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Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes: Singable Picture Books, Singable in Compilations

Posted on: July 19, 2011

Most Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes are singable, so that makes pretty much any compilation of Mother Goose or Nursery Rhyme a Singable Picture Book.  This list contains many of the compilations I’ve found so far, though to list them all would be a bit too much even for one single post.

If a title is in blue, click on it to go to a post about that book which most often will also list included rhyme titles, which are sometimes linked to posts written about particular rhymes.

All the books in this list are compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme.
Individually illustrated rhymes (rhymes which are singable and which have their own books) are listed in a separate post.

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baby's opera (gutenberg ebook)
The Baby’s Opera (a Book of Old Rhymes with New Dresses, the Music by the Earliest Masters)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Walter Crane
A Project Gutenberg eBook
http://eremita.di.uminho.pt/gutenberg/2/5/4/1/25418/25418-h/25418-h.htm

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Baby’s Bouquet (a companion to Baby’s Opera, a Fresh Bunch of Old Rhymes and Tunes)
Traditional Words and Songs
Arranged by Walter Crane
Illustrated by Walter Crane

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Beatrix Potter Nursery Rhyme Book and CD

Traditional Words and Tunes
Words Adapted by Beatrix Potter
Illustrations by Beatrix Potter

Reading the “Publisher’s Note” at the back of the book, I was surprised and delighted to discover that all of the rhymes, many of which are traditional rhymes charmingly adapted by Ms. Potter, have all been taken from Beatrix Potters distinctively illustrated books.  This book also features a CD of sweetly arranged versions of these nursery rhyme tunes and adaptations.

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Beatrix Potter – The Complete Tales
Includes Traditional Nursery Rhymes and Tunes
Rhymes Adapted by Beatrix Potter
Written By Beatrix Potter
Illustrated by Beatrix Potter
(This volume includes all of Ms. Potter’s stories and embedded within those stories are many singable rhymes, some with their traditional words and some adapted by Beatrix Potter.)

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Brian Wildsmith’s Mother Goose (A Collection of Nursery Rhymes, 1964)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

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The Cat and the Fiddle (A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Jackie Morris

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The Charles Addams Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Charles Addams

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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

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Children’s Spectacular 12 CD Box Set (Stories, Rhymes and Songs)
Compilation Produced by MusicBank

This is an incredible resource to hear the British version of many of the Mother Goose Songs.  The whole set contains around 400 songs and stories. The production is simple and mostly free of the “Barney” type of schlock/cutsie-ness that is often hoisted onto kids in recorded music.

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A Children’s Treasury of Mother Goose

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Bleck

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A Children’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Bleck

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A Child’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
(An edition of this book includes a sing-along CD)

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The Classic Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Various Artists
Edited by Armand Eisen

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The Complete Mother Goose

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
Published by Publications International, Ltd., 2007

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Dan Yaccarino’s Mother Goose

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

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Debi Gliori’s Nursery Rhymes

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Debi Gliori

No printed music in this one, but the accompanying CD can be very helpful for learning tunes to many Mother Goose rhymes.

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Every Child’s Book of Nursery Songs
(Published in England under the title:
Faber Book of Nursery Songs)
Selected by Donald Mitchell
Arranged by Carey Blyton
Illustrated by Alan Howard

I love the illustrations in this songbook.  It is filled with printed music and lyrics to approximately 80 Mother Goose and Nursery rhymes.

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Famous Rhymes Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
Published by Platt & Munk (1923)

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Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes
Words and Music by Clyde Watson
Illustrated by Wendy Watson

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Father Goose, His Book
Verse by L. Frank Baum
Illustrations by W.W. Denslow
See Also:
The Songs of Father Goose (for the Kindergarten, the Nursery and the Home)

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First Songs Library
Words and Music by Various Artists
Published by Priddy Books
ISBN#: 978-0-312-50873-9
This package includes a sing-along CD and three books, “Bedtime Lullaby,” Sing-along Songs,” and “Nursery Rhymes” (which are all available separately from Priddy Books

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The Green Mother Goose (Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Words Adapted by Jan Peck and David Davis
Illustrated by Carin Berger

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Hand Rhymes
Words and Music by Various Artists
Collected by Marc Brown
Illustrated By Marc Brown
This book is filled with fun hand rhyme activities, but many of them are also singable!

