolliffe

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat

Published in: Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll
Traditional tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Eric Copeland

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat

Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

Words by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by John Tenniel

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Twinkle Little Bat SBWE Sing-Along Poster Card
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
TWINKLE LITTLE BAT SBWE sing along card
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Wedding Birds
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Jutta Ash

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Who Killed Cock Robin

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert

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Willie Was Different (A Children’s Story)

Written and Illustrated by Norman Rockwell
Hear the song of a wood thrush here: http://www.songbird.org/birds/woodthrush.htm
or here: http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=32&osCsid=17k5flg24plve0td1rohdpij52
Although this is not a Singable Picture Book, it is about a wood thrush who sings and it is the only picture book Norman Rockwell created for especially for children.  And, it is a real charmer about the JOY singing one’s own song can be to oneself and to others (and that is what I hope everyone will do with Singable Picture Books!).

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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
Sing-along with Emily’s instrumental, prepared by Paul Raiman (www.MyRehearsalPianist.com)

(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” “Owl Song,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

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Woody Woodpecker and His Talent Show (Capitol Record-Reader)

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Your Personal Penguin
Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

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Zeal of Zebras
Words and Art by Woop Studios
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups (and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary) this artful book explores an alphabet full of animal group names (like “an ostentation of peacocks” or “an embarrassment of pandas”)

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Brian Wildsmith’s BIRDS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “a stare of owls.”

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Addendum 7/9/2013
A Little Birdie in the G-house Camellia Bush

Earlier in June, the kids ran inside to say that there was a nest in one of the Camellia bushes beside the side porch. A day or so later, they ran in to say that there were beautiful robin’s egg blue eggs in the nest. The parents were easy to find. They took turns sitting on the eggs, only leaving them solo in the heat of the day when the sun shone right on the nest inside the bush, but one was always standing guard. If you ever got too close one of the parents would yell at ya to back off!

Over time, we watched the parents tending the eggs and nest and then one day there were little hatchlings in it. Even the kids could not believe that such vulnerable looking critters could survive. All translucent skin, bone, beak and big eyes.

Pretty soon, though, those little hatchlings kept their heads up and their mouths open and mom and dad robin flying like crazy bringing groceries back to feed their hungry chicks who were always always hungry. The chicks started growing feathers and they started filling out. Parents kept up the vigil, perching on the fence right across from the nest because now the chicks were so big there was no more room for mom and dad.

And today, a miracle!

Pictures below show the first little chick to hop out of the nest. I was on my way to my Sing Books job when I saw her. I took her picture then leaned out the window to say “Have a good life little chick!” I told her to not be a stranger and to please take care of herself. I really did fall in love with her and it was an honor to watch her bloom and grow.

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This reminds me of a little tune my son wrote:
LITTLE BIRDIE
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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It also reminds me how much I WISH I were an illustrator and how much I WISH someone would illustrate WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN (by Harry M. Woods):

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Doris Day sings WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y4PUZA0k9E

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Al Jolson sings WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN (including the song introduction)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVODdwG9xhw

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Barbarshop Quartet sings WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN (including the song introduction)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMnp23VPe9Y

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RED RED ROBIN is adorable on the Uke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbq0TFUAjYk

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Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes are chock FULL of references to birds!

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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Related Articles:

I imagine that just about every volume in this long list of poetry compilations for children (all of which contain Singable Poetry) include Singable Poetry that mention birds!

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LITTLE BIRDIE IN THE G-HAUS CAMELLIA BUSH
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/a-little-birdie-in-the-g-house-camellia-bush/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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SINGABLE POETRY

An ever-expanding list of  singable poems from compilations or singable poems creating individual Singable Picture Books
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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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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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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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 1 (PICTURE BOOKS THAT NEED SONGS)

Like Pinocchio wished to become a real boy, I imagine that these books wish to become Singable.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/singable-picture-book-wishes-books-that-wish-to-become-singable-and-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 2 (SONGS THAT WISH TO BE ILLUSTRATED)

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/singable-picture-book-wishes-2-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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SINGABLE POETRY

An ever-expanding list of  singable poems from compilations or singable poems creating individual Singable Picture Books
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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ILLUSTRATED COLLECTIONS OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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FIRESIDE SONGBOOKS
Fireside Song Compilations: Singable Picture Books with Wonderful Vintage Illustrations
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/fireside-song-compilations-singable-picture-books-with-wonderful-vintage-illustrations/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

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

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COLLECTIVE NOUNS
Jill Leger’s song THE SPARROW and an exploration of books that celebrate the marvelous world of Collective Nouns
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-sparrow-a-singable-book-an-interview-and-a-karaoke-sing-along-by-jill-leger/

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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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Other Singable Picture Book categories that will include songs celebrating birds include:

  • Lullabies
  • Mother Goose
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Illustrated Songbook Compilations
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