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The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie

Posted on: March 19, 2012


Woody Guthrie

Many of the great American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie’s songs have been illustrated into picture books.

Here’s what I’ve found so far:

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Bling Blang
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

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Howdi Do
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Vera Rosenberry

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My Dolly
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

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From this website:
http://www.ctdcreations.com/music/mydolly.html

“My Dolly” Sheet Music
From
Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs
Illustrated by Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie

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Riding in My Car

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Scott Mechin

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.

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Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie
Illustrated by Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie
(This is a wonderful book, made by the Guthries for their children in the 1940’s.  It was lost, found and finally published.  A treasure.)

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Woody Guthrie, Poet of the People

Written and Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
(This is a picture book bio of Woody Guthrie, but the words to his song “This Land is Your Land” are printed across the top of the pages throughout the book.)

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These are not necessarily Singable, but embrace Woody Guthrie’s legacy and the power of music:

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When Bob Met Woody
Written by Gary Golio
Illustrated by Marc Burckhardt

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Woody Guthrie American Balladeer 
By Janelle Yates

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This Land Was Made for You and Me (The Life and songs of Woody Guthrie)
by Elizabeth Partridge

I cannot yet speak to this book personally (and know that it is not a picture book for children) but it gives every indication (including wonderful reviews) of a fabulous account of Mr. Guthrie’s life and songs.

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These compilations include songs by Woody Guthrie

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I Hear America Singing! (Folk Songs for American Families)

Collected and arranged by Kathleen Drull
Illustrated by Allen Garnes
Introductory note by Arlo Guthrie
(This book includes a CD and sheet music)
She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” is printed (with music, an illustration, and historical information about the song) on page 94-95.

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Woody Guthrie’s official Website:
http://www.woodyguthrie.org/

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Wiki about Woody Guthrie:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie

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Woody Guthrie sings, “This Land is Your Land,”

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s

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WOODY’S CHILDREN (We are all Woody’s children)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEBa5nfK7MY

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The NPR show STUDIO 360, did an American Icon show about Woody Guthrie:
http://www.studio360.org/2010/oct/01/land-your-land/slideshow/

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PBS American Masters program, “Ain’t Got No Home,” about Woody Guthrie:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/woody-guthrie/aint-got-no-home/623/

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In “Ain’t Got No Home,” the American Masters program about Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springstein says of the song “This Land is Your Land,”

It’s such a profound idea and it’s so simply expressed.  It’s his most important song, I think.

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In “Ain’t Got No Home,” the American Masters program about Woody Guthrie, one of the people interviewed speaks to the impact that Woody Guthrie had on American Culture and American Songscape:

Wood Guthrie was in some ways the classic American character.  He was the eternal teenager – scrawny, petulant, hilarious, angry…FREE.  He’s a good part of who we are.  He’s a good part of why American Popular Music has become the most popular musical art form in the history of the world…

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Addendum, 11/27/2013

A terrific article from Sunday,  11/22/2013 NY Times Travel Section in which writer drives across the United States and visits places that inspired Woody Guthrie:

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IN SEARCH OF WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICA
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/travel/in-search-of-woody-guthries-america.html

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen

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Addendum, 12/2/2013

I wish the holiday season would allow me to see this show, but alas, it’s not possible.  Maybe another time.

Sure looks great:

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Magic Time! Reflections on ‘Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie’ by John Stoltenberg
http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/12/02/magic-time-reflections-on-woody-sez-the-life-music-of-woody-guthrie-by-john-stoltenberg/

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Thanks to a friend of this blog for wrting to tell me about LITTLE SEED, an Smithsonian Folkways album of Woody Guthrie songs recorded by Elizabeth Mitchell:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/elizabeth-mitchell/little-seed-songs-for-children-by-woody-guthrie/music/album/smithsonian

little seed elizabeth mitchell

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Related Posts

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation 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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