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Happy Rhythms and Rhymes (Favorite Songs from My Weekly Reader)
Performed by Tom Glazer
Associated also with Gerard G. Jaffe
This 1971 publication was produced as a vinyl record that came with an illustrated sing *

Hector Protector and As I Went over the Water
(Two Nursery Rhymes with Pictures)

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
A post for: HECTOR PROTECTOR
A post for: AS I WENT OVER THE WATER

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Here Comes Mother Goose

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Iona Opie
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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Hey Diddle Daddle
Traditional Words and Tune
Rhyme Adaptations by James Marshall
Illustrated by James Marshall
Sing each rhyme adaptation in this hilarious book to the tune of  (you guessed it!), “Hey, Diddle, Diddle”

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Hey Diddle, Diddle & Other Mother Goose Rhymes

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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Hickory Dickory Dock: And Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

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Hi Diddle Diddle (Mother Goose)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Nola Langner
Published by Scholastic Book Services, 1973

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Hilary Knight’s Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Hilary Knight

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Humpty Dumpty (and Other Rhymes, My Very First Mother Goose)

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Iona Opie
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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Humpty Who? (A Crash Course in 80 Nursery Rhymes for Clueless Moms and Dads)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Text by Jennifer Griffin
Illustrated by Beth Adams

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I Saw a Ship A-Sailing (or the Wonderful Games that Only Little Flower-Plant Children Can Play, a Picture Book with Mother Goose Rhymes)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Beni Montresor

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Jack Horner’s Pie: A Book Of Nursery Rhymes
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
Published by Harper & Brothers (1927)

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James Marshall’s Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by James Marshall

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Jane Yolen’s Mother Goose Songbook
Compiled by Jane Yolen
Text by Jane Yolen
Traditional Words and Tunes
Musical Arrangements by Adam Stemple
Illustrated by Rosekrans Hoffman

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Jolly Rhymes Of Mother Goose: Mary Had A Little Lamb, This Little Pig Went To Market, Wee Willie Winkie, Jack & Jill, Barber Barber Shave A Pig, Simple Simon
Traditional Words and Tunes
Published by Platt & Munk (1941)
(In the absence of a cover image for this book, I was able to locate an illustrated plate from the book of “The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon”)

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Jump Rope Rhymes (Nothing But The Classics)
Collected by The Lady With The Alligator Purse
Published by Klutz/Scholastic
ISBN 1-57054-166-3

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The Kingfisher Playtime Treasury (A Collection of Playground Rhymes, Games and Action Songs)

Selected by Pie Corbett
Illustrated by Mora & Colin MacLean

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Knock at the Door (And Other Action Rhymes)

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Kay Chorao

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Lavender’s Blue (A Book of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and tunes
Compiled by Kathleen Lines
Illustrated by Harold Jones

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Little Boy Blue (Finger Plays Old and New)

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Daphne Hogstrom

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Lois Lenski’s Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
Published by Harper & Brothers (1927)

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Marguerite de Angeli’s Book of Nursery and Mother Goose  Rhymes

376 Rhymes with more than 260 Illustrations
Illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli

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Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes

Edited by Joanna Cole  and Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen

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Mary Engelbreit’s Happy Mother Goose
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

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Mary Engelbreit’s Silly Mother Goose
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

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Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose (One Hundred Best-Loved Verses)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

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Monster Goose
Traditional Tunes
Words Adapted by Judy Sierra
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis

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Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses (and 7 Other Silly Old Rhymes)
Traditional Rhymes and Tunes
Adapted by Nancy Patz
Illustrated by Nancy Patz

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Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

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Mother Goose (the Original Volland Edition)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Frederick Richardson

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The Mother Goose Book

Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

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Mother Goose Building Blocks (Build to Learn, Learn to Build)

Illustrated by Len Ebert based on the illustrations of Blanche Fisher Wright

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Mother Goose Manners

Traditional  Words and Tunes
Additional Words and Adaptations by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrations by Pascale Constantin

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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Cristina Ong

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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
Published by Platt & Munk (1922)

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Mother Goose on the Loose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Hans Wilhelm

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Mother Goose’s Basket Full of Rhymes
Rhymes Sung by Carly Simon
Illustrated by Steven Haskamp
ISBN 978-0689831171

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Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes Set to Music
Words by  M. L. Eleiott and Various Artists
Music by J. W. Elliott and Various Artists
Illustrated with Engravings by the Dalziel Brothers and Various Artists

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Mother Goose Picture Book
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Charlotte Stone
Published by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, WI, 1928

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Mother Goose Rhymes
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
Published by Platt & Munk (1930)

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Mother Goose Remembers
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Clare Beaton
(This book, published by Barefoot Books, features a sing-along CD)

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The Mother Goose Songbook
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled and Arranged by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by David McPhail

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Mother Goose’s Storytime Nursery Rhymes

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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The Movable Mother Goose
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Robert Sabuda

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Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes Set to Music
Words by  M. L. Eleiott and Various Artists
Music by J. W. Elliott and Various Artists
Illustrated with Engravings by the Dalziel Brothers and Various Artists

This book is filled with hard to find printed music for hard to find Mother Goose tunes

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Muu, Moo! (Animal Nusery Rhymes)
Selected by Alma Flor Ada adn F. Isabel Campoy
English Versions by Rosalma Zubizarreta
Illustrated by Vivi Escriva
(All rhymes are printed in both Spanish and English)

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My Beautiful Mother Goose Book
Words and Music by Various Artists
Compiled by Helen Rudin
Edited by Malvina G. Vogel
Illustrated by Jesse Spicer Zerner

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My Best Book of Rhymes (Cover 1)
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Compiled by Alan Blackwood
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Johnstone

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My Best Book of Rhymes (Cover 2)
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Compiled by Alan Blackwood
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Johnstone

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My Very First Mother Goose

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Iona Opie
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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The Neighborhood Mother Goose
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Nina Crews

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The Nursery Collection (Over 150 Stories and Rhymes)

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
Published by Paragon, Bath, UK, 2009

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Nursery Rhymes
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Maud Humphrey

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Nursery Rhymes (Priddy Books)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Louise Shrigley
(This books includes a sing-along CD with tracks arranged by Andrew Dodge and sung by Stefanie Moore)
Songs published in this book include:
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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Nursery Rhymes (Well- Loved Verses to Share)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Susie Lacome

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Nursery Rhymes Pop-Up Book (See-Saw Margery Daw and Other Rhymes)
Words and Music by Various Artists
ISBN 978-0866111539

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Nursery Rhyme Book (Remember the Rhymes of Yesterday)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled by Helen Cumberbatch
Illustrated by Anne Anderson and Lisa Jackson

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Nursery Songs (1907)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs Arranged by Joseph Moorat
Illustrated by Paul Woodroffe

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Other Goose (Re-nurseried!! and Re-Rhymed!! Children’s Classics)
Adapted Classic Rhymes by J. Otto Seibold
Traditional Tunes
Illustrated by J. Otto Seibold

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Over the Moon (A Book of Nursery Rhymes)

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

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Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (New Edition)
Exploring Over 500 Rhymes, Songs and Riddles
Edited by Iona and Peter Opie
Published by Oxford University Press, 1997

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Playtime Rhymes for Little People

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Clare Beaton
(This book, published by Barefoot Books, features a sing-along CD)
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Pocketful of Posies (A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Salley Mavor

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The Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Matthew Reinhart

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Random House Book of Mother Goose

Traditional Words and Tunes
Selected and Illustrated by Arnold Lobel

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Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Marc Brown

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The Real Mother Goose

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
ISBN 978-0-7607-9425-8

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Real Mother Goose Christmas Carols
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Bernette Ford

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Revolving Nursery Rhymes (A Rotate and REveal Picture Book)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Susanna Lockheart

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Rhymes and Ballads of London
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Carole Tate

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

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Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Richard Scarry

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Richard Scarry’s Mother Goose
Traiditonal Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Richard Scarry

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Richard Scarry’s Best Story Book Ever

Written by Richard Scarry
Contains Traditional Words/Mother Goose Rhymes and Tunes
Illustrated by Richard Scarry

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Ring O’Roses (A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke

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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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Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time
Traditional Words and Tunes
Story and Adaptations by Iza Trapani
Illustrations by Iza Trapani

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Sing with Me Mother Goose
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Published by Random House NY

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Sing-Song, A Nursery Rhyme Book
Poems by Christina Rossetti
Illustrated by Arthur Hughes
(This edition includes the original 120 illustrations by Arthur Hughes)

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Songs from the Garden of Eden (Jewish Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes)
Songs collected by Nathalie Soussana
Musical Arrangements by Paul Mindy and Jean-Christophe Hoarau
Illustrations by Beatrice Alemagna

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The Songs of Father Goose (for the Kindergarten, the Nursery and the Home)
Words by L. Frank Baum
Music by Alberta N. Hall
Illustrations by W.W. Denslow
See Also:
Father Goose, His Book

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Star light, Star Bright
Rhymes and Riddles Selected by Sam Leaton SebestaWords
Traditional Words and Tunes
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers

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Stories and Rhymes for Every Bedtime (365 Stories and Rhymes for Bedtime)

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
Published by Paragon, Bath, UK, 2009

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Tail Feathers From Mother Goose: The Opie Rhyme Book
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists
Text by Iona and Peter Opie

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This Little Piggy (and Other Rhymes to Sing and Play)

Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Musical Arrangements by Adam Stemple

Not every song in this book gets printed, but many do, enough to make it a helpful resource when trying to find a Mother Goose or Nursery Tune.

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Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tomie DePaola
ISBN 0-399-21258-2

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Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book: The First Collection of English Nursery Rhymes; With a History and Annotations
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Scholarly Commentary by Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson
ISBN-13: 978-0615678764

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A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes with Classic Illustrations
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Various Artists
Edited by Michael Foss

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Truckery Rhymes (Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown)
Traditional Tunes
Words Adapted by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (and other favorite bedtime rhymes)

Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

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Usborne First Picture Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Jo Litchfield
Musical Arrangements by Anthony Marks
Includes rhymes: Mary Had a Little Lamb, Jack and Jill, Pat-a-cake, Hey Diddle, Rock-a-bye Baby, Little Bo-Peep, Girls and Boys Come Out to Play, Sing a Song of Sixpence, Hickory Dickory Dock, Mary Quite Contrary, Little Miss Muffet, Twinkle Star
(This book features a fantastic instrumental sing-along CD.  The tracks are played with a clearly identified melody in singable keys.)

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The Usborne Nursery Rhyme Songbook

Traditional Words and Tunes
Music Arranged by Caroline Hooper
Illustrated by Radhi Parek

Includes printed music and a page of games

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Walt Disney’s Mother Goose (A Little Golden Book)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by the Walt Disney Studio

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Wee Sing Mother Goose (Book and CD)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
Product info page: http://www.weesing.com/single_product.cfm?product_id=52
Simple arrangements for many Mother Goose tunes found here.

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Wee Sing Mother Goose (Book and CD)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beal and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein
Product info page: http://www.weesing.com/single_product.cfm?product_id=52

Simple arrangements for many Mother Goose tunes found here.

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

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Wendy Watson’s Mother Goose
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Wendy Watson

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Wicked Nursery Rhymes (Gris Grimly’s)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Words Adapted by Gris Grimly
Illustrated by Gris Grimly

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Wicked Nursery Rhymes II (Gris Grimly’s)

Traditional Words and Tunes
Words Adapted by Gris Grimly
Illustrated by Gris Grimly

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Will Moses Mother Goose
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Will Moses

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Will You Be Mine (A Nursery Rhyme Romance)
Traditional Words and Music
Compiled and Illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

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The World of Peter Rabbit

Includes Traditional Nursery Rhymes and Tunes
Rhymes Adapted by Beatrix Potter
Written By Beatrix Potter
Illustrated by Beatrix Potter
(This collection includes all of Ms. Potter’s 23 stories, each given its own little book and assembles in a boxed library.  Embedded within these stories are many singable rhymes, some with their traditional words and some adapted by Beatrix Potter.)

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These YouTubes share the history behind many of the Mother Goose Rhymes!

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Disney’s Truth about Mother Goose (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeURETLKf68

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Disney’s Truth about Mother Goose (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8BqHncfuJo

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Mother Goose Rhyme and Origin Resources

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MOTHER GOOSE’S MELODY, 18TH c.
You can view (or even download) a scan of MOTHER GOOSE’S MELODY from the Indiana University Lilly Library Collection:
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/digital/collections/items/show/87

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MEANINGS OF RHYMES
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/

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MOTHER GOOSE: A SCHOLARLY EXPLORATION OF MOTHER GOOSE, ECLIPSE PROJECT OF RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
eclipse.rutgers.edu/goose

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MAMA LISA’S WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL MUSIC & CULTURE:  MOTHER GOOSE RHYMES
http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=heh

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NURSERY RHYMES: LYRICS, ORIGINS AND HISTORY
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/

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BUS SONGS NURSERY RHYMES
http://bussongs.com/nursery_rhyme_songs.php

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AMHERST COLLEGE MOTHER GOOSE MENU PAGE
Links to rhymes and page of more links
http://www3.amherst.edu/~rjyanco94/literature/mothergoose/menu.html

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REAL MOTHER GOOSE
http://www.fidella.com/trmg/index.html

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THE VALUE OF TEACHING MOTHER GOOSE RHYMES AND SONGS IS DISCUSSED HERE:
http://www.ga.k12.pa.us/academics/LS/PreK/MotherGoose/

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MOTHER GOOSE PAGES:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/dreamhouse/nursery/rhymes.html

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MOTHER GOOSE PAGES, RHYMES LISTED IN ALPHA ORDER:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/dreamhouse/nursery/rhymes/

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HUGE LIST OF RHYME LINKS:
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/mother_goose.htm

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TRUE MOTHER GOOSE, ONLINE SCANS
http://www.kellscraft.com/mothergoose/mothergoosecontent.html

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NIEHS KIDS’ PAGES SING-ALONG SONGS: MIDIS AND LYRICS
The National Institute of Environmental Health Services has an amazing website with lyrics and electronic sing-along files for hundreds of songs, just search for the name the tune you are looking for and likely it will be here:
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/music.htm

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Project Gutenberg has a huge store of copywrite free Mother Goose:
http://www.gutenberg.org/

Just search for “Mother Goose,” “Nursery Rhyme,” or the name of any individual rhyme you want to find.  The offerings are astounding, including text and scans of the original artwork.  You can even download the books.

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Addendum, August 2013

I spruced up this list a little and wrote a post about it:

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The purpose on this blog is to continually collect information about the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books and to that end I am continually updating posts.  I made some big changes to the post which collected up Mother Goose Compilations.

I decided that it was silly to separate Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, so I combined all the compilations of rhyme (most of which is singable) into one big post.  I also did a little cleaning up of the information to make it a little easier to navigate.

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Addendum, 2/13/2015
Sing Books with Emily’s Dream for a Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose Sing Along Database
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/sing-books-with-emilys-dream-for-a-nursery-rhymemother-goose-sing-along-database/

I have a dream to create a Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose Sing Along Database.  There are countless Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose compilations, most illustrated and many with printed musical melodies. And, one can find many sources for the history of these words and tunes.  Many of these tunes are ancient, lovely, engaging and useful.  For example, the tunes can be used to create new songs.

I’ve found it impossible to find beautiful, authentic sing-along instrumentals.

It is amazing that to search for “nursery rhyme, authentic instrumental,” produces nothing good or useful from Google or Amazon.

The instrumental/karaoke sing-alongs available online are just awful.  The digitally produced music with fake sounding drum beats and goofy add-ins or sprays of digital sounding fake angel tones make me want to get sick.  There are some wonderful examples of folks singing and performing selected nursery rhymes for the listener, but none that are instrumental so a child, parent or caregiver can sing-along solo.

One of the children’s performers who gets it right is Raffi.  Raffi never sings down to the children.  He uses real instruments for accompaniment and his arrangements are always beautifully and authentically created.

This is the sort of thing needed for nursery rhymes.  The world needs a database of sing-along accompaniments (maybe even in various keys) played on real instruments and using beautiful and authentic arrangements for each nursery rhyme.

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Relates Posts

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

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LINDA BLECK’S CHILDREN’S TREASURIES
Children’s Treasuries by Linda Bleck (with many singable treasures)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/childrens-treasuries-by-linda-bleck-with-many-singable-treasures/

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VINTAGE AUDIO SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS ONLINE

Vintage Albums and Audio Books for Children Online, Songs and Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/vintage-albums-and-audio-books-for-children-online-songs-and-singable-picture-books/

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WATSON FAMILY

Singable Picture Books from Nancy Dingman, Aldren A., Clyde and Wendy Watson
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/singable-picture-books-by-the-watsons-nancy-dingman-aldren-a-clyde-and-wendy/

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WEE SING

Wee Sing, Singable Picture Books on Many Themes and Fabulous Sources for Printed Music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/wee-sing-singable-picture-books-on-many-themes-and-fabulous-sources-for-printed-music/

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MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES
Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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BRIAN WILDSMITH
The Singable Picture Books of Brian Wildsmith
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/the-singable-picture-books-of-brian-wildsmith/

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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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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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MOTHER GOOSE COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose Singable Picture Books 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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LIMERICKS
Singable Limericks in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/limericks-in-singable-picture-books/

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Sing Books with Emily’s Dream for a Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose Sing Along Database
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/sing-books-with-emilys-dream-for-a-nursery-rhymemother-goose-sing-along-database/

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RAFFI
The Singable Picture Books of Raffi
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/the-singable-picture-books-of-raffi/

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES FOR SBWE
A compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme titles linked to posts about the rhymes so you can learn more and sing along
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe

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Singing Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes and Little Songs to Children Gives them a Profoundly Useful Tool for Learning and Relating to Others
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/singing-mother-goose-nursery-rhymes-and-little-songs-to-children-gives-them-a-profoundly-useful-tool-for-learning-and-relating-to-others/

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1 Response to "Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes: Singable Picture Books, Singable in Compilations"

Hi ,
You have my name listed as an illustrator for the book here called, Humpty Dumpty Who?

Carolina Arentsen

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